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Philip Baster (abt. 1765)

Philip Baster
Born about in Germanymap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
[children unknown]
Died [date unknown] in Russiamap
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Volga German
Philip Baster is a Volga German.
Philip Baster has German Roots.

Item #73 in the second appendix of the 1798 Grimm census.

Philipp Baster first appears as the son of widow Anna Baster, a Lutheran from Gruenberg, immigrating to Russia with document number 150. [1] Also traveling with her were her children:

  • Johann, age 9
  • Philipp, age 6
  • Anna, age 14
  • Margaretha, age 12

They were some of the earliest immigrants, arriving in Russia on 12 May 1766 aboard the galliot Anna Catharina which departed from Luebeck.Their recruiter was Boregard, and the skipper of the ship was Daniel Geier.

There are no Basters listed in the Combined Surname Index to All Volumes of Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, and there are no Basters in the 1798 Censuses of the Volga Colonies. While it's valid to consider that their mother did not survive the journey to the Volga, it is also possible and probable that their mother remarried, either in St. Petersburg or the Volga region before the 1767 census was taken. This means her married surname changed, and her children by her first husband would be listed under her second husband's surname, albeit with the correct name of their father in the notes section. Neither the children's names nor names in the notes section are indexed, so it would be very difficult and time-consuming to try to track any of them down. Instinctively, Grimm pops up as the possible original village where the family settled, but I've not yet been able to match them to anyone in the 1767 or 1775 Grimm censuses.

Philipp is first mentioned in the appendix of the 1798 Grimm Census as a free foreigner "after paying debts." The positioning of this note is interesting because it is in a separate list from those who paid their debts and remained in Grimm. The list he appears in includes Grimm residents who married people from different villages and then moved away, presumably to those villages. The exact wording is:

"73 Maiden Sabina Katarina, Martin Fritzler's daughter, married free foreigner Philip Baster after paying debts, 1798"[2]

By calling Philip Baster a foreigner, it's not clear if he was from another Volga German village, a newcomer from Germany, or a resident of another Russian city.

We already know from the first appendix in the 1798 census that her father, Martin Fritzler, paid his debts and decided to remain in Grimm. Were Sabina's debts considered separately from her father's debts? Would they not let Sabina marry Philip Baster and move to another village until her father's debts were paid? The note makes it seem like all debts were paid by both parties, after which they were technically free to live anywhere in Russia.

The Baster name does not appear in any Volga village in the 1798 census. It's possible that after the couple married, they moved to Saratov or another location outside of the Volga River region.


  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 37, Anna Baster, Lutheran from Gruenberg, document number 150, children: Johann, 9; Philipp, 6; Anna, 14; Margaretha, 12.
  2. The 1775 and 1798 Census of the German Colony of the Volga Lesnoy Karamysh, also known as Grimm; Published by the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA; Published date: 1995; #73 in the second appendix of the 1798 census, #73, Maiden Sabina Katarina, Martin Fritzler's daughter, married free foreigner Philip Baster after paying debts, 1798.

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