Germans from Russia


My ancestors are of Germanic origin and lived in the areas of either present-day Russia or 

Ukraine. I have separated the website into geographic areas to make viewing easier.


The area west-north-west of Zhytomyr (west of Kyiv) is one of the areas within modern Ukraine 

where Germanic colonists lived. The eastern part of this area was previously controlled and 

considered part of Russia. The following are my ancestors that lived in that area.

Christoph Johann Tiede was born about 1831, and his wife Henriette (nee Reinsch) was born

about 1832 in Prussia and died May 6, 1910, aged 79, as a widow, according to death records 

in Zhytomyr archives. This places Christof's death before 1910. They arrived from a place called 

Mroga, in  Bresin Uezd (Russian or in Polish: Brzeziny), Gubernia Petrokow

(German: Petrikau / Polish: Piotrokow) in current Poland. Please see this link for more

information about Christoph Tiede from the original documents.


They lived in Prutowka (aka Protowka or Neuheim) from at least 1872

onwards with the following three sons and three daughters.

(1) Wilhelm, born about 1854 and died about 1918 in Orsha, Belarus, and his wife 

Elmira (nee Muench) was born in about 1857 and died in 1900. They lived in Derman 

(Karolina Derman), near Kurnoye, up to the 1915 Expropriation. Wilhelm 

had a second wife, Elizabeth Ewert, starting around 1900, 

(2) Fredricka, born about 1858,

(3) Samuel, born about 1861

(4) Carolina, born about 1865

(5) Ferdinand, born about 1869, and his wife Euphsosine Kruger, who lived in Prutowka, 

also up to the 1915 expropriation. Ferdinand had at least one son named Adolf (1896), 

and a grandson Otto and a granddaughter Alma, who went to Germany during WWII.  

The source is the EWZ 907 018 document.

(6) Justine was born in about 1872. She married Gottlieb Janott in 1889 and  lived from 

1909 in Prussia. From 1920 Justine Tiede (Janott) lived in Leipzig and died in 1943. 

(7) Ludwig was born in about 1877. He died March 9, 1910, in Prutowka, aged 33 and single, 

according to death records from the Zhytomyr archives.

August Müller, probably from Poland, died in 1925, and his wife Karoline (nee Münch), who died in 

Prutowka and their children are as below.

(1) Ludwig, born July 8, 1869,

(2) Fredrich, born December 14, and died in 1946 in Kelowna, BC, Canada  

(3) August, born January 29, 1871 (based on St. Petersburg records)

(4) Robert

(5) Pauline,

(6) Emilie,

(7) Rudolf,

(8) Emil, born February 5, 1874, lived in Prutowka up to about 1933 and died 

in Omsk, Siberia, on October 4, 1937, at the hands of the NKVD.  A son of Emil's

named Asoph is believed to have gone to Montevideo, Uruguay, in the 1920s. 

No contact is known as of yet.

(9) Albert, born March 25, 1881. 

Please use this link to view additional information from the area known as Volhynia.

South Russia, northeast of the Black Sea

The only Gogel to go to Russia, according to Dr. Karl Stumpp, was Johann Gogel in 

1818, (from Kreis Backnang, Germany) who settled in the colony of Neuhoffnung 

near Berdjansk on the Sea of Azov.

For more information on Neuhoffnung, please use this link.

David Gogel: Born March 9, 1844, in Neuhoffnung, Berdjansk, South Russia and his 

wife, Kristine Fuchs, who was born April 23, 1847, or 1849, depending on the source. 

David died of stomach cancer in Waldheim aka Kultunowka in 1916. It is said he also was 

buried in Waldheim. They had 7 children, Christine, David, Adam,

Johanna, Konrad, Frederick, and Jacob. Some of these may have been born in 

Baronowka, a daughter colony of Neuhoffnung. At least one person of the above

families went to the Terek region, North Caucasus settling in a colony

named Erastov (Russian) or Popov (German). It is unknown if David Gogel (1844)

is a descendant of the original Neuhoffnung colonist Johann Gogel

Neuhoffnung is on the river, close to Berdjansk, and was also known as Olgino. 

It is now known as Ossypenko, Berdjansk, Zaporizhzhia. 

Here are the Google locations of the villages. 



Waldheim or Kultonowka

North Caucasus, Russia (between the Black Sea and Caspian Sea

Johann Neb, born about 1850 unknown location, and lived in Kana (aka Kanowo), North Caucasus 

with his wife Christina, and at least one daughter named Katrina, born 1875, 

and one son named Johann, born 1880.

David Riffel, lived in Kana, North Caucasus, with his wife Mina,

and had at least one daughter named Anna born in 1880 in Kana.


If you think that you may have a connection to any of these people, please send 

an email to my_ancestors"at" Just change "at" to @. I do this alternation 

on this website to limit my junk email from email bots.