Associated Colonies
Place of origin
Bergheim, Ortenberg, Wetteraukreis, Hessen, Germany

Johann Peter Steinmetz (son of Heinrich Steinmetz and his wife Anna Elisabeth) married Anna Maria Döll in the Catholic Church in Heldenbergen on 17 July 1764. The marriage record notes that they were both Lutheran. Anna Maria was the daughter of Erasmus Döll, and was baptized in Heckenbergheim (today called Bergheim) on 22 March 1741. Johann Peter and Anna Maria had one child in Heckenbergheim: a son Johann Jacob, born 12 November and baptized 17 November 1765, who was named for his father's brother Johann Jacob Steinmetz, a resident of Heldenbergen. 

Johann Peter and Anna Maria arrived in Russia without any children on 13 September 1766. They settled in Walter and are reported in the Walter 1767 Census (First Settlers List) in Household #98, along with their one-week old son Johannes.

Heckenbergheim is near Gelnhaar and Usenborn and is today called Bergheim.

Four Steinmetz families from Walter relocated to Brunnental in 1859 and 1865. 


- Parish records of Catholic Church Heldenbergen, Diocese of Mainz, FHL Film #939747
- Parish records of Evangelische Kirche Bergheim (Kr. Buedingen), FHL Film #1201735
- Parish records of Usenborn-Bergheim on
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010) p. 395. 
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Nordost-Institute, 2008): p. 317. 

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