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Anna Catharina (Stürtz) Usinger (abt. 1751)

Anna Catharina (Catharina) Usinger formerly Stürtz
Born about in Wohnfeld, Germanymap
Wife of — married about 1767 in Stephan, Volgograd, Russiamap
Died [date unknown] in Stephan, Saratov, Russiamap
Profile last modified | Created 21 Oct 2017
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Volga German
Catharina (Stürtz) Usinger is a Volga German.
Catharina (Stürtz) Usinger has German Roots.

Family #26 in the 1767 Stephan census.

Anna Catharina Stürtz Usinger is first mentioned with her family in the Kulberg Reports as the 16-year-old daughter of Johann and Catharina Stuertz. [1]

One year later, at the time of the 1767 Stephan census, her name is no longer listed with the rest of her family. She would have been 17 years old, and possibly married. Here is the listing for her family, without her name included.

1767 Stephan Census, without Anna Katharina [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

After searching the Stephan census for any Anna Catharinas who were 17 years old, I found only one: Anna Katharina Usinger. [3] She was married to Andreas Usinger, 21, a farmer from Reichenbach, Germany. [3] Those villages weren't particularly close, [4] so the couple probably met on the journey from Oranienbaum to the Volga River region and married shortly after their arrival. At the time of the 1767 census, the couple had no children. [3]

1767 Stephan Census, with Anna Katharina in Usinger Family[3]

Family # 26
Head of the Household Andreas Usinger, age 21, Lutheran farmer from Reichenbach
Wife Anna Katharina Usinger, age 17
Mother Maria Elisabeth Usinger, age 52

There are no Usingers in Stephan in the 1798 census. [5] The only village where any Usingers appear is Müller, and Andreas Usinger is not one of them. [5] That said, however, a closer examination of the 1798 Müller Census reveals that the Usingers in that village were Andreas Usinger's sons. His widow's name in that census, however, is Anna Christina Müller, not Anna Katharina Stürtz. This indicates that Anna Katharina Stürtz Usinger passed away in Stephan some years earlier.

The Usinger children are listed in three different households in the 1798 Müller census: three brothers in family #Ml105, a brother and sister in family #Ml12 with their stepmother and stepfather, and one brother in #Ml27. [5] The siblings are, in order of age:

  • Johann Konrad Usinger, age 26
  • Johannes, age 23
  • Johann Heinrich, age 23
  • Maria Elisabeth, age 20
  • Johann Georg, age 18
  • Johann Christian, age 13

Johannes and Johann Heinrich appear to be twins, or possibly born just a year apart, one at the beginning of 1775 and one at the end of 1775. The largest gap between ages is between Johann Georg, born in 1780, and Johann Christian, born in 1785. It's possible that Anna Catharina Stürtz Usinger passed away during that time and her widower Andreas remarried Anna Christina Müller by 1784. That would make second wife Anna Christina the mother of Andreas' youngest child, Johann Christian. Andreas died by 1788, allowing her to marry her second husband Johann Heinrich Bacher, 31, also originally from Stephan, by 1788. Anna Christina and Johann Heinrich Bacher had two children of their own, the first of whom was born in 1789.

I don't have a copy of the 1775 Müller census, which would be helpful in determining if Anna Catharina Stürtz Usinger was still alive at that time. That would confirm (or not) if she was the mother of Andreas' three oldest children. The mother(s) of the two younger children is just a guess, but somewhat educated, based on what the information provided in the 1798 Müller census.

If someone has a copy of the 1775 Müller census and would like to share that information, it would be a great help in determining who the mother(s) of Andreas' children were. Feel free to update this profile directly, or contact me with the details and I will make any necessary changes to the profiles.


  1. 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. Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet 1764-1767, Band 4, 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, age 38, children Simon, 21; Anna Elisabeth, age 13; Rosina, age 10; and Elisabeth, age 4.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet 1764-1767, Band 4, Herausgegeben von Alfred Eisfeld under Mitarbeit von Sabine Eichwald, Published by the Nordost-Instsitut - 38085 Göttingen, 2005; page 222, family #23, Andreas Usinger, 21, Lutheran farmer from Reichenbach, wife Anna Katharina Usinger, age 17; mother Maria Elisabeth Usinger, age 52.
  4., distance between Wohnfeld, 35327 Ulrichstein, Germany and Reichenbach, Germany, see:
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Mai, Brent Alan; 1798 Census of the German Colonies along the Volga, Volumes 1 and 2; American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, Lincoln, Nebraska; Published 1999 and 2005.

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