Köhler (Balzer-1)

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Köhler (Balzer-1)
Keller (Balzer-1)
Келеръ (Balzer-1)
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The baptisms of two children of Conrad & Anna Margaretha Keller are recorded in the parish register of Rothenbergen: (1) Johann Heinrich, baptized 20 August 1716; and (2) Johann Heinrich [again], baptized 18 December 1718.

Johann Heinrich Keller (born 1718) married on 30 January 1744 in Rothenbergen to Anna Maria Faust, daughter of Conrad & Anna Margaretha Faust. She had been baptized 23 July 1730 in Niedergründau. [See Faust Family.]

The baptisms of several children to Johann Heinrich Keller & Anna Maria Faust are recorded in the parish register of Rothenbergen: (1) Gertraudt, baptized 7 June 1745, died 22 Feberuary 1750; (2) Johann Conrad baptized 17 July 1747; (3) Johann Peter, baptized 20 July 1747; (4) Henrich, baptized 9 September 1753, died 16 December 1753; and (5) Conrad, baptized 11 March 1759.

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.

Johann Heinrich Keller, a farmer, his wife Anna Maria, and son Johann Konrad (age 21) are recorded on the 1767 census of Balzer in Household No. 94. They had settled in Balzer on 8 August 1767.

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

Kathleen Reilly

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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