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Place of origin
Ellhofen, Heilbronn, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

Johann Georg Schanzenbach, son of Georg Michael & Anna Elisabeth Schanzenbach, was born and baptized on 18 August 1725 in Waldbach, a small village near Heilbronn. He married to Maria Katharina Braun, daughter of Michael Braun, on 6 July 1751 in the Lutheran Church in the neighboring village of Ellhofen.

They had three children, each baptized in Ellhofen: (1) Georg David (born 17 May 1752; baptized 19 May 1752); (2) Johann Michael (baptized 19 April 1755); and (3) Georg Simon (baptized 27 October 1759).

Johann Georg and his family immigrated to Denmark, departing from Altona in the Duchy of Holstein on 15 May 1761 under the leadership of Johann Nikolaus Ernst. All of them, but Johann Michael, arrived in the city of Schleswig, Duchy of Schleswig, on 20 May 1761. The Schanzenbach family lived in Denmark until 22 Apr 1765, when they immigrated to Russia.

During the journey to the Volga German colonies, son Georg Simon also died. They arrived in Galka on 12 April 1766 and are recorded there on 1767 census in Household No. 64.

Johann Georg died at some point before 1798. His son Georg David is recorded on Galka 1798 census in Household No. Gk41.


- 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).
- Parish records of Ellhofen (LDS Film No. 1346078).
- Parish records of Waldbach (LDS Film No. 1346108).
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Der Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 36.
- Eichhorn, Alexander; Eichhorn Jacob & Mary. The Immigration of German Colonists to Denmark and Their Subsequent Emigration to Russia in the Years 1759-1766 (Deiningen, Germany: Steinmeier, 2012): 259, 577, & 671.

Corina Hirt