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Johann Heinrich Kleinfelder, son of Johann Heinrich & Barbara Kleinfelder, was baptized in Düdelsheim on 25 March 1746.

Johann Kleinfelder, a single man, arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 4 July 1766 aboard a packet-boat under the command of Lieutenant Pyotr Malinkov. He settled in Balzer on 18 June 1767 and is recorded there on the 1767 Census in Household No. 59 along with his wife (Katharina Rukler) and her siblings.

In 1798, Heinrich Kleinfelder and his family moved from Balzer to Stahl am Tarlyk.

The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Johann Kleinfelder was a stonemason while the 1767 census records that Heinrich Kleinfelder was a farmer.


- Bonner, Wayne H. Volga German Settlers Identified in Isenburg and Other German Church Records Part I (Gardena, CA: Wayne Bonner, 2007): 29.
- Decker, Klaus-Peter, Büdingen als Sammelplatz der Auswanderung an die Wolga 1766 (Büdingen: Geschichtswerkstatt Büdingen, 2009): 84.
- Mai, Brent Alan. 1798 Census of the German Colonies along the Volga (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1999): St38, Mv0096.
- Parish records of Düdelsheim (LDS Intl Film #1201789).
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 88.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #1232.


Wayne Bonner

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