Geier (Messer)

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Geier (Messer)
Geyer (Messer)
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Johannes Geyer married Lucia Elisabeth Tritter. They had 7 children: (1) Jakob, born about 1744; (2) Christoph Daniel, born about 1746; (3) Johann Heinrich, born about 1748; (4) Amalia Wilhelmina, born about 1751; (5) Elisabetha, born about 1753; (6) Reinhard August, born about 1759; (7) Louisa, born about 1761, died 1761. Mother Lucia died in 1761.

On 24 November 1763 in Büdingen, widower Johannes remarried to Anna Elisabeth Lehning, the widow of Georg Philipp Schmick. Johann[es] Geier, a farmer, and his children (Jakob, age 24; Johann [Heinrich], age 20; Amalia, age 18; Anna [Elisabeth], age 16) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 14 September 1766. His wife, the widow Anna Schmick, was aboard the same ship along with his son Heinrich [Geier] (age 3) and her Schmick children.

The oldest Geier children (Johann Jakob, Johann Heinrich, and Wilhelmina) settled in the Volga German colony of Messer on 14 September 1767. They are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 89. Johann Jakob is recorded on the 1798 census of Messer in Household No. Ms26. Johann Heinrich from Messer is recorded on the 1798 census of Galka in Household No. Gk20.

The youngest son of Johannes Geier, Heinrich Geier (age 3 above) is recorded on the 1798 census of Yagodnaya Polyana in Household No. Yp97.

The translation of the 1767 census of Messer by Dr. Igor Plehve errantly records the Geier surname as Herr.

Both the Oranienbaum passenger list and the 1767 census record that this Geier family came from the German region of Isenburg.


- Mai, Brent Alan. 1798 Census of the German Colonies along the Volga: Economy, Population, and Agriculture (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1999): Gk20; Ms04; Yp97.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 152.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766 (Saratov: State Technical University, 2010): #6503.


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Volga Colonies