Location: 51°04' N 44°49' E
Surnames/tags: Volga_German Volga_German_project
Frank (Medeveditskii Krestovyi Buyerak), (Франк),
a Volga German Lutheran colony, was until October 1918 the Township center of the Frank Township, Atkarsk Region, Saratov Province, 110 versts from the city of Saratov and 94 versts south of the county town of Atkarsk. Frank was founded as a Crown colony on 16 May 1767 by 117 families from Mecklenburg, Palatinate, Saxony, and Darmstadt-Isenburg. In an edict dated 26 February 1768, Frank was given the Russian name of Medeveditskii Krestovyi Buyerak because of where it was located on the river. Frank was set up as an independent Lutheran parish in 1768 and the pastor was resident there.
Founded:16th of May 1767
Location: 51°04' N 44°49' E (Russia)
As of 1859, there were in Frank a Lutheran church (built in 1842), a parochial school, a market, 3 oil producing factories, and one mill.
Colonists from Frank helped to found the daughter colonies of Brunnental in 1855 and Langenfeld in 1859. In 1859, 120 colonists moved to the Samara Province on the Wiesenseite.
Emigration to America began in 1870. At that time, 30 people left.
A Regional government school was founded in 1871 with both governmental and private funds. Books and other supplies are provided by the government. Tuition has been set so that all can afford to attend: full payment 11-14 rubles; only 6 rubles for the poor.
1767 Founding 117 families Original settlers of mother colony, Frank:
Alt Amen Amend Bartholomae(y) Bastrom Bauer Baum Bender Bernhardt Biritz Borgens Brungardt Ditter Eckhardt Eisenach Fahrenbruch Floth Frick Fuchs Fuss Gettmann Gleim Grosskopf Grunewald(t) Gunther Hals-born (?) Hangocher (?) Hartung Heimbiegner Hein Herbst Hicks Hirsch Hock Hoff Hofferber Hoffmann Hopp Kammerzell Kaufmann Kissler Knopf Kremkel(?) Kuhn Lapp Lenhardt Lesser Linholl Lebsack Luckjan Lutz Muller Pfeiff Pister Reiter Schafer Schaub Schillreff Schmidt Schneider Schreck Schuhmacher Schmann Seckinger Seinmuller Selk/Selt Sitzmann Solmeier Stroh Stromberger Trupp Uhrig Wacker Wagner Walter Weidge (?) Weidmann Weitzel Wichmann Wiederspahn Willmann Wuber Zeiler
Frank settlers & residents (profiles list)
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