Metz

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Metz
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Discussion & Documentation: 

The data about this family come from three small villages: Orendelsall, Pfedelbach, and Windischenbach, very close each other, and about 26 kilometers east of Heilbronn, in Baden-Württemberg.      

Georg Michael Metz, son of Johann Peter & Anna Magdalena Metz, was baptized on 17 January 1731 in the Evangelical Church of Orendelsall. He married Maria Rosina Kohler, daughter of Heinrich Kohler, on 25 September 1753, but it is not clear if they married in Windischenbach or in Orendelsall.      

They had two known daughters, both baptized in Pfedelbach: (1) Maria Rosina Dorothea, baptized on 11 November 1754, and died on 4 December 1754; and (2) Eva Catharina, baptized on 24 August 1758.      

Georg Michael Metz and his family emigrated to Denmark (Schleswig-Holstein) departing from Altona, Duchy of Holstein, on 29 June 1761 with a group under the leadership of Johann Thomas Gabler, and arriving in the city of Schleswig, Duchy of Schleswig, on 4 July 1761.

They remained there until about 1763, when they departed for Russia. They settled in the Volga German colony of Schilling where his widow Rosina and descendants are recorded on the 1798 Census in Household No. Sg060.

Sources: 

- Eichhorn, Alexander. The immigration of German colonists to Denmark and their subsequent emigration to Russia in the years 1759-1766 (Deiningen, Germany: Steinmeier, 2012): 270, 520, & 685.
- 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).
- Parish records of Pfedelbach (LDS Film No. 1340239).
- Parish records of Orendelsall (LDS Film Nº 1340255).

Researcher(s): 

Corina Hirt

Volga Colonies