Associated Colonies
Place of origin
Gammelsbach, Oberzent, Rhein-Neckar-Kreis, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

Johann Christian Gutherich was born on 21 February 1739 in Gammelsbach, south of Beerfelden (today in Baden-Württemberg). He married in nearby Wald-Michelbach on 9 January 1759 to Anna Katharina Albrecht who was from neighboring Siedelsbrunn.

They evidently immigrated first to Denmark (Schleswig-Holstein) and then on to Russia.  The baptisms of two children are recorded in Danish records: Johann Michael, baptized 5 December 1671 in Friderichshaab, Vorbasse Sogn, Ribe Amt, and Eva Catharina, baptized 22 Mar 1763 in Friderichshaab, Randbol Parish, Vejle Amt. 

They settled in the colony of Anton on 7 September 1764. Christian is recorded there as a widower along with his daughter Eva Katharina (age 4½) on the 1767 census in Household No. 12.

This surname does not appear to have continued among the German colonies along the Volga River.



Lang, Gerhard. German Colonists of Denmark on the Volga.

Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 55.

Danish parish record extractions by Wayne Bonner and Mike Meisinger

Gerhard Lang
Mike Meisinger