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Jean Baptiste Oudeau, a blacksmith (Schmied), and his wife Anna Katharina settled in the Volga German colony of Franzosen on 28 July 1765. They are recorded there on he 1767 census in Household No. 19.

Widow Katharina Oudeau is recorded on the 1798 census of Franzosen in Household No. Fz31.

The 1767 census records that Jean Baptiste Oudeau came from the French village of Bessan.

There do not appear to be any surviving male descendant lines of this family among the Volga German colonies.


- 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): Fz31.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 445.


Brent Mai

Pre-Volga Origin

Volga Colonies