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Georg Friedrich Altergott, son of Johann Martin Altergott & Anna Maria Pfeiffer, was born in Feldrennach on 1 August 1714. He married there on 2 January 1739 to Elisabetha Gorgus, daughter of Johann Georg Gorgus & Christina Wentz. Elisabetha had been baptized on 7 January 1717 in nearby Gräfenhausen. The couple had eight known children, each of whom had been born in Feldrennach. Among those are: (1) Margaretha Barbara, born 5 July 1740 [married to Heinrich Conrad Lichtenwald]; (2) Georg Friedrich, born 17 April 1743; (3) Ludwig Friedrich, born 13 January 1748; and (4) Johann Martin, born 12 January 1753.

They and their children immigrated to Denmark (today part of Schleswig-Holstein), departing the gathering place of Altona in the Duchy of Holstein on 3 June 1762 in a convoy under the leadership of Johannes Wenner. They arrived in the city of Flensburg, Duchy of Schleswig, on 9 June 1762. Georg Friedrich died shortly after their arrival in Denmark, sometime in 1762 or 1763.

Widow Elisabetha, her children, and their families left Denmark on 22 November 1765 and immigrated to Russia.

Widow Elisabeth Altergott and her children (Ludwig, age 20; Johann, age 15; Elisabeth, age 12) arrived from Lübeck at the port in Oranienbaum on 3 June 1766 aboard the galliot Adler under the command of Skipper Paul Adolph Drath. Arriving with them in Oranienbaum were her oldest son Friedrich Altergott, his wife Christina, and daughter Katharina (age 3).

Widow Elisabeth Altergott later married Johann Heinrich Frank with whom she had arrived in Oranienbaum on the same ship.

The newly combined Frank-Altergott families arrived in Dönhof on 18 June 1767. They are recorded on the 1767 Census of Dönhof in Households No. 88 (Franks & son Martin), No. 91 (Ludwig), No. 92 (Barbara), and No. 94 (Friedrich).

In 1792, Ludwig and his family moved from Dönhof to Stahl am Karaman. By the 1798 Census, they are living in the colony of Schwed.


- Eichhorn, Alexander, Jacob Eichhorn, & Mary Eichhorn. The immigration of German colonists to Denmark and their subsequent emigration to Russia in the years 1759-1766 (Deiningen, Germany: Steinmeier, 2012): 301, 334-335, 666.
- Lang, Gerhard. German Colonists of Denmark on the Volga.
- Parish records of Feldrennach - LDS Film No. 1056809.
- Parish records of Gräfenhausen - LDS Film No. 1340118.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 365-366.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #646, #650, #651.
- Rauschenbach, Georg. Deutsche Kolonisten auf dem Weg von St. Petersburg nach Saratow: Transportlisten von 1766-1767 (Moscow: G.V. Rauschenbach, 2017): #1858-1859.

Contributor(s) to this page: 

Harvey Altergott

Brent Mai

Gerhard Lang

Friedrich Altergott and family recorded on a marker in Schleswig commemorating the Volga Germans who had settled there before immigrating to Russia.
Source: Jorgelina Fischer.

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