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Eberbach im Odenwald, Odenwaldkreis, Hessen, Germany

In the parish records of Fränkisch-Crumbach, Johann Adam Fröhlich from Kirch-Beerfurth (3 kilometers south of Fränkisch-Crumbach), with his wife and children are included in a list of immigrants to Russia. Johann Adam was born on 12 December 1739 in Eberbach. On 25 Apr 1762, he married Anna Barbara Hofferbär from Höchst. She was born 16 November 1730 and was the daughter of Hanss Leonhard Hofferber & Anna Elisabeth Karg, which makes her a sister to Johannes Hofferber who also immigrated to Russia.

The Frölich family arrived in Frank on 1 September 1767 and are listed there on the 1767 Census in Household No. 92.  They arrived in Frank with two children, Dorothea, born 28 October 1762 in Eberbach, and a 3-month-old baby, Magdalene, who must have been born during the journey.

Johann Adam is still living in Frank in 1798 when he is recorded on the census there in Household #125. Daughter Dorothea has married twice by 1798 and is living with her second husband in Frank in Household #82. Daughter Maria Magdalena is married to Nikolaus Lautenschlager and living in Yagodnaya Polyana in 1798 in Household #30. Another daughter, Anna Rosina, married Georg Jacob Baumung and is living in Hussenbach on the 1798 Census in Household #133.

The ancestors of Johann Adam Fröhlich can be traced back several generations in Eberbach and the other villages in the Reichelsheim parish. 


- Familienbuch Reichelsheim, 1643-1875, Volumes 1 and 2, by Heiner Wolf
- Online Ortsfamilienbuch Eberbach on
- Parish records of Reichelsheim on
- Mai, Brent Alan and Dona Reeves-Marquardt, German Migration to the Russian Volga (1764-1767) (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 2003): 181.
- Parish records of Fränkisch-Crumbach.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 433.

Maggie Hein
Brent Mai