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Wüstwillenroth (Birstein), Main-Kinzig-Kreis, Hessen, Germany

The Lichenroth parish records report the baptisms of Johann Heinrich Lofink, born 8 January 1746, and Lorenz Lofink, born 21 April 1753. Both are children of Hans Heinrich Lofink from Wüstwillenroth and his wife Anna Catharina. There are several men named Hans/Johann Heinrich Lofink living in the parish at this time, and two of those were married to women named Anna Catharina.   

When Johann Heinrich and Lorenz arrived in Russia, they are accompanied by their mother, whose name is given as Eva Catharina. This suggests that their mother must have died, and their father remarried prior to his own death.  

The family arrived in Russia on 9 August 1766.  They settled in Norka and are reported there on the First Settler's List in Family #93.  

Prior to the 1798 Census, Lorenz Lofink relocated to Huck.  


- Parish records of Lichenroth (including Wettges, Volzberg, and Wüstwillenroth) on Archion.de
- Lists of the recruiter Johann Facius
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010) p. 315
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Nordost-Institute, 2005): p. 253-254
- 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. 507

Maggie Hein
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