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[Anna] Veronica Semmler, widow of an unnamed farmer, and her children (Anna [Margaretha], age 16; Johann [Kaspar], age 16; Heinrich; age 11) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 8 August 1766 aboard the galliot Anna Katharina under the command of Skipper Johann Joachim Janson.

They are recorded on a list of Beauregard recruits (No. 35) attached to the 1767 census of the Volga German colonies along with a note that they relocated to the colony of Biberstein in 1768.

Anna Margaretha Semmler is recorded on the 1798 census of Zürich in Household No. Zr37.

The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Veronica Semmler came from the German region of Darmstadt. The 1767 census records that she came from the German village of Beringhausen.

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


- Mai, Brent Alan. 1798 Census of the German Colonies along the Volga (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1999): Zr37.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet 1764-1767 Band 4 (Goettingen: Der Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 356.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766 (Saratov: State Technical University, 2010): #3994.


Brent Mai

Pre-Volga Origin

Volga Colonies