Johann Reitz was baptized in Hasselborn, Nassau-Usingen. This was a family of shephards that traveled from one village to another in the Nassau-Usingen area.
Johann Reitz, a farmer, his wife Anna, and children (Johann, age 13; Anna, age 10; Kasimir, age 6; Johann [again], age 3) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 8 August 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Skipper Johann Gottfried Seelender.
Johann Reitz, a farmer, his wife Anna Maria, and children (Johannes, age 13; Elisabeth, age 12; and Kasimir, age 8) are recorded on the 1767 census of Bangert in Household No. 9. They had settled there on 1 July 1767.
Kaspar [sic] Reitz and his family are recorded on the 1798 census of neighboring Stahl am Tarlyk in Household No. St20. This is believed to be the above referenced Kasimir Reitz.
The 1767 census records that Johann Reitz came from the German village of Hasselborn in the Nassau-Usingen region.
- Mai, Brent Alan. 1798 Census of the German Colonies along the Volga (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1999): Bg06, Bg26, St20.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 107.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #3397.