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Johann Balzer (abt. 1718 - bef. 1767)

Johann Balzer
Born about in Darmstadt, Hessenn, Germanymap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] in Darmstadt, Germanymap
Descendants descendants
Died before in Russiamap
Profile last modified | Created 20 Oct 2017
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Volga German
Johann Balzer was a Volga German.
Johann Balzer has German Roots.

Family #20 in the 1767 Grimm census.

Birth Date and Place

  • about 1718
  • Darmstadt, Hessen, Germany




Death Date and Place

  • before 1767
  • Grimm, Saratov, Russia

Johann Balzer is named in the Kulberg Reports as immigrating to Russia with his wife Anna. He was a Lutheran, a tailor from Darmstadt, traveling with document number 2393. [1] Also traveling with the couple were children Andreas, 21, Anna 18, Elisabeth 14, and Johann, 5. The family left Leubeck on the Pink Lev and arrived in Russia on 22 July 1766. [1]

Typically after arriving in Oranienbaum, 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, Johann passed away.

At the time of the 1767 census, his wife is listed as a widow with only two of her children living with her, Johannes, age 6 years 6 months, and Elisabeth, age 15 years 5 months.

1767 Grimm Census Records [2]

His widow Anna and two of her children 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

His son Andreas is 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 daughter 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, age 39, Lutheran farmer from Pommern
Wife Anna Maria Heilm [sic], age 20


  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.

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