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List of Families Living in the Kuban Colony, 1866

As found in the records of the Guardianship Committee for Foreign Settlers in Southern Russia (Fund 6, Inventory 5, File 315) in the Odessa Region State Archives, Odessa, Ukraine. Translated from Russian in March 2004 by Tim Janzen, Portland, Oregon

Explanatory comments by Tim Janzen

This document provides information about a group of 36 families and single people who were living in the Kuban Colony in the Caucasus Region in South Russia in 1866. All of the people included in the list were Mennonite Brethren and all were from the Molotschna Colony. The document is found among a collection of documents in File 315. The list is found on pages 87 to 94 in the original file and may be found on frames 162 through 175 on the microfilm of this file. The list itself is not dated, but the latest date mentioned in the document is 1 Jun 1866 and it follows a document that was dated 22 July 1866 so it seems likely that the document was created in June or July 1866. No ages for any of the people are found in the original document.

This list does not appear to be a complete listing of all the Mennonites living in the Kuban Colony in 1866 since 67 families are said to have settled there by 18661. The list doesn't include any families from the Chortitza Colony, likely because the document created by the Molotschna Colony District Office (Giebetsamt) and because the document was created to summarize information about the passport status of Mennonites from the Molotschna Colony who were living in the Kuban Colony in 1866.

While this list unfortunately doesn't include ages of the people, they can generally be readily identified by using the 1864 List of Families Intending to Settle in the Kuban Colony and the 1869 Kuban Colony Census for reference. This list is of significance primarily because it states when specific families left the Molotschna Colony to go to the Kuban Colony, which is information that neither of the lists from 1864 or 1869 provide.

Only three single people or heads of families who are found in this list are not found in either of the lists from 1864 or 1869, specifically Jacob Regier, David Reimer, and Isaac Regier. It would appear that they returned to the Molotschna Colony sometime between 1866 and 1869.

In this translation the names of the Mennonites and the locations have been translated into their most common form. The words "wife", "son", and "daughter" have been abbreviated as "w", "s", and "d", respectively. To provide additional information I think would be helpful to researchers I have added a column on the left side of the table that provides the GRANDMA number of the head of the household if they are currently found in the GRANDMA database. Information that has been placed in brackets does not appear in the original but has been added for clarification.

The original document from which this translation was made may be found on microfilm at the following archives:

  • The Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies, Fresno, California
  • The Center for Mennonite Studies, Tabor College, Hillsboro, Kansas
  • The Mennonite Historical Society of British Columbia, Abbotsford, British Columbia
  • The Mennonite Heritage Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Alex Voth provided helpful suggestions for the improvement of this translation.

