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Johannes Streck, cloth merchant in Gersfeld and son of Hans Streck, was born 5 April 1733 in Gersfeld. His wife Maria Elisabeth Klüber, daughter of tailor Johannes Klüber, was born 22 September 1739 in Gersfeld. They married on 11 May 1756. They and three of their children, Johannes, born 7 June 1760, Margaretha, born 12 December 1762, and Johann Georg, born 23 January 1765, immigrated to Russia.

They arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 14 September 1766 aboard a ship under the comand of skipper Reders.  They settled in the Volga German colony of Walter on 25 August 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 15.

Johannes’ son Georg Streck, born about 1790 in Walter, immigrated to Kolb between the 1816 and 1834 censuses.

The Streck and Klüber lines can be traced back at least three generations in Gersfeld, and connect with the Limpert and Kammerzell families.


- Parish records of Gersfeld, Fulda - Archive of the Evangelical Church of Kurhessen-Waldeck in Kassel (
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 298.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): 407.


Maggie Hein

Volga Colonies