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Friedberg, Wetteraukreis, Hessen, Germany

Heinrich Christian Eisner was born about 1731 in Dorheim, the son of Johann Reinhard Eisner.

On 3 February 1757, Heinrich Christian married Anna Christina Hieb in the Burgkirche in Friedberg (near Dorheim). She was born on 25 March 1737, the daughter of Johann Anthon Hieb (also Hiepp, Heb, Häb) and Anna Elisabeth Kappel. Johann Anthon was a master tailor (Schneidermeister). Heinrich Christian was also a master tailor and may have worked with his father-in-law.

Heinrich Christian and Anna Christina had three children who were born and baptized in Friedberg Burgkirche (the church was replaced with a new structure in 1782).

1. Johann Reinhard, baptized on 9 December 1757

2. Johann Friedrich Ludwig, born on 11 April 1761

3. Anna Louisa, born on 26 December 1764

Heinrich Christian was signed as a Russian colonist in Friedberg on 28 March 1766 by the recruiter Dreyschock. Dreyshock was employed by the Frenchman, le Roy, one of the primary private recruiters. Soon-after, the Eisner family began their journey to Russia. They departed from the Baltic seaport of Lübeck aboard the ship “Die Neue Fortuna” (The New Fortune) and arrived in Oranienbaum, Russia (now Lomonosov) on 14 June 1766. The Eisner’s were part of the Oldenburg transport group and spent the winter months is the city of Kostroma on the Volga River.

Two of the Eisner children, Johann Friedrich Ludwig and Anna Louis, died en route to the settlement area.

Heinrich Christian, his wife Anna Christina, and their son, Johann Reinhard, arrived in the colony of Warenburg on 12 May 1767.

Heinrich Christian died about 1770. His widow, Anna Christina married Markus Friedrich Leisel (also Leisle or Laißel) shortly thereafter. Markus Friedrich arrived in Russia as a single man aboard the same ship as the Eisner family. He was also a tailor who was born in Untertürkheim near Stuttgart on 14 July 1744. Markus Friedrich and Anna Christina had a son, Johann Christoph, who was born about 1775 in Warenburg. He married Anna Margaretha Hartmann about 1797. All of the Leisel descendants from Warenburg come from this marriage.

Johann Reinhard Eisner married Christina Clara Uhl about 1788 and they had at least 8 children. All the Eisner’s in Warenburg descend from this family. One of their daughters is named after his mother (Anna Christina) and one their sons is named after his step-father (Markus Friedrich).

Anna Christina died about 1802. She is the matriarch of one of the Eisner families in Warenburg and all descendants of the Leisel family. 

Note: There does not appear to be a connection in Germany between the two Eisner families that settled in Warenburg in 1767.


Dekanat Friedberg-Burgkirche parish records on Archion.de

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Idt, Andreas and Rauschenbach, Georg. Deutsche Kolonisten Auf Dem Weg Von St. Petersburg Nach Saratow (Moscow: 2017): Pages 108 (No. 1760).

Mai, Brent Alan. 1798 Census of the German Colonies along the Volga: Economy, Population, and Agriculture (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1999): Volume 2, page 1017, Household Wr056 and p. 1018, Household Wr058.

Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): Pages 140 and 142.

Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): Page 342, Household 135.

Steve Schreiber