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

Christian Lapp, son of Paul & Anna Maria Lapp, was baptized on 26 November 1719 in Pferdsbach, just north of Büdingen. Pferdsbach was abandoned and no longer exists. He married on 13 July 1745 to Anna Catharlina Schlingeloff, daughter of Johannes Schlingeloff. She had been born about 1727 in Reichlos.

They have at least the following children, each baptized in Pferdsbach: (1) Johann Friedrich, baptized 30 October 1745; (2) Johann Christian, born 15 August 1747, baptized 20 August 1747; (3) Anna Barbara, baptized 15 June 1749; (4) Johann Heinrich, baptized 25 December 1752; (5) Johannes Otto, baptized 27 July 1755; and (6) Johannes Christian, baptized 24 June 1759. The father Christian, died on 5 February 1762, and the mother Anna Catharina died on 17 June 1761.

Four of the children: Johann Friedrich [recorded as Carl], Johann Christian, Anna Barbara, and Johannes Otto [recorded as Johann] immigrated to Russia. They arrived in Oranienbaum on 30 May 1766 from the port of Rewahl, Germany. Today the name of this port town is Rewal, and since 1945 it has been in Poland. He arrived aboard the pink Novaya Dvinka under the command of Lieutenant Ivan Perepechin.

The Lapp siblings settled in the Volga German colony of Frank, and are recorded there on the 1767 Census in Households No. 14 & 31.

Anna Barbara Lapp married Johann Philipp Hartung who had come from Büdingen and travelled with the Lapp family. Philipp Hartung is recorded in Frank on the 1798 Census at Household No. Fk036. Carl Lapp is recorded there also at Household No. Fk037.


- HfV card.
- 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 of Büdingen.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 421.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): 56-57.

Doris Evans
Bill Pickelhaupt