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Maria Magdalena (Pikner) Kling (abt. 1775)

Maria Magdalena (Magdalena) Kling formerly Pikner
Born about in Franzosen, Saratov , Russiamap
Daughter of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died [date unknown] in Grimm, Saratov, Russiamap
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Volga German
Magdalena (Pikner) Kling was a Volga German.
Magdalena (Pikner) Kling has German Roots.

Family #22 in the 1798 Grimm census.
Family #55 in the 1834 Grimm census.

She was from Rossochi. This was most likely the village known as Franzosen, which was also known as: Franzosen, Pervomaiskoye, Rossochi, Rossoshi, Rossoschi, and Rossotschi. [1] It could also refer to a town in the Ukraine which was eventually part of the Pale of Settlement. Franzosen was a Catholic village, while Rossochi in the Ukraine would have been Jewish. It is more likely the family was Catholic and lived in the Volga Region, and Franzosen was relatively close to Grimm.

The only Pikners I could find in the census records were Heinrich and Maria Pikner, ages 30 and 26, Catholics farmers possibly from Sterzenbach, who first settled in the Colony of Beauregard, no where near Franzosen. They are listed in the 1767 Beauregard Census.

In the 1798 Franzosen census, it states that Maria Magdalena married Johann Jakob Kling, but there were no other family members living in Franzosen at that time.

1798 Grimm Census [2]

Family # 22
Head of the Household Samuel Kling, age 67
Wife Anna Maria Schendler Kling, age 61
Child #1 Johann Jakob Kling, age 33, blind
Wife of Child #1 Maria Magdalena Pikner Kling, age 23,from Rossochi
Grandchild #1 Gertrude Magdalena Kling, age 3
Child #2 Samuel Kling, age 24
Wife of Child #2 Anna Maria Socolofski, age 21, from Verchnaya Dobrinka [Dreispitz]
Child #3 Elisabeth Kling, age 19

Gertrude married Johann Maier (Major) before 1814. Their first child was born in 1815. By 1834, they had two more children.

Since her father inherited his father's estate, including the land on which they farmed, she and her husband continued to live with her parents so that the property would stay in their family. This was especially important since her father passed away in 1823 and her mother would have been left alone to handle the upkeep of their land.

Her married surname was Major, pronounced Maier. Originally [in Germany] it was pronounced and perhaps spelled Maier, but the spelling Major had been used for several generations by the time of the 1834 census.

1834 Grimm Census [3]

Family # 55
Head of the Household Johann Jakob Kling, age 50 in 1816, deceased 1823
Wife Maria Magdalena Kling, age 57
Child #1 Gertraud Kling Maier, age 39
Husband of Child #1 Johannes Maier, age 46
Grandchild #1 Johann Friedrich Maier, age 19
Grandchild #2 Katharina Elisabeth Maier, age 18
Grandchild #3 Anna Margaretha Maier, age 17
Brother of Johann Jakob Kling Samuel Kling, age 41 in 1816, to household #56
Child #2 Christian Kling, age 15 in 1816, to household #56
Child #3 Johann Jakob Kling, age 12 in 1816, to household #56
Child #4 Kaspar Kling, age 9 in 1816 to household #56
Child #5 Konrad Kling, age 7 in 1816, to household #56
Child #6 David Kling, age 3 in 1816, to household #56


  1. online resources, research fromThe Center for Volga German Studies at Concordia University, Who Are Volga Germans, Settlements, Original, Franzosen, see:
  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 #22 in the 1798 census, Samuel Kling 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 17, family #55, line 563, Anna Margaretha Maier, age 17.

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