Johannes Mehler and Elisabetha Schäfer

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Johannes Mehler was born 28 August 1832 in Leichtling, Saratov, Russia to Franz Meler and Anna Maria Haberkorn. He was christened 30 August 1832.

Johannes married Elisabetha Schäfer 18 November 1851 in Köhler, Saratov, Russia. Elisabetha was born about 1829 to Franz Xavier Schäfer and Barbara Resch and was of Leichtling.

Their grandson, Jacob John Mahler, stated that he remembered his grandfather a little but his grandmother had died before his birth in 1898. Jacob also noted that his paternal grandfather "had a lot of land. Oh ya, he gave my father a section of land, five-hundred and some acres. That's what we got and we got a pair of oxen and four head of horses, cows, sheep, hogs, chicken, anything and that's what I got my father from his dad, that's what he got from his dad."

Johannes and Elisabetha’s children are:

1 Jacob Mehler, born 4 Nov 1852 in Leichtling, Saratov, Russia, christened 5 Nov 1852 in Köhler, Saratov, Russia, married Catharina Hilgert 24 Nov 1869 in Leichtling, Saratov, Russia.

Wife: Catharina Hilgert, of Göbel, Saratov, Russia, dau. of Anton Hilgert and Magdalene Merkel.

2 Peter Mehler, born 15 Oct 1855 in Leichtling, Saratov, Russia, christened the same day in Köhler, Saratov, Russia, married 1) Margaretha Nahm 6 Nov 1873 in Leichtling, Saratov, Russia and 2) Margretha Müller 29 Jan 1880 in Köhler, Saratov, Russia, died in 1920 (shot on the steps of the Catholic church in Leichtling, Saratov, Russia by Bolsheviks).

Wife 1: Margaretha Nahm, b. abt. 1853 in Leichtling, Saratov, Russia to Matthias Nahm and Katharina Strömel.

Wife 2: Margretha Müller, b. 27 Sep 1858 in Leichtling, Saratov, Russia to Johannes Müller and Elisabeth Berger, ch. 28 Sep 1858 in Köhler, Saratov, Russia, d. 1934 in Russia of starvation during the time of Stalin.

3 Andreas Mehler, born 9 Jun 1858 in Leichtling, Saratov, Russia, christened 9 Jul 1858 in Köhler, Saratov, Russia, married Catharina Schröder 6 Nov 1878 in Köhler, Saratov, Russia.

Wife: Catharina Schröder, of Leichtling, Saratov, Russia, dau. of Peter Schröder and Elisabeth Molitor.

4 Apollonia Mehler, born 3 Feb 1861 in Leichtling, Saratov, Russia, christened 5 Feb 1861 in Köhler, Saratov, Russia.

5 Barbara Muller, born 2 Mar 1873 in Leichtling, Saratov, Russia, christened the same day in Köhler, Saratov, Russia.


Summary of Sources

  1. Boyd, Darryl et al. (trans.), Köhler Parish Records, 1803-1895, Concord, CA, 2021.
  2. Köhler church records in the Saratov Province State Archive, research by Dr. Igor Pleve, November 2019, translation by Wadim Eichmann.
  3. Church records of Semenovka parish from Saratov Province State Archive. Retrieved by Wadim Eichmann and extracted by Michelle Boyd.
  4. Boyd, Darryl (compiler) & Gartner, Angela (translator), Leichtling, Russia 1850 Census, Concord, CA, 2006.
  5. Eichmann, Wadim (translator), Leichtling, Russia 1857 Census, Concord, CA, 2019.
  6. Transcript of taped interview of Jacob Mahler, interviewed by grandson Frank Jaycob Boyd, transcribed by Michelle A. Boyd.


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Excerpt from the transcripts of an Interview with Jacob John Mahler by grandson, Frank Jaycob Boyd  

HOW MANY WERE IN YOUR FAMILY?  HOW MANY BROTHERS AND SISTERS DID YOU HAVE?
Four brothers and sisters, two of each.

WHAT WERE THEIR NAMES?
John and Jake and Margret and Barbra.  Barbara es war die Younge, the little one.

WHEN YOU LIVED BACK THERE, WAS YOUR DAD A FARMER?
Ya, he had a section of land in the old country.  Now how much is a section of land here?  That's four, four, and 160 on each corner, a 160 acres.  Four times six is how much?  24, OK and four times six again, that's ten acres, see, and then the other, that's two acres or three acres, see, it's all figured out.  Mama, she figured all that out.They send over here how many acres and she went in the book and find out what that was.  It was a little more than an acre here.  I don't know how much but a little more than an acre here.

