Johann Nikolaus Bähr (also spelled Bär) was born in 1714 in Ober Schwarzbach (near Heidelberg). He married in Schönbrunn on 23 April 1743 to Anna Margaretha Weber. She was born 13 September 1711 in Unter Schönbrunn. Their son Johann Philipp was born in Ober Schwarzbach on 17 July 1745.
The family immigrated in Denmark (Schleswig Holstein) where Anna Margaretha died.
The family joined other immigrants to Russia. While in route to Russia, Nikolaus married a second time to Anna Maria Sophia on 23 May 1765 in Danzig. The Bähr family arrived in Anton on 28 September 1766 and are recorded there on the 1767 Census in Households No. 3 (Nikolaus) and No. 39 (Philipp).
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