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Christina Margaretha (Grosch) Rusch (abt. 1872 - bef. 1930)

Christina Margaretha Rusch formerly Grosch
Born about in Grimm, Saratov, Russiamap
Daughter of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died before [location unknown]
Profile last modified | Created 19 Sep 2018
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Volga German
Christina (Grosch) Rusch is a Volga German.
Christina (Grosch) Rusch has German Roots.

Family #473 in the 1897 Grimm census.

Christina Margaretha Grosch was born about 1872 in Grimm, Russia. By 1897, she was married and living with her husband, Jakob Grosch, with his parents in household #473.

Christina and Jakob Rusch had five children by 1913:

  • Jakob Grosch, born 04 December 1894
  • Maria Grosch, born 01 January 1896
  • Alexander Grosch, born 23 January 1899
  • Henry Grosch, born 13 May 1902
  • Paul Grosch, born 26 July 1904

A 1920 United States census record for the family has not yet been located. It may be because their surname was misspelled, as it had been numerous times is documentation through their lifetimes.

Many families first settled in Colorado, Kansas or Nebraska and worked in the sugar beet fields after their first arrived. After saving enough, they then moved to another location, like Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, or Chicago, Illinois. This may be why a 1920 census cannot be located for the family. They could have been in transit from one location to another at the time the census was taken. The only problem with this theory is that her daughter Maria married Jakob Saltzmann in Chicago, Illinois, in 1915. This means as least one family member was in Chicago as early as 1915, two years after they set foot on American soil. Realistically, the entire family was probably in Chicago, not just one family member.

Christina Margaretha died between 1913 and 1930, probably in Chicago, Illinois, if she ever immigrated to the United States from Russia. Her death year range was estimated based on the fact that her husband was a widower in the 1930 census. That said, however, Christina Margaretha may have died much earlier than the late 1920s, and her husband just remained a widower for an extended period of time. A search for immigration records for her at a later date have come up with nothing. At this point, it's not clear if she ever successfully immigrated to the United States. So far no passenger manifest that match her age have been found. The location of a 1920 census record entry for their family would be very helpful in determining if Christina Margaretha ever made it to the United States.

1897 Grimm Census [1]

Family # 473
Head of the household Heinrich Rusch, age 61
Wife Anna Katharina Rusch age 63
Child #1 Jakob Rusch, age 28
Wife of Child #1 Christina Margaretha [Grosch] Rusch, age 25
Grandchild #1 Jakob Rusch, age 2
Grandchild #2 Maria Rusch, age 1

Research Notes

1913 New York, Passenger and Crew Lists [2]

In this record, Christina Rusch, his wife, is listed as her husband's closest contact back in Russia. Clearly, she and her husband did not immigrate at the same time. Her husband Jakob made the journey to the United States with four child, ages 16, 11, 10 and 8. It's unclear if she had any younger children who remained with her in Grimm. There us also the possibility that she was pregnant and chose not to immigrate until after her baby was born.

Name: Jakob Russ
Arrival date: 24 Mar 1913
Birth Date: abt 1869
Birth Location: Russia
Birth Location Other: Saratov
Age: 44
Gender: Male
Ethnicity/ Nationality: German
Port of Departure: Liverpool, England
Port of Arrival: New York, New York
Ship Name: Carmania

1920 United States Federal Census [3]

If Christina Margaretha immigrated after her husband and four children, she would have probably been listed in the 1920 census with her family. She is missing from this record. The actual census states her husband was married, so this suggests that she was still living somewhere, just not with her husband and children. It could be that she was deceased already and her husband remarried, and it was his second wife who was missing from this census. This seems unlikely. Either she was still living but not at home at the time of the census, or she was deceased and the notation that he was married was an error.

Name: Alex Ruch [sic] should be Rusch
Age: 20
Birth Year: abt 1900 [abt 1894] [sic] should be 1899
Birthplace: Russia
Home in 1920: Chicago Ward 28, Cook (Chicago), Illinois
Street: Armitage Avenue
Residence Date: 1920
Race: White
Gender: Male
Immigration Year: 1912
Relation to Head of House: Brother
Marital Status: Single
Father's name: Jacob Ruch
Father's Birthplace: Russia
Mother's Birthplace: Russia
Native Tongue: German
Able to Speak English: Yes
Occupation: Machinist
Industry: Shop
Employment Field: Wage or Salary
Naturalization Status: Papers Submitted
Able to Read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members: Name Age
Jacob Ruch 25
Elizabeth Ruch 24
Ernest Ruch 2
Arnold Ruch 42 [sic] should be 1/2 year old, son of Jacob and Elisabeth
Jacob Ruch 48 Father of all the males in this household, married
Alex Ruch 20
Henry Ruch 18
Paul Ruch 15

Death Record for her Son Jakob Rusch [4]

Name Jacob Rush
Event Type Death
Event Date 06 Oct 1946
Event Place Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States
Address 1430 N Bell Ave
Gender Male
Age 51
Marital Status Married
Race White
Occupation Baker
Birth Date 04 Dec 1894
Birthplace Grimm, , Russia
Funeral Home Henry W Mueller
Burial Date 09 Oct 1946
Burial Place Chicago, , Illinois
Cemetery St Lucas
Father's Name Jacob Rush
Mother's Name Christina Grosch
Spouse's Name Elizabeth Rush
Informant's Name Elizabeth Rush
Entry Number 28514


  1. 1897 Grimm (Lesnoi Karamysh), Russia Census List, Translated by Richard Rye, Compiled and Edited by John Groh, Contributor Henry Schmick; American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA; Published 2017; page 203, family #473.
  2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, New York, 1820-1897. Microfilm Publication M237, 675 rolls. NAI: 6256867. Records of the U.S. Customs Service, Record Group 36. National Archives at Washington, D.C., Year: 1913; Arrival: New York, New York; Microfilm Serial: T715, 1897-1957; Microfilm Roll: Roll 2035; Line: 12; Page Number: 155. See:
  3. 1920 United States Federal Census, Year: 1920; Census Place: Chicago Ward 28, Cook (Chicago), Illinois; Roll: T625_344; Page: 10A; Enumeration District: 1723. See:
  4. "Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1878-1994," database, FamilySearch ( : 18 March 2018), Christina Grosch in entry for Jacob Rush, 06 Oct 1946; citing Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States, source reference , record number , Cook County Courthouse, Chicago; FHL microfilm .

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