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Johann Schreitz, a weaver, his wife Maria, and children (Johann, age 8; Wilhelmina, age 4) arrived in Oranienbaum from Lübeck on 8 August 1766 aboard the galliot Anna Katharina under the command of skipper Johann Joachim Janson.

Johannes Schreits [sic], his wife Maria, and children (Johannes, age 8½; Wilhelmina, age 4½) are recorded on a list of colonists being transported from Oranienbaum to Saratov in 1767.

Orphan Johannes Schreitz (age 9) is recorded on an appendix to the 1767 census of Paulskaya in Household No. 49 along with Johannes Wiltheis and his wife. The 1767 census does not record a relationship between the Schreitz and Wiltheis families, but they were travelling together from to Oranienbaum and to Saratov.

Johannes (age 9) is assumed to have settled in the colony of Basel which is where the Wiltheis family settled.

The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Johannes Schreitz came from the German region of Solms. The 1767 census records that Johannes Schreitz came from the German region of Sachsen (Saxony).

There are no known surviving male lines of this family among the Volga German colonies.


- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Der Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 361.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #3961.
- Rauschenbach, Georg. Deutsche Kolonisten auf dem Weg von St. Petersburg nach Saratow: Transportlisten von 1766-1767 (Moscow: G.V. Rauschenbach, 2017): #6073-6076.

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