Betz (Frank)

Spelling Variations: 
Betz (Frank)
Settled in the Following Colonies: 
Discussion & Documentation: 

Johann Jacob Best (yes, it is spelled "Best" in the indexes) was born 18 May 1724 in Ochsenbach, Württemberg. He married Maria Magdalena Henne on 5 November 1748 in Ochsenbach. Anna Christina (she was baptised Christina Barbara) was born 12 December 1760 in Ochsenbach.

They immigrated to Russia, arriving in the colony of Frank in 1767.  They are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 20.

The children listed for them in the indexes for Ochsenbach do not match the names of the children who arrived in Russia, so further research is necessary to confirm that this is the correct family.


- 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): Fk043.
- Parish records of Ochsenbach (LDS Film #1184602).
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 422.


Maggie Hein

Immigrated to the following locations: 

Pre-Volga Origin

Volga Colonies

Immigration Locations