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The baptisms of two sons born to Paulus & Anna Maria Lapp are recorded in the parish register of Pferdsbach: (1) Johann Christian, baptized 23 October 1712; and (2) Christian, baptized 26 November 1719.

(1) Johann Christian Lapp married on 23 October 1749 to Maria Elisabeth Hard, the daughter of Christoffel Hard. The baptisms of six children born in Pferdsbach to Johann Christian Lapp & Maria Elisabeth Hard are recorded in the parish register of Wolf: (1) Johann Peter, baptized 20 December 1750; (2) Anna Catharina, baptized 23 April 1752; (3) Johann Heinrich, baptized 30 December 1753; (4) Johann Wilhelm, baptized 15 August 1756; (5) Anna Elisabeth, baptized 2 April 1758; and (6) Anna Margaretha, baptized 9 December 1764.

Johann Christian Lapp [some translations errantly record this surname as Loch], a farmer, his wife Maria Elisabeth, and children (Katharina, age 15; Johann Heinrich, age 13; Anna Elisabeth, age 8; Anna Margaretha, age 1½) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 10 August 1766 aobard the Russian pink "Vologda" under the command of Lieutenant Sergey Bartenyev.

Johann Christian in route and the widow Maria Elisabeth Lapp née Hard re-married to Johannes Henkel. The combined Henkel / Lapp family is recorded on the 1767 census of Norka in Household No. 23 where the deceased father of the Lapp children is erroneously recorded as Heinrich. They had settled in Norka on 15 August 1767.

Widower Johannes Henkel and his stepchildren (Johann Heinrich Lapp, age 20; Katharina Lapp, age 19; Elisabeth Lapp, age 18) are recorded on the 1775 census of Norka in Household No. 15.

Daughter Katharina Lapp married Konrad Becker. They and their family are recorded on the 1798 census of Frank in Household No. Fk071.

Daughter Anna Elisabeth Lapp married Friedrich Pfenning. They and their children are reported on the 1798 census of Norka in Household No. Nr099.

There do not appear to be any surviving male descendants of the Lapp family that settled in Norka.

(2) Christian Lapp married on 13 July 1745 to Anna Catharlina Schlingeloff, daughter of Johannes Schlingeloff. She had been born about 1727 in Reichlos.

They have at least the following children, each born in Pferdsbach and baptized in Wolf: (1) Johann Friedrich, baptized 30 October 1745; (2) Johann Christian, born 15 August 1747, baptized 20 August 1747; (3) Anna Barbara, baptized 15 June 1749; (4) Johann Heinrich, baptized 25 December 1752; (5) Johannes Otto, baptized 27 July 1755; and (6) Johannes Christian, baptized 24 June 1759.

The father Christian, died and was buried on 5 February 1762 in Pferdsbach. The mother Anna Catharina died and was buried on 17 June 1761.

Four of the children (Johann Friedrich [recorded as Carl], Johann Christian, Anna Barbara, and Johannes Otto [recorded as Johann]) immigrated to Russia. They arrived from Reval at the port of Oranienbaum on 30 May 1766 aboard the pink Novaya Dvinka under the command of Lieutenant Ivan Perepechin.

The Lapp siblings settled in the Volga German colony of Frank, and are recorded there on the 1767 Census in Households No. 14 & 31.

Daughter Anna Barbara Lapp married Johann Philipp Hartung who had come from Büdingen and travelled with the Lapp family. Philipp Hartung is recorded in Frank on the 1798 Census at Household No. Fk036.

Carl Lapp is recorded there also at Household No. Fk037.


- 1775 Norka Census (Household No. 15).
- 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): Fk023, Fk037, Fk071, Nr099.
- Parish records of Büdingen.
- Parish records of Wolf (including Pferdsbach).
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 421.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 234.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #473, #4848.

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