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Johann Georg Meisner (1741 - abt. 1818)

Johann Georg Meisner aka Meisinger, Meniner, Meininger
Born in Reichelsheim, Reichelsheim (Odenwald), Odenwaldkreis, Hessen, Germanymap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 31 May 1763 in Hohn, Denmarkmap [uncertain]
Descendants descendants
Died about at about age 76 in Grimm, Saratov, Russiamap
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Volga German
Johann Georg Meisner was a Volga German.
Johann Georg Meisner has German Roots.


Family #40 in the 1775 Grimm census.
Family #54 in the 1798 Grimm census.
Family #97 in the 1834 Grimm census.

Note: His surname appears spelled in different ways in all three censuses. The spelling in the earliest census (1775) is probably wrong; it was based on how the census taker thought the name was spelled. Incorrectly spelled names appear corrected in the 1798 and 1834 censuses, almost always with the same spelling of the name in Germany. For this reason, I'm not using the earliest census to get the original spelling of the name. Census takers got some of the names wrong, and the families corrected the spelling in later years.

Alternate spellings for Johann Georg: Meisner, Meisinger, Menier, Meininger.

1775 Grimm Census [1]

Family # 40
Head of the Household Georg Meniner [Meininger?] [Meisner], age 33
Wife Elisabeth Meniner [Meininger?] [Meisner], age 29

1798 Grimm Census [2]

Family # 54
Head of the Household Georg Meisinger [Meisner], age 57
Wife Eva Elisabeth Schäfer, age 53
Child #1 Katharina Margaretha Meisinger [Meisner], age 12

1834 Grimm Census [3]

Family # 97
Head of the Household Georg Meisner, age 74 in 1816, deceased 1818
Child #1 Katharina Meisner Lefler, age 48
Husband of Child #1 Ernst Lefler, age 35 in 1816, decease 1828
Grandchild #1 Johannes Lefler, age 28
Wife of Grandchild #1 Katharina Margaretha Lefler, age 31
Great Grandchild #1 Katharina Lefler, age 10
Great Grandchild #2 Elisabeth Barbara Lefler, age 8
Great Grandchild #3 Katharina Elisabeth Lefler, age 5
Great Grandchild #4 Johann Peer Lefler, age 3
Great Grandchild #5 Georg Konrad Lefler, age 3 months
Grandchild #2 Johann Andreas Lefler, age 24
Wife of Grandchild #2 Anna Maria Lefler, age 21
Great Grandchild #6 Johann Peter Lefler, age 2
Great Grandchild #7 Johannes Lefler, age 3 months
Grandchild #3 Johannes Lefler, age 17

Volga German Institute Notes [4]

Johann Gottlob Meisner, son of Michael Meisner & Anna Katharina Haag, was from Reichelsheim, southeast of Darmstadt. He married there on 16 September 1732 to Elisabeth Catharina Lauth, daughter of Adam Lauth & Magdalena Körber. She was born 20 July 1712 in Klein-Gumpen. They have 4 sons born in Reichelsheim: Alexander (b. 8 December 1732), Johann Wendel (b. about 1735), Johann Georg (born 23 March 1741), and Johann Heinrich (born 17 March 1744). The Meisner family immigrated to Denmark (Schleswig-Holstein) where they settled in the colony of Julianenebene on 24 July 1761.

While in Denmark, son Johann Georg married Elisabeth Schäfer on 31 May 1763 in the colony of Hohn. Son Johann Heinrich married on the same day to Margaretha Barbara Risch.

On 10 January 1765, the Meisner brothers left Denmark and immigrated to Russia where they settled in the colony of Grimm. Heinrich is recorded in Grimm on the 1798 Census at Household No. Gm176.

In 1788, Johann Georg and Mattias Meisner moved from Grimm to Dinkel. In 1789, Konrad Meisner moved from Grimm to Straub.

Research Notes

Note by: Koreen Goodman 10 Dec 2018

  • Unable to find record in of birth. Based upon Dr. Brent Mai's research from Volga German Institute, birthdate obtained from LDS Parish records in Reichelsheim. Johann Georg was born in Reichelsheim along with four brothers.
  • Dr. Mai notes Johann Georg moved to Dinkel in 1788. Additional research required.
  • Unable to find marriage record in of marriage under Denmark or German marriages.
  • Dr. Mai's research based upon Dr. Gerhard Lang's records:
9c MEISNER (MEININGER) Johann Georg * 23.03.1741 Reichelsheim + 1818
9c oo 31.05.1763 Hohn SCHÄFER Elisabetha * 1746
9c Reichelsheim - Julianenebene - Grimm
  • Given they were married in Denmark, most likely Georg found his bride while in Denmark since they were married there. When I research Hohn I can only locate Germany and not in Denmark. Based upon change in historical boundaries could have been in Denmark in mid 1700s.
[Wikipedia contributors, "Borders of Denmark," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, (accessed December 11, 2018). Denmark-Germany Border]
[Wikipedia contributors, "Denmark–Germany border," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, (accessed December 11, 2018). Denmark–Germany border]


  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 #40 in the 1775 census, Georg Meniner [Meininger?] [Meisner] family.
  2. 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 #54 in the 1798 census, Georg Meisinger [Meisner] family.
  3. 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 31, family #97, Georg Meisner family.
  4. Volga German Institute, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida, see: German Institute.

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