Head of the Household Johann Balzer, Lutheran tailor from Darmstadt, document number 2393
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
↑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.