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Machtlos, Hersfeld-Rotenburg, Hessen, Germany

Johann Valentin Wilhelm Wiederhold, son of Johann Adam Wiederhold, married Anna Martha Böhm, daughter of Georg Böhm, in Machtlos on 11 August 1743. This couple had the following children, all baptized in Machtlos: Johanna Martha, born 29 November, baptized 1 December 1743, confirmed in 1757; Wilhelm, born 20 May, baptized 23 May 1745, confirmed in 1759; Johannes, born 8 January, baptized 10 January 1748, confirmed in 1761; Johann Christoph, born 7 April, baptized 10 April 1750, confirmed in 1763; Catharina Elisabetha, born 17 July, baptized 19 July 1753; and Martha Elisabetha, born 13 January, baptized 17 January 1759, died 10 September 1761. Anna Martha died on 11 April 1761.  On 6 November 1761 Johann Valentin Wilhelm married Elisabetha Günther, daughter of Johann Christoph Günther. This couple had the following children, both baptized in Machtlos: Johann Georg, born 9 January 1763 and baptized the same day, died 10 October 1763; and Johann Georg, born 17 October, baptized 21 October 1764.  

The family settled in Philippsfeld and are reported there on the First Settlers List in Household #35. 

Son Johannes moved to Paulskaya and is reported there on the 1798 Census in Household #21.  


- Parish records of Machtlos on Archion.de (Kurhessen-Waldeck: Landeskirchliches Archiv Kassel > Rotenburg > Machtlos > KB 1698-1787)
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Nordost-Institute, 2005): p. 410
- 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): Volume 2, p. 814

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