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Rohrbach (Büdingen), Wetteraukreis, Hessen, Germany

Johann Heinrich Popp (son of Conrad Popp) was born 14 February and baptized 18 February 1714 in Rohrbach, a few miles northwest of Büdingen. Johann Heinrich Popp and Anna Elisabetha Grasmück married in Rohrbach on 19 April 1736. Anna Elisabetha Grasmück (daughter of Johannes and Anna Elisabetha Grasmück) was born 28 October and baptized 2 November 1716 in Rohrbach. Among Johann Heinrich Popp and Anna Elisabetha's children born in Rohrbach were: Eva, baptized 12 August 1740; Johann Conrad, baptized 22 April 1742; Johann Georg, baptized 17 April 1744; Anna Elisabeth, baptized 9 July 1748; Johann Heinrich, baptized 5 Oct 1750; Anna Barbara, baptized 22 April 1753; Johanna Elisabetha, baptized 27 August 1755, and Johannes, baptized 16 February 1757.

The Lübeck marriages report that Johann Conrad Popp and Philippine Willman married in the Reformed Church in Lübeck on 31 May 1766.  The Büdingen marriages report that Johann Georg Bopp from Rohrbach and Rosina Stickel from Schönberg in Württemberg married on 26 June 1766.
The Heinrich Popp family and the Conrad Popp couple arrived in Russia on 4 July 1766, along with the related Grasmück and Meisinger families. Widow Anna Elisabetha Popp and her four younger children settled in Balzer and are reported there on the First Settlers List in Household #61. Eva, now married to Johannes Meisinger, is reported in Balzer Household #62. Conrad appears to have died prior to settlement in Messer, and his widow married Jacob Ochsenhirt.  

Georg Popp and Rosina Stickel arrived in Russia on 14 September 1766. They settled in Norka, and are recorded there on the 1767 Census in Household #202 with their son Johannes. Their household also includes the orphan Anna Dorothea Messer, daughter of Johannes Messer.  

The 1775 Census of Norka reports that Georg Popp had 3 children, including a son Israel who is age 5 in 1775.  

The Movement Tables in the 1798 Census state that Johannes Bopp moved from Balzer to Straub in 1790. These tables also report that Israel Popp and his wife Katharina Kaufmann moved to Kautz in 1789.  


- Rohrbach (Büdingen) parish records (including Aulen-Diebach, Büches, and Stockheim), FHL Film #1201847.
- Büdingen parish records on Archion.de
- 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): pp. 97 and 167
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010) pp. 132 and 408
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): p. 89
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Nordost-Institute, 2005): p. 284
- The 1775 and 1798 Censuses of the German Colony on the Volga, Norka: Also Known as Weigand. American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1995. 
- 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): Volume 2, pp. 1065 and 1129

Wayne H. Bonner
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