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Margaretha Barbara (Meisner) Legler (abt. 1775)

Margaretha Barbara (Barbara) Legler formerly Meisner aka Meisner
Born about in Grimm, Saratov, Russiamap
Ancestors ancestors
Daughter of and [mother unknown]
Wife of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died [date unknown] [location unknown]
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Volga German
Barbara (Meisner) Legler was a Volga German.
Barbara (Meisner) Legler has German Roots.

Family #17 in the 1798 Grimm census.
Family #61 in the 1834 Grimm census.

Barbara Meisinger/Meisner was probably born later in 1775, after the census was taken, since she is not listed in the 1775 census.

Margaretha Barbara Meisner Legler Meisinger-102 is likely the daughter of Johann Heinrich Meisner, born late in the year of 1775, after the census was taken. She was married by 1791, when she was only 16 years of age, and had her first child the following year. Both of Heinrich Meisner's wives were named Margaretha Barbara, and Germans had a well-established practice of naming their children after parents, grandparents, and other relatives.

Additionally, there is a gap of 10 years between the birth of Johann Heinrich's first child Jakob Alexander Meisner and his second known child, Johann Kaspar Meisner. There is the possibility that he had additional children, daughters, who were born after the census was taken in 1775 and married before the 1798 census. This puts them in the interesting situation of never being listed in a census with their birth parents.

This could also suggest that Barbara Margaretha Meisner's possible mother Margaretha Barbara Risch died after 1768 and before 1775, and that Margaretha Barbara Hartmann was the mother of all Johann Heinrich Meisner's children except the first child. This idea is supported by the fact that the 1798 census does not designate children as belonging to a first or second wife, as was typical in that census.

1798 Grimm Census [1]

Family # 17
Head of the Household Karl Legler, age 52, widower
Child #1 Johann Jakob Legler, age 26
Wife of Child #1 Barbara Meisinger Legler, age 23
Grandchild #1 Jakob Alexander Legler, age 3
Grandchild #2 Katharina Louisa Legler, age 6 months
Child #2 Johann Michael Legler, age 18
Child #3 Heinrich Jakob Legler, age 13
Child #4 Christian Philipp Legler, age 8

1834 Grimm Census [2]

Family # 61
Head of the Household Johann Jakob Lechler [sic], age 63
Wife Margaretha Barbara Lechler [sic], age 60
Child #1 Jakob Alexander Lechler [sic], age 39
Wife of Child #1 Katharina Elisabeth Lecher [sic], age 34
Grandchild #1 Georg Heinrich Lechler [sic], age 12
Grandchild #2 Christoph Heinrich Lechler [sic], age 9
Grandchild #3 Christian Jakob Lechler [sic], age 7
Grandchild #4 Michael Lechler [sic], age 5
Grandchild #5 Katharina Margaretha Lechler [sic], age 3
Child #2 Adolph Lechler [sic], age 32
Wife of Child #2 Sophia Lechler [sic], age 28
Grandchild #5 Johann Jakob Lechler [sic], age 7
Grandchild #6 Johann Philipp Lechler [sic], age 6
Grandchild #7 Elisabeth Margaretha Lechler [sic], age 3 years 6 months
Grandchild #8 Johann Peter Lechler [sic], age 1 year 6 months
Brother #1 Heinrich Lechler [sic], age 31 in 1816 based on 1798 census, to household #301
Grandchild #9 Alexander Lechler [sic], age 3 in 1816, to household #301
Brother #2 Christian Philipp Lechler, age 24 in 1816, to household #301
Brother #3 Philipp Lechler, age 24 in 1816 based on 1798 census, deceased 1816
Note A footnote in the 1834 census says that the surname Lechler is probably Legler. All names of primary brothers and sons matches with the Legler family entry in the 1798 census.


  1. 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 #17 in the 1798 census, Karl Legler family.
  2. 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 19, family #61, Johann Jakob Lechler family.

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Meisinger-111 and Meisinger-102 appear to represent the same person because: These two profiles are for the same person. If you'll approve the match, Vic, I'm happy to do the merge. Thanks so much for your help with this.


posted on Meisinger-102 (merged) by Julie (Miller) Mangano

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