Schneider (Theobald)

Associated Colonies
Place of origin
Herschberg, Südwestpfalz, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany

Theobald Schneider and his wife Elisabeth Barbara had five children in Herschberg: Johann Adam, born 5 April, baptized 6 April 1756; Johann Valentin, born 22 July, baptized 23 July 1757 (died); Georg Jacob, born 9 July 1759, baptized 10 July 1759; Anna Margaretha, born 24 October, baptized 25 October 1761; and Anna Ottila, born 4 April, baptized 5 April 1765. 
Theobald Schneider, his wife Elisabeth Barbara Langhitsch, and their four children are recorded on a list of colonists dated 23 September 1765 who had gathered in Worms. Their town of origin is listed as Herschberg and Theobald is described as a shoemaker.  

The three younger children and their mother must have died during the journey to the villages. Theobald (spelled Dewald on the published translation), his new wife Anna Maria, and his son Johann Adam settled in Kratzke. They are reported on the First Settlers List of Kratzke in Household #50.

Johann Adam Schneider and his wife and children are reported in the 1798 Census of Kratzke in Household #18.


- Parish records of Herschberg, Pirmasens, Zentralarchiv der Evangelischen Kirche der Pfalz, accessed on
- Idt, Andreas and Georg Rauschenbach. Einige Kapitel aus der Geschichte des Kolonisationsprojects von Katharina II, 1763-1775 (Moscow: Andreas Idt, Georg Rauschenbach, 2021): p. 120
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): p. 461 
- 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, p. 638

Maggie Hein