Numerous settlers in Yagodnaya Polyana came from the town of Eichelsdorf, near Nidda, according to an article titled “Eichelsdorfer Auswanderer an der Wolga”. Among those was the Dietz family. Ludwig Christoph Dietz (son of Johannes and Anna Magdalena Dietz) was baptized on 21 Mar 1710 in Eichelsdorf. He married Anna Elisabeth Götz (daughter of Hans Heinrich Götz) on 9 Jun 1747. They arrived in Russia on 14 Sep 1766 with one child, Christian, who was baptized 2 May 1749 in Eichelsdorf. The family settled in Yagodnaya Polyana and is reported in Household #75 on the First Settler’s List.
- Eichelsdorfer Auswanderer an der Wolga (in German)
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 193.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): 409.