Associated Colonies
Place of origin
Rimbach, Bergstraße, Hessen, Germany

Johann Martin & Anna Ottilia Schander have five known children, two of them baptized in the Evangelical Church of Rimbach, 43 kilometers south of Darmstadt: (1) Anna Catharina, born 8 January 1756 and died 4 April 1756; and (2) Anna Catharina (again) baptized on 1 January 1758.

Johann Martin Schander and his family emigrated to Russia, departing from Lübeck by the English frigate Love and Unity with skipper Thomas Fairfax at the helm. They arrived at the Russian port of Oranienbaum, near St. Petersburg, on 12 September 1766.

They arrived in the Volga German colony of Katharinenstadt on 3 August 1767, where they spent the first winter. They are recorded there on the 1767 Census in Households No. 28 & 29.

They resettled the following year to the colony of Basel where descendants are recorded on the 1798 Census in Households No. Bs01, Bs25, & Bs29.


- 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 Rimbach (LDS Film No. 1340355).
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical Universiy, 2010): 340.

Corina Hirt