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Valentin Werth (abt. 1786)

Valentin Werth aka Werd, Wirth
Born about in Volga Region, Russiamap
Son of and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Died [date unknown] [location unknown]
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Biography

Volga German
Valentin Werth is a Volga German.
Valentin Werth has German Roots .


Family #Mr22 in the 1798 Merkel census.
Family #62 in the 1834 Grimm census.

Valentin Werth was the youngest son of Heinrich Werth of the village of Merkel and his deceased wife. The surname attributed to him in the 1834 Grimm census, Werd, is spelled incorrectly. The was probably a census taker error because he couldn't differentiate between the "th" and the "d" sounds which are similar when spoken.

His father is listed 1767 Dietel census at the end of the census, in an area reserved for an additional list of Dietel colonits as per Karl Stumpp, noted author of The Emigration of Germans to Russia in the Years 1763-1862. [1]

At some point between 1767 and 1798, Heinrich Wirth/Werth married and eventually moved his family to Merkel. I checked a map of the Volga German colonies and found that Merkel is half way between Dietel and Grimm. After the death of his first wife, he married second wife, Elisabeth Adler, who came from Grimm. It does not seem unlikely that his son, Valentin, would one day move there.

Valentin was the youngest son of Heinrich and his first wife. When his father remarried, he had another son with his second wife. I suspect Valentin never thought he would not inherit any of his father's property, which made the offer of Martin Fritzler Sr. from Grimm appealing. Martin had no adult children who remained in his household.

Valentin was born in 1786, probably in Merkel, and at the time of the 1798 census, he was 11 years old. [2] By 1808 he would have been 21, possibly married, but maybe not for another two or three years. He married Anna Regina Fritzler and their first child was born in 1814. After the death of her father, Martin Fritzler Jr., with no sons to inherit his property, Valentin and his wife, Martin Jr.'s eldest daughter, joined her grandfather's household in Grimm. By the early 1800s, he was in his early 70s, unable to care for his property without help. By bringing his granddaughter and her husband Valentin into his family, this gave Martin Sr. help with the farm chores and a family to inherit the land after his death.


1834 Grimm Census [3]

Family # 6
Head of the Household Martin Fritzler, age 75 in 1816, deceased 1817
Child #1 Valentin Werd, age 48, adopted son
Wife of Child #1 Anna Regina Fritzler Werd, age 45, granddaughter of Martin Fritzler and wife of Valentin Werd
Grandchild #1 Friedrich Werd, age 20
Grandchild #2 Elisabeth Margaretha Werd, age 18
Grandchild #3 Charlotta Werd, age 13
Grandchild #4 Christina Margaretha Werd, age 11
Grandchild #5 Christian Jakob Werd, age 8
Grandchild #6 Katharina Margaretha Werd, age 5


By the time of the 1834 census, Martin Fritzler Sr. had been dead for 17 years and Valentin Werth was the defacto head of household #62, having lived in the old Fritzler home for probably more than 20 years.

It is interesting to note that by 1857, there were no Werths/Wirths/Werds left in Grimm, with the exception of daughters who married and went to live with their husbands' families. Any sons he may have had left Grimm or died before 1857.

Sources

  1. Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet 1764-1767, Band 1, Heerstellung: Mecke Druck and Verlag, 37115 Duderstandt; Published 1999; page 296, Heinrich Wirth of Wattenberg.
  2. Mai, Brent Alan; 1798 Census of the German Colonies along the Volga, Volume 1; American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, Lincoln, Nebraska; Published 1999 and 2005; page 711, Family #Mr22, Georg Valentin Werth, age 11, son by Heinrich Werth's deceased wife.
  3. 1834 Census of Grimm in the District of Saratov, Russia, dated 2 February 1835; Translated by Brent Mai, Concordia University, Portland, Oregon; Published by Dynasty Publishing, Beaverton, OR, USA; Published 2011; page 19-20, Martin Fritzler family.


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