Associated Colonies
Place of origin
Altlußheim, Rhein-Neckar-Kreis, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

Johann Philipp Sommer, a carpenter, and his wife Maria Barbara had four children in Altlußheim: Anna Rosina, baptized 7 July 1759; Maria Magdalena, baptized 22 August 1761; Ferdinand, baptized 7 January 1764; and Johann Leonhard, baptized 2 May 1765.

Johann Philipp Sommer, his wife Maria Barbara Gottfried, and their children Anna Rosina, Maria Magdalena, and Johann Leonard are recorded on a list of colonists dated 23 September 1765 who had gathered in Worms. Johann Leonard is noted on this list as having died. Ferdinand must have died prior to the family registering as Russian colonists. Their town of origin is listed as Altlußheim and Johann Philipp is described as a carpenter.  

Maria Magdalena must have died during the journey to the villages. Johann Philipp Sommer, his wife Maria Barbara, and their children Anna Rosina and Georg settled in Kratzke. They are reported on the First Settlers List of Kratzke in Household #47.

Anna Rosina Sommer, along with her husband and children, are reported on the 1798 Census of Kratzke in Household #13. 


- Parish records of Altlußheim, Landeskirchliches Archiv Karlsruhe, 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. 113
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): p. 460
- 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