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Maria Elisabeth (Salzman) Hepp (abt. 1751 - bef. 1791)

Maria Elisabeth (Elisabeth) Hepp formerly Salzman
Born about in Darmstadt, Hessen, Germanymap
Daughter of [father unknown] and
Wife of — married before 1775 in Grimm, Saratov, Russiamap
Descendants descendants
Died before before about age 40 in Grimm, Saratov, Russiamap
Profile last modified | Created 13 Jul 2016
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Volga German
Elisabeth (Salzman) Hepp was a Volga German.
Elisabeth (Salzman) Hepp has German Roots.

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. [1] Her father was a hammer maker from Darmstadt, and the family identified themselves as Lutheran. [1] 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. [2]

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 [3]

Family # 37
Head of the Household Anna Katharina Salzmann [sic], age 55, Lutheran craftsman, widow from Darmstadt
Child #1 Gottfried Salzmann [sic], age 11
Child #2 Maria Elisabeth Salzmann [sic], age 18

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 [4]

Family # 115
Head of the Household Kaspar Gep [Hepp?], age 27
Wife Maria Elisabeth [Saltzmann] Hepp, age 24 [second wife]
Child #1 Maria Katharina Hepp, age 6 months
Mother-in-Law Katharina Elisabeth Salzman [sic], age 64
Brother-in-Law Gottfried Salzman [sic], age 18

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 [5]

This record identifies her sons born after the 1775 census. Daughter Maria Katharina Hepp had married Valentin Henzler and was living in family #105.

Family #28
Head of the Household Kaspar Hepp, age 51
Wife Katharina Schwarz Hepp, age 48, third wife
Child #1 Gottfried Hepp, age 22, from second wife
Child #2 Ludwig Hepp, age 16, from second wife
Child #3 Johannes Hepp, age 13, from second wife
Child #4 Johann Georg Hepp, age 4, from third wife
Child #5 Anna Maria Hepp, age 6, from third wife

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.


  1. 1.0 1.1 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 308.
  2. Mai, Brent Alan, and Donna Reeves-Marquardt; German Migration to the Russia Volga (1764-1767), Origins and Destinations; American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, Lincoln, Nebraska; Published 2003, page 60, #479.
  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 78, family #37.
  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, NE, USA; Published 1995; family #115 in the 1775 census.
  5. 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, NE, USA; Published 1995; family #28 in the 1798 census.

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