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The Guardianship Committee of Foreign Settlers in South Russia

Compiled March 2002 by Tim Janzen & Tatyana Makarenko

1813

File 723. File concerning the lists of names of the colonists who obtained permission to leave the colonies for business and other private matters.

  1. Correspondence from the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Guardianship Office, and the Kherson Military Governor concerning the necessary conditions that give the right for colonists to leave the colonies.
  2. Lists of names of colonists, Mennonites and Jewish, who received permission to leave the colonies from June, 1812 to June, 1813, and for August, November, and December, 1813; 1814, 1815, 1816, 1817, 1818 and 1819 (monthly).
  3. Lists of names of German and Bulgarian colonists from the Odessa Settlement who received permission to leave colonies for the months of September, 1813, December, 1813, January and February, 1814, and January to September, 1816.
  4. Lists of names of colonists from the Odessa Settlement who returned to the colonies for the months of December, 1813 and January, 1814.
  5. Lists of names of colonists from the Josephstal Colony and Mennonites from the Chortitza Colony who received permission to leave the colonies for the month of August, 1813.
  6. Lists of names of Jewish colonists who received permission to leave the colonies for the months of June to November, 1814, and January, 1815.

These documents are written in both Russian and German.
20 May 1813 to 11 Dec 1819. 457 pages. 722 frames.

File 735. File concerning the last will and testament of Abraham Regier from the village of Schoensee.

  1. Correspondence between the Guardianship Office and the Inspector of the Molotschna Colony about the necessity to prove the last will of Abraham Regier of Schoensee.
  2. Copy of his last will.

These documents are written in Russian.
26 Mar 1813 to May 1813. 5 pages. 10 frames.

File 736. File concerning an incident in which Jacob Bartel Mewsen of Kronsgarten was a witness to the conflict between the merchant Ivan Poltavtsev and the College Registrar, Ivan Vinarev. The former brought an action against the latter.

  1. Correspondence from the Guardianship Office with the Novomoskovsk Minor Court and the Inspector of the Josephstal Colonies about an action taken because of damages against the merchant Ivan Poltavtsev.
  2. Correspondence from the Guardianship Office with the Novomoskovsk Minor Court and the Inspector of the Josephstal Colonies about the need to call J. Bartel Mewsen in for testimony.

These documents are written in Russian.
27 Mar 1813 to 19 Apr 1813. 4 pages. 11 frames.

File 742. File concerning the testimonies of the Mennonites Bernhard Krahn, Peter Reimer, and Georg Krahn of Neuenburg, who were witnesses to an incident in which the keeper of the Neuenburg Station, T. Rikov, mercilessly assaulted (lashed) Ivan Arhipov. Mr. Arhipov was with some companions who were petty bourgeois from Ekaterinoslav.

  1. Correspondence between the Guardianship Office, the Chief of District Police, Mr. Zenkov, District Mayor Siemens, and the Ekaterinoslav District Court.
  2. Testimonies from Mennonites from Neuenburg (Georg Krahn, Bernhard Krahn and Peter Reimer) about the incident.

These documents are written in both Russian and German.
12 May 1813 to 20 Jun 1813. 11 pages. 24 frames.

File 744. All officials dependent upon the Guardianship Office were to strictly perform their official duties by order from the Kherson Military Governor.

  1. An order from the Duke de Richelieu to the Guardianship Office.
  2. Correspondence from the Guardianship Office with the Inspectors of the Molotschna, Chortitza, and Crimean Colonies, and the business manager of the settlements, Mr. Lashkarev, about the official duties.

These documents are written in both Russian and German.
10 May 1813 to 14 Jul 1813. 12 pages. 21 frames.

File 746. File concerning the conflicts among Altonau Mennonites. Mennonite Klaas Wiens did not agree with the Altonau community and the clergy did not agree with the community. They quarreled among themselves over religious ceremonies.

