Michael Heller, son of Jacob Heller, was married in Neumühl on 27 January 1756 to Catharina Wolsch, daughter of Vincent Wolsch & Barbara Heitz. She had been born in Neumühl on 1 February 1724.
Michael and Barbara had 4 children, each born in Neumühl and baptized in Kork: (1) Michael (born 2 October 1756 & baptized 3 October 1756, died 18 December 1758); (2) Barbara (born 3 March 1760 & baptized 5 March 1760); (3) a stillborn son (born/died 14 July 1762); and (4) Michael (born 9 August 1765 & baptized 11 August 1765).
Michael Heller and his family immigrated to Russia with a group of families from the same region that remained together and settled in Dietel. They departed from the port of Lübeck on board a Russian packet-boat under the command of lieutenant Makkensy, arriving at Oranienbaum on 22 July 1766.
They settled in the colony of Dietel on 1 July 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 Census in Household No. 11. No members of the Heller family have been identified in the 1798 Census.
- 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): Dt33.
- Parish records of Kork (LDS Film No. 1189656, 1189657, 1189658, & 1189662).
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Der Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 284.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #2450.
Alan R. Wambold