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The Guardianship Committee of Foreign Settlers in South Russia

Compiled March 2002 by Tim Janzen & Tatyana Makarenko

1805

File 178. File concerning an order to ten soldiers from the Ekaterinoslav garrison battalion to guard the lumber prepared for the colonists and about providing them with money for their provision.

  1. Correspondence from the Minister of Internal Affairs, Count V. P. Kochubey, the Duke de Richelieu, the Commander from the Ekaterinoslav garrison battalion, Mr. Kashutin, and Colonel von Berg, the Ekaterinoslav City Police, the Commander of the Ekaterinoslav disabled companies, Colonel Tarasevich , and Colonel Komarovsky, the College Registrar Mr. Soloviev, and the Molotschna District Office about guarding the lumber prepared for the Molotschna colonists.
  2. Reports written by inspectors from the Molotschna Colonies, Mr. Ikskul and Mr. Sieber, and from the Smolensk Colonies, Mr. Krakovsky, on the same subject.

These documents are written in both Russian and German.
2 Mar 1805 to 8 Aug 1813. 162 pages. 247 frames.

File 179. File concerning Mennonites who had recently arrived and who at first had lived in the Chortitza Colony as lodgers, and then decided to stay there.

  1. List of names of the Mennonites who tenanted in the Chortitza Colony (1806).
  2. Petition written by David Penner to settle in the village of Ohrloff.
  3. Correspondence from the Guardianship Office with the Chortitza District Office and the Ministry of Internal Affairs about the necessity to accommodate the Mennonite Cornelius Epp with a loan for 600 rubles. He decided to establish a dye-house (or dye-works).
  4. Promissory note written by C. Epp.
  5. Correspondence from the Guardianship Office with the Chortitza District Office and the Ministry of Internal Affairs regarding Johann Krieger who wished to sell his estate and to become the watchmaker for the Chortitza Colonies.
  6. Reports written by the Chortitza Local Government on different problems.
  7. Promissory note written by Johann Penner to pay the debt of the deceased Philip Kohler.

These documents are written in both Russian and German.
This file is missing a cover and first page.
2 Jan 1806 to 19 Jul 1810. 90 pages.
(See the microfilm of selected files from Odessa Archives, Fund 6, Inventory 1 for this file).

File 181. File concerning the issuance of passports to Mennonites from the Chortitza and the Molotschna Colonies for trips abroad for personal business.

  1. Note from the journal of the Guardianship Office about the petition from Mennonites Wilhelm and Pliusa? Martens, Peter Kasper, and Anton Schellenberg, who arrived in 1804, to go back to their previous home in Elbing, Prussia.

Only cover and first page are preserved (originally there were 62 pages).
26 Jul 1805 to 19 Jun 1807. 1 page. 6 frames.

File 191. File concerning the conclusion of a contract for the purchase of an estate from Lord Baskakov by the Mennonite Mr. Wiens.

  1. Notification from the Ekaterinoslav District Court to the Guardianship Office about the necessity for verification of every land contract made by colonists.
  2. Correspondence from the Guardianship Office with the Novomoskovsk District Court, Inspector Develdeev, and the Ekaterinoslav District Treasury about disputable purchase of land and the payment of land tax.
  3. Receipt and petition from Klaas Wiens

These documents are written in both Russian and German.
17 Jul 1805 to 9 Sep 1808. 25 pages. 46 frames.

File 195. File concerning the solution from the Guardianship Office for smallpox vaccinations of the colonists' children.

