Associated Colonies
Place of origin
Freistett, Rheinau, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

Michael Strohmann was born about 1728 in Linx, today a part of the town of Rheinau. He married to Catharina Adolph, who had been born about 1733. They had two known children each baptized in the Lutheran Church in Freistett, today a part of the town of Rheinau: (1) Anna Maria, born on 25 January 1762, and baptized on 27 January 1762; and (2) Michael, born on 24 December 1764 and baptized on 25 December 1764.

Michael Strohmann and his family immigrated to Russia. On their journey to the port of Lübeck they had a new girl who was named Catharina, born in April 1766. They departed from Lübeck by a Russian packet-boat under the command of lieutenant Makkensy, and arrived in Oranienbaum on 22 July 1766.

During the transport to the Volga German colonies, daughter Anna Maria died.

The Strohmanns arrived in the colony of Dietel on 1 July 1767. They are recorded there on 1767 census in Household No. 12.

By the time of 1798 Dietel census, the descendants of Michael Strohmann are recorded in Households Nos. Dt50 & Dt61. In 1794, Elisabetha Barbara, a daughter of Michael Strohmann, born in 1774, moved to Huck where she married Johannes Frick (1798 Census of Huck, Household No. Hk33).


- 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 Freistett (LDS Film No. 1189674).
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Der Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 284.
- Pleve, Igor. List of Colonists to Russia in 1766 "Reports by Ivan Kulberg" (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): 170.

Corina Hirt