Mueller, (Krestovok Buyerak) was settled on August 16, 1767 with 113 people. It had a population of 142 in 1773 and 2,488 in 1912. It dropped to 877 in 1926. The Russian name means "crossed gully". Mueller is sandwiched between German Danilowka on the north and Russian Shcherbakovka to the south. In 1798 all the villagers except one were farmers. There was one joiner.

There were no orchards or mills and little grain was sold as the colonists needed it for their own use. The soil was poor and they were unable to grow oats. There was sufficient building stone available, but there were few stone buildings.

Alexander Ebel was born Oct 1893 in Mueller and died in Saskatchewan in 1970. He left Russia in 1913 and was the only member of this family to leave Mueller. He has numerous descendants in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario. Alexander had two known brothers, Jacob (1905-1982) and Friedrich (1907-1990). Alexander's father, Friedrich Ebel died in Russia in 1940. Friedrich had two sisters, Amalie who died in 1942, and Katherina who died in 1943. Alexander's grandson, Brian, visited Russia recently and shares his experiences in the Village of Mueller.

Original Settlers of Kolony Mueller

Bill Wiest received the original settlers list for Mueller from Dr. Igor Pleve. The document was translated from Russian by Rick Rye of the AHSGR staff in Lincoln.

Mr. Rye had the following comments. This list is a Kuhlberg list. Ivan Kuhlberg was probably of German descent, a clerk in one of the "collegium" established by Peter the Great. He seems to have been the chief clerk in the Oranienbaum office of immigration, the rough equivalent of our Ellis Island. Included are possible names of villages in Germany. Experience has shown that sometimes these records are quite inaccurate. Rye was not clear about the adopted male listed in family 29. The Russian word can mean "frozen to death" or escheat, a legal term for something remaining after an estate is settled. It might perhaps be best to say that his parents died, as was indicated in family 10.

All settlers were dispatched to Mueller on August 16, 1767. The total of the colony is 57 males, 56 females, totaling 113 souls.

Family Names Age Religion, previous residence, occupation
1. Vorsteher Adolf Mueller
wife Anna Elisabetha
28
20
Reform, from city of Gomburich (Hamburg?), a feldscher (medic)
2. Beisitzer Johann Peter Gross
wife Anna Katherina
41
45
Lutheran, from village of Stenberk (Steinberg?), carpenter
3. Beisitzer Andreas Rak (Rein?)
wife Anna Katharine
son: Johann Konrad
dau: Anna Elisabetha
42
?
8
15
Lutheran, village of Tsel (Zell), farmers
4. Johannes Schaefer
wife Elisabetha
son: Johann Heinrich
son: Johann Georg
dau: Eva Elisabetha
32
35
9
2
5
Lutheran, village Renrot (Rainrod?), farmers
5. Daviel Fuks (Fuchs)
wife Anna Elisabetha
bro in law: Johann Georg Shingals (Schoenhals?)
34
24

18

Lutheran, village of Scierbach (Schlierbach?), farmers
6. Jakob Ruppel
wife Anna Elisabetha
34
32
Lutheran, village of Schwartz, farmer
7. Konrad Bugamer (Buchhammer, Buchheimer)
wife Anna Elisabetha
27
19
Lutheran, village of Renrot (Rainrod?)
8. Johannes Dekher (added in different hand: Dekler)
wife Edruta (Gertrude?)
son: Georg
dau: Anna Edruta (Gertrude?)
dau: Anna Maria
43
30
11
15
2 wks
Lutheran, village of Tsel (Zell), farmer
9. Georg Kraemer
wife Maria Elisabetha
his bro: Johannes Kraemer
18
20
12
Lutheran, village of Tsel (Zell), farmer
10. Konrad Klein
wife Anna Elisabeth
dau:Katherina
adopted dau after death of her parents:Barbara Katherina
36
27
9 mo

