Bettinger
Names
Barataevka, Baratajewka, Baratayevka, Bettinger, Vorotaevka
Location
47º17' N 51º55' E
History
      Bettinger was founded on 3 August 1767 by Baron Caneau de Beauregard as a Lutheran colony. It moved to a new location in 1770.
Church
      In 1780, Bettinger became the lead parish for the surrounding Lutheran congregations in Schaffhausen, Basel, Biberstein, and Zürich. A new church building made of wood was built in 1871. It was called Peter & Paul Lutheran Church.
      In 2000, the skeletal remains of the Bettinger Lutheran Church were still standing, but shortly thereafter it burned to the ground. All that remains today is the remants of the foundation.
Pastors

The following pastor is a son of the colony:

Population
Population Table
Year
Households
Population
Total
Male
Female
1767
35
74*
46
28
1769
40
116
60
56
1773
42
139
66
73
1788
42
210
117
93
1798
46
284
141
143
1816
93
560
286
274
1834
136
1,006
496
510
1850
193
1,266
625
641
1857
195
1,446
730
716
1859
182
1,409
720
689
1883
2,080
1889
2,146
1894
1897
2,739**
1,382
1,357
1905
4,184
1910
451
4,366
2,250
2,116
1912
4,452
1920
576***
3,381
1922
2,759
1926****
471
2,465
1,159
1,306
1931
3,313*****
*Some sources list 82.
**Of whom 2,727 were German.
***Of which 569 households were German.
****Of whom 2,461 (1,157 male & 1,304 female) were German living in 468 households.
*****Of whom 3,307 were German.
Sources:
- Beratz, Gottieb. The German colonies on the Lower Volga, their origin and early development: a memorial for the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the first German settlers on the Volga, 29 June 1764. Translated by Adam Giesinger (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1991): 348.
- Diesendorf, V.F. Die Deutschen Russlands : Siedlungen und Siedlungsgebiete : Lexicon. Moscow, 2006.
- Pallas, P.S. Reise durch verschiedene Provinzen des Russischen Reichs. Theil 3,2, Reise aus Sibirien zurueck an die Wolga im 1773sten Jahr (St. Petersburg: Kaiserl. Academie der Wissenschaften, 1776): 614.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 131-138.
- Preliminary Results of the Soviet Census of 1926 on the Volga German Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic (Pokrovsk, 1927): 28-83.
- Reith, Andreas. Bettinger Lutheran Church, 2009 (online - in Russian).
- Report of Conditions of Settlements on the Volga to Catherine II by Count Orlov, 14 February 1769.
- Schnurr, Joseph. Die Kirchen und das religiöse Leben der Russlanddeutschen – Evangelischer Teil (Stuttgart: AER Verlag Landsmannschaft der Deutschen aus Rußland, 1978): 196.
- "Settlements in the 1897 Census." Journal of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia (Winter, 1990): 16.
External Links
Bettinger (Wolgadeutsche.net) - in Russian
Last updated 24 May 2013.
Map showing Bettinger
on the left (1935).


Bettinger Church of Peter & Paul.
Built in 1871.
Source: Heimatbuch der Deutschen aus Rußland, 1972.