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Neuses (Freigericht), Main-Kinzig-Kreis, Hessen, Germany

Two sons of Johann Georg Litter/Lütter from Neuses emigrated to Russia: Johann Jost, baptized 6 July 1728, and Christian, baptized 30 March 1744. Johann Jost married Anna Elisabeth Steinmetz on 10 February 1760 in Neuses.

Christian Litter/Lutter from Neuses appears on a list of colonists recruited from the Hanau region. A 2020 Heimatbuch article identifies him as a settler in Kamenka.

Just Lither, described as a Catholic farmer from Mainz, and his wife Elisabeth arrived in Russia on 9 June 1766. Christian arrived on the same ship, described as a Catholic carpenter from Hanau. 

Jost and Elisabeth are reported on the Kamenka 1767 Census (First Settlers List) in Household #83. Christian and his wife Maria are reported in Household #84.

Household #67 in the 1798 Census of Kamenka includes Anna Maria Becker, who is described as the widow of Christian Litter, and her children Johann Peter, Johann Adam, Barbara, and Katharina, who are described as the children of Christian Litter. 


- Parish records of Somborn St. Anna, including Altenmittlau, Bernbach, Horbach, and Neuses, accesssed on Matricula Online.
- Government Report on the activities of Russian Imperial Emissary Facius, images obtained from Hessisches Staatsarchiv Marburg 
- Stumpp, Karl. The Emigration from Germany to Russia in the years 1763 to 1862. (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1982), p. 143
- Horst, Irma. "Kommissarius Johann Facius und seine Kolonisten", Heimatbuch der Deutschen aus Russland 2020, (Landsmannschaft der Deutschen aus Russland e. V., Stuttgart, 2020), pp. 259-265
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010) pp. 120, 121
- Idt, Andreas and Georg Rauschenbach. Auswanderung deutscher Kolonisten nach Russland im Jahre 1766 (Moscow: Andreas Idt, Georg Rauschenbach, 2019): p. 29 
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): p. 237
- 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. 557

Maggie Hein