Franzosen
Names
Franzosen, Pervomaiskoye, Rossochi, Rossoshi, Rossoschi, Rossotschi
Location
50º48' N 45º29' E
History
Franzosen was founded on 28 July 1765 as a Roman Catholic French colony by DeBoffe. Between 1816 and 1834 most of the Catholic families moved to other colonies and colonists from Protestant colonies settled there.
Population
Population Table
Year
Households
Population
Total
Male
Female
1767
68
160
86
74
1769
58
169
98
71
1773
46
150
79
71
1788
26
143
81
62
1798
47
254
139
115
1816
79
436
235
201
1834
114
776
405
371
1850
136
1,248
641
607
1857
146
1,435
728
707
1859
125
1,460
735
725
1886
208
1,765
915
850
1891
194
2,231
1,145
1,086
1894
201
2,232
1,151
1,081
1897
1,641*
833
808
1904
2,768
1910
2,750
1912
3,055
1920
353
2,585
1922
1,845
1923
1,695
1926**
348
1,928
889
1,039
1931
2,162
*Of whom 1,631 were German.
**Of whom 1,919 were German (344 households: 883 male & 1,036 female).
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): 349.
- Diesendorf, V.F. Die Deutschen Russlands : Siedlungen und Siedlungsgebiete : Lexicon. Moscow, 2006.
- List of Settlements in the Russian Empire in 1859, vol. 38: Saratov Province (St. Petersburg, 1862): 59.
- Mink, A.N. Historical and Geographical Dictionary of the Saratov Province [in Russian] (Saratov, Russia, 1898): 838-841.
- Orlov, Gregorii. Report of Conditions of Settlements on the Volga to Catherine II, 14 February 1769.
- 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): 623.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 441-455.
- Preliminary Results of the Soviet Census of 1926 on the Volga German Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic (Pokrovsk, 1927): 28-83.
- "Settlements in the 1897 Census." Journal of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia (Winter, 1990): 19.
External Links
Franzosen (wolgadeutsche.net) - in Russian
Last updated 24 April 2014.

Map showing Franzosen (1935).