Place of origin
Lindenstruth, Reiskirchen, Hessen, Germany

Johann Georg Deines, son of Johannes Deines, was confirmed on 28 July 1737 in the Lutheran Church in Lindenstruth, a little village just outside Reiskirchen to the east of Giessen in Hessen. He married there on 27 November 1750 to Barbara Elisabeth Stumpf.

They had at least two children baptized in Lindenstruth: (1) Johann Wilhelm on 6 October 1751 and (2) Johannes on 23 June 1756. They had two additional children baptized in Alten Buseck, west-northwest of Lindenstruth: (1) Anna Elisabetha on 7 December 1760 and Anna Margaretha on 22 January 1764.

The Deines family, consisting of Johann Georg & Barbara Elisabeth along with their children Wilhelm (age 17 1/2), Johann (age 10), and Anna (age 7), are recorded arriving from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum, Russia, on 25 July 1766 aboard the snow brig Maria Sophia with skipper Johann Bauer at the helm. It is not known why the youngest daughter Anna Margaretha is not recorded there. She appears at age 5 with the others on the records of the transport from Oranienbaum to Saratov the following spring.

The Deines family settled in the colony of Dönhof on 18 June 1767. They are all recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 108.

Descendants of the Deines family later moved to the colonies of Norka ; Kratzke ; Franzosen ; Rosenberg ; and Neu-Dönhof .


- Mai, Brent Alan. Transport of the Volga Germans from Oranienbaum to the Colonies on the Volga, 1766-1767 (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1998): A-126.
- Parish Records of Alten-Buseck (LDS Film No. 1195898).
- Parish Records of Lindenstruth (LDS Film No. 1201581).
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 370.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766 (Saratov: State Technical University, 2010): 174.

Dona Reeves-Marquardt