Har(d)t (Messer)

Spelling Variations: 
Hardt (Messer)
Hart (Messer)
Settled in the Following Colonies: 
Discussion & Documentation: 

There are three Hardt families that settled in the Volga German colony of Messer. They are believed to be related because they all travelled together to Russia, arriving from Lübeck at the port in Oranienbaum on 4 July 1766 aboard the English frigate Love & Unity with skipper Thomas Fairfax at the helm.  They all settled in Messer on 18 June 1767.

(1) Anton Hardt, a farmer from the district of Isenburg, and his wife are recorded in Messer on the 1767 census in Household No. 58. Anton is recorded as a widower on the 1798 census of Messer in Household No. Ms02.

(2) Christoph Hardt, a farmer from the district of Isenburg, and his family are recorded in Messer on the 1767 census in Household No. 62. His newly married son Konrad is recorded in Household No. 63. On the 1798 census of Messer, Konrad is recorded in Household No. Ms11. By 1798 Christoph's son Karl has moved to the colony of Kautz where he is recorded in Household No. Kz36.

(3) Thomas Hardt, a farmer from the district of Isenburg, and his family are recorded in Messer on the 1767 census in Household No. 78. In 1790, Thomas Herdt and his wife moved from Messer to Franzosen. Thomas is recorded as a widower in Franzosen on the 1798 census in Household No. Fz06.

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): Fz06, Ms02, Ms11, Ms22, Mv1730.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 145, 146, 150.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #1760, #1779, #1797.

Researcher(s): 

Brent Mai

Volga Colonies