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Johann Nikolaus Rau (abt. 1818)

Johann Nikolaus (Nikolaus) Rau
Born about in Grimm, Saratov, Russiamap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married about 1841 (to before 1857) in Grimm, Saratov, Russiamap
Husband of — married after 1858 (to before 1897) in Grimm, Saratov, Russiamap
Descendants descendants
Died [date unknown] [location unknown]
Profile last modified | Created 15 Oct 2016
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Volga German
Nikolaus Rau is a Volga German.
Nikolaus Rau has German Roots .

Family #183 in the 1834 Grimm census.
Family #206 in the 1857 Grimm census.
Family #423 in the 1897 Grimm census.

1834 Grimm Census [1]

Family # 183
Head of the Household Johann Philipp Rau, age 48 in 1816, deceased 1831
Child #1 Johann Wilhelm Rau, age 42
Wife of Child #1 Philippina Rau, age 37
Grandchild #1 Johann Nikolaus Rau, age 16, possible twin
Grandchild #2 Katharina Barbara Rau, age 16, possible twin
Grandchild #3 Christina Margaretha Rau, age 14
Grandchild #4 Maria Katharina Rau, age 13
Grandchild #5 Elisabeth Rau, age 9
Grandchild #6 Johann Jakob Rau, age 7 years 6 months
Grandchild #7 Eva Katharina Rau, age 3
Grandchild #8 Johann Georg Rau, age 1

Note that Nikolaus Rau's wife is not named in the 1857 census, although six of her children are. Her youngest child was born in 1854. Because divorce was rare in the Volga German colonies, the omission of her name probably indicates that she had passed away. The birth year of her youngest child and the census year give the parameters for her death: between 1854 and 1857. The only way we can identify who she was is through her children's birth records or through the record of her marriage to Nikolaus Rau. Both records kept by the local Lutheran church, but are not yet available to the public.

1857 Grimm Census [2]

Family # 206
Head of the Household Wilhelm Rau, age 65
Wife Christina Rau, age 60
Child #1 Nikolaus Rau, age 39
Grandchild #1 Katharina Margaretha Rau, age 15
Grandchild #2 Anna Katharina Rau, age 8
Grandchild #3 Anna Elisabeth Rau, age 5
Grandchild #4 Christian Jakob Rau, age 4
Grandchild #5 Johannes Rau, age 3, possible twin
Grandchild #6 Anna Katharina Rau, age 3 possible twin
Child #2 Johann Jakob Rau, age 30
Wife of Child #2 Katharina Elisabeth Rau, age 25
Grandchild #7 Georg Jakob Rau, age 2
Grandchild #8 Karl Rau, age 9 months
Child #3 Johann Georg Rau, age 24
Child #4 Philipp Jakob Rau, age 21

In the following record, Nikolaus Rau is again identified as a widower. We know his first wife passed away before 1857, based on details in the 1857 census. In the 1897 census, Nikolaus has one more son, Heinrich, born in 1867, 10 to 14 years after his first wife passed away. This means Nikolaus must have married again, and that son Heinrich is a half brother to Nikolaus' six documented children listed in the 1857 census. Nikolaus may have had more unidentified children, namely females, who were born after the 1857 census and married and living in another household at the time of the 1897 census.

1897 Grimm Census [3]

Family # 423
Head of the Household Nikolaus Rau, age 80, widower
Child #1 Christian Jakob Rau, age 43
Wife of Child #1 Anna Elisabeth Rau, age 40
Grandchild #1 Anna Elisabeth Rau, age 8
Grandchild #2 Amalia Rau, age 2
Child #2 Johannes Rau, age 41
Wife of Child #2 Maria Katharina Rau, age 40
Grandchild #3 Eva Rau, age 10
Grandchild #4 Elisabeth Rau, age 8
Grandchild #5 Katharina Rau, age 6
Grandchild #6 Anna Rau, age 4
Child #3 Heinrich Rau, age 30, by unidentified second wife, half brother to Christian Jakob Rau and Johannes Rau, child #1 and #2 in this census entry
Wife of Child #3 Katharina Rau, age 22
Grandchild #7 Elisabeth Rau, age 4 months


  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; page 55, family #183, Johann Philipp Rau family.
  2. 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; page 77, family #206, Wilhelm Rau family.
  3. 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; page 188, family # 423, Nikolaus Rau family.

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