Associated Colonies
Place of origin
Zell (Romrod), Vogelsbergkreis, Hessen, Germany

Johann Conrad Klein was born in Zell in November 1729 and baptized in January 1730, the son of Johann Conrad Klein and his wife Elisabetha. Anna Elisabetha Roeß was born in Zell 4 August, baptized 6 August 1740, and confirmed there in 1754. Johann Conrad and Anna Elisabetha married in Zell on 8 March 1764. They had one child in Zell: Anna Dorothea, born 2 July, and baptized 4 July 1764.

Conrad Klein, his wife Elisabeth, and their daughter Anna arrived in Russia on 19 July 1766, along with a number of other families who also settled in Müller.

By the time they arrived in Müller, daughter Anna Dorothea appears to have died, and they have a 9-month-old daughter named Katharina. They are reported on the Müller 1767 Census (First Settlers List) in Household #10.

There are no Klein families on the 1798 Müller Census. A possible descendant of this family is Johann Georg Klein, age 30, who, according to the movement tables in the 1798 Census, moved from to Müller to Shcherbakovka. He is reported on the Shcherbakovka 1798 Census in Household #39.


- Parish records of Billertshausen, Dekanat Alsfeld, Zentralarchiv der Evangelischen Kirche in Hessen und Nassau, accessed on Archion.de
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010) p. 238
- Idt, Andreas and Georg Rauschenbach. Auswanderung deutscher Kolonisten nach Russland im Jahre 1766 (Moscow: Andreas Idt, Georg Rauschenbach, 2019): p. 32 
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Nordost-Institute, 2005): p. 177
- 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 2, pp. 952, 1124

Maggie Hein