Associated Colonies
Place of origin
Rimhorn, Lützelbach, Hessen, Germany

Johann Nikolaus Olt, a cloth maker from Rimhorn, southeast of Höchst im Odenwald, left for Russia in 1766, with his wife Anna Katharina Oehlmann and their daughter Anna Eva, who had been born 5 May 1765. They arrived from Lübeck at the port in Oranienbaum on 12 September 1766 aboard a vessel under the command of skipper Heinrich Sager.

The family settles in the Volga German colony of Frank on 1 September 1767, and are recorded there on the 1767 Census in Household No. 93. Daughter Anna Eva has died somewhere along the journey from Oranienbaum to Saratov, and a new daughter Maria Elisabeth has been born.

By the time that the 1798 Census is taken, Nikolaus is still living with a new wife in Frank in Household No. Fk056.



Gieg, Ella. Auswanderungen aus dem Odenwaldkreis Band 1 (Lützelbach: E. Gieg, 1988-1997): 176.

Mai, Brent Alan. 1798 Census of the German Colonies along the Volga: Economy, Population, and Agriculture (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1999).

Parish records of Höchst (LDS Film Nos. 1193268 & 1193269).

Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 434.

Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): 396.


Bill Pickelhaupt