DO YOU REMEMBER YOUR GRANDPA?
Ya, just a little.

WHAT WAS HIS NAME?
Johnnas...John.

WHAT WAS YOUR GRANDMOTHER'S NAME?
Margret, I don't know, I never, she died young. I wasn't even born when she died.

HOW MANY AUNTS AND UNCLES DID YOU HAVE?
Four uncles.

WHAT WERE THEIR NAMES?
Andrew, Mike, and Pete and...I don't know.

WHAT WAS THE FIRST ONE AGAIN?
Andrew.

SO THERE WERE FOUR BROTHERS?
Uh huh.

AND WHICH ONE WAS YOUR FATHER?
Peter.  Did I didn't name that?  Didn't I name that?  Didn't I name Peter?

UH HUH.  WHAT DID YOUR GRANDFATHER DO?  WAS HE A FARMER TOO?
Oh, he had, I don't know how many.  He had a lot of land. Oh ya, he gave my father a section of land, five-hundred and some acres.  That's what we got and we got a pair of oxen and four head of horses, cows, sheep, hogs, chicken, anything and that's what I got my father from his dad, that's what he got from his dad.

YOU TOLD ME BEFORE THAT HE BUILT THEM A HOUSE OR HELPED THEM BUILD HOUSES.
They did...No.  You know them houses were built like that,...what they call them?...a section...or a half-section...or 160 acres?  Whatever they call them.

A HOMESTEAD?
Ya, my grandfather had a homestead from Germany.

HE CAME FROM GERMANY?  YOUR GRANDFATHER DID?
My grandfather did!  No!  My grandfather's father.  They came from Germany!  The Germans pushed them over there and gave them all the land they want.

THAT'S YOUR GRANDFATHER'S FATHER?
Father, ya.  Great-grandfather came from Germany.

DO YOU KNOW WHAT HIS NAME WAS?
No, I don't know.  We don't have much talk about it. So, I don't know what the heck to tell you.

NOW, HOW DID YOU HAPPEN TO COME TO THE UNITED STATES?
My father, he was an inspector.  He was a man, find out what the world does.  Now here, they had a section of land or more and you know we bought machinery and out there the neighbors, I, and the machine.  On a machine, we harvest, we scythe it, we plant our seed, we farm a farm.  And I used my machine, whatever it was and the neighbors used it but they had four or five men and they helped me.

NOW, WAS THAT AFTER YOU GOT TO THE U.S. OR BACK IN RUSSIA?
Back in Russia.  Ya, and then my father wasn't satisfied he gonna give him the money to send him over here.  And, then, when he was over here one year and he says,"Daddy, I want Jakob over here, Jacob, Jake, your brother.  Came over one year and said he wanted Jake.  Ya, he wanted me over here and that's what I got.

NOW, WHAT DID YOU DO ON THE MACHINE?  DIDN'T YOU RIDE ON IT, YOU TOLD ME?
Ya, I put four head of horses on it and I cut the wheat, barley, pats, whatever we had.  Potatoes, the potatoes are stuck on the top, you know, they cut them off.  They used everything and we had the machine.  Plows, we had a plow and put a tractor on the farm.

A TRACTOR?
A machine.

IT WAS HORSE DRAWN, THOUGH?  PULLED BY HORSES?
Ya, some we had was pulled by horses.  The double header was with a machine and one plow.  We had one head of horses on one plow,you know what one plow is?  And the other one was two plows and it had a motor on it. They had a machine on it.

AND THAT'S WHEN YOU WERE A BOY IN RUSSIA?
Uh huh.

SO YOU CAME?
Uh huh.  I was over a couple of years and we had money saved.  We worked in one pocket book, not split.  We had enough money to bring them over here.  Sister and the Brother-in-law, Mother and Dad.  That's four, five of them.  ---------------------------------------

TELL ME THAT AGAIN IN ENGLISH.
Oh, Russia stopped them from coming and Germany.  He went home to Germany.  I don't know how they work that.  You know, he paid to get me back or whoever it was and my Mama and Dad and sister and her husband.  They made us go back.Tell them they couldn't do nothing. We had $4,000.  We had to put $2,000 extra to support and the rest of 'em was for fare and support for coming over here.

