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Nicolaus Zitzmann, son of Hans Zitzmann (9 February 1678 - 26 October 1741) & Margaretha Heuss (29 September 1686 - 24 March 1758), was born 5 October 1716 in Gersfeld (Röhn), Hessen, Germany, is an original Frank colonist. He married there on 28 August 1742 to Anna Maria Strauch, daughter of Johann Strauch. Anna Maria Strauch had been born 12 May 1723 in Herchenhain.

Some of the children of Nicolaus Zitzmann were born in Dorrnhof and some in Obernhausen, small villages near Gersfeld.

Nikolaus Zitzmann, his wife Maria, and children (Johann, age 21; Margaretha, age 17; Johannes, age 12; Balthasar, age 11; Anna, age 7; Maria, age 2) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 14 September 1766 aboard a ship under the comand of Skipper Reders.

Nicolaus Zitzmann, his wife Anna Maria, and children (Georg, age 21; Margretha, age 17; Johann Balthasar, age 11; Margretha, age 7) are recorded on the list of colonists being transported from St. Petersburg to Saratov in 1767 alng with a note that father Nicolaus and daughter Margretha (age 7) died en route.

Most of them evidently did not survive the journey to the Volga German colonies as only son Georg settled in the Volga German colony of Frank on 1 September 1767.  He is recorded in Frank on the 1767 census in Household No. 110.

Georg Zitzmann and his family are recorded on the 1798 census of Frank in Household No Fk092.

The death of Georg Zitzmann in 1799 is recorded on the 1811 census of Frank in Household No. 92 along with his surviving descendants.

The widow and children of Balthasar Zitzmann are recorded on the 1798 census of Frank in Household No. Fk107.

Adam Zitzmann, son of Balthasar Zitzmann, and his family are recorded on the 1811 census of Frank in Household No. 107.


- 1811 Frank Census (Households No. 92, 107).
- 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): Fk092, Fk107.
- Parish records of Gersfeld, Fulda - Archive of the Evangelical Church of Kurhessen-Waldeck in Kassel (Archion.de).
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 437.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #6433.
- Rauschenbach, Georg. Deutsche Kolonisten auf dem Weg von St. Petersburg nach Saratow: Transportlisten von 1766-1767 (Moscow: G.V. Rauschenbach, 2017): #7330-7335.

Contributor(s) to this page: 

Doris Evans

Glenn Sitzman

Maggie Hein

Brent Mai

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