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List of Families Intending to Settle in the Kuban Colony, 1864

As found in the records of the Guardianship Committee for Foreign Settlers in Southern Russia (Fund 6, Inventory 5, File 278) in the Odessa Region State Archives, Odessa, Ukraine. Translated from German in March 2004 by Tim Janzen, Portland, Oregon.

Explanatory comments by Tim Janzen:

This document provides information about a group of 73 families totalling 338 people who planned to settle in the Kuban Colony in the Caucasus Region in South Russia. All of the people included on the list were Mennonite Brethren and all were from the Molotschna Colony. The document is found among a large collection of documents pertaining to the Mennonite Brethren in File 278. The list is found on pages 161 to 173 in the original file and may be found on frames 292 through 315 on the microfilm of this file.

The list itself is not dated, but it follows a document that was signed by the head of each family that is dated 30 Dec 1863. Based on a comparison of the ages given for the people found in the list with the birth dates from other sources for these people it appears that the list was likely compiled about May or June of 1864.

It appears that some of the families on this list did not follow through with their stated intentions to settle in the Kuban Colony since only 67 families are said to have settled there by 1866 (The Kuban Settlement by C. P. Toews, Heinrich Friesen, and Arnold Dyck, p. 14). In a list of 67 families living in the Kuban Colony in 1869 that is also found in File 278, only 53 families found in this 1864 list are found also found in the 1869 list. Apparently the other 20 families did not follow through with their stated intentions of moving to the Kuban Colony. [See also Kuban Census, 1869]

In this translation, the names of the Mennonites and the locations are shown with the exact same spelling as they appear in the original document. The words "wife", "son", and "daughter" have been abbreviated as "w", "s", and "d", respectively. Information that has been placed in brackets does not appear in the original but has been added for clarification. There appear to be a number of spelling errors in the original document. For instance, the first name of Mr. Friesen, whose family is #32 in the list, is likely to have been Martin rather than Matin as given in the original. Also, the first name of Mr. Voth, whose family is #41 in the list, is likely to have been Andreas rather than Adreas as given in the original. Various locations are also slightly misspelled. The age of Heinrich Boldt's daughter Anna found in family #23 appears to have been incorrectly given as 1 year in the list. Other sources including the 1869 Kuban Colony Census suggest that she was about 7 years old in 1864.

To provide additional information I think would be helpful to researchers I have added two columns on the left side of the table that are not found in the original document. The first column denotes which families found in this list are also found in the 1869 Kuban Colony Census. The second column provides the GRANDMA number of the head of the household if they are currently found in the GRANDMA database.

The original document from which this translation was made may be found on microfilm at the following archives:

  • Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies, Fresno, California
  • Center for Mennonite Studies, Tabor College, Hillsboro, Kansas
  • Mennonite Historical Society of British Columbia, Abbotsford, British Columbia
  • Mennonite Heritage Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Alf Redekopp and Jake Wiens of Winnipeg, Manitoba and Elli Wise of Frankfort, Kentucky provided helpful suggestions for the improvement of this translation.

