Grasmück (Balzer & Lauwe)
There are two Grasmück families that settled in the Volga German colony of Balzer on 18 June 1767. Both of them arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 4 July 1766 aboard the English frigate Love & Unity under the command of Skipper Thomas Fairfax.
(1) Johann Jakob Grasmück, son of Johannes Grasmück (23 February 1681 - 12 February 1731) & Anna Elisabeth Thonges (1692 - 10 November 1756), was born 7 March 1729 in Rohrbach near Büdingen. He married there on 16 June 1752 to Johanna Elisabeth Mai, daughter of Casper Mai (b. 1696) & Barbara Daumer (b. 1704). She had been born 28 April 1726 in Rohrbach. This Grasmück family is recorded on the 1767 census of Balzer in Household No. 63.
(2) Konrad Grasmück and his family are recorded on the 1767 census of Balzer in Household No. 78.
In 1788, widower Georg Grasmück moved from Balzer to Lauwe. In 1794, Christoph Grasmück moved from Balzer to Lauwe.
On 20 June 1789, Eva Elisabeth Grasmück from Balzer received permission to relocate to Sarepta.
- Mai, Brent Alan. 1798 Census of the German Colonies along the Volga (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1999): Bz037, Bz082, Bz090, Lw27, Lw29.
- Parish records of Rohrbach.
- Parish records of Sarepta.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 90, 95.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #1765, #1766.