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Simon Stürtz (abt. 1746)

Simon Stürtz
Born about in Wohnfeld, Germanymap
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Died [date unknown] in Stephan, Saratov, Russiamap
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Biography

Volga German
Simon Stürtz is a Volga German.
Simon Stürtz has German Roots.


Family #7 in the 1767 Stephan census.
Family #Sp11 in the 1798 Stephan census.


Simon Stürtz was born in the Wohnfeld area of what is now Germany about 1746. [1] His parents were Johann and Catharina Stürtz.[1]

Because of the limited financial and social opportunities in the Darmstadt area, his parents decided to immigrate to Russia. His father Johann Stürtz is named in the Kulberg Reports as immigrating to Russia with his wife Catharina.[1] He was a Lutheran, a farmer from Darmstadt, traveling with document number 5188.[1] Also traveling with the couple were children Simon, 19, Anna Catharina, 16, Anna Elisabeth, 12, and Elisabeth Catharina, 3.[1] The family left Luebeck on the Apollo and arrived in Russia on 29 August 1766.[1]

The family settled in the Colony of Stephan, one of the more southern colonies along the Volga River. [2] They are recorded in the 1767 Stephan Census, with a couple of discrepancies regarding their children. His sister Anna Catharina was missing, probably because she was married and living with her husband's family. A new sister named Rosina appears in this census, 10 years old, and she's not a match for anyone in the family's Kulberg Reports listing. [1] Perhaps she was an orphan they took in, or perhaps she was inadvertently missing from the Kulberg Reports.


1767 Stephan Census[2]

Family # 7
Head of the Household Johannes Stürtz, age 52, Lutheran farmer from Wohnfeld
Wife Katharina Stürtz, age 38
Child #1 Simon Stürtz, age 21
Child #2 Anna Elisabeth Stürtz, age 13
Child #3 Rosina Stürtz, age 10
Child #4 Elisabeth Stürtz, age 4


Simon married Elisabeth Balzer from Grimm, probably around 1769 or 1770. Their first child was born in Stephan in 1771. [3] The couple had 10 children by 1798.[3]

1798 Stephan Census [4]

Family # Sp11
Head of the Household Simon Stürtz, age 51
Wife Elisabeth Balzer, age 47, from Grimm
Child #1 Johann Heinrich Stürtz, age 27
Child #2 Johann Andreas Stürtz, age 25
Child #3 Johannes Stürtz, age 22
Child #4 Anna Margaretha Stürtz, age 20
Child #5 Heinrich Wilhelm Stürtz, age 16
Child #6 Johann Konrad Stürtz, age 14
Child #7 Katharina Elisabeth Stürtz, age 12
Child #8 Johann Jakob Stürtz, age 8
Child #9 Anna Barbara Stürtz, age 5
Child #10 Maria Elisabeth Stürtz, age 3


If Simon was the only Stürtz son, it explains why he preferred to live in Stephan, where he would be the heir of his father's estate, rather than in Grimm.

I don't have a copy of the 1834 or 1857 Stephan census, so I can't track the family any further than this. If someone would like to share that information here, that would help complete this family's story.


Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Pleve, Igor; Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766, "Reports by Ivan Kulberg;" Saratov State Technical University, Saratov, Russia; published in Saratov 2010; page 329, Johann Stuertz, Lutheran farmer from Darmstadt, document number 5188, wife Catharina, children: Simon, 19, Anna Catharina, 16, Anna Elisabeth, 12, Elisabeth Catharina, 3.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet 1764-1767, Herausgegeben von Alfred Eisfeld under Mitarbeit von Sabine Eichwald, Published by the Nordost-Instsitut - 38085 Göttingen, 2005; page 222, family #7, Johannes Stürtz, 52, Lutheran farmer from Wohnfeld, wife Katharina, 38; children: Simon, 21; Anna Elisabeth, 13; Rosina, 10; and Elisabeth, 4.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Mai, Brent Alan; 1798 Census of the German Colonies along the Volga, Volume 2; American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, Lincoln, Nebraska; Published 1999 and 2005; page 969, family #Sp11, Elisabeth Balzer, age 47, from Grimm, wife of Simon Stürtz, age 51, mother to Johann Heinrich, Johann Andreas, Johannes, Heinrich Wilhelm, Johann Konrad, Johann Jakob, Anna Margaretha, Katharina Elisabeth, Anna Barbara and Maria Elisabeth.
  4. Mai, Brent Alan; 1798 Census of the German Colonies along the Volga, Volume 2; American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, Lincoln, Nebraska; Published 1999 and 2005; page 969, family #Sp11, Elisabeth Balzer, age 47, from Grimm, wife of Simon Stürtz, age 47, mother to Johann Heinrich, Johann Andreas, Johannes, Heinrich Wilhelm, Johann Konrad, Johann Jakob, Anna Margaretha, Katharina Elisabeth, Anna Barbara and Maria Elisabeth.


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