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Johann Wendel Daniel, son of Heinrich Dieter Daniel & Anna Salome Spalt, was born on 5 February 1720 in Groß-Bieberau, 15 kilometers southwest of Darmstadt. He was baptized on the same day in the Groß-Bieberau Evangelical Church. On 20 April 1756, he married Anna Margaretha Mentzer in Wembach.

They immigrated to Denmark (Schleswig-Holstein) departing from Altona, Duchy of Holstein, on 17 September 1760 and arriving in the city of Fridericia, Jutland, Denmark, on 27 September 1760.

After 1763 Johann Wendel Daniel and his wife immigrated to Russia, settling in the Volga German colony of Schilling. There, they had the following children: (1) Johann Philipp, born in 1765; (2) Georg Konrad, born in 1767; (3) Maria Katharina, born in 1773; and (4) Johanna, born in 1774. The 1775 census of Schilling records the Daniel family in Household No. 54.

By the time of the 1798 Census of Schilling, Johann Wendel Daniel's widow had remarried to Heinrich Schadt. They are recorded there in Household No. Sg37, living with her daughter Johanna. Sons Johann Philipp & Georg Konrad are registered in Household No. Sg55.


- 1775 Schilling Census (No. 54).
- Eichhorn, Alexander; Eichhorn Jacob & Mary. The Immigration of German Colonists to Denmark and Their Subsequent Emigration to Russia in the Years 1759-1766 (Deiningen: Steinmeier, 2012): 304, 555, & 682.
- 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): Sg037, Sg055.
- Ortsfamilienbuch Groß-Bieberau [Online].
- Parish records of Kürnbach (LDS Film No. 1272389).
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Nordost-Institut, 2008): 74.

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