Associated Colonies
Place of origin
Nidda, Hessen, Germany

Johann Christoph Erck, son of Weigand and Anna Katharina Erck, was born in 1693 in Nidda, Hessen, Germany. He married Anna Margaretha Runck. They have 3 known children: Anna Katharina (born 26 December 1721), Johann Wilhelm (born 23 October 1724), and Anna Margaretha (born 4 July 1727).

Christoph Erck and his two daughters and their families arrived on 15 September 1766 in Oranienbaum. Anna Katharina was married to Johann Konrad Bär and their family settled in Yagodnaya-Polyana. Christoph and daughter Anna Margaretha (who was married to Johann Heinrich Frick) settled in Frank where he is recorded on the 1767 census in Household #77.

The surname Erck does not continue among the Volga German colonies.


- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 430.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): 399.

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