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Sandhausen, Rhein-Neckar-Kreis, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

Danish documents record Johannes and Andreas Weckesser immigrating to Denmark (Schleswig-Holstein), Johannes in August 1759 and Andreas in May 1760. They are recorded as being from the German village of Sandhausen about 7 kilometers south of Heidelburg in what today is Baden-Württemberg.

Johannes and his wife (Helena Lutzer according to the baptism of the oldest child) had two children according to Danish parish records: Maria Magdalena, baptized 16 July 1760, and Johann Peter, baptized 15 July 1762, both in Karup Parish, Viborg Amt.  Andreas and his wife also had two children: Maria Magdalena, baptized 6 Jun 1761, and Anna Margaretha, baptized 9 January 1763, both in Friderichsheede, Karup Parish, Viborg Amt. The two families left Denmark on 26 April 1763 and joined the migration to the Russian Volga.

Both Johannes and Andreas and their families arrived in the Volga German colony of Anton on 18 July 1765. They are recorded there on the 1767 Census of Anton in Households No. 31 (Johannes) and No. 34 (Andreas). Their descendants are recorded in Anton on the 1798 Census in Households No. An45 - An47.


- Eichhorn, Alexander and Jacob & Mary Eichhorn. The immigration of German colonists to Denmark and their subsequent emigration to Russia in the years 1759-1766 (Deiningen, Germany: Steinmeier, 2012): 637.
- 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): I-252.
- Danish parish record extractions by Wayne Bonner and Mike Meisinger
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 62-63.

Brent Mai
Mike Meisinger