Family #37 in the 1767 Grimm census.
Family #115 in the 1775 Grimm census.
Maria Elisabeth Saltzmann was born about 1746 to Balthasar and Brigitta Catharina Saltzmann. after Catherine the Great issued her Manifesto, inviting Germans to settle on land along the Volga River, her parents decided to immigrate to Russia. According to the Kulberg Lists, Maria Elisabeth, her brother Gottfried, and their parents departed for Russia on 10 August 1766.  Her father was a hammer maker from Darmstadt, and the family identified themselves as Lutheran.  Also traveling with them but documented separately was her older brother Johann Georg Saltzmann and his wife Elisabeth Raeder [also identified as Anna Catharina] who married in Büdingen on April 04, 1766, four months before their departure for Russia. 
The 1767 census notes that her mother was a widow, indicating that her father did not survive the perilous journey from Oranienbaum to the Volga River area.
1767 Grimm Census 
The Saltzmanns lived next to Kaspar and Anna Maria Hepp. By 1774, Anna Maria Hepp had passed away and Kaspar married Maria Elisabeth. At the time of the 1775 census, the two families had merged. They are all listed together in household #115.
1775 Grimm Census 
Maria Elisabeth is not mentioned in the 1798 census, but her husband and children are. The census indicates that he had remarried, and since divorce was rare in the Volga German villages, it indicates that Maria Elisabeth was no longer living.
1798 Grimm Census 
The youngest child by Maria Elisabeth was 13 years old, and the oldest child from his third wife was 6. This means Maria Elisabeth passed away between 1785 and 1791. By 1791, Kaspar was married to his third wife, and their first child was born in 1792.
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