Associated Colonies
Place of origin
Pferdsbach, Büdingen, Hessen, Germany

Martin Albrecht was born in Pferdsbach and baptized on 30 November 1748 in the parish church located in Wolf (near Büdingen). Pferdsbach was located just north of Büdingen. The village was abandoned in 1847 and no longer exists.

Martin's parents are Johann Jacob Albrecht and Anna Maria Düdolff (also Diedolf). Johann Jacob was baptized on 23 August 1711 in Wolf, the son of Johann Peter and Dorothea Albrecht. Johann Jacob married Anna Maria, the daughter of Johann Caspar Düdolff, on 21 February 1737 at the parish church. She was baptized on 8 September 1715 in Wolf. Johann Jacob and Anna Maria became parents to nine children, including Martin. 

Martin decided to become a Russian colonist and departed from Pferdsbach in the spring of 1766. He arrived at Kronstadt, Russia on 28 July 1766 aboard the Russian ship “Vologda” commanded by Sergey Bartenyev. Martin was single and a member of the Reformed faith.

Martin married Anna Margaretha Ulrich (born about 1749) during transport to the settlement area on the lower Volga. They arrived in the colony of Norka on 15 August 1767 and are listed as Household 30 in the 1767 Census. This couple had at least seven known children.

The Albrecht family is listed in the 1775 Census as Household 184 and the 1798 Census as Household 194.

Martin died in Norka in 1817.

Anna Margaretha died before 1834 in Norka.

Other documented families from the Wolf parish include Grün, LappMohr, Trüber and Schwartz.

Heinrich and Anna Maria Albrecht also settled in Norka in 1767. The 1767 Census records them in Household 196 and states that they are from Isenburg. It is currently unknown if Heinrich is related to Martin Albrecht. 


Parish records of Wolf, Büdingen accessed on

Idt, Andreas and Rauschenbach, Georg. Auswanderung deutsche Kolonisten nach Russland im Jahre 1766 (Second edition). Moscow: 2019: p. 33.

Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): p. 309 (doc. No. 4847).

Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Nordost-Institute, 2005): p. 236 (Household 30). 

Rye, Richard. The 1775 and 1798 Censuses of the German Colony on the Volga, Norka: Also Known as Weigand. American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1995. p. 29 (1775) and p. 66 (1798).

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