Associated Colonies
Place of origin
Aulendiebach, Büdingen, Hessen, Germany

The following children of Jacob & Catharina Sorberger were baptized in the Lutheran Church in Aulendiebach: Johann Heinrich (6 May 1753), Henrietta Cornelia Catharina Louisa (3 March 1755), Catharina Maria (5 March 1758), Johannes (18 April 1760), Abraham Georg (17 January 1762), & Johanna Wilhelmina (27 December 1763). Jacob Sorberger is recorded as a schoolteacher.

The family is recorded arriving in Oranienbaum on 31 July 1766 with the following children: Louisa (age 13), Catharina (age 11), Johann (age 7), Abraham (age 5), Wilhelmina (age 3), and Heinrich (age 1/4).

Evidently Jacob and the three boys died between their arrival in Oranienbaum and the family's arrival in Norka because Catharina Sorberger is listed on the 1767 Census of Norka in Household No. 207 as the widow of Jacob Sorberger, along with daughters Louisa, Katharina, and Wilhelmine. Some records spell the surname Sorbeger.

As all the male members of the family died before reaching the Volga colonies, the surname of Sorberger does not continue to future generations among the Volga German colonies.


- Aulendiechbach Parish Records (LDS Intl Film #1201847).
- Bonner, Wayne H. Volga German Settlers Identified in Isenburg and Other German Church Records Part I (Gardena, CA: Wayne Bonner, 2007): 56.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 286.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): 185.

Wayne Bonner
Brent Mai