Whether or not Found in the 1869 Kuban Census
GRANDMA
Number
Family Number
Names of Family Members
Ages
Village of Current Residence
Where Listed in the Last Revision List (1858 Molotschna Colony Census)
Fixed Assets of the Same (Immovable Property Such as Buildings)
Total Fixed Assets in Rubles
Capital from Land in Rubles
Total of Moveable Household Assets in Rubles
Grand Total in Rubles
Yes 12411 1 Johann Claassen 44 Liebenau Listed at Sparau No. 44 Collective buildings and combined property for Johann Claassen’s family and Cornelius Reimer’s family after paying all debts 4500 In goods 6844 3500 14844
w - Catarina 37
s - Jacob 11
David 8
d - Maria 4
Agnetha 1
Yes 102944 2 Cornelius Reimer 42 Liebenau Listed at Schönsee No. 41        
w - Gertruda 28
s - Abraham 2
Yes 38547 3 Heinrich Hübert 54 Liebenau Listed at Münsterberg No. 13     Owed 4750 529.5 5279.5
s - Klaas 28
Yes 283353 4 Simon Harms 34 Liebenau Listed at Schardau No. 37 A brick non-landowner’s house together with a shed and a barn 1200   432.3 1632.3
w - Agatha 31
s - Heinrich 7
d - Anna 4
Maria 1
Yes 29088 5 Heinrich Nikel 44 Liebenau Listed at Rudnerweide No. 30     Owed 953 777 1730
w - Katarina 43
d - Katarina 7
Agnetha 4
Yes 2539 6 Peter Nickel 38 Liebenau Listed at Sparau No. 49 A brick non-landowner’s house 600   200 800
w - Sara 35
s - Peter 11
Heinrich 8
Jakob 4
d - Anna 13
Sara 6
Maria 0
Yes 36531 7 Peter Gäde 21 Libenau Helena was the daughter of David Klassen of Ladekop. Listed at Liebenau No. 14       15 15
w - Helena 24
No 8 Katarina Gossen, daughter of Johann Gossen 19 Liebenau Listed in Liebenau No property        
Yes 3339 and 32781 9 Children of the deceased Pet. Bühler:   Liebenau Listed at Libenau No. 2         381
Gerhard 22 60
Peter 21 50
Justina 27 180
Helena 25 190
Yes 54220 10 Cornelius Cornelsen 59 Wernersdorf Listed at Wernersdorf No. 21 A non-landowner’s house 300   359 659
w - Katarina 46
stepsons:  
Johann Dick 17
Abrham Lowen 13
stepdaughters:  
Anna Dick 23
Sara 21
Elisabeth Löwen 9
No 54218 and 278248 11 Peter Dick 28 Wernersdorf Listed in Neukich; The Wolf children were listed at Wernersdorf No. 11 A non-landowner’s house 300   167 467
w - Katarina 41
d - Helena 4
Anna 3
stepsons:  
Cornelius Wolf 19
Peter 17
stepdaughter:  
Maria 11
Yes Wife of 54070 12 widow Hübert 46 Wernersdorf Listed at Wernersdorf No. 1 A house without its own place 50   100 150
s - Abraham 23
Johann 3
No   13 widow Maria Berg 56 Wernersdorf [Additional comment includes the words “the children”, but the rest of the comment is unreadable.]            
s - Jakob  
d - Maria  
Elisabeth  
Yes   14 Peter Siemens   Wernersdorf         120 120
w - Renatha Renatha was the daughter of Peter Martens of Ladekopa
No   15 Johann Martens 33 Landskron Listed at Schardau No. 34 A non-landowner’s house next to a stable 625   589.75 1214.75
w - Elisabeth 31
d - Elisabeth 6
Sara 1
Yes 89989 16 Cornelius Penner 27 Landskron Listed at No. 18       260 260
w - Anna 23
d - Elisabeth 3
Anna 2
No Sons of 25520 17 The unmarried sons of the landowner Cornelius Penner:   Landskron Listed at No. 18 Both are still with their parents and thus there is no property to report        
Heinrich 19
