Johann Heinrich Engel, son of Johann Peter Engel and Anna Catharina Weitzel, was born in Lissberg in October 1726. He married Anna Elisabeth Gockscha, daughter of Peter Gockscha and Anna Margaretha Geisel, on 16 February 1753. Anna Elisabeth had been born in Ortenberg on 4 May 1725. Johann Heinrich and Anna Elisabeth had seven children according to the Ortenberg parish records: (1) a stillborn daughter, born 1 May 1753; (2) Elisabetha Margaretha, born 19 March 1757; (3) Johann Adam, born 31 October 1758, died 29 Jan 1759; (4) Anna Catharina, born 30 November 1759; (5) Anna Angelica, born 24 October 1761; (6) Anna Margaretha, born 5 March 1764, died 10 March 1764; and (7) Anna Maria, born 13 March 1765.
The Engel family arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 15 September 1766 aboard the galliot Johannes under the command of Skipper Stahl.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Walter on 25 August 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 24.
The 1767 census records that Johann Engel came from the German village of Ortenberg near Stolberg.
- Parish records of Ortenberg.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 300.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #6349.
Ortenberg Family Register of the Engel family.
Source: Maggie Hein.