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Messer

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Messer, Saratov, Volga, Russia

Bergseite | Mother Colony |Protestant

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Names:

Messer [If you find Alt-Messer, that differentiated between Old and New as there was a daughter colony named Neu Messer]
Ust-Solicha
Ust-Solikha
Ust-Zalikha
Ust-Zolicha
Ust-Zolikha
Мессер
Усть-Залиха
Усть-Золиха

History:

  • Messer was founded July 7, 1766 on the Bergseite or “hilly side” of the Volga, 52 miles southwest of Saratov, and named for its first headman, (Vorsteher), Johannes Messer.
  • This Volga German colony was founded along the Zolikha River near its confluence with the Goloi Karamysh by colonists who had been recruited by the Government. *The 85 founding colonist families came from the Pfalz, Hessen, and Prussia.
  • A government decree on 26 February 1768 gave Messer its official Russian name of Ust-Zolikha. Today, what remains of the former colony of Messer is known as Ust-Zolikha.

Church:

  • Originally, Messer was the lead congregation in a group of Reformed parishes that included Moor, Kutter, Kautz, Anton, and Balzer.
  • A new church building was constructed in an early form of the Kontor Style. It was completed in 1835 and built of wood. A new brick church in the Neo-Classical style was built in Messer in 1912. The ruins of this building stand today.

Pastors & Priests:

  • The following pastors served the congregation in Messer:
1767-1770 Johann Heinrich Fuchs
1770-1778 Johann Georg Herwig
1778-1799 Johannes S. Janet
1797-1804 Aloysius Xaverius Jauch
1804-1818 Josua Graf
1820-1823 Johann Samuel Huber
1823-1850 Immanuel Grunauer
1855-1891 Jakob Friedrich Dettling
1889-1891 Liborius Herbord Behning
1894-1896 Johann Kaminsky
1897-1898 Ernst Althausen
1899-1909 Eduard Seib
1909-1914 Woldemar Lankau
1917-1929 Eduard Hermann Eichhorn
  • The following served as vicar in the Messer parish:
1897 Johann Romann

Notable Individuals:

Althausen, Ernst
Behning, Liborius Eduard Herbord
Dettling, Jakob Friedrich
Eichhorn, Eduard Hermann
Fuchs, Johann Heinrich
Graf, Josua
Grunauer, Emanuel
Herwig, Johann Georg
Huber, Johann Samuel
Janet, Johannes
Jauch, Aloysius Xaverius
Kaminsky, Johann
Lankau, Woldemar
Meisinger, Christoph
Romann, Johann
Seib, Eduard
Zeller, Carl

Surnames:

Altag
Armbrecht / Albrecht
Beckel (Messer)
Becker (Messer)
Bert(h) (Messer)
Betz (Messer)
Brauer
Brug
Brunner (Messer)
Burbach (Messer)
Deisel
Dickmann (Messer-1)
Dickmann (Messer-2)
Dinkelocher
Eckel (Messer)
Emert
Emmerling
Ernst (Messer)
Geis (Messer)
Gideon
Grunauer
Götz (Messer)
Hammel (Messer)
Har(d)t (Messer)
Henkel (Messer)
Hergenhein
Hoffmann (Messer)
Holland
Just (Messer)
Kaiser (Messer)
Kei(h)m (Huck)
Klapp
Kraft (Norka)
Kraus (Messer)
Krecker
Lang (Messer)
Laubach (Messer)
Lehr (Messer)
Lipps (Messer)
Lohrei / Lohrey (Messer)
Lorenz (Messer)
Manweiler
Masch
Mauter
Meininger
Meisinger (Balzer & Messer)
Meisterling
Meng
Messer (Messer)
Müller (Messer)
Neher
Nunius
Nuss
Ochsenhirt
Popp (Messer)
Radÿ
Reuscher
Röder (Messer)
Satler
Schantz
Schlegel (Messer)
Schmall (Messer)
Schmidt (Messer-1)
Schmidt (Messer-2)
Schott (Messer)
Schwan
Schäfer (Messer)
Später
Standauer
Stando
Thaut (Messer)
Trautmüller
Ulrich (Messer)
Vogt (Messer)
Wacker (Preuss)
Weber (Messer-1)
Weber (Messer-2)
Weibert
Weigand(t) (Kutter-2)
Wiederhold(t) (Messer)
Willmann (Messer)
Zieg (Balzer & Messer)
Zwingmann
Östreich

Immigration:

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Campbell, Franklin Co., Nebraska
Denver, Denver Co., Colorado
Flint, Genesee Co., Michigan
Greeley, Weld Co., Colorado
Loyal, Kingfisher Co., Oklahoma
Ness City, Ness Co., Kansas
Port Huron, Saint Clair Co., Michigan
Red Oak, Montgomery Co., Iowa
Westminster, Adams & Jefferson Co., Colorado
Windsor, Larimer Co., Colorado

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