Abraham 18
Yes 399985 18 Peter Blok, unmarried 22 Landskron Listed at No. 24     Owed 144 25 169
Yes 52123 19 Johann Friesen 47 Gnadenheim Listed at Gnadenheim No. 11 A building and associated farm goods 3300 Owed 50 765 4115
w - Helena 44
s - Gerhard 21
Franz 18
Johann 16
d - Maria 14
No 327851 20 Jakob Martens 32 Gnadenheim Listed at Blumenort No. 34 A non-landowner’s house 500 Owed 100 466 1066
w - Margaretha 28
s - Wilhelm 5
Franz 2
d - Maria 3
Yes 399381 and 51496 21 Heinrich Boldt 37 Gnadenheim Listed at Friedensdorf No. 30 A non-landowner’s house 400 Owed 100 150 650
w - Anna 35
s - Heinrich 10
Johann 3
Jakob 0
d - Sara 12
Anna 1
No 172639 and 307560 22 Hermann Peters 24 Gnadenheim Listed at Prangenau No. 1 A non-landowner’s house 325   380.2 705.2
w - Margaretha 25
s - Herman 2
d - Sara 3
No 102943 23 Jakob Reimer 46 Gnadenfeld Listed at Schönsee No. 41 A building and nearby house 3500 Owed 36 923.5 4459.5
w - Wilhelmien 46 3
s - Jakob 22
Johann 16
Cornelius 14
Abraham 10
Peter 5
David 0
d - Maria 20
Karoliena 12
No 312808 24 Juli Straus 40 Gnadenfeld Listed at No. 37     Owed 60 25 85
Yes 27717 25 Johann Pankratz 49 Gnadenfeld Listed at No. 31 A building and farm property 2500   800.6 3300.6
w - Maria 45
s - David 10
Heinrich 7
Johann 6
d - Anna 25
Elisabeth 22
Susana 18
Katarina 15
Gertrude 1
Yes 57156 26 Children of Bernhard Penner:   Gnadenfeld Listed at No. 2     Owed 51.50 313.25 364.75
s - Bernhard 25
d - Anna 20
No 106066 27 Karolina Unruh, daughter of Georg Unruh 31 Gnadenfeld Listed at No. 22 No property        
Yes 33915 28 David Dürksen 33 Waldheim Listed at Lichentenau No. 22 A house without its own place 100   240 340
w - Karolina 30
s - Abraham 1
d - Maria 7
Helena 5
Karolina 4
No 346874 29 Johann Straus 27 Anna was the daughter of Gottlieb Strauss of Waldh. Listed at Waldheim No. 59       489 489
w - Alwine 23
Anna Straus 20
Yes 3369 30 Friedrich Straus 22 Agnetha was the daughter of Johann Pankratz of Gnadenfeld. Listed at Waldheim No. 59       119.75 119.75
w - Agnetha 26
s - Johann 0
Yes Son of 44162 31 Franz Wall, the unmarried son of Heinr. Wall 22   Listed at Blumenort No. 9       15 15
Yes 16191 32 wife of Matin   Sparau Listed at Sparau No. 27 Since her items have not yet been divided with Mr. Friesen there is no property to report        
Friesen: Helena 48
s - Abraham 19
Peter 15
Jakob 6
d - Helena 23
Anna 21
Catarina 9
Yes 61072 33 Heinrich Neufeld 51 Sparau Listed at Blumstein No. 28 A non-landowner’s house with a treadmill 3500 Owed 188.25 604.2 4292.45
w - Anna 45
s - Heinrich 25
Johann 21
Gerhard 18
Peter 16
Jakob 11
David 9
Aron 8
d - Anna 13
Helena 6
Sara 3
No 53483 34 Johann Thiessen 44 Sparau Listed at Sparau No. 29 A non-landowner’s house 250   74.1 324.1
w - Sara 43
s - Heinrich 18
Abraham 15
Peter 9
Johann 1
d - Sara 20
Margaretha 7
Anna 4
Yes 53568 35 Peter Goerz 43 Sparau Listed at Sparau No. 40 A non-landowner’s house 300   138.25 438.25
w - Helena 52
s - Peter 19
Franz 9
d - Anna 18
Catarina 14
stepson:  
Joh. Voth 25
stepdaughter:  
Helena Voth 24
Yes 2520 36 widow Helena Wedel 57 Rudnerweide Listed at Waldheim No. 25 A non-landowner’s house 325   149 474
s - Benjamin 30
d - Maria 23
   
