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Gottfried Tule (abt. 1715)

Gottfried Tule aka Thul, Dull, Dule
Born about in Germanymap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Died [date unknown] in Grimm, Saratov, Russiamap
Profile last modified | Created 9 May 2016
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Biography

Volga German
Gottfried Tule is a Volga German.
Gottfried Tule has German Roots.

Germany-Denmark-Russia

Family B-1693 in The Immigration of German Colonists to Denmark and Their Subsequent Emigration to Russia in the Years 1759-1766.

Family Rus14-46 in The Immigration of German Colonists to Denmark and Their Subsequent Emigration to Russia in the Years 1759-1766.

Family #27 in the 1775 Grimm census.


Note: The surname Tule was originally spell with a Th as in Thul, but the Th sound was pronounced as a hard T sound. Hence, the transcription error from others who wrote the name phonetically. Either way, there are no Thuls or Tules in German birth and marriage records. Perhaps it was once spelled Toll or Tolle. I still can't connect him with a birth or marriage record.

The first mention of him I can find is in The Immigration of German Colonists to Denmark and Their Subsequent Emigration to Russia in the Years 1759-1766. He is listed as a farmer who immigrated to Denmark with his unnamed wife and four children. [1] His age is not stated in that entry, but according to the 1775 Grimm census, he was 60 in that year, making his birth year 1715.

Also according to the 1775 Grimm census, two of those children were step-children, the children of his wife Maria Elisabeth and her first husband, a Mr. Klaus. This reference does not state his wife's name or the names of his children, nor does it reference the town from where the Tules immigrated in Germany. We can be almost certain they were from the southwest region of Germany where the ravages of war and famine were the greatest. Because of the distressed economy, Gottfried was concerned about being able to provide for his family, as well as to find a way for his children to lead better lives than what they would in Germany.

In 1759, Danish King Frederick V invited Germans from Hessen and the Palantinate to help settle the area of Schleswig-Holstein, at that time under the control of the Danes. The king was interested in converting the marsh lands to arable farm land. Germans were known for their good farming skills and for being hard workers, so it seemed like a win-win situation both both Danes and Germans. Gottfried decided the opportunity to immigrate to Denmark with his family was too attractive to pass up.

He and his family arrived in the city of Flensburg, Denmark on 30 January 1762, where he was considered a reserve colonist in the district of Tondern.[1] On 10 June 1763, he was dismissed from his obligation and he made arrangements for his family to immigrate to Russia, along with 57 other German Danish colonists and their families.[1]

He survived at least through 1775, when he is listed in the census with his wife Maria Elisabetha and his children:

  • Maria Katharina, age 14
  • Anna Sophia, age 8.5
  • Ertman Klaus, step-son, age 16.5
  • Maria Elisabetha Klaus, step-daughter, age 18.5


1775 Grimm Census [2]

Family # 27
Head of the Household Gottfried Tule, age 60
Wife Maria Elisabeth Tule, age 50
Child #1 Maria Katharina Tule, age 14
Child #2 Anna Sophia Tule, age 8 years 6 months
Child #3 Ertman [?] Klaus, age 16 years 6 months, stepson
Child #4 Maria Elisabeth Klaus, age 18 years 6 months, stepdaughter


Gottfried and his wife are not listed in the 1798 census, which means they had probably passed away by that year. [3] His daughters probably married local men from Grimm and were counted in their husband's families. There is no mention of Ertman Klaus in the 1798 census. He could have moved to another village, or he, too, may have passed away by that time.


Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Eichhorn, Dr. Alexander, Dr. Jacob and Mary Eichhorn, The Immigration of German Colonists to Denmark and Their Subsequent Emigration to Russia in the Years 1759-1766; Bonn, Germany and Midland Michigan, USA; Drukerei und Verlag Steinmeier GmbH & Co. Kg, Deiningen, Germany, 2012; page 625, family #B-1693, Gottfried Thul/Tule/Dull.
  2. The 1775 and 1798 Census of the German Colony on the Volga, Lesnoy Karamysh, also known as Grimm; Published by the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA; Published date: 1995; family #27 in the 1775 census, Gottfried Tule family.
  3. The 1775 and 1798 Census of the German Colony on the Volga, Lesnoy Karamysh, also known as Grimm; Published by the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA; Published date: 1995.

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