Associated Colonies
Place of origin
Bergheim, Ortenberg, Wetteraukreis, Hessen, Germany

Johann Heinrich Braun and Elisabetha Catharina Seitz (daughter of Johannes Seitz) married in Heckenbergheim on 8 Jan 1751. The couple arrived in Russia on 19 Sep 1766 with 3 children: Anna Catharina, b. 23 Apr 1751; Margaretha (baptism not found); and Johannes, b. 13 May 1761.

The family settled in Walter and is recorded on the First Settler’s List in Family #80.

Heckenbergheim is near Gelnhaar and Usenborn and is today called Bergheim.

Three Braun families from Walter relocated to Brunnental in 1859. 


- Parish records of Usenborn-Bergheim on

- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): p. 415

- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Nordost-Institut, 2008): p. 313

Maggie Hein