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Susanna Rau (1766)

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Susanna Rau
Born in Darmstadt, Germanymap
Ancestors ancestors
[spouse(s) unknown]
[children unknown]
Died [date unknown] in Grimm, Saratov, Russiamap
Profile last modified 22 Oct 2019 | Created 8 Feb 2017
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Volga German
Susanna Rau is a Volga German.
Susanna Rau has German Roots.

Family #12 in the 1767 Grimm census.

Susanna Rau was the daughter of Balthasar and Maria Rau of Darmstadt, Germany. Her parents immigrated to Russia when she was only 2 months old. There is a Balzer Rau listed in the Kulberg Reports, and it appears like it is a match with her father's name.

"Rau Balzer, Luth., farmer from Darmstadt, doc. No. 2411, wife: Maria, children: Heinrich, 4, Anna, 9, Julianna, 6, Susanna, 1/6." [emphasis added]


The family arrived in Russia on 22 July 1766 via the pink Lev. No ages are listed for Balzer and his wife Maria. [1] There is no mention of the family in the Volga German Transportation List. [2]

The one possible alternate spelling of the name as Rausch is not a match.

By 1767, she is not listed in the Grimm census with her family.

1767 Grimm Census [3]

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

Susanna most likely did not survive the winter in St. Petersburg or the journey to the Volga River colonies.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Pleve, Igor, Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766, "Reports by Ivan Kulberg," Ministry of Education and Science of Russian Federation, Saratov State Technical University; Published in Saratov, Russia, 2010; page 168, Balzer Rau.
  2. Transport of the Volga Germans from Oranienbaum to the Colonies on the Volga 1766-1767. Translated and edited by Brent Alan Mai; Published by the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, Lincoln, Nebraska, 1998.
  3. Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet 1764-1767, Band 2, Herausgegeben von Alfred Eisfeld under Mitarbeit von Sabine Eichwald, Published by the Nordost-Instsitut - 38085 Göttingen, 2005; page 75, family #12, Balthasar Rau, 35, Lutheran farmer from Darmstadt. Wife: Maria, 37; son: Johann Heinrich, age 5; son Johann Georg Philipp, 1 week old; daughter Anna Margaretha, age 12, and daughter Julianna, age 7.

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