Köhler (Balzer-1)

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Köhler (Balzer-1)
Keller (Balzer-1)
Келеръ (Balzer-1)
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Johann Heinrich Keller was born 18 December 1718 in Rothenbergen. He married Anna Maria and their son, Johann Conrad Keller, was born 17 July 1747 also in Rothenbergen.

Heinrich Köhler, a farmer, his wife Anna Maria, and children (Johann Konrad, age 19; Anna Margaretha, age 16; Konrad, age 7) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 9 August 1766 aboard the pink Slon under the command of Lieutenant Sergey Panov.

They settled in the Volga German colony of Balzer on 8 August 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 94.

Both the Oranienbaum passenger list and the 1767 census record that Heinrich Köhler came from the German region of Isenburg.


- 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): Bz017, Bz045, .
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 100.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #4052.

Contributor(s) to this page: 

Wayne Bonner

Brent Mai

Immigrated to the following locations: 

Entry recording the birth of Johann Heinrich Keller in 1718 in Rothenbergen.
Source: Kathleen Reilly.

Entry recording the birth of Johann Conrad Keller in 1747 in Rothenbergen.
Source: Kathleen Reilly.

Pre-Volga Origin

Volga Colonies

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