Associated Colonies
Place of origin
Roth (Gründau), Main-Kinzig-Kreis, Hessen, Germany

Johann Georg Frickel was baptized in Gründau on 20 March 1729, and was the son of Hans Peter Frickel from Roth. Johann Georg married Anna Margaretha Günther in Gründau on 3 April 1755. She was baptized in Gründau on 25 July 1733, and was the daughter of Johann Daniel Günther from Roth.

Johann Georg and Anna Margaretha had 4 children, all born in Roth and baptized in Gründau: Johann Conrad, born 16 March and baptized 21 March 1756; Johann Friederich, born 12 January and baptized 14 January 1759; Dorothea, born 28 November and baptized 3 December 1761; and Eleonora Julianna Friederica, born 13 March, baptized 16 March 1766. 

Johann Georg, Anna Margaretha, and all four children arrived in Oranienbaum on 19 July 1766 on board the Pink Slon commanded by Lieutenant Sergey Panov, and arrived in Balzer 8 August 1767. They are reported on the Balzer 1767 Census (First Settlers List) in Household #95. Eleonora appears to have died during the journey. Dorothea’s age is listed as 1 year; this is likely an error because her age in later records is consistent with her baptism date.

Johann Conrad Frickel is reported on the Balzer 1798 Census in Household #31. Dorothea Frickel is reported in Household #58.

Johann Georg died before 1805, probably in Balzer. His wife Anna Margaretha died 4 March 1817 in Balzer, age 84 years. Their son Johann Conrad died 12 October 1830, age 76 years. Daughter Dorothea died 15 March 1827, married name Klein, age 65 years.


- Parish records of Gründau (including Mittelgründau, Niedergründau, Rothenbergen, Lieblos, Roth, and Gettenbach) on
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010) p. 261
- Idt, Andreas and Georg Rauschenbach. Auswanderung deutscher Kolonisten nach Russland im Jahre 1766 (Moscow: Andreas Idt, Georg Rauschenbach, 2019): p. 31
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): p. 100
- 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 1, pp. 259, 263
- Balzer Death Records: F174-1-1 and F174-1-1a

Wayne H. Bonner