Andreas Pfaffenroth was born in Berstadt on 2 December 1732. Andreas's grandfather Franz Pfaffenroth was a teacher in the village of Geiss-Nidda during the Thirty Years' War. The family's ancestry can be traced to the nearby village of Berstadt.
Andreas and his wife Anna arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 14 September 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Skipper Reders. It's not known why the children are not recorded on the Oranienbaum passenger list.
Andreas, his wife, and 3 children settled in the Volga German colony of Yagodnaya Polyana on 16 September 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 41.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Andreas Pfaffenroth came from the German region of Darmstadt. The 1767 census records that he came from the region of Nidda.
There are numerous historical and contemporary spellings of this surname.
- 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): Yp06.
- Parish records of Berstadt.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 183.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #6521.