Hergert (Yagodnaya Polyana)
Conrad Wilhelm Hergert, son of Kaspar Herget (1705-1766) & Barbara Maria Schleuning (1715-1747), was born in Nieder-Seemen in 1742.
Widower Johann Kaspar Hergert, a stocking maker, and his children (Julianna, age 20; Johanna Elisabeth, age 18; Nikolaus, age 16; Anna Kunigunda, age 14½; Johann, age 8; Johann Kaspar, age 5) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 15 September 1766 aboard the galliot Johannnes under the command of Skipper Stahl.
Johann Casp. Herget [sic] and his children (Juliane, age 20; Joh. Elisab., age 18; Nicolaus, age 16; Anna Cunigunda, age 14; Johannes, age 8; Joh. Caspar, age 5) are recorded on the list of colonists being transported from St. Petersburg to Saratov in 1767.
Conrad, along with his wife Maria Elisabeth, and daughter Julianna (age 6-months) arrived in Yagodnaya Polyana on 16 September 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 Census in Household No. 32. Also living in the household are his siblings: Anna Kunigunde (age 14) and Johann (age 8).
Nikolaus Hergert (age 17) and his brother Johann Kaspar (age 6) are recorded on the 1767 census of Yagodnaya Polyana in Household No. 42 along with brother-in-law Michael Lahnert who was married to their oldest sister Julianna Hergert.
In 1783, Johann & Kaspar Hergert moved from Yagodnaya Polyana to Frank, and then to Dönhof where Kaspar is recorded on the 1798 census in Household No. Dh071. Johann settled in the colony of Walter where he is recorded on the 1798 census in Household No. Wt044.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Johann Kaspar Hergert came from the German region of Stolberg. The 1767 census records that Konrad Wilhelm Hergert came from the German village of Niederseeman in the Nidda region.
Descendants of this family moved to the daughter colony of Brunnental.
- Mai, Brent Alan. 1798 Census of the German Colonies along the Volga (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1999): Dh071, Wt044, Yp25, Yp32, Yp36, Yp78, Mv3035.
- Nieder-Seemen Parish Registers - included with the records of Mittle-Seemen (LDS Int'l Film No. 1201682).
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 181, 184.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766 (Saratov: State Technical University, 2010): #6363.
- Rauschenbach, Georg. Deutsche Kolonisten auf dem Weg von St. Petersburg nach Saratow: Transportlisten von 1766-1767 (Moscow: G.V. Rauschenbach, 2017): #8143-8149.
Tombstone for Johann Caspar Hergert & Anna Maria Pfeiffer located near the church in Nieder-Seemen.
Source: Evelyn Redfield.