Associated Colonies
Place of origin
Herberts (Burghaun), Fulda, Hessen, Germany

The Seibel family resided in Herberts (about 3 miles south-west of Burghaun) prior to immigrating to Russia. The baptism and marriage records for residents of Herberts are recorded in the parish records of Burghaun. The spelling of the name varied from “Sippel” to “Sieppel” in the German church records. The spelling of “Seibel” is generally used in later records.

Johannes Sippel, a linen weaver, married Anna Elisabetha Koch on 22 Apr 1749. Anna Elisabeth Koch was born 18 Jul 1728, the daughter of Johann Jacob Koch. The Seibel family arrived in Russia on 13 Sep 1766 with six children: Johann Conrad, born 27 Jan 1750; Anna Margaretha, born 28 Feb 1751; Anna Catharina, born 29 Mar 1753; Anna Catharina, born 2 Mar 1755; Johann Elias (baptism not found); and Anna Elisabetha, born 14 Jun 1760.

Johannes died during the trip to Russia, and his widow Anna Elisabeth married Peter Walter. The younger Seibel children are reported as part of the Walter family in Household #1 on the Walter First Settler’s List. Johann Conrad is reported with his wife in Household #33 on the Walter First Settler’s List. 

Elias Seibel and his family are reported on the Walter 1798 Census in Household #43. Konrad Seibel and his family are in Household #104. 

Six Seibel families from Walter relocated to Brunnental in 1859.


- Parish records of Burghaun on
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010) p. 363
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Nordost-Institute, 2008): pp. 295 & 302
- 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 2, pp. 1000, 1008 

Maggie Hein