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Elisabeth (Balzer) Stürtz (abt. 1751)

Elisabeth Stürtz formerly Balzer
Born about in Darmstadt, Germanymap
Wife of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Died [date unknown] in Stephan, Volgogrand, Russiamap
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Biography

Volga German
Elisabeth (Balzer) Stürtz is a Volga German.
Elisabeth (Balzer) Stürtz has German Roots.


Family #20 in the 1767 Grimm census.
Family #Sp11 in the 1798 Stephan census.

Elisabeth Balzer was born about 1761, probably in the Darmstadt area, to Johann and Anna Balzer. [1] Her birth location is based on where the family said it was from in the Kulberg Reports. It may change when we can confirm a birth record for her, but it will probably be in the general Darmstadt area.

Because of the limited financial and social opportunities in the Darmstadt area, her parents decided to immigrate to Russia. Her father Johann Balzer is named in the Kulberg Reports as immigrating to Russia with his wife Anna. [1] 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. [1] The family left Luebeck 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, her father Johann passed away. [2]

At the time of the 1767 census, Elisabeth was still living with her mother and one brother in Grimm in family #20.


1767 Grimm Census Records [3]

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

Her 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, age 39, Lutheran farmer from Pommern
Wife Anna Maria Heilm [sic], age 20


She is missing from the 1775 census, at which time she would have been 23 or 24 years old, but that is likely because she married someone from another village. Elisabeth appears to have married Simon Stürtz of Stephan, and she was living with him and her children at the time of the 1798 census.


1798 Stephan Census [4]

Family # Sp11
Head of the Household Simon Stürtz, age 51
Wife Elisabeth Balzer, age 47, from Grimm
Child #1 Johann Heinrich Stürtz, age 27
Child #2 Johann Andreas Stürtz, age 25
Child #3 Johannes Stürtz, age 22
Child #4 Anna Margaretha Stürtz, age 20
Child #5 Heinrich Wilhelm Stürtz, age 16
Child #6 Johann Konrad Stürtz, age 14
Child #7 Katharina Elisabeth Stürtz, age 12
Child #8 Johann Jakob Stürtz, age 8
Child #9 Anna Barbara Stürtz, age 5
Child #10 Maria Elisabeth Stürtz, age 3


With her eldest son 27 years old in 1798, that gives him a birth year of 1771. There were no Stürtz's in the 1767 or 1775 Grimm censuses, so Elisabeth must have married and moved to Stephan some time before 1775, and Simon Stürtz most likely already lived there.

The 1767 Stephan census confirms that Simon was 21 years old that year, the eldest son of Johannes and Katharina Stürtz. [5] His father was a Lutheran farmer from Wohnfeld. Elisabeth's husband was one of four children:

  • Simon, age 21
  • Anna Elisabeth, age 13
  • Rosina, age 10
  • Elisabeth, age 4

If Simon was the only Stürtz son, it explains why he preferred to live in Stephan, where he would be the heir of his father's estate, rather than Grimm.

Elisabeth's brother Johannes, who lived in Grimm through at least the 1775 census, eventually moved to Stephan and married a local girl there. [6] His departure from Grimm may have coincided with the death of his mother. With no living parents, it was probably easier for him to make the decision to move to Stephan, a location where one of his sisters lived.

I don't have a copy of the 1834 or 1857 Stephan census, so I can't track the family any further than this. If someone would like to share that information here, that would help complete this family's story.


Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 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. Anna Balzer, age 49, widow, Lutheran from Darmstadt; Son: Johannes, age 6.5; Daughter: Elisabeth, age 15.5.
  3. 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.
  4. Mai, Brent Alan; 1798 Census of the German Colonies along the Volga, Volume 2; American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, Lincoln, Nebraska; Published 1999 and 2005; page 969, family #Sp11, Elisabeth Balzer, age 47, from Grimm, wife of Simon Stürtz, age 47, mother to Johann Heinrich, Johann Andreas, Johannes, Heinrich Wilhelm, Johann Konrad, Johann Jakob, Anna Margaretha, Katharina Elisabeth, Anna Barbara and Maria Elisabeth.
  5. Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet 1764-1767, Herausgegeben von Alfred Eisfeld under Mitarbeit von Sabine Eichwald, Published by the Nordost-Instsitut - 38085 Göttingen, 2005; page 222, family #7, Johannes Stürtz, 52, Lutheran farmer from Wohnfeld, wife Katharina, 38; children: Simon, 21; Anna Elisabeth, 13; Rosina, 10; and Elisabeth, 4.
  6. Mai, Brent Alan; 1798 Census of the German Colonies along the Volga, Volume 2; American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, Lincoln, Nebraska; Published 1999 and 2005; page 972, Sp34, Johannes Balzer, age 39, from Grimm, married to Anna Maria Schmidt, widow of deceased husband Konrad Just. Father of Johannes, Christian Ernst, Johann Andreas, Eva Elisabeth, and Barbara Katharina. Stepfather to Johann Konrad Just and Johann Baltasar Just.


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