Maggie Hein has identified two possible matches in the Stumpertenrod parish records for the Johann Heinrich Hünergardt who immigrated to Russia.
(1) Johann Heinrich Hünergardt, son of Johann Adam Hünergardt of Helpershain, was baptized on 12 September 1743.
(2) Johann Heinrich Hünergardt, son of Johann Heinrich Hünergardt of Helpershain, was baptized 10 July 1745. Further research is needed to determine which one went to Russia.
Johann Heinrich Hünergardt, a single farmer, arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 13 September 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Lieutenant Gawril Poduzki.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Stephan on 24 August 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 24 along with his new wife Maria Elisabeth.
The widow and children of Johann Heinrich Hünergardt are recorded on the 1798 census of Stephan in Household No. Sp09.
The death of Heinrich Hünergardt, son of Johann Heinrich Hünergardt, in 1816 is recorded on the 1834 census of Stephan in Household No. 19.
In 1830, Johann Konrad Hünergardt, son of Heinrich Hünergardt, moved from Stephan to Shcherbakovka.
Georg Heinrich Hünergardt from Stephan and his family are recorded on the 1857 census of Friedenberg.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Johann Heinrich Hünergardt came from the German region of Darmstadt while the 1767 census records that he came from the German village of Helpershain.
- 1834 Stephan Census (Household No. 19).
- 1857 Friedenberg Census.
- 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): Sp09.
- Parish register of Stumpertenrod (including Helpershain).
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 226.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #5585.