Grass (Dobrinka)

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Grass (Dobrinka)
Грасъ (Dobrinka)
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Discussion & Documentation: 

Johann Andreas Craß [sic], son of Carl & Barbara Craß, was born 11 January and baptized 12 January 1740 in Niederhofen.

Andreas Grass and his family immigrated to Denmark (Schleswig-Holstein), arriving in Flensburg on 4 July 1761 as a servant of Michael Fritzle.

He joined the migration to Russia and settled in the Volga German colony of Dobrinka on 15 April 1765. Andreas Krassel [sic] is recorded on the 1767 census of Dobrinka in Household No. 54.

The 1798 Census of Galka records Andreas Grass from Dobrinka in Household No. Gk26.

The Eichhorns record that Andreas Grass came fom the German village of Niederhofen, Amt Brackenheim, Württemberg. The 1767 Census records that Andras Krassel [sic] came from the German village of Niederhof in the Württemberg region.


- Eichhorn, Alexander, Jacob & Mary Eichhorn. The Immigration of German Colonists to Denmark and Their Subsequent Emigration to Russia in the Years 1759-1766 (Deiningen, Germany: Drukerei und Verlag Steinmeier GmbH & Co. Kg, 2012): B-496.
- 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): Db33, Gk26.
- Parish register of Niederhofen.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Der Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 327.

Contributor(s) to this page: 

Brent Mai

Maggie Hein

Gary Martens

Pre-Volga Origin

Volga Colonies