Associated Colonies
Place of origin
Spielberg, Brachttal, Hessen, Germany

The Spielberg church records report that Johann Conrad Morkel, son of Hanss Georg Morkel, was born on 2 Jan 1727. On 2 Apr 1750 Conrad married Anna Katharina Werth, the daughter of Johann Heinrich Werth. The Spielberg church records record the baptisms of six children: Anna Kunigunda, 2 May 1751; Anna Maria, 11 Jun 1752; Johann Heinrich, 27 Dec 1753; Anna Catharina, 6 Mar 1757; Johann Peter, 20 Aug 1758; and Anna Maria, 18 Sep 1763. The Spielberg parish records provide little explanation of what might have happened to the children who did not arrive in Russia - the death of one unnamed child is recorded on 10 Aug 1762.

Conrad, his wife, and son Johann Heinrich arrived in the Volga German colony of Huck on 1 July 1767. They are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 3.


- Parish records of Spielberg.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 140.

Carsten Morkel
additional research by Maggie Hein