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Büdesheim, Schöneck, Main-Kinzig-Kreis, Hessen, Germany

Johann Balthasar Seip (a shoemaker, son of Johannes Seip) and Maria Margaretha Horn (daughter of Johann Georg Horn, a baker, of the Catholic religion) married in the Lutheran church in Büdesheim on 20 October 1729. Johann Balthasar had been confirmed in Büdesheim in 1717. Maria Margaretha Horn died in Büdesheim on 9 September 1749 at age 42. Among Johann Balthasar and Maria Margaretha's children was Johann Nicolaus Seip, born 9 May, baptized 11 May 1746 in Büdesheim.

Nicolaus Seib arrived in Russia on 29 July 1766 as a single man. The ship arrival describes him as a farmer from Friedeburg.  

Nicolaus settled in Kraft. At some point prior to settlement, he married Katharina (surname unknown). They are reported on the Kraft First Settlers List (1767 Census) in Household #44. Nicolaus is described there as a shoemaker from Friedberg.

Johann Nicolaus Seib, widowed, and two of his children are reported in the Kraft 1798 Census in Household #16. There is also a Christina Elisabeth Seib reported in Household #30 who is likely Johann Nicolaus's daughter.


- Parish records of Büdesheim, Dekanat Bad Vilbel, Zentralarchiv der Evangelischen Kirche in Hessen und Nassau accessed on
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010) p. 324
- Idt, Andreas and Georg Rauschenbach. Auswanderung deutscher Kolonisten nach Russland im Jahre 1766 (Moscow: Andreas Idt, Georg Rauschenbach, 2019): p. 33
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): pp. 404-405
- 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. 615, 617

Maggie Hein