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Simmern, Rhein-Hunsrück, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany

Johann Philipp Spreuer, son of Johann Konrad Spreuer & Anna Margaretha, was born on 15 March 1723 and baptized on 19 March 1723 in the Evangelical (Lutheran) Church in Simmern, about 55 km west of Mainz, in the modern German State of Rhineland-Palatinate. He married there to Maria Julianna Schneider on 12 January 1751.

They had four children, each baptized in Simmern: (1) Anna Margaretha, born on 10 February 1752, baptized on 13 February 1752; (2) Johannes, born on 25 April 1756, baptized on 29 April 1756; (3) Johann Konrad, baptized on 10 December 1758; and (4) Elisabetha Katharina, born on 28 January 1762, baptized on 1 February 1762.
Johann Philipp Spreuer and his family immigrated to Russia and daughter Anna was born in route. They arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 25 July 1766 aboard a packet-boat under the command of the Lieutenant Sornev. During the trip from there to Saratov, both Johann Philipp's wife and little daughter Anna died.

The remaining family arrived in the colony of Dietel on 1 July 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 3.

Johann Philipp and his descendants are still recorded in Dietel on the 1798 Census in Households No. Dt41, Dt42, & Dt43. By this time, son Johannes has moved to the colony of Frank where he is recorded on the 1798 Census in Household No. Fk051.


- 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).
- Parish records of Simmern (LDS Film No. 493218).
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Nordost-Institut, 1999): 280.
- Pleve, Igor. List of Colonists to Russia in 1766 "Reports by Ivan Kulberg" (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): 184.

Corina Hirt