Associated Colonies
Place of origin
Rendel, Wetteraukreis, Hessen, Germany

Johann Valentin Bingemer was baptized at the Lutheran parish church in Rendel on 13 August 1717. He is the son of Johann Conrad Bingemer (1661-1737) and Agnes Groh (1664-1760). Johann Valentin was confirmed in Rendel in 1731.

Johann Valentin married Judith Catharina Hock on 4 May 1741 in Rendel. Judith Catharina was baptized on 24 January 1717 in Rendel and confirmed there in 1730. She is the daughter of Johannes Hock (1681-1741) and Margaretha Bechthold (1683-1740).

Johann Valentin and Judith Catharina became parents to at least seven children who were born and baptized in Rendel:

  • Johann Peter, baptized 16 Jan 1743 - buried 4 August 1746
  • Anna Maria, baptized 20 March 1745
  • Anna Catharina, baptized 8 April 1748 - buried 19 April 1751
  • Anna Margaretha, baptized 26 August 1750 - buried 29 April 1751
  • Judith Catharina, baptized 4 March 1752 - buried 8 January 1758
  • Anna Elisabeth, baptized 19 January 1755 - died before 19 July 1766
  • Johann Christoph, baptized 31 July 1761

Johann Valentin and Judith Catharina made the decision to migrate to Russia in 1766. They departed from Rendel with their daughter, Anna Maria, and son, Johann Christoph. It is possible that their daughter, Anna Elisabeth, also departed with them. No death record was found for Anna Elisabeth in the Rendel parish register. She did not arrive in Russia with her family and must have died before that time.

Anna Maria married Johann Heinrich Klein on 3 June 1766 in Büdingen, a gathering place for the Russian colonists.

Johann Valentin, Judith Catharina and their son Johann Christoph arrived in Russia aboard the sailing ship "Fortitudo" commanded by John Scott on 19 July 1766. Their daughter Anna Maria, and son-in-law, Johann Heinrich Klein, arrived aboard the "Apollo" commanded by Detleff Mörenberg on 29 July 1766. 

Johann Valentin and Judith Catharina arrived in the colony of Frank about May 1767 and were recorded in the 1767 Census as Household No. 83. Their young son, Johann Christoph, died en route to the settlement area. There are no records indicating that Johann Valentin and Judith Catharina became parents to children born in Russia. As a result, the Bingemer surname does not continue.

Anna Maria and her husband Johann Heinrich Klein also settled in the colony of Frank and were recorded in the 1767 Census as Household No. 79. They became parents to at least 7 children.

Anna Maria is listed as a widow in Household No. 75 of the 1798 Census of Frank. She was living with several of her children and grandchildren. Anna Maria's parents are not listed in the 1798 Census and presumably died before that time.

  • Rendel parish record accessed on
  • Decker, Klaus-Peter. Büdingen als Sammelplatz der Auswanderung an die Wolga 1766. (Büdingen: Geschichtswerkstatt Büdingen 2009). p. 77.
  • Idt, Andreas and Rauschenbach, Georg. Auswanderung deutsche Kolonisten nach Russland im Jahre 1766 (Second edition). (Moscow: 2019). p. 32, No. 46 and p. 33, No. 57.
  • Idt, Andreas and Rauschenbach, Georg. Deutsche Kolonisten Auf Dem Weg Von St. Petersburg Nach Saratow. (Moscow: 2017). p. 307, Nos. 7086-7088.
  • 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). Vol. 1, p. 416.
  • Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1. (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): p. 431.
  • Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg. (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): pgs. 244 and 330.
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