Loch (Norka)

Spelling Variations: 
Loch (Norka)
Лохъ (Norka)
Lock (Norka)
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Discussion & Documentation: 

Johann Sebastian Loch, son of Christoffel & Magdalena Loch, and Anna Catharina Schenck, daughter of Johannes Schenck & Anna Elisabetha Gärtner, were married on 17 July 1743 in Bruchenbrücken.

They had at least three children: (1) Johann Heinrich, born 23 May 1744; (2) Johann Adam; and (3) Agnesa.

Johann Adam Loch & Clara Eliesab. Ritter were married on 18 March 1766 in the Lutheran Church of Büdingen.

Agnesa Loch, daughter of Johann Sebastian Loch from Böhnstadt, & Johann Georg Feurstein [sic], son of Joh. Conrad Feurstein [sic] from Böhnstadt, were married on 12 June 1766 also in the Lutheran Church of Büdingen.

Adam Loch, a farmer, and his wife Clara arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 31 July 1766 aboard a Russian ship under the command of Lieutenant Ilyin.

Adam Loch [erroneously translated as Koch by some], a farmer, his wife Klara Elisabeth, and daughter Anna Christina (age ½) are recorded on the 1767 census of Norka in Household No. 129. They had settled there on 15 August 1767.

Johann Adam Loch evidently remarried to the widow Margaretha [sic] Schäfer who is recorded on the 1767 census of Norka in Household No. 80 along and her son Johann Heinrich Schäfer (age 14).

Adam Loch's unnamed widow [evidently the above referenced Margaretha] and her son Johann Heinrich Schäfer (age 20) are recorded on the 1775 census of Norka in Supplemental Household No. 6 along with a note that he is deaf and that their house and outbuildings had burned in 1770. Notes accompanying the Supplemental Household No. 6 data record that her stepson [Ernst Loch] is recorded in the household of Johann Georg Müller [No. 149].

In 1796, Ernst Loch moved from Norka to Beideck where he is recorded on the 1798 census in Household No. Bd53.

The death of Ernst Loch in 1833 is recorded on the 1834 census of Beideck in Household No. 131.

Both the Oranienbaum passenger list and the 1767 census record that Adam Loch came from the German region of Isenburg.


- 1775 Norka Census (Household No. 149 & Supplemental Household No. 6).
- 1834 Beideck Census (Household No. 131).
- 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): Bd53, Mv2016.
- Mai, Brent Alan and Dona Reeves-Marquardt, German Migration to the Russian Volga (1764-1767) (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 2003): #446, #691.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Der Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 263.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #2749.

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Brent Mai

Pre-Volga Origin

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