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Anna (Balzer) Heil (abt. 1749)

Anna Heil formerly Balzer aka Heilm
Born about in Darmstadt, Germanymap
Wife of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
[children unknown]
Died [date unknown] [location unknown]
Profile last modified | Created 20 Oct 2017
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Volga German
Anna (Balzer) Heil was a Volga German.
Anna (Balzer) Heil has German Roots.

Family #23 in the 1767 Grimm census.

Anna Balzer is first mentioned in the Kulberg Lists, traveling with her family from Darmstadt, Germany to Russia.

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]

By the time the first census was taken in Grimm in 1767, her mother was a widow, and she was no longer living with her family.

1767 Grimm Census Records [2]

Her mother, the widow Anna, and two of her 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

Her brother 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

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

Regarding the surname Heilm, This appears to be one case where a surname has been misspelled. There were no other Heilms in any Grimm census records, nor any in the 1798 Census for the Volga German Colonies. A search of German birth records shows the most likely spelling to be Helm, although it could also be Heil. In the Volga German there were Heim, Helm, and Hein surnames. I haven't had a chance to go through all the possibilities to look for a match, but I do know that none lived in Grimm, where her brother Andreas remained, or Stephan, where her siblings Johannes and Elisabeth lived.

The couple does not appear in the 1775 or 1798 Grimm censuses. There is one possible exceptions:

  1. Family #107 in the 1775 Grimm Census: Widow Katarina Gelmin [Helm?]. While her age is a match with Anna Balzer, the name is wrong. Also in her favor, she appears immediately following August Erdmann, the same person she lived next to in the 1767 census. If she is a match, it means that her married surname was more likely Helm than Heil or Heilm.


  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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