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Düdelsheim, Büdingen, Hessen, Germany

Johann Stephan Klaus, son of Johann Caspar & Anna Barbara Claus, was baptized in the village of Düdelsheim on 29 December 1717. He married Susanna, but she evidently died before he left for Russia. Johann Stephan is listed as a widower on his request to leave Düdelsheim.

He arrived as a widower in Balzer on 1 July 1767 and is listed there on the 1767 Census in Household No. 4. Four of his children are also listed there: Johannes (baptized 8 September 1748), Susanna Catharina (baptized 29 August 1751), Johann Peter (baptized 1 March 1754), and Johann Adam (baptized 1 August 1756).

Johann Stephan is the brother of Johann Peter Klaus who settled in Norka and Charlotta Klaus who married Adam Scheidt and settled in Moor.

Decker incorrectly identifies this Klaus family (p.82).


Bonner, Wayne H. Volga German Settlers Identified in Isenburg and Other German Church Records Part I (Gardena, CA: Wayne Bonner, 2007): 19.

Decker, Klaus-Peter, Büdingen als Sammelplatz der Auswanderung an die Wolga 1766 (Büdingen: Geschichtswerkstatt Büdingen, 2009): 82.

Düdelsheim Parish Records (LDS Intl Film #1201789).

Haynes, Emma Schwabenland. "A Document of 1766 Found in Büdingen, Germany." Journal of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia 3:1 (1980): 1-6.

Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999).

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