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Franz [Joseph] Weisshart, his wife Maria, and son Johann (age 2½) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 12 September 1766 aboard the English frigate Love & Unity under the command of Skipper Thomas Fairfax.

They settled in the Volga German colony of Katharinenstadt on 17 August 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 141.

The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Franz Weisshart was a farmer from the town of Strassburg while the 1767 census records that he was a cook (Koch) from the town of Strassburg in the Alsace region.


- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 306.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #5513.

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