Associated Colonies
Place of origin
Lollar, Giessen, Hessen, Germany

Johann Caspar Roth was born 28 May 1726 in Lollar. He married there on 19 May 1751 to Anna Elisabetha Erb. She was baptized 4 November 1732 in Großen-Buseck. They have 4 known children, each born in Lollar: (1) Elisabetha, born 20 April 1753 & died 20 May 1753; (2) Heinrich Balthasar, born 21 June 1754; (3) Johann Georg, born 6 February 1757; and (4) Georg Ludwig, born 10 October 1759.

The father, Johann Caspar, died 26 January 1761 in Lollar, and his widow remarried on 20 May 1762 in Lollar to Johann Ludwig Braun, son of Heinrich Braun of Blasbach near Solms. They had one son, Johann Heinrich, who was baptized 28 August 1763 in Lollar.

Ludwig Braun, his wife, their son Johann Heinrich, and the three surviving Roth sons immigrated to Russia. They arrived from Lübeck on 25 July 1766 on board the snow-brig Maria Sophia under the command of skipper Johann Bauer. They then where transported to the Volga colonies, and son Philipp Magnus was born in route.

The Braun/Roth family arrived in Warenburg on 12 May 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 Census in Household No. 88. The youngest Roth (Georg Ludwig) is not listed, so he must have died between arrival and the date of the census which was some time later that year.

Ludwig Braun is recorded on on the 1798 Census in Household No. Wr077 in Warenburg and son Magnus in Household No. Wr083. Stepson Heinrich Balthasar Roth is recorded there in Household No. 005.


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): 6830-6836.

Müller, Hanno, Dora Ommert & Liesel Schumann. Familienbücher des Kirchspiels Kirchberg: Lollar 1628 bis 1875 (1914), Volume 4 (Fambu-Verlag Müller, 2002).

Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 335.

Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): 175.

Hanno Müller
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