Kraus (Dönhof)*

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Kraus (Dönhof)*
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Discussion & Documentation: 

Margaretha Kraus, 18-year-old orphan of Heinrich Kraus, settled in the Volga German colony of Dönhof and is recorded there on the 1767 census in household No. 76 along with widow Margaretha Reil, her son Wilhelm, and orphan Konrad Nafts. The 1767 census does not record a relationship among the Reil, Nafts, and Kraus families.

The 1767 census records that Margaretha Kraus came from the German village of Gelnhausen.

There are no known surviving male descendants of this Kraus family among the Volga German colonies.


- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 362.


Brent Mai

Pre-Volga Origin

Volga Colonies