Schneider (Kraft)

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Schneider (Kraft)
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Nicholas Schneider appears in the records of Steinbach, identified as the son of Jacob Schneider of Lich.  In 1758, Nicholas married in Lich to Anna Maria Becker, daugher of Johann Conrad Becker & Anna Catharina Reuschling.  Anna Maria had been baptized 22 June 1735 in Steinbach.  They had two children born in Steinbach, both of whom died as infants.

Nicholas is recorded in Steinbach as fleeing to Russia in 1766 "mit einer Dirne" - with a whore.  He arrived in the colony of Kraft on 18 August 1767 along with Elisabeth Eckhardt (identified as his wife), their son Johann Wilhelm (age 7), and Elisabeth's brother Johann Heinrich Eckhardt.  They are recorded in Kraft on the 1767 Census in Household No. 61.

Nicholas is recorded on the 1798 Census of Kraft (Household No. Kf56) stating that he has left Elisabeth Eckhardt, and while serving as the school teacher in Biberstein he married Maria Helzer from Norka, and they and their son are now living in Urbach.

Sources: 

- 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): Kf56.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 409.
- Stumpf, Otto and Hanno
MüllerFamilienbuch Steinbach: Kreis Gießen (Darmstadt: Hessische Familiengeschichtliche Vereinigung, 1994): 202.

Researcher(s): 

Brent Mai

Volga Colonies