Koch (Yagodnaya Polyana)
There are two Koch families that settled in the Volga German colony of Yagodnaya Polyana on 16 September 1767.
(1) Johann Koch, a farmer, his wife Gertrude, and children (Anna, age 20; Katharina, age 16; Johann[es], age 13) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 14 September 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Skipper Reders. The father Johann died, and his widow Gertrude remarried to Johann Heinrih Kles. They and surviving son Johannes Koch are recorded on the 1767 census of Yagodnaya Polyana in Household No. 17.
(2) Johannes Koch (age 25), a farmer, his wife Elisabeth, and brother Johannes Peter (age 23) are recorded on the 1767 census of Yagodnaya Polyana in Household No. 18.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that the first Koch family came from the German region of Darmstadt. The 1767 census records that the second Koch family came from the German village of Nidda.
Many of the founding families of Yagodnaya Polyana came from the German village of Nidda in the Darmstadt region.
- 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): Yp01, Yp24, Yp45.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 177.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #6486.