Associated Colonies
Place of origin
Nieder-Ohmen, Vogelsbergkreis, Hessen, Germany

Johann Valentin Reich was born in Nieder-Ohmen on 3 September 1746 and baptized there on 4 September 1746. His parents were Johannes Reich from Niederwald and Johanna Christina Elisabeth Krüger.

The Büdingen marriages report that Valentin Reich from NiedernOhm(sic) married Eliesabetha Trimper from Rauschenberg on 14 April 1766. 

The family arrived in Russia on 22 July 1766. The ship arrival describes Valentin as a carpenter from Laubach. The family includes Valentin, his wife Maria, and his mother Elisabeth.  

The family settled in Grimm and are reported there on the First Settlers List in Household #11. Valentin is described as a craftsman from Darmstadt. The household includes his wife Elisabeth and his mother Elisabeth.  

By 1775, Valentin and Elisabeth have a son Konrad and a daughter Barbara. The family is reported in Household #93 on the 1775 Census. In 1798, Valentin and Elisabeth are reported on the Census in Household #100 along with their five sons and two daughters.  


- Parish records of Nieder-Ohmen on
- Ortsfamilienbuch for Nieder-Ohmen on  
- Parish records of Büdingen 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. 68
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010) p. 167
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): p. 75 
- Rye, Richard, translator.  1775 Census of Grimm (Lincoln, NE: 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 1, p. 467

Mike Meisinger