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Stepfershausen, Schmalkalden-Meiningen, Thuringia, Germany
Solz, Schmalkalden-Meiningen, Thuringia, Germany

Johann Adam Leser, son of Hans Heinrich Leser, was baptized in Stepfershausen on 29 May 1726.  Anna Margaretha Baumann, daughter of Johann Georg Baumann, was baptized in Solz on 21 October 1729.  Johann Adam and Anna Margaretha's marriage is recorded in both the Stepfershausen and Solz parish registers on 5 Feb 1749.  The baptisms of three children are recorded in the Solz registers:  Anna Maria, born 20 December, baptized 21 December 1750; Johann Michael, born 20 September, baptized 21 September 1752; and Johann Georg, born 25 February and baptized 26 February 1755.  The couple arrived in Russia with two additional children, Rosina Margaretha and Johann Caspar, whose baptism records have not been located.   

The family arrived in Russia on 15 September 1766.  They settled in Frank and are reported on the First Settler's List in Family #34.  


- Parish records of Stepfershausen on Archion.de
- Parish records of Solz on Archion.de
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010) p. 402 
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): p. 424

Maggie Hein (© Margreatha Hein, 2020)