Associated Colonies
Place of origin
Gelnhaar, Ortenberg, Hessen, Germany

The lists of the recruiter Johann Facius report that the Johann Heinrich Wiederspahn family came from Gelnhaar. According to the Gelnhaar parish records, Johann Heinrich Wiederspahn from Usenborn, and Juliana Engel, daughter of Johannes Engel, were married on 5 Aug 1751. Baptisms of seven children were recorded in the Gelnhaar parish records: Johann Adam, born 22 May, baptized 23 May 1752; Anna Elisabetha, born 16 Feb, baptized 19 Feb 1754; Johann Heinrich, born 17 Dec, baptized 23 Dec 1755; Heinrich Ernst, born 4 Mar, baptized 8 Mar 1758; Johannes, born 1 Mar, baptized 5 Mar 1760, Anna Maria, born 1 Aug, baptized 4 Aug 1762; and Johann Leonhard, born 18 Mar, baptized 20 Mar 1765.

The family arrived in Russia on 15 Sep 1766. They settled in Walter and are reported there on the First Settlers’ List as Family #61.

Two Wiederspan families relocated from Walter to Brunnental in 1859.


Parish records of Gelnhaar, Family Search film #1201724

Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): p. 384

Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Nordost-Institut, 2008): p. 308

Maggie Hein
Jean Roth