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Ronshausen, Hersfeld-Rotenburg, Hessen, Germany

Anton Bäcker is described as a widower from Ronshausen when he marries Maria Catharina Peuscher on 11 May 1766 in Büdingen. His first wife, Anna Barbara, died in Ronshausen on 4 Jul 1761. Anton was born in Ronshausen on 3 Nov 1705, the son of Georg Backer. He and Anna Barbara, the daughter of Georg Bachman, were married on 15 Aug 1728. Among Anton’s children was Johann Georg Backer, born in 1729. Johann Georg Becker married Elisabetha Wingold, the daughter of Caspar Georg Wingold, on 19 Apr 1751. Two of Johann Georg and Elisabetha’s children also traveled to Russia, Johannes, born 11 May 1752, and Elisabeth, born 24 Nov 1761. All six family members settled in Norka and are listed as households 159 and 160 in the 1767 census.


- Parish records of Ronshausen Hersfeld-Rotenburg on Archion.de
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010) p. 236 and 239.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Nordost-Institute, 2005): p. 272.

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