Johann Philipp Hartung, son of Johann Christoff Hartung & Anna Eleonora Dönges, was baptized 23 April 1732 in Büdingen.
Philipp Hartung left for Russia in 1766 as a single man, and arrived in Oranienbaum on 30 May 1766 from the port of Rewahl, Germany. Today the name of this port town is Rewal, and since 1945 it has been in Poland. He arrived aboard the pink Novaya Dvinka under the command of Lieutenant Ivan Perepechin.
Philipp settled in the Volga German colony of Frank and is recorded there on the 1767 Census in Household No. 13.
Johann Philipp married Anna Barbara Lapp, daughter of Christian Lapp & Anna Katharina Schlingeloff, who had been on board the same vessel between Rewal & Oranienbaum. She had been baptized on 15 June 1749 in the village of Pferdsbach, about 3 kilometers north of Büdingen.
Over the years, descendants of this family have used a variety of surname spellings including: Hardung, Hartung, and Harding.
- HfV card.
- 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).
- Parish records of Büches.
- Parish records of Büdingen.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 421.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): 56-57.