Marriage Place: Evangelisch, Sprendlingen, Starkenburg, Hesse-Darmstadt
Father: Johann Henrich Weylmuenster
Spouse: Maria Margaretha Ludwig
Spouse's Father Conrad Ludwig
FHL Film Number: 1193263
Reference ID: 2:2D5G6D
The marriage record that matches her husband's name, birth, and parents' names shows a wife with the name Maria Margaretha Ludwig. The birth records for her older siblings show her name as being Anna Margaretha. The 1775 Grimm census shows her name as simply Margaretha. I believe Maria Margaretha Ludwig and Anna Margaretha and Margaretha all refer to the same person. Her name may have originally been Anna Maria Margaretha, yet Margaretha was used as her everyday day.
All the Grimm census records show an age difference of 3 to 4 years between her and her husband. There were only two records that could be a match with the Anna Maria Margaretha of this record:
Anna Margaretha Ludwig, born 20 July 1737
Maria Margaretha Ludwig, born 17 August 1728
Both women have the same parents, so they were siblings. Maria Margaretha is 1 year old than Johann Jakob Weilmünster, born in 1728, while Anna Margaretha was 8 years younger than him, born in 1737. Husband Johann Jakob was born in 1729, meaning that neither of women was 3 to 4 years younger than he was. Clearly the dates were wrong on some of the records they are in.
The surname Weilmeister is from the 1775 Grimm census, where there were clearly spelling errors due to language differences between the German immigrants and the Russian census takers. It looks like the name was spelled several ways in German records, including: Weilmuenster and Weylmuenster.
There are at least three children's birth records for Johann Jacob Weylmuenster and his wife Anna Margaretha, instead of Maria Margaretha, in Sprendlingen, Starkenburg, Hesse-Darmstadt.
It appears that Anna Margaretha and Maria Margaretha represent one woman. Perhaps her full name was Anna Maria Margaretha Ludwig.
Johann Conrad Weilmuenster, born 19 December 1756
Johann Friedrich Weylmuenster, born 04 November 1757
Johann Paul Weylmuenster, born 20 November 1765
It's not clear what happened to these children once the couple immigrated to Russia.
The Weilmuenster surname name is not found in traditional immigration sources for Germans who immigrated to Russia in 1766.
Johann Jakob Weilmünster is listed as one of the first settlers of Grimm in the 1767 census.
Head of the Household Jakob Weilmünster, age 39, Lutheran craftsman from Isenburg
Wife Anna Margaretha Weilmünster, age 35
Child Wilhelm Ludwig Weilmünster, 1 week old
This record also refers to his wife as Anna Margaretha instead of Maria Margaretha. The only clue is that they are the same person is son Wilhelm's middle name: Ludwig. This was Maria Margaretha's last name at birth in the only marriage record found for Johann Jakob Weilmünster. Additionally, his first child Conrad was named after Maria Margaretha's father, Conrad Ludwig.
By 1775, the spelling of the surname had changed to Weilmeister. There were clearly spelling errors due to language differences between the German immigrants and the Russian census takers. Even back in his homeland, Hesse-Darmstadt, the surname was spelled several ways, including Weilmeunster and Weylmuenster.
Child Wilhelm Ludwig Weilmeister, age 7 years 6 months
Neither Margaretha Weilmeister nor her husband appear in the 1798 census; only their son Wilhelm Ludwig and his family are included.
Margaretha Weilmeister must have passed away prior to 1798.
Germany, Marriages, 1558-1929. Salt Lake City, Utah: FamilySearch, 2013, for Johann Jacob Weylmuenster and Maria Margaretha Ludwig, 20 January 1756. See: https://ancstry.me/2PyoezU.
Germany, Births and Baptisms, 1558-1898. Salt Lake City, Utah: FamilySearch, 2013. Johann Conrad Weilmuenster, born 19 December 1756. See: https://ancstry.me/2IUWt1Z.
Germany, Births and Baptisms, 1558-1898. Salt Lake City, Utah: FamilySearch, 2013. Johann Fridrich Weylmuenster, born 04 November 1757
Germany, Births and Baptisms, 1558-1898. Salt Lake City, Utah: FamilySearch, 2013. Johann Paul Weylmuenster, born 20 November 1765.
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↑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 #124 in the 1775 census.
↑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 #98 in the 1798 census.