  1. Report written by Mr. Sieber; the resolution of the Guardianship Office.
  2. Order from the Guardianship Office to the Chortitza District Office about the need to appoint respectable citizens in order that they may describe the reasons for the conflicts and to help reconcile the differences between the participants.
  3. Report written by District Mayor Siemens. He assented to go help restore agreement in the village of Altonau on the Molotschna River. Jacob Enns is mentioned.

These documents are written in both Russian and German.
31 May 1813 to 10 Oct 1813. 8 pages. 18 frames.

File 748. Landowner Klevtsov, living on the Samara River, didn't release a widow, Mrs. Peter Friesen, who had left the Chortitza Colony. This event was written in the report from the Chortitza District Office.

  1. Correspondence from the Guardianship Office with the Chortitza District Office and the Novomoskovsk Minor Court about the necessity to seek out and bring the Mennonite widow, Mrs. Friesen, back to the Chortitza Colonies.

These documents are written in both Russian and German.
16 Jun 1813 to 24 Jan 1814. 13 pages. 24 frames.

File 752. File concerning a contract for the sale of wood. The Mennonite Klaas Wiens of Kronsgarten, and the merchants, Mr. Korolev and Mr. Voronov of Ekaterinoslav, entered into a contract for the sale of wood. Mr. Wiens sold a piece of woodland for timber to the merchants.

  1. Report written by Inspector Develdeev to the Guardianship Office about the contract.
  2. Petition written by Klaas Wiens to ratify the contract.
  3. Contract document (copy).
  4. Correspondence from the Guardianship Office with Mr. Develdeev and the Ekaterinoslav Government Chamber about the contract.

These documents are written in both Russian and German.
9 Jul 1813 to 21 Jun 1814. 10 pages. 18 frames.

File 753. File concerning an incident in which the prisoner F. Stashenok escaped from Mennonites from Kronsweide who were escorting him.

  1. Report from the Chortitza District Office to the Guardianship Office about the incident.
  2. Correspondence from the Guardianship Office with the Ekaterinoslav Minor Court and Ekaterinoslav Government regarding the punishment and later release of the escorts.

These documents are written in both Russian and German.
2 Aug 1813 to 7 Jan 1815. 20 pages. 38 frames.

File 755. File concerning an incident in which the officers of the Alexandrovsk Minor Court, D. F. Burminov and M. B. Krasnuchenko, petitioned the Emperor to investigate their assault by German colonists.

  1. Petition written by D. F. Burminov to the Emperor to investigate his assault by German colonists.
  2. Petition written by M. B. Krasnuchenko to the Emperor to investigate his assault by German colonists.
  3. The Guardianship Office considered the official report from the Chortitza District Office about the incident and drew a conclusion.
  4. The conclusion of the Guardianship Office.

These documents are written in Russian.
15 Aug 1813 to 23 Aug 1813. 9 pages. 20 frames.

File 756 is a continuation of File 755. File concerning an incident in which the Mennonites who lived near the Einlage ferry assaulted the following officers: College Registrar F. Burminov and Government Registrars M. B. Krasnuchenko and N. Yakovenko.

  1. Petition written by the officers to the Emperor to investigate the incident.
  2. Certificate that was given to D. F. Burminov and M. B. Krasnuchenko about physical evidences of their assault.
  3. Correspondence from the Guardianship Office with the Ekaterinoslav Minor Court about the need to appoint delegates from the Guardianship Office for joint investigations the incident; about the need to summon the culprits.
  4. Reports written by the Chortitza District Office including an explanation of the incident.

These documents are written in both Russian and German.
15 Aug 1813 to 20 Feb 1814. 29 pages. 57 frames.

File 758. File concerning the necessity to send delegates from the Guardianship Office to the Alexandrovsk Minor Court for joint investigations of the affair. Mrs. Juravlenkova, a resident of the town of Voznesensk, made a complaint about the assault of her son Michael against Daniel Goertzen of Schoenwiese.

  1. Correspondence from the Guardianship Office with the Alexandrovsk Minor Court and the Ekaterinoslav Government on the occasion of investigations of this case.

