Associated Colonies
Place of origin
Inheiden, Hungen, Hessen, Germany

Johann Just Raab, son of Johann Just Rabe & Anna Christina Stegk, was born 18 August 1720 in Inheiden, south of Giessen. He married there on 12 October 1759 to Anna Margaretha Hilgert, daughter of Johann Adam Hilgert & Margaretha Koch. She had been born in Inheiden on 30 May 1727. They have three known children: (1) Elisabeth, born 4 August 1759 [a couple of months before they were married] and twins (2) Anna Margaretha & (3) Johann Just, born on 14 August 1762.

The family immigrated to Russia, but only the parents actually reached there, arriving in Oranienbaum on 13 September 1766 aboard the galliot Der Jan under the command of skipper Markus Dragun. The couple arrived in the Volga German colony of Stephan on 24 August 1767 where they are recorded on the 1767 Census in Household No. 22.

Widower Johann Just Raab is still living in Stephan in 1798 in Household No. Sp12. There are no known descendants of this Raab family.


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).

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): Entries 6379-6380.

Müller, Hanno. Familienbuch Trais-Horloff, Inheiden, Utphe, Kreis Giessen (Darmstadt: Hessische Familiengeschichtliche Vereinigung, 1997): 322.

Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 225.

Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): 359.


Hanno Müller
Bill Pickelhaupt