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Alexander Major (abt. 1890 - 1942)

Alexander Major
Born about in Grimm, Saratov, Russiamap
Ancestors ancestors
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 15 Oct 1919 in Grimm, Saratov, Russiamap
Descendants descendants
Father of
Died in Sverdlova, Kazakhstan, Russiamap
Profile last modified | Created 11 Feb 2016
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Contents

Biography

Volga German
Alexander Major is a Volga German.
Alexander Major has German Roots .

Birth Date and Place

  • 1890
  • Grimm, Saratov, Russia

Parents

Marriage

Children

Death Date and Place

  • 14 May 1942
  • Sverdlova, Kazakhstan, Russia


His name is not in the 1897 Grimm census with a birth date of 1890. Either the birthdate provided by his son was incorrect, or his name was not included in the census. The only men named Alexander Major in the 1897 census are:

  • Family #77 Alexander Major, grandson of Jacob Major, son of Jacob Major, age 2
  • Family #380 Alexander Major, son of Karl Major, age 21, in military service
  • Family #468 Alexander Major, son of Georg Heinrich Major, age 19, resides in Saratov
  • Family #843 Johann Alexander Major, head of household, age 54, married
  • Family #848 Alexander Major, son of Christian Jakob Major, age 13, resides in Saratov
  • Family #848 Alexander Major, brother of Christian Jakob Major, age 22, single, in military service

Other family details provided by August Major include his grandparents' names, Johann Jakob Major and Anna Kraft Major. Only the following Alexander Major might possibly have parents with those names:

  • Family #848 Alexander Major, brother of Christian Jakob Major, age 22, single, in military service

Since he was born between censuses, it is impossible to determine who his parents were. Grimm church birth records would reveal his parents' names and the birth records of his parents would reveal their parents' names, connecting the family back to people listed in the 1857 census.

The only other possibility is:

  • Family #77 Alexander Major, grandson of Jacob Major, son of Jacob Major, age 2

The problem with this one is that his mother, according to the 1897 census, was not named Anna. If that is a match, then it means that Anna Kraft Major died some time after the birth of Alexander and Eva Katharina was the second wife of Jacob Major.

Of course it's also possible that the information provided to us was incorrect and Alexander Major had different parents. I will contact the Grimm Village Coordinators to see if they have any vital information about Alexander Major and his parents.

It's important to note that all the Majors in Grimm descend from one original settler: Georg Major. The entry from the 1767 Grimm census, the first census taken after the village was settled earlier that year, is:

  • 72. Georg Major, age 36, Lutheran farmer from Friedberg. Wife: Anna Margaretha, age 25. Son: Georg Konrad, 2 months old.

By 1775, Georg Major had two more children:

  • 146. Georg Maior [Major?], age 44, wife Anna Margareta, age 34; son Georg Konrad, age 7 years 6 months; son Georg Christoph, age 2; and daughter Anna Margareta, age 4 years 6 months.

The couple had no additional children beyond those three. Christoph married into the Leonhardt family and moved into the Leonhardt household. Konrad remained in his father's household.

In the 1834 census, Konrad Major is listed in family #101. He had 2 sons who lived with him in his household. His brother Christoph Major had 5 sons and 1 documented daughter. They are represented in family #186 and #330 in this census.

In the 1857 census, these brothers and their families continued to be listed in only 3 households: Konrad Major's descendants in #116, and Christoph's descendants in family #210 and #343.

In the 1897 census, Konrad's descendants are likely listed in families 77, 380, 387, 468, while Christophs descendants are likely listed in families 842, 843, 844, 845, 846, 847, 848, and 849.

And yet they all descend from Georg and Anna Margaretha Major, two of the first settlers of Grimm.


Sources

  • Personal family records from his son, August Major, now in the personal files of Julie Miller Mangano, Round Rock, Texas.
  • 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; see Majors on pages 162-166, families 77, 380, 387, 468, 842, 843, 844, 845, 846, 847, 848, and 849.
  • 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 83, family #72, Georg Major, 36, Lutheran farmer from Friedberg; wife: Anna Margaretha, 25; son: Georg Konrad, 2 months old.
  • 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 #146 in the 1775 census; Georg Maior [Major?], age 44, wife Anna Margareta, age 34; son Georg Konrad, age 7 years 6 months; son Georg Christoph, age 2; and daughter Anna Margareta, age 4 years 6 months; family #52 in the 1798 census; Georg Major, age 63, wife Margaretha Frank, age 52; son Johann Konrad, age 30; his wife Elisabeta Schäfer, age 30; grandson Johann Jakob, age 9; and granddaughter Katarina, age 5; family #12 in the appendix of the 1798 census, Georg Christof Major, age 25, husband of Christina Margareta Leonhardt, age 18; and their son Georg Konrad, age 1.
  • 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; see family #101, #186, and #330, numerous descendants.
  • 1857 Census of Grimm in the District of Saratov, Russia, dated 5 November 1857; Translated by Brent Mai, Concordia University, Portland, Oregon; Published by Dynasty Publishing, Beaverton, OR, USA; Published 2005; see #116, #210, and #343, numerous descendants.


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