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Sellnrod, Mücke, Vogelsbergkreis, Hessen, Germany

Johann Philip Rahn (son of Martin Rahn) and Anna Elisabetha Dietz (born 9 Jun 1718, daughter of Peter Dietz) married in Sellnrod on 30 Jan 1742. They arrived in Russia on 15 Sep 1766 with six children, all born in Sellnrod on the following dates: Johann Peter, 17 November 1742; Johann Jacob, 20 August 1744; Johann Heinrich, 12 July 1746; Johann Conrad, 30 December 1748; Johannes, 1 October 1757, and Heinrich, 16 October 1760. 

Johann Phillip and five of his children settled in Walter and are reported there on the First Settler’s List in Family #67. The published translation of the Walter First Settlers List incorrectly states that the family was from "Zell-Romrod".  

Johann Heinrich settled in Yagodnaya Polyana. He is reported there on the First Settlers List with his wife in Family #78.  The Kromm version of the Yagodnaya Polyana First Settlers List states that his origin location was "Nidda/Sellnrod".  

The surname is generally spelled “Rohn” in later records.  


- Parish records of Sellnrod, FHL Film #1201577

- Stahnke, Günter. Online Ortsfamilienbuch for Sellnrod, posted on the Verein für Computergenealogie e.V. (CompGen) web site: Johann Philip Rahn family

- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): p. 402-403

- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): p. 193

- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Nordost-Institut, 2008): p. 310

- Kromm, Georg, translation of Yagodnaya Polyana First Settlers List published by Art and Cleo Flegel in “Research in Hesse”, American Historical Society of Germans from Russia Work Paper, Vol.XIII (Dec,1973)

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