  1. Correspondence from the Guardianship Office concerning vaccinations with the inspectors of the Swedish, Molotschna, Smolensk, Crimea, and Jewish Colonies and the Radichev Hutterite Brotherhood.
  2. A letter from the Chief Judge, Samuel X. Contenius, about deriving material for inoculations.
  3. Correspondence from the Ekaterinoslav Committee for the Distribution of Inoculations (vaccinations) with the Guardianship Office. The plan for the preparation of inoculations in the Ekaterinoslav Province (typographical copy). The order from the Committee about the preparation of inoculations (typographical copy).
  4. Petition from Pastor K. Biller of the Josephstal Colony. Petition from the Catholic pastor, F. Maevsky, of the Jamburg Colony.
  5. A letter from the Marshal of the Nobility from the Kherson District regarding vaccinations.
  6. Lists of children vaccinated against smallpox in the Chortitza Colony in 1809.
  7. A statistical sheet regarding various colonies and villages (Chortitza, Rosenthal, Burwalde, Kronstal, Nieder Chortitza, Insel Chortitza, Einlage, Kronsweide, Neuenburg, Neuendorf, Schoenhorst, Schoenwiese, Jamburg, Josephstal, Rybalsk, and Kronsgarten) for March, 1812.
  8. Vaccination information for 1814 from the Chortitza Colony. Vaccination information for the period April to December, 1817 and for the period January and February, 1818 from the Molotschna Colony.

These documents are written in both Russian and German.
4 Mar 1805 to 15 Mar 1820. 254 pages.
(See the microfilm of selected files from Odessa Archives, Fund 6, Inventory 1 for this file).

File 197. File concerning Spanish Merino sheep and about specimens of this breed which were sent from the Ministry of Internal Affairs for sheep breeding.

  1. Copies of the document from Emperor Alexander the First to the Duke de Richelieu about the loan for Mr. Miller's sheep farm. Orders from the Ministry of Internal Affairs to the Guardianship Office about the purchasing of sheep from the farm of Mr. Miller for the colonies in New Russia.
  2. A report from the Minister of Internal Affairs, A. B. Kurakin, about the state of affairs at Mr. Miller's sheep farm (1808). Orders from Mr. Kurakin to the Guardianship Office about the distribution of the book about sheep breeding.
  3. An offer by the Duke de Richelieu to the Guardianship Office regarding the distribution and keeping of fine-fleeced sheep in the colonies.
  4. Declarations by Court Counselor Rosenkampf to the Guardianship Office.
  5. Offers from S. X. Contenius about the necessity to indicate the number of lambs of Spanish sheep and about improved breeding; about the reconstruction of the sheepfold as communal property of the colonists in Gruental in the Prischib Colony in the Molotschna area; about the preservation of the sheep.
  6. Receipts from Mr. Miller about the arrival of apprentices in 1808. A release from Mr. Miller for Wilhelm Siemens and Bernhard von Bergen to return to the Chortitza Colony.
  7. Instruction for the shepherd Heinrich Minh.
  8. Correspondence from Colony Secretary Ivan Michaelis, a member of the Saratov Guardianship Committee, with the New Russia Guardianship Committee regarding receiving and wintering of sheep and sending them to Saratov Province. The declaration of the Guardianship Office to the Civil Governor of Ekaterinoslav, K. S. Gladky, about the necessity to issue a post-horse order to Mr. Michaelis.
  9. A list of the owners from the Klosterdorf, Muehlhausendorf, Schlangendorf, and the Swedish Colonies who keep the Spanish sheep (1809).
  10. Correspondence from the Saratov Guardianship Committee with the New Russia Guardianship Committee about the wintering of the sheep in the Chortitza Colony and about sending the sheep to the Saratov Colonies (1808-1809).
  11. Letters from the Saratov Office about the money that was sent to pay for the wintering of the sheep.
  12. The contract with Johann Heide on the construction of a barn for the Mennonite sheepfold as communal property in the Gruental Colony. An estimate of the construction costs of the sheepfold for 3000 sheep. A list of the outlay during the construction.
  13. Reports from the Inspector of the Molotschna Colonies, Mr. Sieber, about methods to improve the keeping of sheep; about progress towards the completion of the sheepfold.
  14. A list of running expenses for the purchase of Spanish breeding sheep, the construction of the sheepfold and fence, and the construction of a house for herdsman in Gruental (1807).
  15. A list containing the number of sheep in the Chortitza Colonies (for the villages of Chortitza, Rosenthal, Schoenhorst, and Neuendorf) in 1806, in the Molotschna Mennonite Colonies in 1807, in the Molotschna District in 1808.
  16. Reports from inspectors of the Molotschna, Crimea, Chortitza Colonies, and Radichev Brotherhood about the state of the Spanish sheep breeding. Tables containing the number of sheep of the Spanish and improved breed in the Swedish, Radichev, Molotschna, Chortitza, Josephstal, Rybalsk, Kronsgarten, Jamburg Colonies (1809, 1810, 1811, 1812 monthly, 1813 monthly and total, 1814 every month till September).
  17. Statistics about Spanish sheep breeding (January, February, March, and April, 1811). Statistics about the improved breed of sheep in the Chortitza Colonies (villages of Chortitza, Rosenthal, Burwalde, Nieder Chortitza, Schoenwiese, Insel Chortitza, Einlage, Kronsweide, Neuenburg, Neuendorf, Schoenhorst, and Kronstal), and in the Josephstal, Rybalsk, Kronsgarten, and Jamburg Colonies. Colonists crossed the Spanish and Russian sheep and got an improved breed of sheep in 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th generations.
  18. Report from the Inspector of the Swedish Colony about receiving sheep and about traveling expenses for moving them (1808).
  19. Reports from the Inspectors of the Crimea, Molotschna, Swedish, and Josephstal Colonies about sheep breeding, the numbers of lambs, and losses and illnesses of the sheep.
  20. Reports from the Chortitza District Office about sheep breeding.
  21. Reports from the Molotschna District Office to Inspector Sieber regarding the disobedience of Joseph Friedel.

