Associated Colonies
Place of origin
Rothenkirchen, Fulda, Hessen, Germany

Johann Heinrich Peter, son of Johannes Peter, was born 30 June and baptized 2 July 1703 in Rothenkirchen.  Johann Heinrich married Anna Margaretha Gutperlet, daughter of Andreas Gutperlet, on 30 January 1727 in Rothenkirchen.  The baptisms of seven children are recorded in the Rothenkirchen parish records:  Johannes, born 7 November and baptized 9 November 1727; Johann Martin, born 20 March and baptized 1 April 1730; Anna Maria, born 2 May and baptized 4 May 1732; Anna Catharina, born 8 September, baptized 12 September 1734; Johann Heinrich, born 24 Jun, baptized 25 June 1739; Johann Georg, born 11 November, baptized 12 November 1741; and Johann Peter, born 24 November and baptized 25 November 1750.   

The two youngest sons (Johann Georg and Johann Peter) emigrated to Russia. Johann Georg and Anna Margareatha Schäfer (daughter of Wigand Schäfer) married in Büdingen on 12 June 1766.  Johann Georg, Johann Peter, Anna Margaretha, and Anna Margaretha's parents arrived in Russia on 14 September 1766.  The Peter family is reported on the Walter First Settler's List in Family #43, and the Schäfer family is reported in Family #40.   

Two Peter families from Walter relocated to Brunnental in 1859.


- Parish records of Rothenkirchen on
- 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): p. 93
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010) p. 405
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Nordost-Institute, 2008): p. 304-305. 

Maggie Hein (© Margreatha Hein, 2020)