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 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 wife and four children. 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. 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.
He survived at least through 1775, when he is listed in the census with his wife Maria Elisabetha and his children:
Gottfried and his wife are not listed in the 1798 census, which means they had probably passed away by then. The girls probably married local men from Grimm, and I will need to search the census to track them down. 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.
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