Koch (Weigand)

Associated Colonies
Place of origin
Fauerbach, Nidda, Wetteraukreis, Hessen, Germany

Weigand Koch, the son of Heinrich Peter Koch, was born in Fauerbach, baptized on 4 January 1711, and confirmed in 1724. Weigand was married three times. His first marriage, on 22 November 1742, was to Anna Maria Mörtre, daughter of Martin Mörtre. Anna Maria Mörtre had been born in Fauerbach, baptized on 24 September 1715, and confirmed in 1729. This couple had three children: Johannes, baptized 13 September 1743, confirmed in 1758; Anna Maria, baptized 17 November 1747, confirmed in 1762; and Peter, baptism not found, confirmed in 1764. Weigand's first wife Anna Maria died on 4 February 1752. Weigand's second marriage, on 10 August 1752, was to Anna Maria Müller, daughter of Johannes Müller from Hartmannshain. No children were found for this marriage. Weigand's second wife Anna Maria died on 11 September 1759. Weigand's third marriage, on 9 December 1760, was to Anna Maria Seipel, the daughter of Andreas Seipel from Streithain. Anna Maria Seipel had been born in Streithain, baptized on 26 October 1735, and confirmed in 1750. This couple had two children: Anna Catharina, baptized 23 November 1761; and Johann Michael, baptized 22 January 1764.

The Büdingen marriages report that Johannes Koch from Fauerbach and Elisabetha Koch from Eichelsdorf married on 3 July 1766. On the same day Johann Nicolaus Götz from Eichelsdorf and Anna Maria Koch from Fauerbach also married. 

Nicolaus Götz and his wife Anna Maria; Weigand Koch ("Veil"), his wife Anna Maria, and children Johann Peter and Anna Catharina; and Johannes Koch and his wife Elisabetha, arrived in Russia together on the the ship Catharina Eleonora on 20 August 1766. 

Weigand Koch ("Weyl"), his wife and children and daughter-in-law are all reported on the same Transport List. 

All three families settled in Yagodnaya Polyana on 16 September 1767. Johannes Koch, his wife Elisabeth, and his brother Johann Peter are reported there on the 1767 Census (First Settlers List) in Household #18. Weigand Koch died at some point prior to the family's arrival in Yagodnaya Polyana. His widow Anna Maria married Johann Peter Stuckart (whose wife Maria Dorothea had died during the journey), and she and daughter Anna Catharina (incorrectly reported as Anna Maria) are reported in Household #34. Anna Maria Koch and husband Nicolaus Götz are reported in Household #70. 

Johannes Koch and his family are reported on the 1798 Census of Yagodnaya Polyana in Household #24. Catharina Koch and her husband and children are reported in Household #35. Peter Koch and his family are reported in Household #45. Anna Maria Koch, widow of Nicolaus Götz, and her second husband and children are reported in Household #54.


- Parish records of Wallernhausen (including Fauerbach) on Archion.de
- Parish records of Büdingen on Archion.de
- Kromm, Georg, translation of Yagodnaya Polyana First Settlers List published by Art and Cleo Flegel in “Research in Hesse”, American Historical Society of Germans from Russia Work Paper, Vol.XIII (Dec,1973)
- 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): pp. 100-101 
- Idt, Andreas and Georg Rauschenbach. Auswanderung deutscher Kolonisten nach Russland im Jahre 1766 (Moscow: Andreas Idt, Georg Rauschenbach, 2019): p. 34
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): pp. 408, 410, 412 
- Rauschenbach, Georg. Deutsche Kolonisten Auf Dem Weg Von St. Petersburg Nach Saratow: Transportlisten von 1766-1767 (Moscow: 2017): p. 354-355
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Der Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): pp. 177, 181-182, 191
- 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. 1036, 1038, 1040, 1041.

Maggie Hein
Brent Mai