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Balthasar Rudolph (abt. 1739 - bef. 1816)

Balthasar Rudolph
Born about in Isenburg, Germanymap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married before 1766 in Isenburg, Germanymap [uncertain]
Descendants descendants
Died before in Grimm, Saratov, Russiamap
Profile last modified | Created 15 Apr 2017
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Biography

Volga German
Balthasar Rudolph is a Volga German.
Balthasar Rudolph has German Roots.


Family #74 in the 1775 Grimm census.
Family #116 in the 1798 Grimm census.
Family #213 in the 1834 Grimm census.


Balthasar Rudolph was born about 1739 in the Isenburg area of what is now Germany. The names of his parents have not yet been confirmed. See the Research Notes below.

Balthasar appears in the Kulberg Reports as immigrating to Russia with his wife Eva, and children Johann [Konrad] and Catharina. [1] The entry in the Kulberg Reports implies that the parents of the two children are Balthasar and Eva. The 1775 census reveals, however, that Catharina was Eva's daughter from her first husband, Mr. Lusmar. Eva may have been the mother of both children.

Listed as the second male child in the 1775 census is Georg Karl Rudolph, age 18. It is out of character for the male children in these census records not to be listed by order of age, oldest to youngest. This means that either the census taker made an error and listed the males out of age order, or perhaps that there was a typo and Georg Karl was only 8 years old, not 18.

If Georg Karl was born in 1757 and was 18 in 1775, then:

  • He was omitted from the Kulberg Reports entry for his family.
  • He is listed out of order in the 1775 Grimm census.
  • His mother was not Eva Bechtold.
  • Eva Bechtold may not have been the mother of his brother Johann Konrad, since their ages are relatively close together. The two oldest children probably had the same mother, Balthasar's first wife.

If Georg Karl was born in 1767 and was 8 in 1775, then:

  • He wasn't omitted from the Kulberg Reports since he wasn't born yet.
  • There is a typo in his age in the 1775 census.
  • His mother was Eva Bechtold.
  • Eva Bechtold was probably the mother of all the children listed in the 1775 Grimm census.

The confirmation of Balthasar's son Georg Karl's age and mother affects more than just Georg Karl, which is why this discussion is included on father Balthasar's profile. It seems so much tidier to give all the children the same mother. The reality is, however, that possible errors in the only sources available for early Volga Germans could mean different mothers for two of the children, and thus a different maternal ancestral line. It may also mean that Eva Bechtold was Balthasar's second wife, and that the name of his first wife has not yet been confirmed.


The family was not listed in the 1767 Grimm census. [2] This means they were likely living in a different village that year and moved at a later date to Grimm.

By 1775, the couple had at least two more children. Eva's daughter Katharina Lusmar was still living with her mother and step-father.


1775 Grimm Census [3]

Family # 74
Head of the Household Baltasar Rudolf [sic], age 36
Wife Eva [Bechtold] Rudolf [sic], age 40
Child #1 Johann Konrad Rudolf [sic], age 14
Child #2 Georg Karl Rudolf [sic], age 18 (out of order, maybe 8?),
Child #3 Georg Heinrich Rudolf [sic], age 5
Child #4 Carolina Rudolf, age 3
Stepdaughter Katarina [sic] Lusmar [?], age 16


Both Balthasar and his wife Eva were still living in 1798 and included in the 1798 census. They had one more son, Andreas Jakob, who was born after he 1775 census was taken, but probably before 1776.


1798 Grimm Census [4]

Family # 116
Head of the Household Baltasar [sic] Rudolf [sic], age 63
Wife Eva Bechtold Rudolf [sic], age 65
Child #1 Konrad Rudolf [sic], age 36
Wife of Child #1 Anna Maria Manweiler, age 29, from Messer
Grandchild #1 Johann Heinrich Rudolf [sic], age 5
Grandchild #2 Christian Rudolf [sic], age 1
Grandchild #3 Katarina [sic] Rudolf [sic], age 10
Grandchild #4 Katarina [sic] Elizabeta [sic] Rudolf, age 7
Child #2 Andreas Jakob Rudolf [sic], age 23


Balthasar Rudolph does not appear in the 1834 census. [5] Volga German census records always included the death dates of male residents. Since Balthasar's name was not included in the 1834 census, he most likely passed away before 1816, when the interim, male-only census was taken. His death would have been noted in the 1816 census, and not mentioned again in the 1834 census.


Research Notes

He may have been a match with the birth record listed below. Note that the parents on this record had another son with the same name born in 1739. The fact that they named a subsequent child with the identical name suggests that the first Balthasar died before the birth of the second Balthasar

Deutschland Geburten und Taufen [6]

Name Balthasar Rudolph.
Event Date 1741
Gender Male
Birth Date 16 Jun 1741
Birth Year 1741
Christening Date 17 Jun 1741
Christening Place ROEMISCH-KATHOLISCHE, BUECHELBERG, PFALZ, BAVARIA
Father's Name Mihaelis Rudolph.
Mother's Name Joannae


Deutschland Geburten und Taufen [7]

Name Balthasar Rudolph
Event Date 1739
Gender Male
Birth Date 08 Mar 1739
Birth Year 1739
Christening Date 08 Mar 1739
Christening Place ROEMISCH-KATHOLISCHE, BUECHELBERG, PFALZ, BAVARIA
Father's Name Mihaelis Rudolph
Mother's Name Annae


Sources

  1. Pleve, Igor. List 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 57, Balzer Rudolph, Lutheran stocking maker from Isenburg, document number 499, wife: Eva; children: Johann [Konrad], age 5, and Catharina, age 9.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 #74 in the 1775 Grimm census, Baltasar Rudolf family.
  4. 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 #116 in the 1798 Grimm census, Baltasar Rudolf family.
  5. 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.
  6. "Deutschland Geburten und Taufen, 1558-1898," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NRMG-YTY : 10 February 2018), Balthasar Rudolph., 17 Jun 1741; citing ; FHL microfilm 367,555.
  7. "Deutschland Geburten und Taufen, 1558-1898," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NCB9-YFM : 10 February 2018), Balthasar Rudolph, 08 Mar 1739; citing ; FHL microfilm 367,555.


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