Associated Colonies
Place of origin
Georgenhausen, Reinheim, Hessen, Germany

Johann Adam Kloster was born on 27 September 1725 in Georgenhausen and was baptized there on 30 September 1725. His father was Georg Heinrich Kloster (born 27 January 1700 in Georgenhausen) who married Anna Maria Bapsten on 18 February 1723 in nearby Reinheim. His grandparents were Johann Peter & Anna Sybillae Kloster.

Johann Adam Kloster married Maria Salome Zimmermann on 11 October 1746 in Georgenhausen. They have seven children, all born/baptized in Georgenhausen: (1) Ernestine Kloster (born 1747); (2) Johann Adrian/Adarian/Andrian/Andreas (born 18 August 1749, baptized 20 August 1749); (3) Johann Adam (born 19 February 1751; baptized 21 February 1751); (4) Anna Maria (born 2 July 1753, baptized 4 July 1753); (5) Anna Magdalena/Helena (born 13 April 1755, baptized 15 April 1755); (6) Johann Georg (born 1 November 1756, baptized 4 November 1756); and (7) Eva Maria (born 8 May 1760, baptized 11 May 1760).
Johann Adam and his family immigrated to Russia, arriving from Lübeck at the port in Oranienbaum on 15 September 1766 aboard the snow-brig Die Frau Dietrika under the command of the skipper Joachim Friedrich Luhn.

Johann Adam's wife died during the transport to the Volga German colonies and he remarried a lady named Margaretha (b. 1742, surname unkown). During this voyage, his daughter Ernestine was also married to colonist Valentin Rausch (b. 1729, Fulda). The family group arrived in Semenovka on 24 July 1767. There, Johann Adam and his second wife Margaretha have five children: (1) Matthias (b. 1768); (2) Anna Maria (b. 1772); (3) Margaretha (b. 1775); (4) Philipp (b. 1776); and (5) Katharina (b. 1782).

Johann Adam and his family are recorded on 1767 Semenovka census in Household No. 36. According to this census, the family is Catholic but their marriages and baptisms were recorded in the Evangelical [Lutheran] Church in Georgenhausen.

Johann Adam died before 1790 when his widow Margaretha remarried in Hildmann . His sons are recorded on the 1798 census in Semenovka in Household Nos. Se02, Se20, Se29, and Se36.


- 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 for Georgenhausen (LDS Film Nos. 1190556 & 1190558).
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 187.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): 387.

Corina Hirt