Associated Colonies
Place of origin
Ormesheim, Mandelbachtal, Saarpfalz-Kreis, Saarland, Germany

Joseph Kinderknecht, son of Joseph Kinderknecht & Anna Catharina Buseri, married on 20 April 1744 to Anna Barbara Schledohr, daughter of Claud Schledohr and Margaretha Lenert, in Ormesheim, today just southeast of the Saarbrücken airport. They had three children, all born in Ormesheim: (1) Johannes Peter, born 6 January 1745; Johannes, born 20 May 1746; and (3) Magdalena, born 23 January 1748.

Joseph Kinderknecht died in Ormesheim on 22 May 1748, and his widow remarried there on 3 November 1750 to Joseph Wassinger.

Both the Wassingers and the Kinderknechts immigrated to Russia. The Kinderknechts arrived in Louis on 14 June 1766, and are recorded there on the 1767 Census in Households No. 46 (Peter) and No. 48 (Johannes). At the time of the 1798 Census, they are still living in Louis , recorded in Households Ls46 and Ls48 respectively.


- 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).
- Parish records of Ormesheim (LDS Film No. 351879).
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 91.

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