OBERKALBACH, HESSEN, GERMANY
Village of My Berthold & Ullrich Ancestors
OBERKALBACH AREA EMIGRANTS TO RUSSIA
On 25 July 1763, Catherine II of Russia issued a manifesto inviting all foreigners to come to the Russian Empire to settle on its vast extent of lands . Her manifesto promised free transportation to the area of settlement, 60 dessiatines (162 acres) of free land per family, exemption of tax payments for 10 years, freedom of religion, advance loan for daily provisions, construction and necessary animals and equipment for an entire year, and no required military or civil service. They had the freedom to leave the country if they wanted, conditioned upon first repaying the money loaned to them. They were permitted to establish factories, engage in any kind of trade, become a member of a guild or corporation, and sell their products anywhere within the realm. Some Oberkalbach area residents took advantage of these offers and left Germany in 1766 to settle in the region of the lower Volga River. The following is a list of some of these and the villages from which they left.
*Kilmer, Philipp, with his father his wife, daughter and two sons Johannes age 21 and Johann Georg 16
*Schmitt, Johann Henrich and Ulrich
*Lotz, Joh. Peter, son of deceased Peter Loptz of Breitenbach. Married on 22 Jul 1766 at Schlitz to Elisabeth Mueller of Sterbfritz.
*Mueller, Johann Adam
*Stoppel, Joh. Christoph, blacksmith, son of Michael Stoppel of Elm. Married 22 Jul 1766 in Schlitz to Anna Katharina Eyring of Seltersbach.
*Hill, Joh. Christoph, linenweaver, son of Jacob Hill of Freyenstein. Married on 22 Jul 1766 at Schlitz to Anna Margarethe Richter, daughter of Carl Richter of Uttrichshausen.
*Blum, Johannes, carpenter, son of Nicolaus Blum of Hutten. Married 22 Jul 1766 to Anna Margaretha Kumpfen of Schlitz.
*Faber, Joh. Caspar, son of Ulrich Faber of Weisenich. Married 22 Jul 1766 in Schlitz to Anna Barbara Bauer, daughter of Johannes Bauer of Hutten.
*Mueller, Johann Adam, bricklayer, son of deceased Johannes Mueller of Hutten. Married on 22 Jul 1766 Anna Elisabetha Walthers of Breitenbach.
*Brand, Konrad age 31
*Reuscher, Philipp age 40, his sons: Konrad age 15, Kaspar age 12, Johann Adam age 11, Johann Peter age 8 and 3 daughters.
*Holseibt, Johann Ludwig
*Lutz (Lotz), Johannes
*Zahn, Johann Adam and Nikolaus
*Herber, Johann Conrad, a linenweaver, son of deceased Joh. Adam. Married at on 22 Jul 1766 in Schlitz to Anna Maria Schmidt, daughter of Ulrich Schmidt of Elm.
*Kaufmann, Johann Georg and Martin
*Rieffer (Rueffer), Ludwig
*Schmitt, Johann Adam
*Boest (Best, Beest, Baist), Martin
*Feschler, Johann Georg
*Weber, Johann Henrich
*Riefer (Rueffer), Andreas, Johann Henrich, Melchior
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