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Johanna (Schultz) Happel (abt. 1758)

Johanna Happel formerly Schultz
Born about in Germanymap
Daughter of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Died [date unknown] in Grimm, Saratov, Russiamap
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Volga German
Johanna (Schultz) Happel was a Volga German.
Johanna (Schultz) Happel has German Roots.

Family #104 in the 1798 Grimm census.

Johanna Schultz was born in Germany, but her family immigrated to Sarepta, Russia in 1765. Sarepta was a colony settled by Moravians from Saxony, Germany. Sarepta was attacked by the outlaw Pugachev in 1774, forcing the villagers to flee. The outlaws plundered the village's existing candle factory, hotel and church, and then destroyed the structures.

Johanna was only six years old when she was forced to flee from Sarepta. It could be that she an her family did not return, choosing to go instead to Grimm. If they did return to Sarepta, then she moved to Grimm as an adult.

She had an illegitimate daughter, Louisa. The name of her daughter's biological father is not given. It could be that Johanna left Sarepta when she became pregnant, and that the father of her baby was from Sarepta, not Grimm.

We don't have an exact death date for Johannes Happel's first wife, but based on the births of his children, it is likely that he married Johanna Schultz between 1793-1798. His first wife most likely passed away before 1793.

1798 Grimm Census [1]

Family # 104
Head of the Household Johannes Gapel [Happel?], age 66
Wife Johanna Schultz Gapel [Happel?] from Sarepta, age 40, second wife
Child #1 Louisa Gabel/Gapel/Happel, age 5, daughter of Johanna Schultz, born out of wedlock
Child #2 Johannes Gapel [Happel?], age 29
Wife of Child #2 Maria Barbara Jäger Gapel [Happel?], age 29, from Dietel
Grandchild #1 Georg Gapel [Happel?], age 7
Child #3 Johann Georg Gapel [Happel?], age 25
Wife of Child #2 Elizabeta [sic] Felde Gapel [Happel?], age 24
Grandchild #2 Katharina Gapel [Happel?], age 6 months

Johanna Schultz Gapel/Happel does not appear in the 1834 census with the Happel family. [2] It could be that after the death of her husband, she remarried and lived in a different household. It is just as likely, however, that she was deceased. Had she survived, she would have been 76 years old.


  1. 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 #104 in the 1798 census.
  2. 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; pages 39 and 83, family #126 and family #297.

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