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Gottfried Joze (abt. 1773 - abt. 1832)

Gottfried Joze aka Jost, Just
Born about in Volga Region, Russiamap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
[spouse(s) unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died about [location unknown]
Profile last modified | Created 29 Mar 2017
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Volga German
Gottfried Joze was a Volga German.
Gottfried Joze has German Roots.

Family #184 in the 1834 Grimm census.

Joze is probably not the correct spelling of this surname. More likely: Jost or Just. Gottfried Joze was born in 1773, presumably in a Volga German village, although he may have been a newer resident of Grimm who had recently arrived directly from Germany. I searched the 1798 censuses for all the Volga German colonies and found no exact matches for him.

  • There was a Gottfried Jost from the village of Jost, but he was older than this Jost and was deceased at the time of the 1798 census. Our Gottfried was quite alive until 1832.
  • There was a Gottfried Jost in Paulskaya, but he was born in 1743 and had no son with the same name born in 1773. He had a son named Christian Jost. If Christian's middle name was Gottfried and he started using Gottfried has his primary name after 1798, this might be a match, but the birth years are off (1777 vs. 1773).
  • There was a Christian Gottfried Jost in Reinhard, but he was born in 1798, not 1773. If his father, Christian Jost, had the middle name Gottfried and started using it after 1798, it's still probably not a match since this Christian was born in 1754 and we are looking for a Gottfried born in 1773.

We know Gottfried was not born in Grimm, since there are no Joze, Jost or Just families in both the 1775 and 1798 Grimm census records. Therefore he arrived in the village after 1798.

By 1834, he had one son named Johann Philipp, five grandsons, two granddaughters, and one great grandson. Despite having at least seven males to carry on the family name, this surname and any of the variants do not appear in the 1857 census. The two granddaughters may have married into other Grimm families; I don't have enough facts yet to make that determination. At some point after 1834, however, all his male descendants either moved to another village or perished. There appear to be too many of them -- seven males -- to believe the latter.

I'm not far enough along to be able to determine if and who his daughters or granddaughters may have married. Unfortunately, his wife was born after 1798 and died before either the 1798 census (perhaps after childbirth) or the 1834, so her name is not accounted for in any census record. Their only child on record is son Johann Philipp Joze who was born in 1793.


  • 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 55, family #184, line 2134, Gottfried Joze, age 43 in 1816, deceased 1832.

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