Kaiser (Johann Valentin)

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Ilbeshausen, Vogelsberg, Hessen, Germany

Johann Velten Kaiser, son of Jacob and Margaretha Kaiser, was born in Ilbeshausen in June 1738. He married Barbara Klippert, daughter of Sebastian Klippert from Grebenhain on 26 February 1762. Johann Velten and Barbara had two children in Ilbeshausen: Johannes, born 20 February, baptized 21 February 1762; and Anna Catharina, born 27 June, baptized 28 June 1765. 
The family arrived in Russia on 29 July 1766. The ship arrival describes Johann Valentin Kaiser as a farmer from Darmstadt of the Lutheran religion. They arrived on the same ship as several other families who also settled in Grimm. 

It appears that the two children died at some point between their arrival in Russia and their settlement in Grimm. Johann Valentin Kaiser and his wife Barbara are reported on the Grimm First Settlers List in Household #46 along with their one-month old daughter Elisabeth Eva Katharina.

The family as reported in Household #123 of the 1775 Census includes Valentin Kaiser, his wife Elisabetha, and their daughter Susanna.   

There are several Kaiser families in the 1798 Census, however it is unclear if any of those individuals are descendants of the Velten Kaiser family. 


- Parish records of Ilbeshausen on Archion.de
- Lists of the recruiter Johann Facius 
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010) p. 329
- Idt, Andreas and Georg Rauschenbach. Auswanderung deutscher Kolonisten nach Russland im Jahre 1766 (Moscow: Andreas Idt, Georg Rauschenbach, 2019): p. 33
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): p. 79
- Rye, Richard, translator. 1775 Census of Grimm (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1995)

Maggie Hein