Johann Jakob Foos, son of Wilhelm Foos & Anna Elisabetha Neuss, was baptized on 14 April 1720 in Heimkirchen. He married on 29 April 1749 in Heimkirchen to Maria Christina Stetzenbach, daughter of Johann Jacob Stetzenbach & Anna Catharina Geipp. Maria Christina Stetzenbach had been born on 21 December 1722 in Ingweiler.
The births of 7 children are recorded in the parish register of Heimkirchen: (1) Johannes, born 29 March 1750; (2) Anna Elisabetha, born 17 September 1752; (3) Maria Christina, born 13 October 1754; (4) Johann Jacob, born 21 October 1756, died 3 March 1759; (5) Maria Margaretha, born 2 May 1759; (6) Johann Jacob, born 2 October 1761; and (7) Johann Adam, born 16 December 1763.
The Kirchenbuch Evangelische Kirche Heimkirchen, 1665-1949:
"den 14 April wurde Wilhelm Fusz von Heimkirchen unt Elisabetha seine ehliche Hausfrau ein Shnlein getauftt, Nahme Johann Jacob. Gev: Joh. Jacob Herberth, Schullm...zu Heimkirchen; Jacob Stetzenbach aus der Steinmühl; Cath. Elisabetha Hohenbergerin von Niederkirchen"
[14 April (1720) Wilhelm Foos from Heimkirchen and his legal wife had a son baptized. Name: Johann Jacob. Godparents: Johann Jacob Herberth, schoolmaster (?) in Heimkirchen; Jacob Stetzenbach from the Stein/stone mill; Catharina Elisabetha Hohenberger from Niederkirchen].
Jakob Foos, a farmer, his wife Christina, and children (Johann, age 17; Anna Elisabeth, age 14; Christina, age 11; Margaretha, age 9; Johann Jakob, age 6; Johann Adam, age 3) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 8 August 1766 aboard the snow-brig Der Merkur under the command of Skipper Johann Heinrich Abelmann.
The parents did not survive the journey from St. Petersburg to the colonies.
Johann[es] Foos, a farmer, his wife Appolonia, and siblings (Anna Elisabeth, age 16; Christina, age 14; Johann Adam, age 4) are recorded on the 1767 census of Dietel in Household No. 29. Another sibling, Anna Margaretha (age 9) is recorded on the 1767 census of Dietel in Household No. 19 along with the Wendel Brauchbacher family. The 1767 census does not record a relationship between the Foos and Brauchbacher families.
In 1795, Georg Foos moved from Dietel to Merkel. He is recorded on the 1798 census of Merkel in Household No. Mr12.
Johannes Foos and his family are recorded on the 1798 census of Dietel in Household No. Dt04.
Anna Margaretha Foos is recorded on the 1798 census of Merkel in Household No. Mr11 as the wife of Georg Adam.
[There is an Anna Margaretha Foos (age 5) recorded on the 1767 census of Kratzke in Household No. 43 along with the Heinrich Samuel Niedens family. However, the father of this Foos child is recorded as "Johann Jakob Foos who is living in the colony of Forsteher (mayor) Schuck," and there is a Johann Jakob Foos recorded in Household No. 37 on the 1767 census of the colony of Schuck, of which Jakob Schuck is the Forsteher (mayor).]
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Jakob Foos came from the German region of Pfalz.
- Mai, Brent Alan. 1798 Census of the German Colonies along the Volga (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1999): Dt04, Dt44, Mr11, Mr12, Mv0422.
- Parish register of Heimkirchen (LDS Film #193884).
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 287, 291.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #3346.