Weisheim (Balzer)

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Weisheim (Balzer)
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Johann Adam Weisheim was married in Düdelsheim on 21 November 1736 to Sophia Maria Preußer, daughter of Christophel Preußer & Anna Margaretha de Malade.

They have four sons, each baptized in Düdelsheim: (1) Johann Conrad, baptized 1 May 1738; (2) Johann Heinrich, baptized 22 May 1741; (3) Johannes, baptized 20 September 1744; and (4) Johann Adam, baptized 28 April 1748.

Johann Adam, the father, died in Düdelsheim and was buried there on 22 June 1762. His widow and their four sons immigrated to Russia, arriving from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 4 July 1766 aboard a packet-boat under the command of Lieutenant Pyotr Malinkov.

All settled in the Volga German colony of Balzer on 18 June 1767.

(1) Johann Conrad married in Düdelsheim on 8 March 1764 to Maria Margaretha Schwartz, daughter of Johann Heinirch Schwartz & A. M. Marg. Kleinfelder. She had been baptized in Düdelsheim on 24 September 1729. Their son Johann Heinrich was baptized in Düdelsheim on 25 November 1764. The three of them are recorded on the 1767 census of Balzer in Household No. 57.

(2) Johann Heinrich Weisheim arrived with his mother in Oranienbaum, but by 1767 he is married and recorded on the 1767 census of Balzer in Household No. 58. His wife is Dorothea Charlotta Braun, daughter of Adam & Margaretha Braun. She had been born 31 August 1750 in Gondelsheim.

Heinrich Weisheim from Balzer is recorded on the 1798 census of Anton in Household No. An30.

(3) Johannes Weisheim arrived with his mother in Oranienbaum. He is recorded on the 1767 census of Balzer in Household No. 58 along with [new] wife Anna Margaretha [Müller].

(4) Widow Sophia Weisheim née Preußer and her youngest son Johann Adam are recorded on the 1767 census of Balzer in Household No. 88.

Descendants of Johann Adam (senior) Weisheim are recorded on the 1834 census of Balzer in Households No. 14, 26, 30, 92, 107, 142, & 215.

Both the Oranienbaum passenger list and the 1767 census record that the Weisheim family came from the German region of Isenburg.


- 1834 Balzer Census (Households No. 14, 26, 30, 92, 107, 142, 215).
- Bonner, Wayne H. Volga German Settlers Identified in Isenburg and Other German Church Records Part I (Gardena, CA: Wayne Bonner, 2007): 29, 36.
- Düdelsheim Parish Records (LDS Intl Film #1201789).
- Decker, Klaus-Peter, Büdingen als Sammelplatz der Auswanderung an die Wolga 1766 (Büdingen: Geschichtswerkstatt Büdingen, 2009): 87-88.
- 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): An30, Bz022, Bz051, Bz093.
- Parish register of Düdelsheim.
- Parish register of Gondelsheim.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 88, 98.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #1224, #1225.

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Wayne Bonner

John Wall

Brent Mai

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