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Kellenbach, Bad Kreuznach, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany

Philipp Jacob Brunn was born in Kellenbach and baptized there in the Reformed church on 23 March 1741. He is the son of Johann Conrad Brunn (1711-1794) and his wife Julianna Elisabeth Hermann (1714-?), who were married on 5 January 1740. Philipp was confirmed in Kellenbach in 1754. 

Philipp Jacob married Anna Rosina Barbara Heinrich from Ruschberg on 19 June 1766 in Büdingen. She is the daughter of Melchior Heinrich and Anna Margaretha Mohr, who were also colonists. As part of the marriage record, Philipp Jacob Brunn stated that he was from Kellenbach, about 22 miles northeast of Ruschberg.

The Heinrich, Brunn, and Mohr families arrived in Oranienbaum, Russia (now Lomonosov) on 29 July 1766. They had traveled from Lübeck aboard the transport ship Apollo under the command of Friedrich Detleff Mörenberg. Over a year later, the three families were among the colonists who settled in the colony of Norka. The Brunns arrived there on 15 August 1767. The other families arrived on 26 August 1767. Philipp Jacob and Anna Rosina are listed in the 1767 Census of Norka as Household 104, along with a 9-month-old son, Johann Adam.

By the time of the 1775 Census of Norka, Philipp Jacob and Anna Rosina were parents to another son, Conrad (born about 1770), and two daughters, Catharina (born about 1768) and Elisabeth (born about 1775). 

The 1811 Census of Norka (which lists only males) reports that Philipp had two more sons: Johann Georg (born about 1779) and Christian (born about 1781).

Philipp Jacob died sometime between the 1811 and 1834 Censuses of Norka.  Anna Rosina died sometime between the 1798 and 1834 Censuses.

In 1794, Conrad and Peter Brunn moved from Norka to Yagodnaya Polyana (YP). They are listed in the 1798 census in YP Household Nos. 60 and 81. Although Peter is not listed in the 1775 Census of Norka, it is assumed that he is another son of Philipp Jacob and Anna Rosina.


Kellenbach - Taufen, Heiraten, Tote, Konfirmationen u Pfarrliste 1675-1802 – Accessed on

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Steve Schreiber