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Hanß Jacob Fritzler (1716 - bef. 1775)

Hanß Jacob Fritzler
Born in Kleingartach, Neckarkreis, Wurttemberg, Germanymap
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Husband of — married 15 Nov 1740 in Evangelisch, Kleingartach, Neckarkreis, Wuerttembergmap
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Died before before age 58 in Grimm, Saratov, Russiamap
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Volga German
Hanß Jacob Fritzler was a Volga German.
Hanß Jacob Fritzler has German Roots.


Family A24-9 in The Immigration of German Colonists to Denmark and Their Subsequent Emigration to Russia in the Years 1759-1776.
B-427 in The Immigration of German Colonists to Denmark and Their Subsequent Emigration to Russia in the Years 1759-1776.
Rus14-12 in The Immigration of German Colonists to Denmark and Their Subsequent Emigration to Russia in the Years 1759-1776.
Family #54 in the 1775 Grimm census.

Birth Date and Place

  • 19 August 1716
  • Kleingartach, Neckarkreis, Württemberg





  • From Germany to Denmark: Arrived on 04 July 1761
  • From Denmark to Russia: Arrived 1765-1766

Death Date and Place

  • before 1775
  • Grimm, Saratov, Russia

Johann Jacob Fritzler was born at 4:00 a.m. on 19 August 1716 in Kleingartach, Neckarkreis, Württemberg. His sponsors, similar to godparents, were Johann Jacob Gebhart, Johann Jacob Faber, and Anna Catharina Loblen.

Some German records show his first name as Hans, Hanns, or Hannss, which was surprising to me. When I researched what that might mean, I discovered that Hans is the Danish version of Johann. [1] His name by birth was Johann Jacob, but after moving to Denmark in 1759, he used the Danish version of his first name. Some records list his name as Hans Jacob; that is essentially the same thing as Johann Jacob.

He may have been a brother or cousin of Michael Fritzler Sr. (Fritzler-64). I am still researching this.

Note: The surname Fritzler was sometimes spelled Fritzle.

Jacob Fritzler married Franciska Catharina Eurich on 15 November 1740 in Kleingartach, Württemberg.

Marriage Record [2]

Name: Francisca Catharina Eurich
Gender: Female
Marriage Date: 15 Nov 1740
Marriage Place: Evangelisch, Kleingartach, Neckarkreis, Wuerttemberg
Father: Martin Eurich
Spouse: Hannss Jacob Fritzlen [sic]
FHL Film Number: 1184796
Reference ID: 2:10K61QB

The couple's first child was born the next year. They would go on to have seven more children by 1761.

The economic conditions in Württemberg mid-1700s were poor, due to war, famine, high taxes and burdensome tithing expected by the local Church. As a farmer, Jacob had difficulty feeding his children and poor prospects for the future.

Starting in 1759, the Danish government offered these disadvantaged Germans a chance for a new life in Denmark helping to farm as yet unfarmable land. Those who chose to immigrate would be given an opportunity for a brighter future via homesteaded land or through a land lottery.

Jacob, Francisca, and seven of their children arrived in the city of Altona, the processing site for Germans immigrating to Denmark, arrived in the town of Schleswig on 04 July 1761. [3] Their children were:

  • Johann Martin, born 1741, age 20
  • Johann Jacob, born 1745, age 16
  • Johann Michael, born 1747, age 14
  • Georg Ludewig, born 1749, age 12
  • Johann Andreas, born 1751, age 10
  • Maria Barbara, born 1753, age 8
  • Johann Georg (Juergen), born 1758, age 2.5
  • Anna Maria (Cathrina), born 11 June 1761, age .25

Note: The Transportation List A24 clearly states that the total number of people traveling to Denmark was nine. [3] Daughter Anna Maria (Catharina) was born 10 days after the family arrived in Altona. [3] Also Johann Martin is listed twice; once with his parents and siblings, and separately with his with Christiana. [3]

The adults took their oath of allegiance to Denmark on 24 July 1761. [3] In December of that year, the family lived at 3 Christianshof, Christians Thal, in the district of Flensburg. [3] After nearly four years of unsuccessful farming and after Catherine the Great issued her invitation for Germans to immigrate to Russia, Jacob Fritzler requested to leave Denmark on 24 April 1765. [3]

Permission to leave the country was granted on 24 May 1765, but it is not clear how soon after that they left Denmark. [3] Since transportation to Russia didn't officially begin until 1766, the family either remained in Denmark temporarily or moved to another country to await transportation to Russia. At some point during that time, Jacob Fritzler passed away. Only his widow Franciska and her children would make the trip to the Volga Colonies.

By the time the 1775 census was taken for the village of Grimm, his wife was listed as a widow with four older children still living with her. It is not clear whether three of his children perished, or if they were old enough to be married and/or given property separate from their mother's land. A copy of that census entry is shown below for reference purposes.

1775 Grimm Census [4]

Family # 54
Head of the Household Franziska Fritzler, widow, age 53
Child #1 Andreas Fritzler, age 22
Child #2 Johann Georg Fritzler, age 17
Child #3 Konrad Fritzler, age 9 years 6 months
Child #4 Anna Maria Fritzler, age 14

Two of his daughters were married and living in other households, and son Johann Michael Fritzler had married and was living in family #167.

Jacob Fritzler died prior to 1775, but the exact date and manner of death is not given. There are several ways he may have perished:

  • Did not survive the journey to the Volga Region
  • Was killed by marauding bandits or Cossacks during a raid on their village
  • Contracted an illness which resulted in his death
  • Died due to age-related causes


  1., origins of the name Hans, see:
  2. Germany, Marriages, 1558-1929. Salt Lake City, Utah: FamilySearch, 2013. Francisca Catharina Eurich married Hannss Jacob Fritzlen [sic] on 15 November 1740 in Klengartach, Neckarkreis, Wuerttemberg. Germany, Select Marriages, 1558-1929 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2014. See:
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 Eichhorn, Dr. Alexander, Dr. Jacob and Mary Eichhorn. The Immigration of German Colonists to Denmark and Their Subsequent Emigration to Russia in the Years 1759-1766; Bonn, Germany and Midland Michigan, USA; Drukerei und Verlag Steinmeier GmbH & Co. Kg, Deiningen, Germany, 2012; page 409, family 427, and page 268, A24-9.
  4. 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 #54 in the 1775 census.

See also:

  • Germans to Russia, online website for purchase of the Eichorn book: The Immigration of German Colonists to Denmark and their Subsequent Emigration to Russia in the Years 1759-1766, see:

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