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Willebadessen, Höxter, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

Johann Georg Linnenberg and Anna Margaretha Schabbach (additional spellings on various records Schabach and Schabag) were married 21 August 1746 in St. Vitus Catholic Church in Willebadessen, today in the German state of Nordrhein-Westphalia, northwest of Kassel. Both Johann Georg and Anna Margaretha had been confirmed in this same church.

They had 7 known children, each baptized in St. Vitus in Willebadessen: (1) Maria Margaretha on 7 December 1747; (2) Eva Maria on 19 March 1749; (3) Anna Maria Elisabeth on 2 March 1750; (4) Eva Maria on 29 October 1752; (5) Johann Joseph on 23 December 1753; (6) Casper Joseph on 4 December 1754; and (7) Maria Helena 12 March 1757.

The Linenberg family immigrated to Russia, arriving in the Volga German colony of Mariental on 16 June 1766 where they are recorded on the 1767 Census in Household No. 24. Daughter Elisabeth is recorded in Household No. 22 along with her newlywed husband Adam Breit.

On the 1798 census, Casper Joseph is still living in Mariental in Household No. 19 with his sister Elisabeth and her children in Household No. 78. Son Johann Georg has moved to Household No. 21 in Herzog.

The family name has many spellings throughout the centuries and across the continents: Linnenberg, Linenberg, Linenberger, Lüneberg.


- 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 Willebadessen (LDS Film No. 1056021).
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Der Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 101.

Denise Gassman Grau