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Anna (Unknown) Balzer (abt. 1718 - bef. 1798)

Anna Balzer formerly [surname unknown]
Born about in Darmstadt, Germanymap
Daughter of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married [date unknown] in Darmstadt, Germanymap
Descendants descendants
Died before in Grimm, Saratov, Russiamap [uncertain]
Profile last modified | Created 20 Oct 2017
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Volga German
Anna (Unknown) Balzer was a Volga German.
Anna (Unknown) Balzer has German Roots.

Family #20 in the 1767 Grimm census.
Family #134 in the 1775 Grimm census.
Family #111 in the 1798 Grimm census.

Birth Date and Place

  • about 1718
  • Darmstadt, Hessen, Germany




Death Date and Place

  • before 1798
  • Grimm, Saratov, Russia

Anna Balzer is first mentioned in the Kulberg Reports as immigrating to Russia with her husband Johann, Lutheran, a tailor from Darmstadt, traveling with document number 2393.

Kulberg Reports [1]

Family # 167
Head of the Household Johann Balzer, Lutheran tailor from Darmstadt, document number 2393
Spouse Anna
Child #1 Andreas, age 21
Child #2 Johann, age 5
Child #3 Anna, age 18
Child #4 Elisabeth, age 14

The family left Leubeck on the Pink Lev and arrived in Russia on 22 July 1766. [1]

Typically the families took their oaths of allegiance and were settled in temporary housing barracks until the following spring, when groups set out for the Volga River colonies. At some point after their arrival in Russia but before the first Grimm census in 1767, Anna's husband Johann passed away. At the time of the 1767 census, she is listed as a widow with only two of her children, Johannes, age 6 years 6 months, and Elisabeth, age 15 years 5 months, living with her.

1767 Grimm Census Records [2]

His widow Anna and two of her children are listed in family #20.

Family # 20
Head of the Household Anna Balzer, age 49, widow, Lutheran from Darmstadt
Child #1 Johannes Balzer, age 6 years 6 months
Child #2 Elisabeth Balzer, age 15 years 6 months

His son Andreas is listed in another family.

Family # 58
Head of the Household Andreas Balzer, age 20, Lutheran craftsman from Darmstadt
Wife Anna Margaretha Balzer, age 26

His daughter Anna most likely married a fellow traveler Christian Heinrich Heilm [sic] and is listed with his family in that first Grimm census.

Family # 23
Head of the Household Christian Heinrich Heilm, age 39, Lutheran farmer from Pommern
Wife Anna Maria Heilm [sic], age 20

In 1775, Anna and her youngest son Johann lived with her son Andreas, his wife Anna Margaretha, and their children.

1775 Grimm Census [3]

Family # 134
Head of the Household Andreas Balzer, age 30
Spouse Anna Margaretha, age 37
Child #1 Christian Balzer, age 3
Child #2 Eva Elisabeta, age 6
Child #3 Andreas' mother, Balzer, (no first name listed), age 55
Child #4 Johannes Balzer, her son, Andreas' brother, age 16

Anna Balzer most likely died between 1776 and 1797. In the 1798 census, her son Andreas's wife is listed as a widow and her mother-in-law is no longer listed as living with the family. [4] Had she lived, Anna Balzer would have been 80 years old. Even if she remarried some time afterr 1775, the likelihood that she was still alive in 1798 is low.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Pleve, Igor; Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766, "Reports by Ivan Kulberg;" Saratov State Technical University, Saratov, Russia; published in Saratov 2010; page 167, Johann Balzer, Lutheran, tailor from Darmstadt, document number 2393, wife Anna, children: Andreas, age 21; Johann, age 5, Anna, age 18, and Elisabeth, age 14.
  2. 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; 20. Families #20, #58, and #23.
  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; family #134 in the 1775 census, Andreas' mother, Balzer, no first name listed, age 55.
  4. 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 #111 in the 1798 census.

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