Klaus (Norka)

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Klaus (Norka)
Claus (Norka)
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Johann Caspar & Anna Barbara Claus have three known children:

(1) Johann Stephan Klaus was baptized in the village of Düdelsheim on 29 December 1717. He married Susanna, but she evidently died before he left for Russia. Johann Stephan is listed as a widower on his request to leave Düdelsheim. He arrived as a widower in Balzer on 1 July 1767 and is listed there on the 1767 Census in Household No. 4. Four of his children are also listed there: Johannes (baptized 8 September 1748), Susanna Catharina (baptized 29 August 1751), Johann Peter (baptized 1 March 1754), and Johann Adam (baptized 1 August 1756). [Decker incorrectly identifies this Klaus family (p.82).]

(2) Johann Peter Klaus was baptized in Düdelsheim on 19 October 1727 and died in 1787 in Norka. He married 30 January 1750 in Düdelsheim to Elisabeth Scheid, daughter of Johannes Scheid and Catharina Hart. She was baptized 15 February 1728 also in Düdelsheim. Peter and Elisabeth are recorded on the 1767 Census of Norka in Household No. 216, along with their children Johann Heinrich and Katharina. Johann Heinrich had been baptized in Düdelsheim on 14 June 1750 and Katharina on 11 November 1753.

(3) Charlotta Klaus who married Adam Scheidt and settled in Moor. [See Scheidt family.]


- Aulendiechbach Parish Records (LDS Intl Film #1201847).
- Bonner, Wayne H. Volga German Settlers Identified in Isenburg and Other German Church Records Part I (Gardena, CA: Wayne Bonner, 2007): 19.
- Decker, Klaus-Peter, Büdingen als Sammelplatz der Auswanderung an die Wolga 1766 (Büdingen: Geschichtswerkstatt Büdingen, 2009): 82.
- Düdelsheim Parish Records (LDS Intl Film #1201789).
- Haynes, Emma Schwabenland. "A Document of 1766 Found in Büdingen, Germany." Journal of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia 3:1 (1980): 1-6.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999).


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