These documents are written in both Russian and German.
24 May 1805 to 30 Oct 1814. 947 pages. 1437 frames.

File 201. File concerning estates that were transferred from one Mennonite or colonist to another because of death or other cause during 1805. Correspondence from the Guardianship Office, the Inspector of the Josephstal Colonies, Mr. Develdeev, the Inspector of the Swedish Colony, Mr. Pavlovsky, the Mayor of the Belowesch Colony, Mr. Stumph, the Danzig Village Government, and the Chortitza District Office about estates, which were transferred from one Mennonite or colonist to another because of death or other cause.

  1. Correspondence containing information about the transfer of estates in the Josephstal Colony from the deceased Johann Eisfeld to his wife Agatha, from the deceased Johann Faber to Johann Heiman; from Johann Wilhelm to Adam Kunz, from Johann Klein to Johann Miller, from Johann Erich to Michael Jung, and from Wilhelm Arks to Daniel Kunz.
  2. Correspondence containing information about the Chortitza District concerning the assumption of the estate of Peter Albrecht in Nieder Chortitza by the Mennonite Jacob Bueckert, the assumption of the estate of the deceased Cornelius Penner in Neuendorf by Dietrich Hildebrand, the assumption of the estate of Peter Friesen in Neuendorf by Isaac Klassen, the assumption of the estate of the deceased Jacob Enns in Burwalde by Dietrich Toews, the assumption of the estate of Nathaniel Goertz in Schoenwiese by Johann Funk, the assumption of the estate of Joseph Nowitzky in Burwalde by Johann Harms, the assumption of the estate of Johann Dyck in Nieder Chortitza by Wilhelm Peters, the assumption of the estate of Peter Breyel in Neuendorf by Jacob Dyck, the assumption of the estate of the deceased Gerhard Braun in Chortitza by Abraham Klassen, the assumption of the estate of Bernhard Jantzen in Burwalde by Abraham Penner.
  3. Correspondence containing information about the transfer of the estate of Peter Huebert in Schoenhorst to owner Jacob Franzen from Chortitza and the transfer of the estate of Paul Schellenberg in Schoenhorst to owner Gerhard Ens from Chortitza.
  4. Correspondence containing information about the transfer of the estate of Johann Gotschal in Kleinwerder of the Belowesch Colony to his sons.
  5. Correspondence containing information about the estate of Michael Lautenschlager, which belonged to colonist Johann Buller from Jamburg; about the transfer of the estate of Peter Schillinger to his son-in-law (or brother-in-law) Georg Zimmer in Jamburg.
  6. Correspondence containing information about the transfer of the estate of Johann Szmyd to his stepson Karl Cvattir in the Danzig Colony.
  7. Correspondence containing information about the transfer of the estate of the deceased colonist Gregory Sontsev to a colonist German in the Swedish Colony.
  8. Correspondence containing information about the estate of Gabriel Spoling, which he gave his son Michael in the Rybalsk Colony; about the transfer of the estate of the deceased Peter Illas to his wife Margaretha in the Rybalsk Colony.
  9. Correspondence containing information about the exchange of the estates between Peter Dyck and Jacob Warkentin in Schoenhorst, between Peter Epp of Burwalde and Dietrich Hildebrand of Neuendorf, and between Abraham Friesen of Neuendorf and Mr. Ginter of Nieder Chortitza.
  10. Reports written by mayors and inspectors on the same subject; the inventories of properties; promissory notes written by the new owners regarding state debts and so on.

