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Udenhain (Brachttal), Main-Kinzig-Kreis, Hessen, Germany

There are three Derr (Dörr) families who settled in Norka. All three families came from Udenhain, Brachttal, Hesse. The births, marriages and deaths that occurred in Udenhain and other nearby small towns are recorded in the church records in Hellstein. All of the Derr individuals who settled in Norka appear in those records.

Johannes Derr (Dorr) family:
Marriage: 9 Apr 1739, Johannes Dorr, son of Johannes Dorr, marries Anna Maria Wilhelm, daughter of Heinrich Wilhelm.
7 children recorded in the Hellstein parish records:
Heinrich, b. 21 Oct 1739
Anna Elisabeth, b. 7 Jan 1742
Margaretha Elisabeth, b. 8 Dec 1743
Johann Heinrich, b. 5 Dec 1745
Twins: Johann Georg and Georg Friedrich, b. 9 Sep 1747
Anna Maria, b. 16 May 1750

Johann Heinrich Derr (Dörr) family:
Marriage: 12 Jun 1751, Johann Heinrich Dörr, son of Johannes Dörr, marries Ehrengard Köhler, daughter of Johannes Köhler.
5 children recorded in the Hellstein parish records:
Anna Elisabetha, b. 11 Aug 1755
Anna Maria, b. 14 Feb 1758
Anna Elisabeth, b. 28 Mar 1760
Johannes, b. 10 Aug 1762
Johann Heinrich, b. 27 Apr 1765

Johann Heinrich Derr (Dörr) family: 
Marriage: 1 Aug 1760, Johann Heinrich Derr, son of Johannes Derr, and Anna Elisabeth Keller, daughter of Johannes Keller.
1 child recorded in the Hellstein parish records:
Anna Elisabeth born on 13 Nov 1761.

All three families arrived in Russia on 9 Aug 1766.  The surviving family members settled in Norka:  George Friedrich Dörr and his sister Anna Maria are reported in Norka First Settlers List Family #119.  Heinrich Dörr, his wife Ehrengard, and children Johannes and Anna Elisabeth are reported in Norka First Settlers List Family #120.   


- Parish records of Hellstein on
- Facius List extractions
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010) p. 260
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Nordost-Institute, 2005): p. 261

Maggie Hein