The family arrived in Russia on 22 July 1766 via the pink "Lev." No ages are listed for Balzer and his wife Anna Maria. There is no mention of the family in the Volga German Transportation List. The one misspelling of the name as Rausch is not a match.
Daughter Susanna is missing from this listing; she probably did not survive the journey to Grimm.
She and her family are listed in the first Grimm census, taken in 1767.
Head of the Household Balthasar Rau, age 35, Lutheran farmer from Darstadt
Wife Maria Rau, age 37
Child #1 Johann Heinrich Rau, age 5
Child #2 Johann Georg Philipp Rau, age 1 week
Child #3 Anna Margaretha Rau, age 12
Child #4 Julianna Rau, age 7
By 1775, her husband is listed in the Grimm census, but he gave his name as Balthasar.
No doubt Balzer was a nickname for Balthasar. At the time of the census, he was 45. He has a different wife, however, presumably wife number two: Elizabeta with no last name given, age 46.
The only children from the 1767 census who are still listed with the family are Johann Georg Philipp, 8, and Juliana, age 16.
Children Heinrich and Anna are missing. Only Anna, born in 1759, would have been old enough to be married and living in another household. It is most likely that those children did not survive past 1774.
Maria Rau passed away between 1767 (after the census was taken) and 1775 (before the census was taken). If she died closer to 1767, her husband likely remarried quickly to have someone help care for his young children.
Brother-in-Law David Lutz, age 23 [should be son-in-law]
Wife of Brother-in-Law Anna Margaretha Lutz, age 18 [should be daughter]
Pleve, Igor, Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766, "Reports by Ivan Kulberg," Ministry of Education and Science of Russian Federation, Saratov State Technical University; Published in Saratov, Russia, 2010; page 168, Balzer Rau.
Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet 1764-1767, Band 2, Herausgegeben von Alfred Eisfeld under Mitarbeit von Sabine Eichwald, Published by the Nordost-Instsitut - 38085 Göttingen, 2005; page 75, family #12, Balthasar Rau, 35, Lutheran farmer from Darmstadt. Wife: Maria, 37; son: Johann Heinrich, age 5; son Johann Georg Philipp, 1 week old; daughter Anna Margaretha, age 12, and daughter Julianna, age 7.
↑ 3.03.13.2The 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 #94 in the 1775 census, Balthasar Rau, age 45; family #35 in the 1798 census.
↑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 #94 in the 1775 Grimm census, Balthasau Rau family.
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