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Place of origin
Horrheim, Vaihingen an der Enz, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

Ludwig Beck, son of Johann Michael & Elisabetha Beck, was born on 11 November 1736 in Horrheim, a small village between Stuttgart and Karlsruhe in the Neckar region. He married the widow Katharina Laubhan.
They immigrated to Denmark (Schleswig-Holstein), along with stepson Daniel Laubhan (born in 1748). All of them departed from Altona, Duchy of Holstein, on 5 May 1761 under the leadership of Andreas Kirchhof and arrived in the city of Schleswig, Duchy of Schleswig, on 9 May 1761. They lived in Denmark until 12 January 1765 when they immigrated to Russia.

During the journey to the Volga German colonies, stepson Daniel Laubhan married Christina (surname unknown) who had been born in 1750. Ludwig & Katharina Beck arrived in the Volga German colony of Shcherbakovka on 23 April 1766 and are recorded there on the 1767 Census in Household No. 32. Daniel & Christina Laubhan are also recorded there in Household No. 27.

Ludwig's wife died, and he remarried Anna Barbara Brentmann. They are recorded on the 1798 Census in Shcherbakovka in Household No. Sv44.


- Eichhorn, Alexander; Eichhorn Jacob & Mary. The Immigration of German Colonists to Denmark and Their Subsequent Emigration to Russia in the Years 1759-1766 (Deiningen, Germany: Steinmeier, 2012): 254, 345, & 683.
- Mai, Brent Alan. 1798 Census of the German Colonies along the Volga: Economy, Population, and Agriculture (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1999).
- Parish records of Horrheim (LDS Film No. 1184609).
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Nordost-Institut, 2008): 251 & 253.

Last updated 8 April 2013.
Corina Hirt