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Fauerbach bei Friedberg, Hessen, Germany

Johann Peter Wasmuth was born 12 September 1744 in Fauerbach bei Friedberg. His parents were Johann Theiß Waßmuth and Anna Margaretha Müller.  He married on 28 April 1766 in Elze (on the river Leine) to Anna Margaretha Luers. ,According to their marriage record, Anna Margaretha was the daughter of Johannes Luers from Elberode (Ermenrod?) in Amt Burg-Gemünden. 

Johann [Peter] Wasmuth and his wife Anna arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 10 August 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Skipper Nikolaus Peter Pink.

They settled in the Volga German colony of Ernestinendorf on 3 August 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 9 and on the 1798 Census in Household No. Er01.

The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Johann Wasmuth was a farmer from the German region of Solms. The 1767 census records that Peter Wasmuth was a baker (Bäcker) from the German village of Fauerbach in the Solms region.


- Online Ortsfamilienbuch Fauerbach (Friedberg) - on the Genealogy.net website

- Parish records of Elze, Hildesheim, Lower Saxony on Archion.de

- H.F.V.-Kartei

- HADIS - Familienarchive (HStAD \ R 21 B :: Auswanderer-Nachweise).

- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010) p. 278

- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): p. 397

- 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): Vol. 1, p. 399


Bill Pickelhaupt
editing and additional research by Maggie Hein