Associated Colonies
Place of origin
Niedergirmes, Lahn-Dill, Hessen, Germany

Philipp Müller, son of Johann Konrad Müller & Anna Birgitta Hedrich, was baptized on 21 December 1727 in Niedergirmes, north of Wetzlar. He married there on 10 January 1755 to Anna Maria Walbracht, daughter of Johann Peter Walbracht & Anna Catharina Hopf of Naunheim. They have at least the following children, each born/baptized in Niedergirmes: (1) Katharina, born 18 September 1755; (2) Katharina Wilhelmina, born 5 September 1756; (3) Anna, born 4 January 1762; and (4) Johann Philipp, born 19 July 1765.

Philipp Müuller from Niedergirmes, Braunfels appears in the Solms-Braunfels Archives asking to be allowed to leave for Volga Russia in 1766. Philipp, his wife, and three of their four children (Katharina Wilhelmina, Anna, & Johann Philipp) arrived from Lübeck at the port in Oranienbaum on 8 August 1766 on a ship under the command of Skipper Wiebe Heinrichson.

They arrived at the Volga German colony of Kukkus on 26 June 1767, but by the time of the 1767 Census only Philipp and his daughter Katharina Wilhelmina remain alive in their family. Philipp's wife, Anna, had died there on 16 November 1767.

Daughter Wilhelmina is recorded on the 1798 Census in Kukkus in Household No. Kk10. She is married to Christian Pfeil. There do not appear to be any Müller descendants from Philipp's family who remain among the Volga German descendants.


- 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).
- Ortsfamilienbuch Niedergirmes [Online].
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 466.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): document no. 3587.

Rick Felsing