Family A24-73 in The Immigration of German Colonists to Denmark and Their Subsequent Emigration to Russia in the Years 1759-1766.
Family B-1510 in The Immigration of German Colonists to Denmark and Their Subsequent Emigration to Russia in the Years 1759-1766.
Family 14-41 in The Immigration of German Colonists to Denmark and Their Subsequent Emigration to Russia in the Years 1759-1766.
Family #55 in the 1775 Grimm census.
Family #69 in the 1798 Grimm census.
Wilhelm Schuppe was born in 1735, probably in Baden-Durlach, the town where he lived after his marriage.  The town was located about 77 miles west of Württemberg near the French border, where his wife was born.
This area was hit particularly hard by war and famine during the 1700s. Despite the fact that Germans had a reputation for being good, hard workers, there were many people struggling to survive. In addition to war and famine, the economic conditions were adversely affected by high taxes and burdensome tithing expected by the local Church.
Wilhelm Schuppe married Susanna Margaretha around 1754. Their first child, daughter Elisabeth Catharina was born in 1757, followed by daughter Jakobina in 1760.  From the start, Wilhelm, much like his friends and neighbors, had difficulty supporting his growing family.
In 1759, the Danish government offered struggling Germans a chance for a new life in Denmark, helping to convert what was currently un-farmable wetlands to fertile fields for crops. Those who chose to immigrate would be given an opportunity for a brighter future via homesteaded land or through a land lottery.
Wilhelm and Susanna Margaretha decided to accept the Danish government's offer to immigrate to Denmark. The family arrived in the City of Schleswig, Denmark, on 04 July 1761 and took their oath of allegiance to Denmark on 24 July 1761. Two weeks later they were living at 5 "Christians Hoffnung" in Colonie G15 Sophienhamm, in the region of Gottorf.
Unfortunately, the wetlands were more difficult to farm than anyone expected and the Germans' frustrations grew. When Catherine the Great issued her first manifesto inviting Germans to come to Russia, many Germans who were struggling in Denmark thought it was too good an offer to pass up.
On 01 May 1763 they bid farewell to Denmark with the intention of immigrating to Russia. They ended up in Grimm, along the Volga River, with 57 other German-Danish families. If they arrived earlier than 1766, they were first settled in the Colony of Dobrinka. Those first few years were very rough on the settlers. Cossacks, bandits, and other migratory people routinely plundered the new villages and killed many of the villagers. The villagers' plight did not improve until after 1765 when the Cossack bandit Pugachev was captured and hung. The arrival of additional immigrants also helped the villagers be better able to defend their property and lives.
1775 Grimm Census 
By 1798, his daughter Jakobina was no longer living with his family. She was likely married and living in a different household. His son Georg Jakob remained with his wife and six children.
1798 Grimm Census 
Wilhelm Schuppe was not named in the 1834 census.  This probably indicates that he passed away before 1816 and his death was noted in the male-only census that came out that year.
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