A24-41 in The Immigration of German Colonists to Denmark and Their Subsequent Emigration to Russia in the Years 1759-1766.
B-307 in The Immigration of German Colonists to Denmark and Their Subsequent Emigration to Russia in the Years 1759-1766.
Rus 14-7 in The Immigration of German Colonists to Denmark and Their Subsequent Emigration to Russia in the Years 1759-1766.
Family #47 in the 1775 Grimm census.
Hanß Georg Eberhard was the son of Christoph and Margaretha Eberhard, born in 1732 in Blankenloch. In Danish immigration records, he named Spöck as the town from where he came. Blankenloch and Spöck are less than five miles apart and represent essentially the same area.
He married Magdalena Pfundter on 06 May 1761.
During the mid 1700s, the southern tier of Germany had been hit hard with wars and famines, and many residents were poor farmers who could barely take care of their family's needs. In 1759, the Danish government offered these disadvantaged Germans a chance for a new life in Denmark, helping to farm what was currently unfarmable marshland. Those who chose to immigrate would be given an opportunity for a brighter future via homesteaded land or through a land lottery.
Georg and his father decided to immigrate to Denmark. They arrived two months after his marriage to Magdalena. At the time, the couple had no children. He and his wife arrived in Flensburg on 04 July 1761 and took their oaths of allegiance to Denmark on 24 July 1761, and they were considered reserve colonists in Rendsburg. As of 17 May 1763, the couple lived at Number 2 Nordstern in Colony G9 Christiansholm, in the district of Gottorf.
The marshlands were very inhospitable to all farmers. Although Germans were known for being hardworking and good farmers with typical farm land, it was far more difficult to convert these former wetlands to arable farmland. Most of the German immigrants barely reaped enough to feed their families, let alone to provide food for others in Denmark.
Around that same time, Catherine the Great invited Germans to immigrate to Russia. Discouraged by their experience in Denmark, Georg and his family decided the opportunity to immigrate to Russia was one they could not refuse. He and Magdalena left Denmark on 01 May 1765.
While he appears in the 1775 census, he has another wife, Ursula, and three children under the age of six. Since there are no older children listed, children who would have been the product of his marriage with Magdalena, I believe she passed away, perhaps during or as a result of complications during childbirth, and that their child also did not survive. This would have been about 1765-1767. This would give him time to remarry and have his oldest child with Ursula in 1769.
His name does not appear in the 1798 census, although the names of his sons Wilhelm and Johannes do. He most likely passed away before 1798, when he was in his early to mid 60s. If his wife Ursula survived him, she was not listed as living with her sons. She probably remarried and lived in a different household.
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