These documents are written in Russian.
5 Sep 1813 to 22 Sep 1815. 10 pages. 22 frames.

File 764. Report written by the Elder of the Radichev Mennonite Brotherhood, Mr. Waldner, about an incident in the Radichev Mennonite Brotherhood in which Peter Ratzlaff left the colony without permission.

  1. Report from Mr. Waldner and the conclusions of the Guardianship Office about the situation in which Peter Ratzlaff left the colony without permission..
  2. Correspondence from the Guardianship Office with the Romensk City Police and the Poltava Government about searches for him.
  3. Report written by Mr. Delvedeev to the Guardianship Office about finding P. Ratzlaff.
  4. Report written the Chortitza District Office about the consent to admit P. Ratzlaff to their community.
  5. A list of the names and ages of Peter Ratzlaff's family in the Chortitza Colony in 1819 (frames 105, 107, 122, 123).
  6. Correspondence from the Guardianship Office with the Ekaterinoslav Government Chamber concerning the taxes that P. Ratzlaff must pay.

These documents are written in both Russian and German.
This file has been damaged by mold.
26 Sep 1813 to 12 Oct 1820. 91 pages. 158 frames.

File 766. File concerning an accident in which a cow harmed the young son of the retired Captain A. Katan. Captain Katan accused the Mayor of Schoenwiese (and other unnamed persons) of carelessness and he petitioned to the Emperor.

  1. Petition from A. Katan to the Emperor.
  2. Certificate that was given to the son Basil about his physical injuries.
  3. Correspondence from the Guardianship Office with the Alexandrovsk Minor Court, the City Police, and the Chortitza District Office about this accident.
  4. Explanation written by the Mayor of Schoenwiese, Peter Krahn.

These documents are written in both Russian and German.
14 Nov 1813 to 9 Mar 1815. 52 pages. 89 frames.

File 773. Lists concerning the welfare of the colonies from January to April, 1813. The Guardianship Office sent this statistical information to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Kherson Military Governor.

  1. Lists containing information about the number of the families, the number of females and males, the number of departing colonists and colonists who had recently arrived in the following colonies: the Odessa Settlement, Jamburg, Kronsgarten, Josephstal, Rybalsk, Danzig, Swedish, Crimea (Greeks, Bulgarians, and Ukrainians), Jewish, Smolensk, and the Molotschna Colony District (January to April, 1813, monthly and in aggregate from January to April, 1813).
  2. Records of the records of the births, deaths, and marriages of the colonists and Mennonites in the Crimean, Swedish, Prischib (frames 108-111, 113-115, 118-120, 124, 125, 159, 160) and Molotschna Mennonite Colonies (frames 111, 112, 116, 117, 122, 123, 158, 159).
  3. Summary lists containing information about the Ekaterinoslav Settlement, the Odessa Settlement (Greeks, Bulgarians, Slav-Serbians, and Germans), and the Crimean Colonies for the period from January to April, 1813.

These documents are written in both Russian and German.
11 Feb 1813 to 10 Aug 1813. 181 pages. 301 frames.

File 774. File concerning the permission to borrow grain (270 chetvert* of rye from village reserve stores) for the Mennonites from the Chortitza Colonies since they had not had enough grain due to a cold winter and a poor harvest the previous summer.

  1. Correspondence from the Chortitza District Office with the Guardianship Office about permission to borrow grain from reserve stores for the Mennonites from the Chortitza Colonies.
  2. Order from the Guardianship Office to the Chortitza District Office about the permission to disperse the grain.

* 1 chetvert (loose material) = 291 liters.

These documents are written in both Russian and German.
5 Feb 1813 to 7 Mar 1814. 23 pages. 33 frames.

File 775. Statistical information for 1813.

