Associated Colonies
Place of origin
Höchst im Odenwald, Odenwaldkreis, Hessen, Germany

Johann Philipp Lust, son of Johann Leonhard & Anna Margaretha Lust, was born on 23 November 1726 and baptized on 26 November 1726 in Höchst. He married there on 28 April 1761 to Susanna Catharina Hallstein, daughter of Johannes Leonhard & Anna Barbara Hallstein and widow of Johann Nikolaus Lufft . Susanna brought into the marriage six Lufft children. Susanna and Philipp Lust had two children, both baptized in Höchst: (1) Johann Balthasar (born 5 January 1762, baptized 7 January 1762) and Johann Nikolaus (born 21 January 1764, baptized 22 January 1764).

Philipp and Susanna, along with the combined Lufft and Lust children, immigrated to Russia. While gathering in the port city of Lübeck with other immigrant families, Veronika, Susanna's oldest daughter from her first marriage to Nikolaus Lufft, married in Lübeck's Lutheran Cathedral to Johann Georg Morasch on 29 May 1766. Johann Georg Morasch was the son of Johann Morasch & Anna Eva Joachim, and had been born 6 August 1742 in Mümling-Grumach, just south of Höchst im Odenwald where he was baptized on 7 August 1742.

The newly combined Lust, Lufft, and Morasch families arrived from Lübeck at the port in Oranienbaum aboard the Russian galliot Citadel on 13 September 1766. The following summer they settled in the Volga German colony of Yagodnaya Polyana on 16 September 1767, and are recorded there on the 1767 Census in Households No. 66 (Lust & Luft) and No. 67 (Morasch).

By the time that the 1798 Census of Yagodnaya Polyana was taken, Susanna is a widow living with son Nikolaus Lust in Household No. Yp72. Son Heinrich Luft and his family are in Household No. Yp62. Son John Georg Luft and his family are in Household No. Yp66. Daughter Maria Luft has married Konrad Scheuermann of Household No. Yp82. Georg & Veronkia Morasch are living in Household No. Yp77.


- Gieg, Ella. Auswanderungen aus dem Odenwaldkreis Band 5 (Lützelbach: E. Gieg, 1988-1997): 260.
- 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).
- Mai, Brent Alan and Dona Reeves-Marquardt, German Migration to the Russian Volga (1764-1767) (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 2003): 19.
- Parish records of Höchst (LDS Film Nos. 1193268 & 1193269).
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 190.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): 332.

Bill Pickelhaupt
Brent Mai