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Spachbrücken, Reinheim, Darmstadt-Dieburg, Hessen, Germany

Johann Henrich Hubau, the son of Johann Peter Sixtus Hubau and Anna Margretha Buxbaum, was born in Spachbrücken, Löwenstein-Wertheim on 25 April 1747. His father died in Spachbrücken on 5 May 1763. Johann Henrich Habar married in Büdingen on 25 April 1766 to Anna Eliesabetha Schwiening.   

Johann Heinrich Huga arrived in Russia on 13 September 1766 aboard the ship “Tsitadel”. Johann Heinrich Huga is listed as of the Lutheran faith and a farmer from Loewenstein. Traveling with him are his wife, Anna Elisabeth, and his mother, Anna Margaretha. 

Johann Heinrich Huba and his family are listed in the Transport lists as part of a group of 884 immigrants led by Lieutenant von Ditmar.  With him is his wife Anna Elisabeth and his mother Anna Margreta. There is a note on this list that Anna Margreta died enroute.

Johann Heinrich and Anna Elisabeth Huwa are reported on the Dönhof First Settler's List in Household #103. 

According to the 1834 Dönhof Census, Johann Heinrich Huwa moved to Shcherbakova in 1828. The 1857 Dönhof Census states that Johannes Huwa went to Unterdorf in 1853 and Johann Heinrich Huwa went to Rosenberg in 1853.  

[Editor's Note: We generally don't include a detailed analysis of how we arrive at our conclusions on these pages, but in this case with the large number of spelling variations (“Hubau” > “Habar” > “Huga” > “Huba” > “Huwa”), we thought it would be helpful to do so:

  • The Familienbuch Spachbrücken reports a Johann Henrich Hubau born in Spachbrücken 25 April 1747.  Johann Henrich’s mother was Anna Margretha Buxbaum.  Neither Johann Henrich Hubau nor Anna Margretha Buxbaum have a death date listed in the Familienbuch which suggests that they left Spachbrücken. There are a number of other Volga settlers who are documented to have come from Spachbrücken including Anna Margaretha's cousin Johannes Buxbaum.  
  • The Büdingen marriages on 25 May 1766 include 4 entries that give the husband’s place of origin as Spachbrücken: 
  • The Büdingen marriage entry for “Habar” reads: “Johann Henrich Habar von Spachbrücken mit Anna Eliesabetha Schewiening”. The Meÿ marriage entry immediately above describes his wife’s origin location as “Georgenhausen von Löwenstein-Wertheim”.  
  • Johann Heinrich “Huga”, his wife Anna Elisabeth, and his mother Anna Margaretha, arrived in Russia on 13 Sep 1766. They are on the same ship as the Sorg couple who also settled in Dönhof. The Sorg couple are documented to be from Groß-Zimmern. Both couples are described in the Kulberg lists as being from Loewenstein. Johann Heinrich (with his surname spelled “Huba”) his wife and his mother are also on the same transport as the Sorg couple.
  • Spachbrücken, Georgenhausen, and Groß Zimmern are all within a few miles of each other.  Between 1528 and 1803, Spachbrücken was part of Amt Habitzheim, belonging to the Herren von Löwenstein-Wertheim.  Johann Heinrich Huwa is listed as age 22 on the Dönhof FSL, with his origin location given as Löwenstein. The locations stated in the Dönhof FSL are the names of regions, not of specific towns or villages.   
  • In the 1798 Census (Mai compilation, p. 381), Heinrich Huwa’s wife is called “Anna Elisabeth Schwin (?)”.  Schwin could be a misspelling or misinterpretation of “Schewiening”.              - Maggie Hein, editor]   

- Kohl, Gunnar and Helmut Ramge. Familienbuch Spachbrücken (Darmstadt: Deutsche Ortssippenbücher, 2001): Vol. 1, pp. 50 and 199
- Hubau family in the online Familienbuch Spachbrücken
- 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): p 77.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766 (Saratov State Technical University, Saratov, Russia, 2010): p 332.
- Mai, Brent Alan, trans. & ed. Transport of the Volga Germans from Oranienbaum to the Colonies on the Volga: 1766-1767 (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1998): p A-5.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Der Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): p 369.   
- 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. 381

Mike Meisinger