Reiswig (Norka / Walter)

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Reiswig (Norka / Walter)
Рейспигъ (Norka / Walter)
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There are two Reiswig families from Neunhaßlau that settled in the Volga German colonies of Norka and Walter. Their relationship to each other is not known at this time.

(1) Conrad Reuswig, son of Andreas Reuswig, was born 4 March 1716, and baptized 6 March 1716, in Neunhaßlau (part of the Niedermittlau Parish). On 21 April 1740, he married Anna Margaretha Sell, daughter of Michael Sell, in Rothenbergen (part of the Gründau Parish). Anna Margaretha Sell was born in Rothenbergen and baptized 14 March 1717. The baptisms of six children were recorded in the Gründau parish records: (1) Catharina on 14 December 1742; (2) Michael on 24 January 1746; (3) Catharina on 19 April 1748; (4) Johann Peter on 3 February 1751; (5) Johann Heinrich on 17 May 1756; and (6) Johann Peter on 14 October 1760.

The family immigrated to Russia, arriving from Lübeck at the port in Oranienbaum aboard the pink Slon under the command of Lieutenant Sergey Panov on 9 August 1766.

They settled in the Volga German colony of Norka on 15 August 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 Census in Household No. 75.

Heinrich Reiswig, believed to be the son of Conrad, and his family are recorded on the 1798 census of Messer in Household No. Ms14.

(2) The marriage of Johannes Reiswig, a widower, and Anna Catharina (surname unclear), is also recorded in the Niedermittlau parish records on 3 February 1757.  The births of two children are also recorded in Neuenhaßlau: (1) Johann Georg, born 11 November 1757 and baptized 13 November 1757, and (2) Anna Margaretha, born 9 May 1762 and baptized 16 May 1762.

Johannes and his family arrived from Lübeck at the port in Oranienbaum aboard a ship under the command skipper John Scott on 29 August 1766.

The parents survived the trip to the Volga German colony of Walter, and are recorded there on the 1767 Census in Household No. 46.

Another Reiswig family is also affiliated with Norka.

Johann Peter Reiswig, a bleacher (Bleicher), his wife Katharina Elisabeth, and daughters (Anna Maria, age 14; Christina Margaretha, age 6) are recorded on the 1767 census of Laub in Household No. 54 along with a note that they relocated to the colony of Norka in 1768. They had settled in Laub on 19 August 1767. The 1767 census records that this Johann Peter Reiswig came from the German region of Frankfurt am Main.


- 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): Ms14, Nr108, Nr206, Wt075.
- Parish records of Gründau.
- Parish records of Niedermittlau.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 33, 249.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 305.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766 (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #3676, #4043.

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Maggie Hein

Brent Mai

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