Jakob (Balzer)*

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Jakob (Balzer)*
Якобъ (Balzer)*
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Philipp Jakob, son of Peter & Catharina Jakob, was born 2 July 1723 in Hüttengesäß.

He married there on 27 November 1754 to Maria Catharina Diehl, daughter of Wilhelm Diehl. She had been born in Hüttengesäß on 23 May 1737.

Philipp Jakob, a farmer, his wife Katharina, and sons (Wilhelm, age 10; Johann, age 7) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 8 August 1766.

The parents died. The boys are recorded on the 1767 census of Balzer in Household No. 79 along with Philipp Brotzmann and his wife. The 1767 census does not record a relationship between the Jakob and Brotzmann families although both came from Hüttengesäß.

The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Philipp Jakob came from the German region of Isenburg.

There are no known surviving male lines of this Jakob family among the Volga German colonies.


- Parish register of Hüttengesäß.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 95.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #3014.

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Wayne Bonner

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