Yes 2517 37 Jakob Bekker 35 Rudnerweide Listed at Waldheim No. 22       310 310
w - Margaretha 25
Yes 3162 38 David Blok 54 Rudnerweide Listed at Franzthal No. 12 A half of a homestead and a small building 1200   415 1615
w - Elisabeth 47
s - David 17
Heinrich 13
d - Sara 24
Elisabeth 23
Catarina 21
Maria 20
Eva 15
Anna 9
Gertruda 7
Helena 5
Yes 11895 39 Abraham Regehr 35 Rudnerweide Listed at No. 40 A non-landowner’s house 500   331.5 831.5
w - Anna 40
s - Abraham 11
Jakob 2
d - Anna 15
Helena 5
Yes   40 Abraham Dick, unmarried 21 Grossweide Listed at Pastwa No. 20         200
No 450856 41 Adreas Voth 40 Pastwa Listed at Waldheim No. 37       185 185
w - Catarina 35
s - Johann 7
d - Anna 4
No Daughter of 55329 42 Agnetha Schmit, daughter of the deceased Heinrich Schmit 27   Listed at Schardau No. 3     Owed 588   588
Yes 3422 43 Dietrich Klaassen 55 Marienthal Listed at Sparau No. 44 A non-landowner’s house 350 Owed 20 414.55 784.55
w - Justina 40
s - Isbrandt 23
Johann 19
Jakob 15
d - Justina 11
Anna 10
Catarina 7
Helena 5
Maria 2
Yes 3424 44 Dietrich Klaassen 25 Maria was the daughter of Heinr. Hübert of Liebenau Listed at Sparau No. 44       250 250
w - Maria 22
Yes 35563 45 Heinrich Flamming 35 Schardau Listed at Marienthal No. 15 A non-landowner’s house 400   194.3 594.3
w - Katarina 30
s - Heinrich 1
Johann 5
d - Catarina 10
Yes 111491 46 Peter Stobbe 34 Schardau Listed at Schardau No. 14       196.6 196.6
w - Maria 31
s - Peter 2
d - Maria 4
Katarina 0
Yes 132531 47 widow Catarina Schmit 56 Schardau Listed at No. 11       80 80
s - Heinrich 17
Abraham 14
d - Catarina 18
No 28725 48 Saraa Fast, daughter of the deceased Joh. Fast 18 Schardau Listed at Friedensdorf No. 5       30 30
No 56574 49 Isaak Kop 46 Elisabethal Listed at No. 24 A building and half of a homestead 2000   1000 3000
w - Katarina 43
s - Isaak 17
Jakob 15
Abraham 2
d - Katarina 9
Anna 7
Yes 2311 50 Franz Klaassen 54 Elisabethal Listed at Rudnerweide No. 51 A building and household property from a homestead 3500   1000 4500
w - Margaretha 63
Yes 2305 51 Cornelius Wiens 36 Elisabethal Listed at No. 18       278 278
w - Sara 30
s - Franz 5
Cornelius 2
d - Anna 6
Yes   52 Martin Mirau 36 Elisabethal Listed at Waldheim No. 73 A non-landowner’s house 325   320 645
w - Maria 37
s - Johann 4
Franz 2
Martin 0
d - Margaretha 11
Anna 6
Yes 2306 53 Abraham Wiens 34 Elisabethal Listed at No. 18       560 560
w - Maria 31
s - Abraham 4
Johann 2
Franz 1
d - Margaretha 6
No 103002 54 Wilhelm Löwen 45 Elisabethal Listed at Tiege No. 16       291 291
w - Karolina 46
s - Heinrich 17
Wilhelm 0
d - Anna 7
Helena 4
No 238905 55 Jakob Devehr 46 Prangenau Listed at No. 47 A non-landowner’s house together with a blacksmith shop 200 250 185 635
w - Agnetha 56
Yes 60840 56 Jakob Deleski 28 Prangenau Listed at Blumenort No. 13 A non-landowner’s house together with a blacksmith shop 600 Owed 500 456.6 1556.6
w - Maria 26
s - Jakob 0
d - Agnetha 6
Catarina 2
Yes 150215 57 widow Agatha Hildebrandt 44 Neukich Listed at Lichtfelde No. 10 A non-landowner’s house 250   285 535
s - Jakob 7
Claas 6
d - Agnetha 18
Elisabeth 16
Yes 9308 58 Jakob Kröker 42 Lichtfelde Listed at Blumstein No. 33 A non-landowner’s house 300   221 521
w - Maria 40
s - Jakob 15
Peter 12
Heinrich 4
d - Maria 9
Margaretha 7
Yes 101722 and 399839 59 Abraham Wiens 41 Lichtfelde Listed at Muntau No. 26 A non-landowner’s house 200 57 257
w - Anna 38
s - Jakob 15
Abraham 1
d - Susana 3
No Daughter of 101277 60 Adelgunde Hübert, the daughter of David Hübert 24 Gnadenthal Listed at Margenau No. 27 No property      
Yes   61 Franz Martens 68 Blumenort Listed at No. 34 A non-landowner’s house and nearby building 600   302 902
w - Maria 70
Yes 2287 62 Bernhard Janzen 32 Tiege Listed at Schönsee No. 39     Owed 180 378 558
w - Anna 29
s - Bernhard 2
d - Helena 10
Margaratha 8
Anna 5
Yes 3391 63 Abraham Eidsen 33 Blumstein Listed at Lindenau No. 20 A non-landowner’s house and a blacksmith shop 800   465.8 1265.8
w - Susana 27
s - Johann 4
Abraham 2
Daniel 0
d - Catarina 6
Yes 6192 64 Daniel Eidsen 35 Blumstein Listed at Lindenau No. 20 A non-landowner’s house and a blacksmith shop 400   343.2 743.2
w - Catarina 25
s - Abraham 4
d - Anna 3
Catarina 1
Yes Likely son of 103148 65 Jakob Giesbrecht 25 Tiegenhagen Listed at No. 21       544 544
w - Gertruda 35
s - Gerhard 1
stepdaughters:  
Gertrude Neuf. 13
Anna Neufeld 10
d - Margaretha 0
Yes 101674 66 Wilhelm Gisbrecht 30 With the Engels Family, who were foreigners Listed at Muntau No. 18 No property        
w - Katarina 20
Yes 51872 67 David Claassen 58 Ladekop Listed at Sparau No. 44 A non-landowner’s house 500   300 800
w - Helena 58
s - Johann 19
d - Agnetha 22
Yes 68 Abraham Peters 38 Ladekop Listed at Blumenort No. 14       900 900
w - Catarina 31
s - Abraham 5
Cornelius 1
d - Agnetha 7
Yes 413902 69 Peter Martens 50 Ladekop Listed at Ladekopp No. 35 A non-landowner’s house 500   320 820
w - Renatha 45
s - Peter 20
Jakob 18
Johann 15
Cornelius 9
Abraham 7
Heinrich 5
Yes 70 Johann Claassen 49 Ladekopp Listed at Ladekopp No. 34 A house on a free location 350   80 430
w - Maria 44
s - Abraham 19
Johann 11
d - Maria 13
Renatha 8
Yes 62964 71 Abraham Isaak 53 Ladekopp Listed at Lichtfelde No. 28       109 109
w - Anna 52
s - Abraham 20
Jakob 14
Johannes 11
d - Anna 25
Helena 22
Catarina 6
Yes   72 Catarina Reimer, daughter of Jakob Reimer 26 Ladekopp Listed at Ladekopp No. 31     50   50
No 55716? 73 Abraham Deleski, unmarried 18   Listed at Blumenort No. 13         1000
      Total:               53,767.65

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