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Hege

Johannes Hege was born in approximately 1787. He served in Napoleon's army and fought against the Russians.

He was captured by the Russians, and in 1812, was settled in the Volga German colony of Bettinger. He is recorded on the 1834 Bettinger Census in Household No. 130 along with a note that he relocated to the colony of Susannental. He is recorded on the 1834 Susannental Census in Household No. 27.

April 19, 2020 - Fresno, California


"Spilled Watermellon Syrup" by Jakob Weber

Volga German Institute
Seminar Series

"Volga German Life"

19 April 2020

Fresno, California

 

April 22-23, 2020 - Leavenworth, Washington


"Spilled Watermellon Syrup" by Jakob Weber

Volga German Institute
Seminar Series

"Volga German Life"

22-23 April 2020

Leavenworth, Washington

 

Wensan / Winian

Anton Winian was born in approximately 1791. He served in Napoleon's army and fought against the Russians. He was captured by the Russians, and in 1812, was settled in the Volga German colony of Luzern.

He is recorded on the 1834 Luzern Census in Household No. 102 along with a note that he had relocated to the colony of Schönchen. The 1834 Census of Schönchen records Anton in Household No. 74, but the surname looks more like Wensan.

Wohljung

Georg Adam Wohljung was born in approximately 1776. He served in Napoleon's army and fought against the Russians. He was captured by the Russians, and in 1812, was settled in the Volga German colony of Hildmann.

He is recorded on the 1834 Hildmann Census in Household No. 43.

Kopper

Peter Kopper was born 3 December 1828 in Nieder Gruppe, Amt Schwetz, West Prussia. He married Justina Wall, daughter of Johann Wall & Margaretha Regier.

His son, Johann Kopper, was born 23 August 1856 in Hahnsau. This family was part of the group that followed Claus Epp to Turkestan. In 1892, they immigrated to the United States and settled in Bakersfield, California.

Jeziernik, Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland

Jeziernik is located about 29 kilometers southeast of Gdańsk (formerly known as Danzig). Until 1772, Schönsee was part of Poland, but the First Partition of Poland in 1772 resulted in the creation of the German region of West Prussia.

Wall

Gerhard Wall, son of Johann Wall & Margaretha Regier, was born in May 1835 in Schönsee, Gross Werder, West Prussia. He immigrated with his parents to Russia in 1853. His mother died during the trip to Russia. It is believed that Gerhard first settled in the Volga German Mennonite colony of Köppental. He is recorded on a list of those who settled in the colony of Fresenheim in 1861.

He married on 23 February 1861 to Margaretha Hamm, daughter of Michael Hamm & Helena Klaassen.

Popowo, Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland

Poppau was founded about 1700, and until 1793 was part of the city of Danzig in Poland. It then became part of the German province of West Prussia. Today it is known as Popowo.