Spelling Variations
Associated Colonies
Place of origin
Niederhofen, Schwaigern, Landkreis Heilbronn, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

Johann Andreas Craß, son of Carl Craß and his wife Barbara, was born 11 January and baptized 12 January 1740 in Niederhofen. Johann Andreas was confirmed there in 1754.   

Johann Andreas Grass emigrated to Denmark, departing from Altona on 29 June 1761 and arriving in Schleswig on 4 July 1761. He is described as a servant in the household of Michael Fritzle. He was dismissed from the Danish colonies in June 1763.  

Johann Andreas then emigrated to Russia, settling in the colony of Dobrinka. He is reported as a single man on the Dobrinka 1767 Census (First Settlers List) in Household #54 with his surname spelled "Krassel".

Johann Andreas Grass from Dobrinka is reported in the 1798 Census of Galka in Household #26. 


- Parish records of Niederhofen (Dekanat Brackenheim) on 
- Family Search Indexes of Niederhofen parish records
- Eichhorn, Alexander, Jacob & Mary. The Immigration of German Colonists to Denmark and Their Subsequent Emigration to Russia in the Years 1759-1766 (Deiningen, Germany: Steinmeier, 2012). pp. 268, 409, 422, 664
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): p.  327
- 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, p. 432

Maggie Hein
Gary Martens