These documents are written in both Russian and German.
31 Dec 1804 to 28 Oct 1808. 158 pages. 252 frames.

File 208. File concerning the birth and death rates among new colonists who settled in the Odessa, Swedish, Danzig, Molotschna, and Josephstal Colonies.

  1. Reports written by Inspector Develdeev about the number of births and deaths in the Josephstal, Rybalsk, and Jamburg Colonies and in state villages of Voloskoe, Kamenka, Podgornoye from March to May, 1805.
  2. Reports written by the village government of the Swedish Colony containing the same data from January to March, 1805.
  3. A statement written by the Assistant to the Chief Judge, Mr. Brigonzi, and lists containing the same data for the German colonies of Odessa, Ovidiopol, Grigoriopol, Gross and Klein Liebenthal, and the Bulgarian Colonies of Ternovka, Gross and Klein Buyalik, and Kubanka from January to November, 1805.
  4. A report written by the Danzig Village Government about rate of illness in the colony for November, 1805.
  5. A report and list written by the Inspector of the Molotschna Colony concerning the villages of Monplessi, Neudorf, Rosental, Hoffental, Nassau, Weinau, and Wasserau for November, 1805.
  6. A report written by the Molotschna District Office containing the list for May, 1805.
  7. A report and list written by the Inspector of the Molotschna Mennonite Colonies, Baron Ikskul, concerning the villages of Halbstadt, Muntau, Schoenau, Fischau, Lindenau, Lichtenau, Blumstein, Muensterberg, Altonau, Schoensee, Petershagen, Tiegenhagen, Ohrloff, Tiege, Blumenort, and Rosenort from July to November, 1805.
  8. A report and list written by the Inspector of the Swedish Colonies, Mr. Gsell, about the colonies of Klosterdorf, Muehlhausendorf, Schlangendorf, and the Old Swedish Sloboda (Schwedendorf) from January to October, 1806.

These documents are written in both Russian and German.
6 Mar 1805 to 16 Oct 1806. 67 pages. 89 frames.

File 209. File concerning six Mennonite families that were allowed to live in Volhynia after they paid their official debt.

  1. A letter of attorney about the purchase of lands given by settlers of Manuisti Sloboda of the Novomoskovsk District to Ivan Feodorovich Grabovsky. He had to buy lands in Volhynia for them.
  2. Correspondence from the Guardianship Office, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the governments of the provinces of Ekaterinoslav, Taurida, and Kherson, the Ekaterinoslav Civil Governor, P. I. von Berg, the Civil Governor of Volhynia, the Ekaterinoslav District Treasurer, Mr. Kovalsky, and the Ekaterinoslav State Chamber concerning the desire of Mennonites Gerhard, Johann, Heinrich, and Peter Harms, Gerhard Nikkel, Heinrich Ewert, and Heinrich Kliewer to move to Volhynia to settle on the purchased lands and about collecting the public debt from them .
  3. Notes from the journal of the Guardianship Office on the same subject.
  4. A petition written by Johann Harms to issue passports for the trip.
  5. Lists of names of Mennonites containing information about the amount of debts.
  6. The passports for Mennonites Gerhard, Johann, Heinrich, and Peter Harms, Gerhard Nickel, Heinrich Ewert, and Heinrich Kliewer, which include the names and ages of their family members (frames 25-28, 52-54).

These documents are written in both Russian and German.
18 Feb 1805 to 17 Aug 1805. 43 pages. 68 frames.

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