Simon (Johann Conrad)

Associated Colonies
Place of origin
Merxheim, Bad Kreuznach, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
Ramholz, Schlüchtern, Hessen, Germany

Johann Conrad Simon was born 29 Feb 1720 in Ramholz.  His parents, Jacob Simon and Eva Böhm, married in Ramholz on 23 Feb 1708.  Maria Katharina Buch was born on 28 Jun 1717 in Merxheim.  Her parents, Johann Felix Georg Buch and Drusiana Elisabeth Schäfer, married in Merxheim in 1709. 

Johann Conrad Simon and Maria Catharina Buch married on 17 September 1743 in Merxheim.  They had eight known children, each born in Merxheim: (1) Georg Daniel, baptized on 22 October 1744; (2) Johann Georg, baptized on 27 December 1745; (3) Johann Nicolaus, baptized on 15 September 1748; (4) Anna Elisabetha, born on 17 April 1751, and baptized on 19 April 1751; (5) Maria Sophia, born on 21 July 1754, and baptized on 25 July 1754; (6) Johann Wilhelm, baptized on 13 June 1756; (7) Johann Conrad, baptized on 24 August 1758; and (8) Johann Martin, baptized on 15 May 1763.

Johann Conrad Simon and his family immigrated to Russia. They departed from the port of Lübeck by the snow-brig Der Merkur , with the skipper Johann Heinrich Abelmann. Johann Conrad, his wife Maria Catharina and their surviving children (Johann Nicolaus, Maria Sophia, and Johann Martin) arrived in Oranienbaum on 8 August 1766. They arrived in the colony of Dietel on 1 July 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 Census in Household No. 31.

Son Johann Nicolaus is still living in Dietel at the time of the 1798 Census  (Household No. Dt21).  Daughter Maria Sophia married Friedrich Engelman and was living in Kolb according to the 1798 Census (Household No. Ko26). 


- Parish records of Ramholz on
- Parish records of Merxheim (LDS Film No. 493215).
- Küstner, K. Herbert. Ev. Einwohner in Merxheim 1525-1900. 
- Pleve, Igor. List of Colonists to Russia in 1766 "Reports by Ivan Kulberg" (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): 221.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Der Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 291.
- 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).

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