Volmer
Names
Folmar, Folmer, Kopenka, Kopjonka, Kozenka, Lugowoi, Lugowoj, Lugovoye, Volmar, Volmer, Vollmar, Vollmer, Vollmer Lugowoj
Location
50º44' N 45º26' E
History
      Under the leadership of Baron de Boffe, Volmer was founded as a Roman Catholic colony on 18 July 1766 with 47 families from Mainz, the Palatinate, and Trier. It was named after the first mayor of the colony.
Church
      The congregation in Volmer was originally part of the Kamenka Parish. It became an independent parish in 1904. A wooden church was built in Volmer in 1859 and dedicated to St. Michael the Archangel. The church was supposedly closed in 1928.
Priests
      The parish of Volmer was served by the following priests:
Peter Glaßmann (1904, 5 months)
Michael Brungardt (1909-1914)
Jakob Feser (?-1926)
Markus Marsal (1926)
Josef Paul, Sr. (1927)
Josef Beilmann (1928-1930/1931)
Population
Population Table
Year
Households
Population
Total
Male
Female
1767
47
158
80
78
1769
47
177
95
82
1773
47
221
111
110
1788
45
273
140
133
1798
49
331
168
163
1816
69
421
215
206
1834
101
746
376
370
1850
116
1,122
586
536
1857
126
1,170
587
583
1859
86
1,183
588
595
1886
213
1,777
921
856
1891
193
2,287
1,183
1,104
1894
241
2,308
1,209
1,099
1897
1,555*
798
757
1905
1,452
1911
1,775
1912
1,715
1920
291
1,867
1922
1,212
1926**
275
1,565
763
802
1931
1,762
*Of whom 1,550 were German.
**Of whom 1,555 were German (270 households: 753 male & 802 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): 353.
- Diesendorf, V.F. Die Deutschen Russlands : Siedlungen und Siedlungsgebiete : Lexicon. Moscow, 2006.
- Mink, A.N. Historical and Geographical Dictionary of the Saratov Province [in Russian] (Saratov, Russia, 1898): 503-506.
- 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.
- Preliminary Results of the Soviet Census of 1926 on the Volga German Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic (Pokrovsk, 1927): 28-83.
- Schnurr, Joseph, Die Kirchen und das Religiöse Leben der Russlanddeutschen - Katholischer Teil (Stuttgart: Selbstverlag Joseph Schnurr, 1980): 250.
- "Settlements in the 1897 Census." Journal of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia (Winter, 1990): 18.
Resources Available:
External Links
- Volmer - Kopenka (Cathy Hawinkels)
- Volmer - Kopenka (Angela Gartner)
- Volmer (wolgadeutsche.net) - in Russian
Last updated 31 May 2013.
Map showing Volmer
on the left (1935).


St. Michael the Archangel
Catholic Church in Volmer.
Source: Heimatbuch der Deutschen aus Rußland, 1972.