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Rene Obert, his wife Katharina, and children (Georg, age 16½; Johann, age 15; Barbara, age 6; Katharina Barbara, age ¾) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 15 September 1766 aboard the galliot Adler under the Skipper Paul Adam Drath.

They settled in the Volga German colony of Brabander on 19 August 1767. Renard Obert, his wife new Eva, and son Johannes are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 41 and Georg Obert and his new wife Anna Maria are recorded in Household No. 42.

In 1793, Johannes Obert and his family moved from Hölzel to Brabander.

Johann[es] Obert from Hölzel is recorded on the 1798 census of Brabander in Household No. Bn05.

Johann[es] Obert is recorded on the 1811 census of Brabander in Household No. 5 along with a note that he died in 1810.


- 1811 Brabander Census (Household No. 5).
- 1811 Seelmann Census (Household No. 57).
- Mai, Brent Alan. 1798 Census of the German Colonies along the Volga: Economy, Population, and Agriculture (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1999): Bn05, Sm59, Mv0947.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 224.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #5952.


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