Reiss / Reuss (Balzer)

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Reiss (Balzer)
Reuss (Balzer)
Рейсъ (Balzer)
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Johannes Reuss was married in Vonhausen to Anna Elisabeth Scheidt, the daughter of Johann Scheidt. In the marriage record, Johannes is listed as being from the village of Lorbach near Büdingen.

Johann Reuss, a farmer, his wife [Anna] Elisabeth, and their daughter Albertina (age 7) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 4 July 1766 aboard the English frigate Love & Unity under the command of Skipper Thomas Fairfax. They were travelling with Elisabeth's father, widower Johann Scheidt.

Johannes and Anna Elisabeth settled in Balzer, along with her father, on 18 June 1767. They are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 56.


- Mai, Brent Alan. 1798 Census of the German Colonies along the Volga (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1999): Bz015.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 87.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #1749.

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Wayne Bonner

John Wall

Brent Mai

Pre-Volga Origin

Volga Colonies