Wilhelm (Norka)*

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Wilhelm (Norka)*
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Discussion & Documentation: 

There are three Wilhelms that settled in Norka.

(1) Johannes Wilhelm, son of Johann Jacob & Anna Dorothea Wilhelm, was born 22 March 1722 in Schlierbach.  He married there to Anna Magdalena Lohrey on 7 April 1752.  They had two children: (1) Anna Gertraud, born 28 January 1753; and (2) Albertina, born 16 February 1755, died 30 November 1756.  Anna Magdalena died on 19 November 1756.  Johannes remarried on 26 January 1758 to Anna Margaretha Seibert.

Johannes Wilhelm, his wife Anna Margaretha, and daughter Anna [Gertrude] (age 14) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 29 August 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Skipper Johann Skott.

Johannes Wilhelm, a farmer, his wife Anna Margaretha, and daughter Anna Gertrude (age 16) are recorded on the 1767 census of Norka in Household No. 38. They had settled there on 15 August 1767.

Johannes Wilhelm is recorded on the 1798 census of Norka in Household No. Nr016 along with his daughter Gertrude and her family.

Johannes Wilhelm and his wife Anna Margaretha are recorded on the 1775 census of Norka in Household No. 16 along with their son-in-law Adam Hölzer and his family.

The 1811 census of Norka records in 1808 the death of Johannes Wilhelm in Household No. 16.

Both the Oranienbaum passenger list and the 1767 census record that Johannes Wilhelm came from the German district of Isenburg.

(2) Johann Jacob Wilhelm, son of Johann Jacob Wilhelm, was born 17 November 1748 in Udenhain.

Jakob [Wilhelm] and his sister Eva Maria (noted below) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 29 August 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Skipper Johann Skott.

Johann Jakob Wilhelm, a single farmer, settled in the Volga German colony of Norka on 15 August 1767 and is recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 9.

Jakob Wilhelm, his wife Elisabeth, and children (Katharina, age 8; Johannes, age 5) are recorded on the 1775 census of Norka in Household No. 74 along with stepson Lorenz Hartung.

Jakob Wilhelm is recorded on the 1798 census of Norka in Household No. Nr078 along with his wife and stepchildren.

The 1811 census of Norka records in 1801 the death of Jakob Wilhelm in Household No. 78.

The 1767 census records that Johann Jakob Wilhelm came from the German district of Isenburg.

(3) Eva Maria Wilhelm, daughter of Johann Jacob Wilhelm, married Johann Daniel Fuchs in Schlierbach on 13 November 1757.

They had arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 29 August 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Skipper Johann Skott along with her brother, the above noted Johann Jakob Wilhelm (born 1748).

There are no known surviving male lines of this Wilhelm family among the Volga German colonies.

Sources: 

- 1775 Norka Census (Household No. 16, 74).
- 1811 Norka Census (Households No. 16, 78).
- List of those recruited by Johann Facius from 13 November 1765 to 18 February 1766.
- 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): Nr016, Nr078.
- Parish register of Hellstein (which includes the villages of Schlierbach and Udenhain).
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 230, 238.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #3756, #3778.

Researcher(s): 

Maggie Hein

Brent Mai

Pre-Volga Origin

Volga Colonies