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Kork, Hesse-Darmstadt (today in Baden-Württemberg) Germany

David Schadt, son of Hans Daniel Schad & Eva Reichart, was born on 2 March 1727 in Willstätt, Hanau-Lichtenberg. David was married in Kork on 18 November 1749 to Anna Barbara Lupperger, daughter of Johannes Lupperger & Anna Barbara Steurer. She had been born in Kork on 03 November 1726.
On 28 March 1736 the lands of Hanau-Lichtenberg (including Kork & Willstätt) were inherited by the Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt. The region around Kork was commonly known as Hanauerland. As part of Germany's administrative reorganization in 1971, Kork became part of the municipality of Kehl in what today is the German state of Baden-Württemberg.

David and Barbara had 7 children, each born and baptized in Kork: (1) David (born 5 July 1750 & baptized 7 July 1750); (2) Johann (born 27 November 1751 & baptized 28 November 1751); (3) Michael (born 5 June 1754 & baptized 8 June 1754); (4) Anna Barbara (born 8 May 1756 & baptized 10 May 1756); (5) Elisabeth (born 5 October 1758 & baptized 6 October 1758); (6) Maria (born 14 September 1761 & baptized 15 September 1761) and (7) Margaretha (born 18 February 1764 & baptized 20 February 1764; died 27 June 1764 in Neumühl).

David Schadt and his family immigrated to Russia with a group of families from the same region that remained together and settled in Dietel. They departed from the port of Lübeck on board a Russian packet-boat under the command of lieutenant Makkensy, arriving at Oranienbaum on 22 July 1766. Their son Michael’s death is not recorded in the parish records of Kork or Willstätt, he may have died during the journey from Kork to Russia since he is not listed with his family on the list of persons transported to on the list of persons transported from Lübeck to Oranienbaum.

David and Barbara died during the 1766-1767 journey from Oranienbaum to the Volga colonies and their orphaned children were taken in by some of the Hanauerland families that traveled with them. They settled in the colony of Dietel on 1 July 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 Census in Household Nos. 6a, 10a, 11, 13 & 15 (see note on 10a).

Four of the Schadt children can be found in the 1798 Census living in Dietel (households Dt54, Dt58, Dt73 & Dt76).


- Parish records of Kork (LDS Film Nos. 1189656, 1189657, 1189658, 1189662).
- Parish records of Willstätt (LDS Film No. 1189647, 1189648).
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): 170.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 282-5.
- 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, pp. 351, 352, and 354.  

Ron Schott
Alan R. Wambold