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Langenselbold, Main-Kinzig-Kreis, Hessen, Germany

Johann Conrad Repp was baptized in Langenselbold on 9 September 1727, the son of Johannes Repp and Anna Dorothea Rausch. At this time, Langenselbold was a part of the County of Isenburg.

Johann Conrad married Anna Margaretha Simmig in Langenselbold on 21 April 1751. She was born about 1727, the daughter of Johann Philipp and Anna Margaretha Simmig.

Johann Conrad and Anna Margaretha became parents to four children who were all born and baptized in Langenselbold.

1. Anna Maria, baptized on 1 January 1753.

2. Johann Conrad, baptized 21 September 1755.

3. Johann Heinrich, baptized 30 July 1758. He died and was buried on 29 July 1764. 

4. Catharina Charlotte, baptized 22 January 1761. She died and was buried on 7 August 1763.

The patriarch of the family, Johann Conrad, died and was buried on 26 February 1761 in Langenselbold.

Anna Margaretha, now a widow, along with her two surviving children departed as colonists to Russia in 1766. They arrived at the island fortress of Kronstadt aboard the Russian ship “Slon” (Elephant) on 19 July 1766. The same day, they came to the mainland at Oranienbaum and were recorded in the Kulberg Lists as household number 4000.

All three family members survived the arduous one-year journey to the Volga settlement area and they are recorded as household 59 in the 1767 census of Norka.

Anna Margaretha, the matriarch of the family, is recorded in household 197 of the 1798 census of Norka. She is living with her daughter Anna Maria, who married Johannes Blüm. Anna Margaretha’s son, Johann Conrad, married Anna Elisabeth Jost and they are recorded as household 213 in the 1798 census of Norka.

The Repp’s are distantly related to the Wacker’s who also settled in Norka. Johann Nicolaus Wacker (b. 1702) married Engel Repp (b. 1703). Their son is Johannes Wacker (b. 1733) who was a first settler.


Parish records of Langenselbold accessed on

Idt, Andreas and Rauschenbach, Georg. Auswanderung deutsche Kolonisten nach Russland im Jahre 1766 (Second edition). Moscow: 2019, p 31.

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, pgs. 789 and 791.

Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3. Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005, p. 244.

Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg. Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010, p. 259.

Steve Schreiber
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