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Bönstadt, Niddatal, Hessen, Germany

Bönstadt is located southeast of Friedberg. At the time that the Feürstein family left this area in 1766, Bönstadt was part of the Solms-Braundfels Principality. Today it is part of the County of Friedberg in Hessen.

The marriage of Johann Georg Feurstein, son of Joh. Conrad Feurstein from Bönstadt, and Agnesa Loch, daughter of Johann Sebastian Loch from Bönstadt, is listed in the parish register of Büdingen on 12 June 1766. This couple, along with several other members of the Feürstein family, arrived from Lübeck at the port in Oranienbaum on 29 August 1766 aboard the ship Apollo under the command of skipper Detlov Merberg.

The family arrived in Norka on 15 August 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household #170 and on the 1775 census in Household #104. They are also listed on the Norka census of 1798 in Household No. Nr109.


- 1775 Census of Norka.
- Parish records for Bönstadt (LDS Film No. 1195346).
- Mai, Brent Alan. Transport of the Volga Germans from Oranienbaum to the Colonies on the Volga, 1766-1767 (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1998): A-10.
- Mai, Brent Alan and Dona Reeves-Marquardt. German Migration to the Russian Volga (1764-1767) : Origins and Destinations (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 2003): 94.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Bands 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 275.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): 328.

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Brent Mai