Associated Colonies
Place of origin
Diebach, Büdingen, Hessen, Germany

Johann Hermann Knaus, son of the deceased Johann Heinrich Knaus of Düdelsheim, and Anna Margaretha Hoffmann, daughter of the deceased Johann Heinrich Hoffmann and Catharina Schäffer, were married in Hochst near Büdingen on 7 February 1737. Anna Margaretha had been baptized in Hochst on 3 June 1712.
Johann Hermann & Anna Margaretha have two known children: Anna Catharina (baptized in Düdelsheim on 9 February 1738) and Johann Adam (baptized in Diebach on 22 October 1747). Daughter Anna Catharina married in Büdingen on 8 April 1766 to Martin Müller.

The Knaus family along with new son-in-law Martin Müller arrived at the port in Oranienbaum on 4 July 1766. Kuhlberg has recorded the Knaus surname incorrectly as Knauer. Hermann evidently died sometime between their arrival in Oranienbaum and the arrival of his widow and their children in Moor on 18 June 1767. The Knaus family, headed by widow Anna Margaretha, is recorded in Moor on the 1767 Census in Household No. 37. The Müller family, along with newborn son Adam (age ¾ year), are recorded there in Household No. 38.


- Bonner, Wayne H. Volga German Settlers Identified in Isenburg and Other German Church Records Part I (Gardena, CA: Wayne Bonner, 2007): 49-50.
- Diebach Parish Records (LDS Film No. 1201842).
- Hochst Parish Records (LDS Film No. 1201836).
- 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): 63.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 165.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): 99.

Wayne Bonner