Family B-1706 in The Immigration of German Colonists to Denmark and Their Subsequent Emigration to Russia in the Years 1759-1766.
Family Rus14-47 in The Immigration of German Colonists to Denmark and Their Subsequent Emigration to Russia in the Years 1759-1766.
Family #19 in the 1775 Grimm census.
Family #6 in the 1798 Grimm census.
Family #74 in the 1834 Grimm census.
Georg Heinrich Trott was born in 1763 in Niederramstadt, Lichtenberg, Hessen-Darmstadt, Germany to Philip Moretz Trott and Maria Elisabeth Gestras. He was born at a time when the Hessen-Darmstadt area had long been ravaged by war and economic downturn. His father had difficulty supporting his family, which was considered to be among the poorest in the area. His father was only 23 at the time of his birth, and he did not have any skills beyond manual labor.
Several years earlier, Danish King Frederick V issued an open invitation to Germans from Hessen and the Palantinate to help settle the area of Schleswig-Holstein, at that time under the control of the Danes. For families like Georg Heinrich's, it was a very attractive option because it offered them hope for a better future.
At the time the invitation was issued in 1759, his father was only 17, most likely still living with his own family. But after he met and married Maria Elisabeth Gestras, nearly 20 years his senior, and she became pregnant, being able to provide for his growing family became his priority.
His father Philip, still in his early 20s, was a day laborer. Much like today, this job category was considered the very low on the employment scale. He was paid his meager wages daily, and he didn't necessarily work every day. This meant his family lived a hand-to-mouth existence, unless his mother had money tucked away from a previous marriage or from her family.
Acknowledged as the poorest of the poor, the Trotts and others like them were looking for an opportunity that would give them a more stable future. by 1763, the invitation from the Danish King seemed more attractive than ever. Georg Heinrich's parents became reserve colonists, and they did not immigrate to Denmark until August of 1763. By that time, Georg Heinrich was six months old. By September 30, 1763, the young family was living in Colony G18, Neuboerm, in the district of Gottorf in Denmark. 
The marshlands of Schleswig-Holstein were very inhospitable to farmers. Although the Germans were good farmers with typical farm land, it was far more difficult to convert these former wetlands and grow crops. Most of the German immigrants barely reaped enough to feed their families, let alone to provide food for others in Denmark. When Catherine the Great invited Germans to immigrate to Russia, Philip and his wife decided it offered them a better opportunity.
Georg Heinrich had a sister, Katharina Barbara, who was born in 1764, but it is unclear if she was born in Denmark or Russia. The departure documents from the Danish government only list the head of the household, Philip Trott. He may or may not have had another child in his family by the time he left Denmark. According to The Immigration of German Colonists to Denmark and Their Subsequent Emigration to Russia in the Years 1759-1766, the family deserted Denmark on June 23, 1764. The 1775 Grimm census, taken 10 or 11 years later, showed that daughter Katharina Barbara was 10.75 years of age, indicating she was born in 1764.
1775 Grimm Census 
1798 Grimm Census 
1834 Grimm Census 
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