Wilhelm Ludwig Brungardt was born about 1725 in the Friedberg, Germany area. He married Anna Maria (Hess) Brungard by 1755 and their first child was born the following year. Due to the poor economic prospects in the Friedberg area, Wilhelm and his wife decided to immigrate to Russia, answering the call of Catherine the Great's manifesto, an invitation to Germans to immigrate to her country. According to the Kulberg Reports, he and his family departed from Luebeck on the Apollo and arrived in St. Petersburg on 29 August 1766.
After spending at least 9 months in Oranienbaum, the immigrants began their journey across the Russian Steppes to the Volga River. All the Brungardts survived and are listed in the first census of the Colony of Grimm.
Head of the Household Wilhelm Brungard [sic], age 73
Wife Anna Maria Hess Brungard [sic], age 63
Child #1 Wilhelm Ludwig Brungard [sic], age 18
Child #2 Anna Barbara Brungard [sic] Albrandt, age 21
Husband of Child #2 Andreas Albrandt, age 29
By 1834, Wilhelm Brungardt is not listed in the census; in his place, his son Wilhelm Ludwig was the head of the household.
Had he survived, he would have been 91 years old. Most likely, he passed away before the 1834 census was taken.
Note: Wilhelm Brungardt traveled on the same ship from Germany to Russia as these Grimm residents:
Valentin Prester/Brester, a stocking maker from Isenburg
Conrad Leonard, a stocking maker from Isenburg
Johann Happel, a stocking maker from Hessen
Jacob Maus, a tailor from Darmstadt
Adam Kraft, a farmer from Friedeburg
Wilhelm Brungardt, a farmer from Friedeburg
Johann Felde, a farmer from Darmstadt
Johann Peter Walter, a farmer from Darmstadt
Andreas Albrand, a farmer from Darmstadt
Johann Valentin Kaiser, a farmer from Darmstadt
Conrad Mueller, a farmer from Darmstadt
Georg Waag/Wag, a farmer from Isenburg
It is an established fact that these families intermarried with each other throughout the generations in Russia. Most probably knew each other from their time in Germany.
Pleve, Igor. List of Colonists to Russia in 1766, "Reports by Ivan Kulberg," Ministry of Education and Science of Russian Federation, Saratov State Technical University; Published in Saratov, Russia 2010; pages 318, 328, Wilhelm Brungardt Family.
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; page 84, family # 83, Wilhelm Brunhardt/Brungardt family.
↑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 #157 in the 1775 census, Wilhelm Brungart family.
↑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 #29 in the 1798 census, Wilhelm Brungart family.
↑1834 Census of Grimm in the District of Saratov, Russia, dated 2 February 1835; Translated by Brent Mai, Concordia University, Portland, Oregon; Published by Dynasty Publishing, Beaverton, OR, USA; Published 2011; page 39, family #125, Wilhelm Ludwig Brungardt family.