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Johann Peter Gieswein, son of Balthas Gieswein, was born 31 May 1721 in Quentel. He married on 1 April 1752 in Quentel to Martha Elisabetha Letzig, daughter of Jeremias Letzig & Anna Gela Heinemann. Martha Elisabetha Letzig had been baptized 18 July 1729 in Quentel. Record of the baptism of one of their children has also been located in Quentel: Elisabeth, baptized 4 June 1752.

Peter Gieswein, a farmer, his wife Martlisa [sic], and children (Christina, age 6; Johann Erbens, age 2) are recorded on the 1767 census of Moor in Household No. 3 along with the single Johann Jakob Braun (age 20). The relationship between the Gieswein and Braun families is not recorded on the 1767 census. They had settled in Moor on 1 July 1766.

They are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 3 along with the single Johann Jakob Braun.

The 1767 census records that Peter Gieswein came from the German region of Hessen.


- 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): Mo24.
- Parish register of Quentel.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Der Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 156.

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Wayne Bonner

Brent Mai

Pre-Volga Origin

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