Place of origin
Staffort, Kurpfalz
Joseph Gammerstrath was born in about 1737 in Staffort, north of Karlsruhe (today in Baden-Württemberg). He immigrated to Denmark (Schleswig-Holstein) where he settled in the colony of Christiansheide first on 7 December 1761 on the farmstead of Bärens Hof, moving on 31 October 1762 to the farmstead of Basballes Hof.
He immigrated to Russia, settling in the colony of Beideck , where he married Maria Margaretha Zwecker, widow of Johann Matthias Grünemeier . She had been born on 30 January 1719 in Graben Neudorf. Joseph Gammerstrath is recorded as a widower on the 1798 census of Beideck in Household No. Bd36. It is not believed that the surname of Gammerstrath continued among the Volga German colonies.
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- Lang, Gerhard. German Colonists of Denmark on the Volga .
- 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).
Gerhard Lang
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