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THEM?
They took 'em back.  They starved my dad to death.  They didn't give 'em nothing to eat. And we sent them $27,000 now.  Rubles, we send 'em out to bring them over, see?  That would take that much and a little bit more and they had a good security to come over and they stopped and took everything from them.

WAS THAT THE BOLSHEVIKS?
Ya, Bolsheviks. '13 or '14.  I still remember that.

WHAT HAPPENED TO YOUR MOTHER?
They died!  Starved 'em to death.  Well, they were old.  Mama was 70 and my Dad was 80 or something, an old man, too!  Like I am now.  And mother was 70, maybe 75, or whatever it is.  You know they didn't have no way to know.  I had a passport.  I still got it.  Tells my time on there.

HOW DID YOU FIND OUT THEY HAD DIED?
They sent over here, they sent a over. See the dead, they send a document. They let that go through.

JUST A LETTER?
Ya, just a letter.

YOU GOT A LETTER SAYING THEY WERE DEAD?
Uh-huh. And my brother-in-law, they took him in the army. I don't know. We never found out what happened to him.

AND YOUR SISTER?  YOU NEVER FOUND OUT?
No, we didn't know what happened.  You couldn't find out.

AND THEY WERE ALL FROM LEIGHTING?
Uh-huh. I and my brother, we tried to find out what they are, and we had saved money.  See, we wanted to bring them over here.  We went through the Red Cross.  They couldn't even find their names.

SO YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO THEM?
See, we went through all the big stuff, and, well, whatever, the importing, whatever you call them where the people come in.

IMMIGRATION?
Immigration.  We went through there.  Nothing.  Through immigration, Red Cross, Blue Cross, and all kinds of ways and you send a few dollars and you get it but they couldn't get the persons.  I don't know what happened to them, I tell you, when they went over there, then, they brought 'em back. That was tough.

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Köhler Church Records

Mehler-Nahm 6.11.1873
Column 1: Peter Mehler
Column 2: 37 (Index of record in current month)
Column 3: 6th of November
Column 4: 6.11.1873 in Karaulny-Buerak Romic Catholic Church priest Philipp Dorzweiler announced
three times, which were made on 28th of october, 1st of november and 3rd of november.
Column 5: Colonist Peter Mehler, yooung man (in this case means unmarried before) 19 years old with
maiden Margaretha Nahm, 20 years old, both from Ilavlya (Leichtling) of Karaulny Buerak (Köhler)
parish in Ilavlya (Leichtling) married.
Column 6: Colonists Johann Mehler and Elisabetha Schäfer, legal spouses's son and Matthias Nahm and
Katharina Schtremel, legal spouses's daughter with witnesses Gottfried Schäfer and Peter Sänger.

Mehler Peter 15.10.1855
Column 1: Mehler
Column 2: 162 (Index of record in current month)
Column 3: 15 (day of birth)
Column 4: 15 (day of baptism)
Column 5: 15.10.1855 in Karaulny-Buerak Romic Catholic Church the baby named Peter is baptized
by abbot of Karaulny Buerak Romic Church Johann Lozinsky with the performance of all rites of the
sacrament.
Column 6: Colonists Johann Mehler and Elisabetha maiden name Klitsch(??? very probably misspelled),
legal spouses's son was born 15.10.1855 in Ilavlya (Leichtling).
Column 7: Receivers were colonists Peter Dieser with Barbara Gergenster.
Column 8: Godparents were colonists Valentin Messler and Jacob Mehler.

Mehler-Schäfer 18.11.1851
Column 1: empty
Column 2: 22 (Index of record in current month)
Column 3: 18 (day of marriage)
Column 4: 18.11.1851 in Karaulny-Buerak Romic Catholic Church abbot Johann Lozinsky announced three
times, which were made on 4th of november, 11th of november and 18th of november.
Column 5: Colonist Johann Mehler, yooung man (in this case means unmarried before) 20 years old with
maiden Elisabetha Schäfer, 22 years old, both from Ilavlya (Leichtling) of Karaulny Buerak (Köhler)
parish in Ilavlya (Leichtling) married.
Column 6: Colonists Franz Mehler and Anna Maria Haberkorn, legal spouses's son and Franz Schäfer and
Barbara Resch, legal spouses's daughter with witnesses Jacob Shneider and Jacob Rock.