  1. Correspondence from the Guardianship Office with the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Kherson Civil Governor, I. X. Kalegeorgia, the inspectors of the colonies, and the district office concerning the need to schedule the lists of village reserve stores.
  2. Order from the Ekaterinoslav Civil Governor on the same subject (typographical copy). Sample of the list (typographical copy).
  3. Order from the Ministry of Police to the inspectors of the colonies on the same subject.
  4. Lists containing information about the amount of the grain that was reserved in village reserve stores of the colonies in the provinces of Ekaterinoslav, Kherson, and Chernigov for the period from January to June, 1813.
  5. Summary lists containing information about the harvest and the sowing of grain in the colonies of the provinces of Taurida, Ekaterinoslav, and Kherson for 1813.
  6. Lists containing information about the number of fruit and mulberry trees in the colonies in New Russia for 1813 for the various provinces, districts, and colonies.
  7. Lists containing information about the harvest and the sowing of grain in the colonies in New Russia for 1813.
  8. List containing information about the state of Spanish sheep breeding in the colonies in New Russia for 1813.
  9. Lists containing information about the acquisition of household effects in the colonies in New Russia for 1813 for the various provinces, districts, and colonies.
  10. Summary lists containing information about the amount of the grain that was reserved in village reserve stores of the colonies dependent on the Guardianship Office for 1813.
  11. Lists containing information about the number of cattle deaths for 1813 for the various provinces, districts, and colonies.
  12. Statistical lists containing information about the number of births, deaths, and marriages of the foreign settlers for 1813 for the various provinces, districts, and colonies.

These documents are written in both Russian and German.
17 Mar 1813 to 29 Nov 1814. 167 pages. 314 frames.

File 780. Reports from the colonies to the Guardianship Office about birth rates and death rates in the colonies.

  1. Offer from the Chief Judge, S. X. Contenius, to the Guardianship Office regarding the need to schedule monthly lists of population statistics in the colonies. Order from the Duke de Richelieu.
  2. Reports written by the district offices in the colonies about sending the lists to the Guardianship Office.
  3. Statistical lists containing information about the number of births and deaths and the number of colonists absent on leave in the following colonies: the Molotschna Colony (Mennonites and other colonists), the Radichev Mennonite Brotherhood, the Chortitza Colony, the Smolensk, Jewish, and Swedish Colonies in the Kherson Province, and the Josephstal and Danzig Colonies in the Elisabethgrad District for the period from October to December, 1813, and for the Crimea for 1813.
  4. Extractions from the records of the births, deaths, and marriages of the colonists, extractions from the records of colonists absent on leave in the Radichev Mennonite Brotherhood for the period from July to October, 1813 (frame 13), the Chortitza Colony for October to December, 1813 (frames 15-19, 43, 44, 81-83), the Josephstal Colony, and the Rybalsk Colony for October, 1813.

These documents are written in both Russian and German.
29 Sep 1813 to 13 Feb 1814. 67 pages. 97 frames.

File 781. Lists regarding the welfare of colonies from September to December, 1813. The Guardianship Office sent this statistical information to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Kherson Military Governor.