15

Lutheran, village of Tsel (Zell), farmer
11. Georg Schneider
wife Barbara
30
25
Lutheran, village of Tsel (Zell), farmer
12. Georg Buksman (Buxmann)
wife Anna Maria
his bro: Johann Jakob
24
30
14
Lutheran, village of Reinheim, tailor
13. Ebel (?) Hoffmann
wife Elisabetha
23
19
Lutheran, village of Tsel (Zell), farmer
14. Georg Titschler
wife Maria Elisabetha
dau: Anna Maria
dau: Anna Elisabetha
28
29
6
3
Lutheran, village of Tsel (Zell), farmer
15. Johann Peter Honig(?)
wife Maria Elisabetha
dau: Anna Elisabetha
43
33
2
Lutheran, village of Atzenhain (?), farmer
16. (?) Dekher (Decker)
wife Eva Elisabetha
28
28
Lutheran, city of Andru_ (Ondrup?), weaver
17. Ludwig Edelbach
wife Anna Elisabetha
37
30
Lutheran, city of Erdorf, saddler
18. Johann Lehmann
wife Anna Maria
son:Johannes
38
38
9
Lutheran, village of Tsel (Zell), farmer
19. Johann Usinger
wife Anna Elisabetha
26
26
Lutheran, village of Valerot (Wahlrod, Wallroth?), weaver
20. Johann Wilhelm Shreider (Schroeder?)
wife Christina Elisabetha
30
42
Lutheran, village of (Pr_ rest is illegible), farmer
21. Ludwig Deitz
wife Elisabetha
19
20
Lutheran, city of Hannover, of the soldier's children
22. Johann Just Karf (Karpf)
wife Anna Elisabetha
dau: Maria Katherina
41
31
7 wks
Lutheran, village of Obrobesin (Oberbeisheim?), farmer
23. Kasper Kin (Kuehn)
wife Anna Elisabetha
son: Johann Konrad
45
44
8
Reform, village of Ekhtsel(?), farmer
24. Heinrich Knobloch
wife Maria Elisabetha
57
23
Lutheran, village of Val'ma (Valme?), farmer
25. Konrad Saltzmann
wife Elisabetha
dau: Katherina
dau: Elisabetha
mother-in-law: Elisabetha
adopted: Jakob Reinhardt
33
33
10
3
57
20
Lutheran, village of Nodeken(?), farmer
26. Heinrich Bott
wife Elisabetha
20
26
Lutheran, village of
Lank (Lanke?), farmer
27. Johannes Steinagel
wife Anna Maria
dau; Anna Maria
57
28
10
Lutheran, village of Nieder Bredebach (Niederbredenbach?), farmer
28. Adam Ebel
wife Anna Maria
son: Johannes
son: Johann Heinrich
son: Johann Konrad
48
24
17
13
10
Lutheran, village of Tsel (Zell), farmer
29. Widow Anna Katherina Schiller
son: Gottfried
dau: Christina
adopted to raise after escheat (?): Johannes Kenzer (?) from Lesnoi Karamysh (Grimm)
51
.
23
21
26
Lutheran, village of Kelern (?), farmer
30. Valentin Kizerlink (Kaiserling?)
wife Anna Margareta
dau: Anna Elisabetha
37
30
9 wks
Lutheran, village of Vel'fer (Welver, Wohlfahrt?), farmer
31. Weinhard Koch
wife Anna Elisabetha
26
23
Lutheran, city of Alsfeld (?), miller
32. Johannes Keil
wife Katharina
son: Johannes
son: Johann Konrad
45
45
19
16
Lutheran, village of Bobnauzin (Bobenhausen?), farmer
33. Gottlieb Schneider
wife Anna Barbara
dau: Elisabetha
24
32
5
(not listed)
34. Johannes Weinbender
wife Anna Maria
sister-in-law: Elisabetha Katherina
21
20
12
Reform, village of Karb (Korb?), carpeter
35. Baltasar Sheer (Scherer?)
wife Anna Elisabetha
son: Johann Baltasar
son: Johan Adar (Adam?)
dau: Eva Maria
dau: Katherina
dau: Elisabetha
48
35
12
10
7
4
2
Lutheran, village of Vo(?), weaver
36. Johannes Geis (Heis?)
wife Anna Katherina
24
18
Lutheran, village of Rapisein (Rabensheim?), farmer
37. Hartmann Frehefner (?)
wife Elisabetha
son: Johannes
29
37
3
Lutheran, village of Alsfeld (?), weaver
(added in different hand):
Johann Hoff
22 (not listed)

Surnames in the 1798 Mueller census. Copies, translated into English, are available from AHSGR.
Adam, Aleaxeevich, Armbruster, Bott, Brahm, Bux(k)(chs)man
Deckert/Dekler, Dichler/Tischler?, Dietz, Dis/Dies/Thies, Evel, Edelbach,Eirich/Eurich, Engel, Fischer, Fraigefer/Greifert, Frehefner?, Fuks/Fuchs
Geibig, Gainbukh/Heimbuch, Gaist/Geist, Gans(z), Geis, Gets(z)e/Gotz,Greb, Gross, Haas, Hamel/Gemel, Heidelbach, Heimbuch, Heinze, Henning,Herdt/Gert, Hergenrader, Hoff, Hoffman, Honig, Jackel
Karp(f), Keil, Keller, Kenzer?, Kiesling, Kuehn, Kaiserling?, Klein,Knobloch, Koch, Kramer, Kraus, Ladner, Laiman/Lehmann, Lang, Lauma(l)nn,Laushtal, Leneschmidt, Le(h)ning, Lir/Lehr, Lo(h)man(n), Lotz
Mai, Maller, Mefer(Meier?), Meier, Mo(o)(h)r, Muller, Niedens/Nitens,Nord, Nuss, Opert?, Post
Rak/Rein?, Reichert, Reinhard, Ri(e)l/Rohl, Ruppel, Saltzmann, Schafer,Scherer, Schiller, Schmidt, Schneider, Sheer/Scherer?, Shreider/Schroeder,Spengler, Steinagel, Steinle, Stricker
Titschler, U(h)ri(k)ch, Usinger, Vaagis?, Vesh?, Weimer, Weinbender,Wilhelm, Winter, Wolf

AHSGR Village Coordinator: Suzanne Heinitz-Dodge

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