Magdalena Maria Grabe, daughter of blacksmith Johann Georg Grabe, was born in Veldenz on 20 April 1736.
Johann Georg Grabe and his family immigrated to Fahlenwerder in Brandenburg in 1747.
Magdalena Maria Grabe married Philipp Manweiler, son of Johann Adolph Manweiler & Maria Elisabeth Schleichel.
Philipp Manweiler and his family immigrated to Schleswig-Holstein (Denmark) along with his father and family where they settled in Flensburg on 17 May 1762. They left Flensburg on 10 June 1763 and joined those moving to Russia.
The Manweiler family arrived in the colony of Messer on 7 July 1766. Philipp, his wife Magdalena Maria [Grabe], and children (Maria Elisabeth, age 14; Johann Philipp, age 8; Johann Christoph, age 4; Johann Adam, age ½) are recorded on the 1767 census of Messer in Household No. 5.
There are no known surviving male lines of this Grabe family among the Volga German colonies.
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- 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): Ms50.
- Parish records of Veldenz.
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