Sewald
Names
Seewald, Sewald, Verkhnoye, Verkhovka, Verkhovye, Werchnoje, Werchowje, Werchowka
Location
50º52' N 45º09' E
History
      Sewald was founded on 20 August 1767 by Baron de Boffe as a Roman Catholic colony with colonists from the Palatinate, Mainz, and Darmstadt. It was named after the first group leader of the colony.
Church
      The congregation of Sewald belonged first to the parish of Schuck, later to the parish of Rothammel. It then became an independent parish. The first wooden church was built in 1807. A new church was built in 1839.
Priests
      The Sewald Parish was served by the following priests:
Adam Gareis
Johannes Fuchs
Martin Fix (1928)
Population
Population Table
Year
Households
Population
Total
Male
Female
1767
41
142
80
62
1769
39
134
68
66
1773
39
186
107
79
1788
38
229
126
103
1798
36
235
120
115
1816
42
339
174
165
1834
77
596
298
298
1850
78
901
430
471
1857
94
1,020
530
490
1859
98
1,081
549
532
1883
1,118
1886
163
1,062
547
515
1891
140
1,412
715
697
1894
1,506
765
741
1897
1,221*
607
614
1905
1,506
1911
2,002
1920
1,577
1922
1,766
1926**
251
1,519
734
785
1931
1,669
*Of whom 1,212 were German.
**Of whom 1,516 were German (250 households: 732 male & 784 female).
Sources:
- Beratz, Gottieb. The German colonies on the Lower Volga, their origin and early development: a memorial for the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the first German settlers on the Volga, 29 June 1764. Translated by Adam Giesinger (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1991): 353.
- Mink, A.N. Historical and Geographical Dictionary of the Saratov Province [in Russian] (Saratov, Russia, 1898): 118-120. (Online)
- Orlov, Gregorii. Report of Conditions of Settlements on the Volga to Catherine II, 14 February 1769.
- Pallas, P.S. Reise durch verschiedene Provinzen des Russischen Reichs. Theil 3,2, Reise aus Sibirien zurueck an die Wolga im 1773sten Jahr (St. Petersburg: Kaiserl. Academie der Wissenschaften, 1776): 622.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 11, 167-176.
- Pleve, Igor R. The German Colonies on the Volga: The Second Half of the Eighteenth Century, translated by Richard Rye (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 2001): 313.
- Preliminary Results of the Soviet Census of 1926 on the Volga German Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic (Pokrovsk, 1927): 28-83.
- Schnurr, Joseph, Die Kirchen und das Religiöse Leben der Russlanddeutschen - Katholischer Teil (Stuttgart: Selbstverlag Joseph Schnurr, 1980): 251.
- "Settlements in the 1897 Census." Journal of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia (Winter, 1990): 18.
Resources
Censuses for Sewald are available for the following years: 1767, 1798, 1834, & 1857.
External Links
- Seewald (wolgadeutsche.net) - in Russian
- Video of former Sewald, 2007
Last updated 14 November 2014.
Map showing Sewald (1935).

Map showing Dietel, Kautz, Kratzke, Rothammel and Sewald.