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Rinklingen, Bretten, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Stebbach, Gemmingen, Heilbronn, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

Jacob Grob was born 29 March and baptized 31 March 1732 in Rinklingen. He was the son of Jacob Grob and his wife Anna Maria. He emigrated to Denmark, arriving in Altona, Dutchy of Holstein on 10 May 1762, and then Flensburg, Duchy of Schleswig on 22 May 1762. In the same transport group was Andreas Schmidt. He had a daughter Eisabetha who was born in Stebbach 21 April and baptized 23 April 1734.

Less than a month after arriving in Flensburg Jacob Grob from Rinklingen and Elisabeth Schmidt from Stebbach were married in the parish of Sterup on 6 June 1762. Apparently they had met on the trek and were already listed together when they arrived in Flensburg. In June 1763 Jacob Krob is listed with a wife and one child. On 4 May 1765 he is assigned to the Friederichsholm colony, but only 10 days later he requested permission to leave Denmark.

Jacob Gropp, his wife Elisabeth and daughter Christina (age 5 in 1767), arrived in Balzer 28 March 1766 along with at least 19 other former Danish families. By the time of the first census in 1767, two more children had been born: Jacobina (age 1 in 1767) and Johannes (age 2 days in 1767). The family is reported in Household #31 on the Balzer First Settlers List.

The 1775 census lists Jacob Grob with his wife Elisabeth and three children: Jacobina, age 8, Jacob, age 3, and Johannes, age 1. Apparently daughter Christina had died. 

The 1798 census lists Konrad Gropp (incorrectly reported as age 43), his wife Elisabeth Schmidt age 59, and sons Jakob, age 27, Johannes, age 24, and Andreas, age 22. According to the Balzer Communion and Death Records, son Johannes died in 1843 and son Andreas died in 1853. A death record for son Jacob was not found. 


- Rinklingen parish records, Landeskirchliches Archiv Karlsruhe, on 
- Stebbach parish records, Landeskirchliches Archiv Karlsruhe, on; also available on Family Search. 
- 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. 293, 490 
- Sterup parish records, Kirchenkreis Schleswig-Flensburg, on 
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): p. 80
- Rye, Richard, translator.  1775 Census of Balzer (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1995), Family #4
- 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. 259
- Balzer 1834-1845 Communion records. 174-1-12. 
- Balzer 1846-1860 Communion records. 174-1-22.
- Balzer Death Records

Wayne H. Bonner