Magel (Balzer)

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Magel (Balzer)
Магелъ (Balzer)
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Heinrich Magel, son of Johann Georg Magel & Anna Maria Jacobi, was baptized on 22 December 1734 in the village of Düdelsheim. He was married there on 26 May 1761 to Anna Cunigunda Stopfel, daughter of Conrad & Anna Elisabetha Stopfel from Stammheim. She had been baptized 12 February 1736 in Stammheim.

The baptisms of several children born to Heinrich Magel & Anna Cunigunda Stopfel are recorded in the parish register of Düdelsheim: (1) Susanna Catharina, baptized 26 August 1761; (2) Johannes, baptized 13 October 1763; and (3) Anna Elisabetha, baptized 31 October 1765.

Heinrich Magel, a farmer, his wife Anna, and children (Johann, age 3; Anna, age ¾) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 4 July 1766 aboard a packet-boat under the command of Midshipman Mankensey.

Heinrich Magel, a farmer, his wife Anna Kunigunda, and children (Johannes, age 4; Susanna Katharina, age ½) are recorded on the 1767 census of Balzer in Household No. 40. They had arrived in Balzer on 18 June 1767.

Heinrich Magel and his family are recorded on the 1798 census of Balzer in Household No. Bz109.

The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Heinrich Magel came from the German region of Hanau. The 1767 census records that he came from the German village of Düdelsheim in the Isenburg region.


- Bonner, Wayne H. Volga German Settlers Identified in Isenburg and Other German Church Records Part I (Gardena, CA: Wayne Bonner, 2007): 20.
- Decker, Klaus-Peter, Büdingen als Sammelplatz der Auswanderung an die Wolga 1766 (Büdingen: Geschichtswerkstatt Büdingen, 2009): 85.
- Haynes, Emma Schwabenland. "A Document of 1766 Found in Büdingen, Germany." Journal of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia 3:1 (1980): 1-5.
- Mai, Brent Alan. 1798 Census of the German Colonies along the Volga (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1999): Bz109.
- Parish register of Düdelsheim (LDS Intl Film #1201789).
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 82.
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