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Bönstadt, Niddatal, Hessen, Germany

Bönstadt is located southeast of Friedberg. At the time that the Störckel family left this area in 1766, Bönstadt was part of the Solms-Braundfels Principality. Today it is part of the County of Friedberg in Hessen.

The Büdingen parish records report that Johann Wilhelm Störkel of Böhnstadt and Maria Catharina Jünger, from the same place, were married on 24 May 1766.

The Bönstadt parish records report that Johann Wilhelm Stärkel, the son of Daniel and Anna Elisabetha Stärkel, was born on 7 March 1744 and baptized on 10 March 1744.  The same parish records also report that Catharina Maria Junger, the daughter of Jacob and Anna Barbara Junger, was born on 22 October 1744 and baptized on 25 October 1744. 

Following their marriage in Büdingen, the couple travelled to Lübeck where they sailed to Oranienbaum aboard the ship Apollo under the command of skipper Detlov Merberg. They arrived in Oranienbaum on 29 August 1766. They arrived in Norka on 15 August 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household #122 and on the 1775 census in Household #62. He is listed on the Norka census of 1798 (Nr064).


1775 Census of Norka.

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).

Mai, Brent Alan and Dona Reeves-Marquardt. German Migration to the Russian Volga (1764-1767) : Origins and Destinations (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 2003): 89.

Parish records of Bönstadt (LDS Film No. 1195346)
Parish records of Bönstadt (Dekanat Friedberg) on
Parish records of Büdingen (Dekanat Büdingen) on

Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 261.

Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): 328.

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