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Maria Katharina (Fritz) Rudolph (abt. 1769 - bef. 1834)

Maria Katharina (Katharina) Rudolph formerly Fritz
Born about in Grimm, Saratov, Russiamap
Wife of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died before at about age 65 in Grimm, Saratov, Russiamap
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Volga German
Katharina (Fritz) Rudolph was a Volga German.
Katharina (Fritz) Rudolph has German Roots.

Family #20 in the 1775 Grimm census.
Family #57 in the 1798 Grimm census.
Family #138 in the 1834 Grimm census.

Maria Katarina Fritz was born in 1769 to Johannes Fritz and Anna Margaretha Thiel Pikus in the village of Grimm, Russia. Originally from Baden-Durlach in what is now Germany, her parents immigrated first to Denmark, and three or four years later to Grimm, Russia.

In 1767 her brother Jakob was born. Anna Maria's birth followed two years later in 1769. Their youngest sister, Henrietta, was born in 1772. There is mention of another sister who was born in 1772 named Anna Margaretha. She was clearly omitted from the 1772 census by name, unless Henrietta and Anna Margaretha were the same person. If they are not the same person, then they would have been twins, or perhaps one born at the beginning of the year and the other born at the end of the same year. It makes no sense, however, for a surviving three-year-old to not be living with her family at the time of a census.

In 1773 or 1774, Maria' Katarina's father passed away. Her mother soon remarried Christian Pikus. In the 1775 census, she is listed as the stepchild of Christian Pikus.

1775 Grimm Census [1]

Family # 20
Head of the Household Christian Pikus, age 24
Wife Margaretha Pikus, widow of Mr. [Johannes] Fritz, age 39
Step-Child #1 Gottfried Fritz, age 11 years 6 months
Step-Child #2 Johann Jakob Fritz, age 8
Step-Child #3 Maria Katharina Fritz, age 5 years 6 months
Step-Child #4 Henrietta Fritz, age 3

By 1798, she had married Heinrich Rudolph and the couple and their children lived with her mother, step-father and younger sister Anna Margaretha.

1798 Grimm Census [2]

Family # 57
Head of the Household Christian Pikus, age 48
Wife Anna Margaretha Thiel Pikus, age 64, widow of Johannes Fritz
Step-Child #1 Katharina Fritz Rudolph, age 29
Husband of Step-Child 31 Heinrich Rudolph, age 27
Grandchild #1 Andreas Rudolph, age 5
Grandchild #2 Konrad Rudolph, age 2
Grandchild #3 Johann Heinrich Rudolph, age 1
Step-Child #2 Anna Margaretha Fritz, age 26

She is not specifically listed in the 1834 census, but her husband and children are. Her husband Heinrich Rudolph is listed without his wife in family #138, however, he is not designated as a widower or widowed. Divorce was frowned upon in the Volga German community, and it happened rarely. Her husband continued to live in his father-in-law's household. Would that have happened if he and his wife divorced? It may have, especially if their divorce came after Christian Pikus' death.

It is equally possible that she had simply passed away. Her youngest child was 25 (born in 1809), and it's unlikely that her husband would have remained unmarried if she had passed away in 1809 from a death related to that son's childbirth. But if she passed away in the early 1820s, it's possible that the census taker saw no reason to note that her husband was a widower in the 1834 census. The family's entry in the 1834 census is shown below.

1834 Grimm Census [3]

Family # 138
Head of the Household Christian Pikus, age 65 in 1816, deceased 1850 [sic]
Husband of Step-Child #1 Heinrich Rudolph, age 64
Grandchild #1 Andreas Rudolph, age 41
Grandchild #2 Heinrich Rudolph, age 18 in 1816, deceased 1830
Grandchild #3 Konrad Rudolph, age 31
Grandchild #4 Jakob Rudolph, age 25


  1. 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, NE, USA; Published 1995; family #20 in the 1775 census.
  2. 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, NE, USA; Published 1995; family #57 in the 1798 census.
  3. 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 43, family #138.

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