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Maria Elisabeth (Gestras) Trott (abt. 1724 - bef. 1798)

Maria Elisabeth (Elisabeth) Trott formerly Gestras
Born about in Germanymap
Daughter of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died before in Grimm, Saratov, Russiamap
Profile last modified | Created 19 Sep 2016
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Biography

Volga German
Elisabeth (Gestras) Trott was a Volga German.
Elisabeth (Gestras) Trott has German Roots.

Germany-Denmark-Russia

Family #19 in the 1775 census.

Family B-1706 in The Immigration of German Colonists to Denmark and Their Subsequent Emigration to Russia in the Years 1759-1766.

Family Rus14-47 in The Immigration of German Colonists to Denmark and Their Subsequent Emigration to Russia in the Years 1759-1766.


Family #19 in the 1775 Grimm census.
Family #H-6 in the 1798 Grimm census.


Maria Elisabeth Gestra was born in 1726, according to the records in The Immigration of German Colonists to Denmark and Their Subsequent Emigration to Russia in the Years 1759-1766. [1] The first census of Grimm, however, shows her to have been born in 1724. Two years is not a huge age difference, but it is more significant because she was nearly 20 years older than her husband, which seems unusual. She was either a widow or unmarried up until her marriage to Philip Moretz Trott. If a widow, she was either childless or all her children were grown at the time of her marriage to Trott, since there are no step-children listed for Philip Trott in any of the census records or immigration lists.

The Immigration of German Colonists to Denmark and Their Subsequent Emigration to Russia in the Years 1759-1766 also names Georg Gestras as Maria Elisabeth's father.[1] That surname appears to have been misspelled because I can find no person in any European country with that name. Based on sound, the name could have been Gestrich or Gesterin, but that still provides no clues as to her actual date and place of birth or the names of her parents.

In 1759, Danish King Frederick V invited Germans was the war-ravaged areas of Hessen and the Palatinate to help settle the area of Schleswig-Holstein which, at that time, was under the control of the Danes. While more than 4,000 Germans immigrated to Denmark between 1759 and 1762, Maria Elisabeth's husband Philip Trott was still only 19 in 1759, not yet married, and probably still living with his family in Niederramstadt, Lichtenberg, Landgrafschaft Hessen-Darmstadt.

Because her husband was significantly younger than she was, they probably weren't married until 1761 or 1762. After their marriage, however, with proper job prospects still dim, the couple became reserve Danish colonists, moving to Denmark at the tail end of the immigration wave in August of 1763. Their son Georg Heinrich was six months old at the time of their immigration.[1]

Philip, still in his early 20s, was a day laborer. Much like today, this job category was considered the very low on the employment scale. He was paid his meager wages daily, and he didn't necessarily work every day. This meant his family lived a hand-to-mouth existence, unless Maria Elisabeth had money tucked away from a previous marriage or from her family.

Acknowledged as the poorest of the poor, the Trotts and others like them were looking for an opportunity that would give them a more stable future. When the Danish government invited these Germans to immigrate to Denmark and help make their marshy wetlands farmable, it seemed like a good opportunity.

By September 30, 1763, the young family was living in Colony G18, Neuboerm, in the district of Gottorf in Denmark.[1]

The unfavorable conditions of these former wetlands made farming difficult. When Catherine the Great invited Germans to immigrate to Russia, Maria Elisabeth and her husband decided it offered them a better opportunity. They left Denmark on 23 June 1764 to immigrate to Grimm, Russia.[1] Their daughter Katharina Barbara was born in 1764, but it is unclear if she was born in Denmark or Russia.

Maria Elisabeth appears in the 1775 Grimm census with her husband and children, however by the 1798 Grimm census, her husband is listed as a widower.


1775 Grimm Census [2]

Family # 19
Head of the Household Philipp Moretz Trott, age 33
Wife Maria Elisabeth Trott, age 51
Child #1 Georg Heinrich Trott, age 12
Child #2 Katharina Barbara Trott, age 10 years 9 months


A copy of the 1798 census is shown below to connect her to her children and grandchildren through her sons.


1798 Grimm Census [3]

Family # 6
Head of the Household Lorenz Troudt [sic], age 56, widower [should be Trott
Child #1 Georg Heinrich Trott, age 35
Wife of Child #1 Elisabeth Rutz Trott, age 35, from Dönhof
Grandchild #1 Johann Heinrich Christian Trott, age 6
Grandchild #2 Johann Christian Trott, age 1
Grandchild #3 Eva Katharina Trott, age 14
Grandchild #4 Anna Margaretha Trott, age 11
Grandchild #5 Katharina Elisabeth Trott, age 8


Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 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 626, family B-1706, Maria Elisabeth Gestras, daughter of Georg Gestras, age 37.
  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, Nebraska, USA; Published date: 1995; family #19, Philipp Moretz Trott family.
  3. 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 #6, Lorenz Troudt [sic] family.

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