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Heimertshausen, Vogelsbergkreis, Hessen, Germany

Johannes Crämer was born 17 November, and baptized 19 November 1727, son of Lorenz Crämer from Heimertshausen and his wife Anna Maria. Catharina Dorothea Meß was born 29 September and baptized 3 October 1725, daughter of Johannes Meß, schoolteacher from Heimertshausen, and his wife Elisabetha Catharina. Johannes and Catharina Dorothea married on 3 October 1747. They had six children in Heimertshausen: Johannes, born 25 August, baptized 26 August 1748 (died 29 March, buried 31 March 1749); Johann Georg, born 10 March, baptized 11 March 1750; Anna Elisabetha, born and baptized 10 December 1752; Johannes, born and baptized on 12 January 1756; Maria Elisabetha, born 30 March, baptized 1 April 1759; and Abel, born 17 April, baptized 18 April 1762. 

Johannes Kraemer, his wife, and their five children, arrived in Russia on 19 July 1766 on the ship Fortitudo. 

Johannes, Catharina Dorothea, Anna Elisabetha, Maria Elisabetha, and Abel are missing from the 1767 Census of Müller and probably died during the journey to the villages. Johann Georg Krämer, his wife Maria Elisabeth, and his brother Johannes are reported on the Müller 1767 Census (First Settlers List) in Household #9. 

Johannes Krämer and his family are reported in the 1798 Census of Müller in Household #7.


- Parish records of Billertshausen, Dekanat Alsfeld, Zentralarchiv der Evangelischen Kirche in Hessen und Nassau, accessed on
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010) p. 237
- 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 1, p. 736

Maggie Hein