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Johann Christoph Rau (abt. 1693 - bef. 1798)

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Johann Christoph (Christoph) Rau
Born about in Leutershausen bei Heidelberg, Kurpfalz, Germanymap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Father of
Died before in Dobrinka, Volgograd, Russiamap [uncertain]
Profile last modified 11 Feb 2019 | Created 2 Dec 2016
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Biography

Volga German
Christoph Rau is a Volga German.
Christoph Rau has German Roots.

Germany-Denmark-Russia

Family A2-1 in The Immigration of German Colonists to Denmark and Their Subsequent Emigration to Russia in the Years 1759-1766.

Family B-1303 in The Immigration of German Colonists to Denmark and Their Subsequent Emigration to Russia in the Years 1759-1766.

Rus 6-14 in The Immigration of German Colonists to Denmark and Their Subsequent Emigration to Russia in the Years 1759-1766.

Family #7 in the 1767 Dobrinka census.

Unlinked child: Balthasar Rau


The key to finding the father of Balthasar Rau was to determine where he came from. I could not find his name in any of the traditional immigration records:

  • List of Colonists to Russia in 1766, "Reports by Ivan Kulberg,"
  • Transport of the Volga Germans from Oranienbaum to the Colonies on the Volga 1766-1767
  • Deutsche Kolonisten auf dem Weg von St. Petersburg nach Saratow, Transportlisten von 1766-1767

Initially I checked The Immigration of German Colonists to Denmark and Their Subsequent Emigration to Russia in the Years 1759-1766, but moved on when I didn't find his name. During one of my searches to reviewed the entry for Christoph Rau and found it said he had 6 unnamed sons and 2 unnamed daughters immigrating with him to Denmark. When the family departed, they were a little richer due to the birth of babies during their stay there. That meant even more people whose names were not known to track down and identify. The only village name associated with Christoph Rau was Dobrinka. This is interesting because that is where many early German settlers in Russia lived until the rest of the Volga River villages were ready to welcome more settlers.

Christoph was born in 1693, so by 1759, when he was 66 years of age, he had grown children who may have had their own grandchildren. Even though he had grown sons, they were not named separately in Danish documentation. So how do we find out the names of those sons? By scouring every record that does exist, looking for clues about family names. We can also look at every Christian name identified with the Rau family. These Germans who settled in Russia were known for reusing family names many times over. If we can identify a pattern, then perhaps we can identify family members.

According to The Immigration of German Colonists to Denmark and Their Subsequent Emigration to Russia in the Years 1759-1766, Christoph Rau and his family moved to Dobrinka. Then I checked the first Dobrinka census. That entry follows below. Dobrinka, by the way, was in the lower Volga River area in Volgograd, while Grimm was in the upper Volga River area, a part of Saratov.


1767 Dobrinka Census [1]

Family # 7
Head of the Household Johann Christoph Rau, age 68, Lutheran, doctor/surgeon from Brandenburg, Freiwalde
Wife Susanna Rau, age 45
Child #1 Jeremias Rau, age 11
Child #2 Johann Peter Rau, age 8
Grandchild #1


This is where part of the Rau family splits, with as of yet unnamed son Balthasar, age 35, and his wife Maria, age 37, settling in Grimm.


1767 Grimm Census

Family # 12
Head of the Household Balthasar Rau, age 35 Lutheran farmer from Darmstadt
Wife Maria Rau, age 37
Child #1 Johann Heinrich Rau, age 5
Child #2 Johann Georg Philipp Rau, age 1 week old
Child #3 Anna Margaretha Rau, age 12
Child #4 Julianna Rau, age 7


I'm in the process of contacting the Dobrinka village coordinator of AHSGR to see if he has more information about Christoph Rau and his family members.


Research Notes

AHSGR Origins Information on Christoph Rau

Rau/RaueFN{J.Christoph}: Lutheran fromUC Leutershausen –bei-Heidelberg, Kurpfalz, in a holding of the Noble Count von Wiser, arrived at Fridericia, Schleswig Royal Province in Dec 1760. He, his wife, and 3 children last reregistered in Denmark in April 1763 (EEE p.554). By June 1764 they were settled in Dobrinka FSL #7 which said he was from UC Freiwalde, Brandenburg.

A review of Danish records shows that Christoph arrived there in 1759 with 6 sons and 2 daughters, all not identified by name. This is different from:

"He, his wife, and 3 children last reregistered in Denmark in April 1763..."

Five people vs. ten people. Not sure what happened to the other children unless some of the older on ones were spun off to independent families. There were no other Rau families listed on the Immigration List from Denmark to Russia list for Dobrinka, but maybe they went to other villages. According to Danish records, they probably went back to Germany.


Rau Family Name List

Patriarchal Names
  • Christoph, patriarch, Dobrinka, Danish records
  • Susanna, Christoph's second wife, not necessarily a family name, 1767 Dobrinka census


Sons and Daughters
  • Balthasar, son, Grimm records, born 1730
  • Johann Georg, 1798 Dobrinka census, born 1748
  • Katharina Rau Bischoff, born 1744
  • Jeremias, son or grandson, 1767 Dobrinka census, wife from Grimm, born 1757


Grandsons and Granddaughters
  • Johann Peter, grandson, 1767 Dobrinka census
  • Georg Adam, grandson, born 1793
  • Jeremias, son or grandson, 1767 Dobrinka census, wife from Grimm, born 1757


Other
  • Peter, born 1764 in Denmark


Sources

  1. Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet 1764-1767, Band 1, Herausgegeben von Alfred Eisfeld under Mitarbeit von Sabine Eichwald, Published by the Nordost-Instsitut - 38085 Göttingen, 2005; page 315, family #7, Johann Christoph Rau family.


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