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Nikolaus Heimbuch (abt. 1742 - bef. 1816)

Nikolaus Heimbuch aka Heimbach
Born about in Darmstadt, Germanymap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died before at about age 74 in Grimm, Saratov, Russiamap
Profile last modified | Created 23 Oct 2016
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Volga German
Nikolaus Heimbuch was a Volga German.
Nikolaus Heimbuch has German Roots.

Family #7 in the 1767 Grimm census.

Family #66 in the 1798 Grimm census.

Nikolaus Heimbuch was born in 1742 in Darmstadt, Germany. He is first recorded in the Kulberg Reports as a Lutheran farmer from Darmstadt, traveling on document number 2441 as a single immigrant. [1] That was in 1766, when immigrants first arrive at Oranienbaum, Russia, went through various immigration procedures and requirements, and then remained in a staging area through the winter before they headed to the Volga River and their new colonies.

By 1767, he was settled in Grimm and married to a young woman named Katharina Seibel, age 19. The couple had no children. It's not clear if they married in Oranienbaum or in Grimm.

1767 Grimm Census [2]

Family # 7
Head of the Household Nikolaus Heimbuch, age 27, Lutheran farmer from Darmstadt
Wife Katharina Heimbuch, age 19
Also living with Nikolaus Heimbuch, family #7
Child #1 Nicholas Seibel, age 13, orphan, Lutheran farmer from Friedberg
Child #2 Eva Seibel, age 11, orphan
Note Deceased father was Adam Seibel

Listed as living with Nikolaus and Katharina Heimbuch were Nicholas Seibel and Eva Seibel, orphans from Friedberg. Their father is listed as Adam Seibel. The 1798 census tells us that Nikolaus' wife's name was Katharina Seibel. It seems logical that the Nikolaus had taken in his young brother and sister-in-law after the death of their father. Most likely their mother had also perished, but she is not referenced in this census.

For some reason, both the Heimbuchs and the Seibels are missing from the 1775 Grimm census. [3] They may have moved to another village, but if so, they returned after that and were counted in the 1798 Grimm census. The most likely explanation may be that they were accidentally excluded from the 1775 census.

The couple had five children listed below. I've added the village from where they came, if that information was in the 1798 census. From looking at the data, at least one daughter was identified as being from Müller. That may be in error. She seems a little young, born in 1781, to have moved back and forth between villages before she was 17 years old. It could be that she is not related to this family at all.

  • Anna Maria (Heimbuch) Knoll, born 1768 (from Grimm)
  • Katharina (Heimbuch) Engel, born 1772 (from Grimm)
  • Nikolaus Heimbuch, born 1780 (from Grimm)
  • Elisabeth Maria (Heimbuch) Abig, born 1781 (from Müller)
  • Anna Maria Heimbuch, born 1783 (from Grimm)

1798 Grimm Census [4]

Family # 66
Head of the Household Nikolaus Heimbuch, age 56
Wife Katharina Seibel Heimbuch, age 50
Child #1 Nikolaus Heimbuch, age 18
Child #2 Anna Maria Heimbuch, age 15

By 1834, neither Nikolaus nor his wife are listed with the rest of the family in the census. [5] His son Nikolaus was the head of the household and he lived with one son, his wife, and two grandchildren. Most likely Nikolaus passed away prior to 1816, and his death was included in that male-only census.


  1. Pleve, Igor; Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766, "Reports by Ivan Kulberg;" Saratov State Technical University, Saratov, Russia; published in Saratov 2010; page 169, Nicolaus Heimbuch, Lutheran farmer from Darmstandt, document number 2441, single.
  2. Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet 1764-1767, Band 2, Herausgegeben von Alfred Eisfeld under Mitarbeit von Sabine Eichwald, Published by the Nordost-Instsitut - 38085 Göttingen, 2005; page 74, family #7, Nikolaus Heimbuch 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.
  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 #66 in the 1798 Grimm census, Nikolaus Heimbuch family.
  5. 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 27, family #85.

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