Associated Colonies
Place of origin
Oberreichenbach, Birstein, Germany

Balthasar Dietz, his wife Anna, and two sons, Jacob, age 14 and Lorenz, age 8, arrived in Russia on 8 Aug 1766. This Dietz family originated in Oberreichenbach. Oberreichenbach is part of the Unterreichenbach parish. The church books of Unterreichenbach report the following baptisms for children of Balthasar Dietz: Anna Eva, 9 Oct 1750; Anna Catharina, 16 Dec 1751; Jacob, 23 Jan 1754; and Lorenz, 22 May 1759.

Anna died at some point during the trip to the villages, and Balthasar married Maria Elisabeth Koch, widow of Johann Christoph Kopf. The combined family settled in Huck. They are reported on the Huck First Settler's List in Family #45.  


- Parish records of Unterreichenbach (including Fischborn, Hettersroth, Oberreichenbach, Obersotzbach, Radmühl, and Untersotzbach)
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010), p. 208
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001), p. 151

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