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Andreas Balzer (abt. 1745 - bef. 1798)

Andreas Balzer
Born about in Darmstadt, Hessen, Germanymap
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died before in Grimm, Saratov, Russiamap
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Volga German
Andreas Balzer was a Volga German.
Andreas Balzer has German Roots.

Family #58 in the 1767 Grimm census.
Family #134 in the 1775 Grimm census.
Family #111 in the 1798 Grimm census.

Birth Date and Place

  • about 1745
  • Darmstadt, Hessen, Germany




Death Date and Place

  • before 1798
  • Grimm, Saratov, Russia

Andreas Balzer was born about 1745 in the Darmstadt, Germany, area to parents Johann Balzer and Anna (Unknown) Balzer. He immigrated to the United States with his parents and 3 other siblings in 1766.

Kulberg Reports [1]

Family # 167
Head of the Household Johann Balzer, Lutheran tailor from Darmstadt, document number 2393
Spouse Anna
Child #1 Andreas, age 21
Child #2 Johann, age 5
Child #3 Anna, age 18
Child #4 Elisabeth, age 14

The family left Leubeck on the Pink Lev and arrived in Russia on 22 July 1766. [1]

Typically the families took their oaths of allegiance and were settled in temporary housing barracks until the following spring, when groups set out for the Volga River colonies. At some point after their arrival in Russia but before the first Grimm census in 1767, his father Johann passed away.

At the time of the 1767 census, his mother was listed as a widow with only two of her children, Johannes, age 6 years 6 months, and Elisabeth, age 15 years 5 months, living with her. Andreas and his sister Anna had married and lived in separate households.

1767 Grimm Census Records [2]

Andreas' mother Anna and two of his siblings are listed in family #20.

Family # 20
Head of the Household Anna Balzer, age 49, widow, Lutheran from Darmstadt
Child #1 Johannes Balzer, age 6 years 6 months
Child #2 Elisabeth Balzer, age 15 years 6 months

Andreas was listed in another family.

Family # 58
Head of the Household Andreas Balzer, age 20, Lutheran craftsman from Darmstadt
Wife Anna Margaretha Balzer, age 26

His sister Anna most likely married a fellow traveler Christian Heinrich Heilm [sic] and is listed with his family in that first Grimm census.

Family # 23
Head of the Household Christian Heinrich Heilm [sic], age 39, Lutheran farmer from Pommern
Wife Anna Maria Heilm [sic], age 20

By 1775, his mother and his youngest brother had moved into Andreas' household.

1775 Grimm Census [3]

Family # 134
Head of the Household Andreas Balzer, age 30
Spouse Anna Margaretha, age 37
Child #1 Christian Balzer, age 3
Child #2 Eva Elisabeta, age 6
Mother Andreas' mother, Balzer, (no first name listed), age 55
Brother Johannes Balzer, her son, Andreas' brother, age 16

Andreas is not specifically listed in the 1798 census, but his wife Anna Margaretha is, and she is listed as a widow. Since his youngest child was born in 1785, he passed away between 1785-1798.

1798 Grimm Census [4]

Family # 111
Head of the Household Anna Margareta [sic] Balzer, widow, deceased husband was Andreas Baltzer [sic], age 61
Child #1 Johann Christian Balzer, age 26
Wife of Child #1 Anna Margareta [sic] Felde Balzer, age 26
Grandchild #1 Elizabeth Margareta [sic] Balzer, age 6 months
Child #2 Katarina [sic] Balzer, age 19
Child #3 Elizabeta [sic] Balzer, age 15


  1. 1.0 1.1 Pleve, Igor; Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766, "Reports by Ivan Kulberg;" Saratov State Technical University, Saratov, Russia; published in Saratov 2010; page 167, Johann Balzer, Lutheran, tailor from Darmstadt, document number 2393, wife Anna, children: Andreas, age 21; Johann, age 5, Anna, age 18, and Elisabeth, age 14.
  2. Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet 1764-1767, Band 2, Herausgegeben von Alfred Eisfeld under Mitarbeit von Sabine Eichwald, Published by the Nordost-Instsitut - 38085 Göttingen, 2005; 20. Families #20, #58, and #23.
  3. The 1775 and 1798 Census of the German Colony on the Volga, Lesnoy Karamysh, also known as Grimm; Published by the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA; Published date: 1995; family #134, Andreas Balzer, age 30.
  4. The 1775 and 1798 Census of the German Colony on the Volga, Lesnoy Karamysh, also known as Grimm; Published by the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA; Published date: 1995; family #111 in the 1798 census.

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