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Wolf, Büdingen, Hessen, Germany

Adrian Hart was born in Wolf and was baptized at the parish church there on 23 July 1730. His parents are Johann Georg Hart and Anna Maria Margaretha Helferich from Wolf who were married on 20 March 1727. Adrian's godfather is Adrian Schroeder from Wolf.

Adrian married Anna Maria Jacobi on 12 November 1758 in Wolf. Anna Maria is the daughter of Conrad Jacobi and Anna Barbara Weinmuth from Dudenrod (they were married on 22 Jan 1716 in Wolf). Anna Maria was baptized in Wolf on 9 March 1733.

Adrian and Anna Maria had four children who were baptized in Wolf:

  • Dorothea Catharina Frederica, baptized on 19 August 1759
  • Johann Adam, baptized 2 November 1760
  • Johann Heinrich, baptized 9 April 1762
  • Johannes, baptized on 11 December 1763

Anna Maria's father, Conrad, was buried 20 Oct 1761, at age 77. Her mother, Anna Barbara, was buried 9 Jan 1764.

Adrians father was buried on 16 September 1759 in Wolf. His mother died and was buried on 18 June 1765. 

Adrian (Andreas) and Anna Maria, with their son Johann Adam, departed for Russia in the spring of 1766. They arrived in Kronstadt, Russia aboard the Russian sailing ship “Vologda” commanded by Sergey Bartenyev on 28 July 1766. They were traveling several other families from the Wolf parish. Adrian is listed as a stocking maker from Isenburg. Wolf was part of the County of Isenburg at the time. The Hart’s stated that they were members of the Reformed church.

There are no burial records in the Wolf parish register for the Hart’s other three children who are not listed in the Russian ship arrival lists (Kulberg Lists). They may have died in Wolf and were not recorded, or they perished on the journey to Russia.

Traveling with the Hart family to Russia were Johannes Mohr and his wife Anna Catharina (née Hart). She is the sister of Adrian Hart and was baptized in Wolf on 21 February 1743.

Nearly a year later, Adrian and Anna Maria arrived in the colony of Norka on 2 September 1767. They are listed in the 1767 Census of Norka as Household 200. Their son, Johann Adam, is not listed in the census. He probably died sometime during transport to the colonies on the lower Volga River. Adrian’s sister and brother-on-law, Johannes and Anna Catharina Mohr, are listed in Household 34.

Adrian and Anna Maria had at least two children that were born in Norka: Adrian, born about 1772, and Nicolaus, born about 1775.

The family is listed in the 1775 Census as Household No. 2. Adrian is noted as the Beisitzer (Assessor) of the colony.

Adrian (the younger) married Magdalena Bauer about 1807 and they had at least five children. Magdalena is the daughter of Jacob Bauer and Catharina Weber from Isenburg.

Nicolaus married Sophia (surname unknown) and they had at least ten children.

Anna Maria died in Norka sometime before the 1798 Census. Adrian (the elder) died in Norka in 1804.


Parish records of Wolf (including Dudenrod, Pferdsbach and Büches) accessed on Archion.de.

Idt, Andreas and Rauschenbach, Georg. Auswanderung deutsche Kolonisten nach Russland im Jahre 1766 (Second edition). Moscow: 2019: p. 33.

Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010) p. 309.

Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Nordost-Institute, 2005): p 283.

Rye, Rick, translator. The 1775 and 1798 Censuses of the German Colony on the Volga, Norka: Also Known as Weigand. American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1995.

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