  1. Order from the Ministry of Internal Affairs to the Guardianship Office regarding the necessity to schedule lists.
  2. Reports written by inspectors and the Chortitza District Office about sending the lists to the Guardianship Office.
  3. Statistical lists containing information about the number of families, females, and males for the period from September to December, 1813 in the following colonies: The Odessa settlement (Gross Liebental, Klein Liebenthal, Alexanderhilf, Neuburg, Mariental, Josephstal, Peterstal, Freudenthal, Franzfeld, Lustdorf, Strasbourg, Selz, Kandel, Baden, Manheim, Elsass, and Odessa); The Crimea settlement (Chokurcha, Kronental, Heilbrunn, Sudak, Simferopol, Feodosia, the Feodosia District, Zuerichtal, Baltachokrak, Kishlav, and Old Crimea); The Molotschna Mennonite Colony (Halbstadt, Muntau, Schoenau, Fischau, Lindenau, Lichtenau, Blumstein, Muensterberg, Altonau, Ladekopp, Schoensee, Petershagen, Ohrloff, Tiege, and Rosenort; The Molotschna Prischib Colony (Montal, Rosental, Neudorf, Molotschnaya, Hoffental, Nassau, Weinau, Wasserau, Durlach, Kostheim, Leitershausen, Hochstaedt, Friedrichsfeld, Gruental, Heidelberg, and Waldorf); Swedish Colony (Klosterdorf, Miulganzendorf, Schlangendorf, and Old Swedish Sloboda).
  4. Lists containing information about the number of Mennonites who had recently arrived in the Chortitza Colonies.
  5. Lists containing information about the number of colonists who had recently arrived in the Smolensk and Jewish Colonies.
  6. Statistical lists containing information about the number of colonists in the German and Bulgarian Colonies on January 1, 1814.
  7. Extractions from the records of the births, deaths, and marriages of the colonists in the Crimean settlement, the Molotschna Mennonite Colony (frames 138, 139, 171, 172, 185-187, 20th - 22nd unnumbered frames after frame 454), the Prischib Colony (frame 70, 139-148, 173, 174, 187, 188, 22nd - 23rd unnumbered frames after frame 454), and the Swedish Colony.
  8. Information about the medical expenses in the Molotschna Colonies for the period from September to December of 1813.
  9. Summary lists concerning the colonies in New Russia for 1813.

These documents are written in both Russian and German.
5 Sep 1813 to 23 Mar 1814. 224 pages. 389 frames.

File 803. Statistical information for 1812 that was sent to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Kherson Military Governor.

  1. Lists containing information about the amount of the grain that was reserved in village reserve stores in the colonies of the provinces of Ekaterinoslav, Taurida, Kherson and Chernigov for the first half of 1812, and for 1812 (except for the Odessa Settlement), and the Chortitza Colony for 1812.
  2. Summary lists containing information about the harvest and the sowing of grain in the colonies of the provinces of Taurida, Ekaterinoslav, and Kherson for 1812 (except for the Odessa Settlement).
  3. Lists containing information about the number of fruit and mulberry trees in the colonies in New Russia (except for the Odessa settlement) for 1812 (provinces, districts and colonies).
  4. Lists containing information about the harvest and sowing of grain in the colonies in New Russia for 1812.
  5. Summary list containing information about the state of Spanish sheep breeding in the colonies in New Russia for 1812.
  6. Lists containing information about acquisition of household effects in the colonies of New Russia (except for the Odessa settlement) for 1812 for various provinces, districts and colonies.
  7. Statistical lists containing information about the number of families, females and males, livestock, implements, spinning wheels in the Radichev Colony in the Korolev District for 1812.
  8. Lists containing information about the number of losses of cattle for 1812 for various provinces, districts, and colonies.
  9. Lists containing information about the number of Jewish colonists in the Kherson Province on October 10,1812, and for all of 1812.
  10. Statistical lists containing information about the number of births, deaths, and marriages of the foreign settlers for 1812 (provinces, districts and colonies, except for the Odessa Settlement).
  11. Reports written by inspectors and district offices in the colonies about sending the lists to the Guardianship Office.

These documents are written in both Russian and German.
29 Mar 1812 to 14 May 1813. 103 pages. 187 frames.

File 806. File concerning hail-damaged crops in the colonies during 1812.

  1. Reports written by the inspectors of the colonies.
  2. Correspondence from the Guardianship Office with the Duke de Richelieu about the possibility of helping the colonies.
  3. Lists containing information about the damage caused by hail to the property of the people from the villages of Neuenburg, Chortitza, Einlage, Rosenthal, and Schoenwiese in the Chortitza Colony, the villages of Gruental, Durlach, Fischau, and Lindenau in the Molotschna Colony, and the village of Zuerichtal in the Crimean Colony.
  4. Lists naming the owners that had suffered losses because of hailstorms in the villages of Gruental, Durlach, Fischau, and Lindenau (frames 59-67).
  5. Report and Correspondence.

These documents are written in both Russian and German.
10 Jun 1812 to 11 Sep 1813. 45 pages. 80 frames.

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