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Helpershain, Ulrichstein, Vogelsbergkreis, Hessen, Germany
Stockhausen, Herbstein, Vogelsbergkreis, Hessen, Germany

Johann Heinrich Bebbler (son of Johannes Bebbler and Anna Maria Roth) was baptized on 19 April 1707 in Helpershain, and was confirmed there in 1722. Anna Maria Hübner (daughter of Johann Hermann and Anna Sabina Hübner) was baptized in Stockhausen on 4 September 1711. Johann Heinrich and Anna Maria married in Stockhausen on 4 December 1729. They had at least 10 children there, among whom were Johann Heinrich (born 17 December 1733) and Johann Conrad (born 29 October 1745). The spelling of the surname is Päpler in the Stockhausen records.

These two sons immigrated to Russia in 1766. The Kulberg ship arrival record states that the brothers came from the region of Riedesel. 

They settled in the Volga German colony of Hussenbach. Conrad is recorded there on the 1798 Census in Household No. Hs069 along with his family. The surname is generally spelled Peppler in later records.

Anna Elisabetha Bebbler (daughter of Johannes Bebbler) was baptized 17 December 1710 in Helpershain. She married Johann Heinrich Dietz in Sellnrod, and that couple and their children settled in the Volga German colony of Walter. It is not clear from the available records exactly how Anna Elisabeth is related to the Peppler family that settled in Hussenbach.


- Parish records of Stockhausen (including Rixfeld, Schadges, Steinfurt, Schlechtenwegen and Zahmen) on

- Parish records of Stumpertenrod (including Eckmannshain, Helpershain, and Köddingen) on

- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010) p. 400-401

- Mai, Brent Alan, trans. & ed.  Transport of the Volga Germans from Oranienbaum to the Colonies on the Volga: 1766-1767 (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1998): 7000 & 7001.

- 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).

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