Sutton, Clay Co., Nebraska

Sutton, Clay Co., Nebraska

The first German from Russia to settle in Sutton were from the Black Sea villages of Worms and Rohrbach in September 1873.

Eight families from the Volga German colony of Balzer resettled to Sutton in 1875 from Red Oak, Iowa. They were followed by immigrants from Frank and Norka.

A large group from Norka arrived on 11 June 1878 by train. Included in the group were the families of:

Johann Nolde, one of the original scouts
Adam Bauer
Nikolaus Sauer
Heinrich Spahn
Johannes Eusel
Hanpeter Jost
Konrad Koch
Philipp and Jacob Hamburger
Johannes Ross (Sr.)
Konrad Deines
Adam Deines
Heinrich Schleiger
Johannes Ross (Jr.)
Adam Hein
Johannes Burbach
Johannes and Georg Jost
Heinrich Reusbich
Heinrich Pauly

Volga German Families: 

The following families are also known to have settled in and around Sutton:

Alt from Norka
Bahm from Kutter
Becker from Norka
Bender from Balzer
Brehm from Norka
Burbach from Norka
Claus / Klaus from Norka
Deering from Norka
Deines from Norka
Gerlach from Norka
Giebelhaus from Norka
Glantz from Norka
Green from Norka
Hamburger from Norka
Jost / Yost from Norka
Kahler (Kohler) from Norka
Kissler from Frank
Krieger from Norka
Lesser from Frank
Miller from Norka
Nagel from Norka
Nolde from Norka
Pauly from Norka
Popp from Norka
Reifschneider from Norka
Reuspich from Norka
Ross from Norka
Sauer from Norka
Scheideman from Norka
Scheierman from Kolb
Schleicher / Schleiger from Norka
Schlitt from Norka
Schneider from Norka
Sinner from Norka
Spahn from Norka
Staerkel from Norka
Traudt from Norka


- Gerhart, Patrick L. "The German-Russians Come to Sutton: Fertile land and freedom brought these wandering Europeans to Nebraska." SBNation (3 July 2019). [Online]
- Hölzer, John. "The Earliest Volga Germans in Sutton, Nebraska." AHSGR Work Paper 16 (December 1974).
- Sallet, Richard. Russian-German Settlement in the United States (Fargo, ND: North Dakota Institute for Regional Studies, 1974): 43.


- Calvary Cemetery (
- Free German Reformed Salem Church Cemetery (
- Free German Reformed Salem Church Cemetery (
- Griess, James R. The German-Russians: Those Who Came to Sutton (Nebraska: Author, 2008).
- Sutton Cemetery (
- Sutton Cemetery (
- Sutton Cemetery (NEGenWeb)

Pre-Volga Origin

Volga Colonies

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