GRANDMA Number
No.
Names of Family Members Former
Village of Residence[in the Molotschna Colony]
Date of Departure [for the Kuban Colony]
If they left with the permission of the authorities and with a passport
Date when they received a passport and the length of time the passport was to be valid
Village and household number where registered [in the Molotschna Colony]
Residing with an expired passport
413902 1 Peter Martens
s - Peter
Jacob
Johann
Cornelius
Abraham
Heinrich
d - Renatha
her son Cornelius
Ladekop 18 Sep 1863 With the permission of the authorities and with a passport 18 Sep 1863 for one year At Ladekop No. 35 paying taxes
  2 Abraham Peters
w - Katharina
s - Abraham
d - Aganetha
Ladekop 18 Sep 1863 The same as above 18 Sep 1863 for one year At Blumenort No. 14 paying taxes
51872 3 David Klassen
w - Helena
s - Johann
d - Aganetha
Helena Helena’s son Heinrich
Ladekop 17 Aug 1864 The same as above 17 Aug 1864 for one year At Sparrau No. 44 paying taxes
101722 and 399839 4 Abraham Wiens
w - Anna
s - Jacob
Abraham
d - Susanna
Lichtfelde 25 May 1864 The same as above 25 May 1864 for one year At Muntau No. 26 paying taxes
3422 5 Diedrich Klassen
w - Justina
s - Diedrich
Isbrand
Johann
Jacob
d - Justina
Anna
Katharina
Maria
Marienthal In Aug 1864 The same as above 23 Aug 1864 for one year At Sparrau No. 44 paying taxes
11895 6 Abraham Regier
w - Anna
s - Abraham
Jacob
d - Anna
Helena
Rudnerweide   The same as above 20 Aug 1864 for one year At Rudnerweide #21 paying taxes
130360 7 Jacob Regier Rudnerweide   The same as above 4 Oct 1865 for one half year At Rudnerweide No. 21 paying taxes
12411 8 Johann Klassen
w - Katharina
s - Jacob
David
d - Maria
Aganetha
Katharina
Liebenau In Oct 1865 The same as above 4 Feb 1864 for one year At Sparrau No. 44 paying taxes
29088 9 Heinrich Nickel
w - Katharina
d - Katharina
Aganetha
Liebenau In Dec 1864 The same as above 16 Dec 1864 for one year At Rudnerweide No. 30 paying taxes
36531 10 Peter Gaede Liebenau In Mar 1864 The same as above 14 Mar 1864 for one year At Liebenau No. 14 paying taxes
283353 11 Simon Harms
w - Agatha
s - Heinrich
d - Anna
Maria
Liebenau In Aug 1863 The same as above 9 May 1864 for one year At Schardau No. 37 paying taxes
3341 12 Peter Buller Liebenau In Feb 1864 The same as above 22 Feb 1864 for one year At Liebenau No. 2 paying taxes
  13 Justina Buller Liebenau In Jun 1864 The same as above 22 Jun 1864 for one year At Liebenau No. 2 paying taxes
  14 Klaas Hiebert Liebenau In May 1864 The same as above 9 May 1864 for one year At Muensterberg No. 31 paying taxes
2306 15 Abraham Wiens
w - Maria
s - Abraham
Johann
Franz
Gerhard
d - Margaretha
Elisabeththal In Jun 1864 The same as above 20 Jun 1864 for one year At Elisabeththal No. 18 paying taxes
  16 Martin Mierau
w - Maria
s - Johann
Franz
Martin
d - Margaretha
Anna
Elisabeththal In Jun 1864 The same as above 20 May 1864 for one year At Waldheim No. 63 paying taxes
Son of 61072 17 Heinrich Neufeld
w - Helena
s - Heinrich Peter
Sparrau 26 Sep 1864 The same as above 21 Sep 1864 for 3 months At Blumstein No. 28 paying taxes
27717 18 Johann Pankratz
w - Maria
s - David
Heinrich
Johannes
d - Aganetha
Anna
Elizabeth
Susanna
Katharina
Gertruda
Gnadenfeld In Oct 1864 The same as above 17 Sep 1864 for one year At Gnadenfeld No. 31
Son of 61072 19 Johann Neufeld Sparrau 26 Sep 1864 The same as above 14 Apr 1865 for one year At Blumstein No. 28 paying taxes
102944 20 Cornelius Reimer
w - Gertruda
s - Abraham
Peter
Liebenau 16 Jan 1865 The same as above 16 Jan 1865 for one year At Schoensee No. 41 paying taxes
2305 21 Cornelius Wiens
w - Sara
s - Franz
Cornelius
d - Anna
Elisabeththal In May 1864 The same as above 14 Oct 1863 for one year and on 19 May 1865 for one year At Elisabeththal No. 18 paying taxes
  22 Abraham Dick Pastwa   The same as above 25 May 1865 for one year At Pastwa No. 4 paying taxes
Residing without any written residence permit
3166, 3342 23 Daughters of David Block:
Sara
Katharina
Rudnerweide       At Franzthal No. 12 paying taxes
Residing with passports that have not expired
  24 Katharina Riemer Ladekop 22 Sep 1865 The same as above 22 Sep 1865 for one year At Ladekop No. 31 paying taxes
6192 25 Daniel Eitzen
w - Katharina
s - Abraham
d - Anna
Katharina
Helena
Blumstein 25 Aug 1865 The same as above 22 Aug 1864 for one year and on 25 May 1866 At Lindenau No. 20 paying taxes
62964 26 Children of Abraham Isaak:
Abraham
Jacob
Anna
Helena
Ladekop 17 Aug 1864 The same as above 6 Jul 1865 for one year At Lichtfelde No. 28 paying taxes
102940 27 David Reimer
w - Praskovja
s - Johann
Schoensee In Sep 1864 The same as above 5 Aug 1864 for one year and on 7 Aug 1865 for one year At Schoensee No. 42 paying taxes
Likely son of 103148 28 Jacob Giesbrecht
w - Gertruda
s - Gerhard
stepdaughters:
Gertruda
Anna
Tiegenhagen     1 Jun 1866 for one year At Tiegenhagen No. 21 paying taxes
35563 29 Heinrich Flaming
w - Maria
s - Johann
Heinrich
d - Katharina
Maria
Schardau In Sep 1865 The same as above 18 Sep 1865 for one year At Marienthal No. 15 paying taxes
2520 30 Widow Wedel
s - Benjamin
d - Maria
Rudnerweide   The same as above 18 Sep 1865 for one year At Waldheim No. 25 paying taxes
2517 31 Jacob Becker Rudnerweide   The same as above 20 Aug 1865 for one year At Waldheim No. 21 paying taxes
52811 32 Isaac Regier Pastwa In Oct 1865 The same as above 2 Oct 1865 for one year At Rudnerweide No. 21 paying taxes
Daughter of 32781 33 Helena Buller Liebenau In Jun 1864 The same as above 7 Aug 1865 for one year At Liebenau No. 2 paying taxes
Son of 54070 34 Abraham Hiebert Wernersdorf In May 1864 The same as above 11 Aug 1865 for one year At Wernersdorf No. 1 paying taxes
Son of 44162 35 Franz Wall, unmarried Waldheim In May 1864 The same as above 28 May 1866 for one year At Blumenort No. 9 paying taxes
399985 36 Peter Block, unmarried Landskrone In May 1864 The same as above 1 Feb 1866 for one half year At Landskrone No. 24 paying taxes

Footnote

1 The Kuban Settlement by C. P. Toews, Heinrich Friesen, and Arnold Dyck, p. 14

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