Hill (Walter / Hussenbach)
There are three Hill families that immigrated to the Volga German colonies; they are believed to be related to each other. All three of these family arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 14 September 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Skipper Reders.
Georg Wilhelm Hill was born 18 October 1712 in Altheim near Dieburg. He married Anna Sybilla Roth on 3 July 1736 in Altheim. She was born 14 April 1710, also in Altheim. They had six children: (1) unnamed stillborn son, 1737; (2) Johann Bernhard, born 8 July 1738; (3) Johann Konrad, born 3 December 1740; (4) Georg Friedrich, born 19 July 1744, died 5 March 1747; (5) Johann Wendel, born 6 October 1745; and (6) Johann Helfrich, born 26 April 1747.
(1) Wendel Hill, a blacksmith, and his wife Elisabeth arrived at Oranienbaum. They settled in the Volga German colony of Walter on 10 September 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 96, where Wendel is recorded as a farmer. The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Wendel Hill came from the German region of Hanau. The 1767 census records that Wendel Hill came from the village of Spitzaltheim in the Hanau region.
(2) Widow Katharina Hill and her children (Helfrich; Christoph, age 21; Eva, age 13; Margaretha, age 10) arrived at Oranienbaum. They settled in the Volga German colony of Walter on 10 September 1767 where Helfrich Hill, a farmer, is recorded on the 1767 census in Household No. 97 along with his new wife Anna Margaretha. The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Helfrich Hill came from the German region of Hanau. The 1767 census records that Helfrich Hill came from the village of Spitzaltheim in the Hanau region.
(3) Wendel Hill was born in Altheim on 1 October 1737. Wendel Hilt [sic], a farmer, his wife Anna, and daughter (Eva, age 4) arrived in Oranienbaum. They are believed to have settled in the colony of Hussenbach where daughter Eva is recorded on the 1798 census in Household No. Hs021 as the wife of Johann Adam Körbel. The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Wendel Hill came from the German region of Hanau.
Some documents record the surname as Hilt.
- Mai, Brent Alan. 1798 Census of the German Colonies along the Volga (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1999): Wt024, Wt025.
- Parish records of Altheim.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 316.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #6462, #6478, #6544.
- Tuchlenski, Anne. (Spitz)Altheim Familienbuch (2014).
Hill family listing in the parish register of Altheim. This image is interesting because you can see the notation about going to Russia in May 1766 - see lower left of the image.
Source: Maggie Hein.