Mehler-Miller 29.1.1880
Column 1: Mehler
Column 2: 5 (index of marriages in this month)
Column 3: 29 (day of month)
Column 4: 29.01.1880 in Romic Church of Karaulny-Buerak (Köhler)
Parish the marriage has been confirmed. (Simplified translation,
because there some kind of religious formula used)
Column 5: Colonist Peter Meler, widower, 24 years old with Margaretha
Miller, maiden, 21 years old, both from colony Ilavlya (Leichtling) of
Karaulny-Buerak (Köhler) Parish.
Column 6: Village colonists Johannes Mehler and Elisabetha Schefer
(Schäfer?), legal spouses's son and Johannes Miller and Elisabeth
Berger, legal spouses's daughter. Witnesses are Peter and Matthias
Schneider.

Source: Köhler church records in the Saratov Province State Archive, research by Dr. Igor Pleve, November 2019, translation by Wadim Eichmann.


Line number    Year    Birth         Baptism    Given name    Father                       Mother                              Colony        Parish of record

8                       1832     Aug 28    Aug 30     Joannes           Franz Mehler           Anna Maria Haberkorn    Leichtling    Semenovka

144                   1852     Nov 4      Nov 5       Jacob               Johannes Mehler   Elisabeth Schäfer              Leichtling    Köhler

162                   1855     Oct 15    Oct 15      Peter                Johannes Mehler    Elisabeth Schäfer              Leichtlin 

165                   1858     Jun 9       Jul 9         Andreas           Johannes Müller      Elisabeth Schäfer             Leichtling

25                     1861     Feb 3      Feb 5        Apollonia         Johannes Mehler    Elisabeth Schäfer              Leichtling

39                     1873     Mar 2      Mar 2       Barbara            Johann Muller         Elizabeth Schaefer            Leichtling


Line number    Marriage date        Groom                         Bride                           Bride's village       Colony where married
Groom's parents                                                                   Bride's parents                                         Parish of record

22                     1851 Nov 18            Johannes Mehler        Elisabeth Schäfer      Köhler                    Köhler
Franz Mehler            Anna Maria Haberkorn                      Franz Schäfer        Barbara Resch          Köhler

56                     1869 Nov 24            Jacob Mehler             Catharina Hilgert      Göbel                     Leichtling
Johannes Mehler    Elisabeth Schäfer                                Anton Hilgert        Magdalene Merkel    Köhler

37                     1873 Nov 6              Peter Mehler               Margarethe Nahm    Leichtling               Leichtling
Johannes Melher    Elisabeth Schäfer                               Matthias Nahm     Catharina Strömel     Köhler

44                     1878 Nov 6              Andreas Mehler         Catharina Schröder   Leichtling              Köhler
Johannes Mehler    Elisabeth Schäfer                               Peter Schröder      Elisabeth Molitor        Köhler

5                       1880 Jan 29            Peter Mehler               Margarethe Müller     Leichtling              Köhler
Johannes Mehler    Elisabeth Schäfer                               Johannes Müller    Elisabeth Berger        Köhler

Source: Boyd, Darryl et al. (trans.), Köhler Parish Records, 1803-1895, Concord, CA, 2021.



Church Records of Semenovka Parish

[Aug 1832]
Place of birth: Ilavla
Text: Die 30 Ego qui sup: bap: Inf: Nne Joannem nat: 28 h: CC LL Franciscus Mehler et an: Maria Haberkornin LW: Joannes Mehler cum An: Maria Krohin Juvens
Translation: The 30th I, aforenamed [V. Snarsky], baptized the infant named Johannes born this 28. Legitimate spouses Franciscus Mehler and Anna Maria Haberkorn. [Witnesses?] Johannes Mehler with Anna Maria Kroh, [youths?]
Nomen et cognomen [names]: Joannes Mehler
Year collection: 1832
Image: 14
 
Source: Church records of Semenovka parish from Saratov Province State Archive. Retrieved by Wadim Eichmann and extracted by Michelle Boyd.


1850

Leichtling, Russia

No. Names
Age (1850)
Moved or Died
Age At Last Census (1834)
18
Friedrich Meler
--
Died 1846
51

wife: not listed




sons:




1. George Meler
43

27

wife: Elisabeta
40



sons:




a. Nikolaus Meler
15



b. Jakob Meler
11



c. Peter Meler
9



d. Michael Meler
1


daughters:




a. Barbara Meler
20


b. Anna Margarita Meler
18


2. Franz Meler 38
22

wife: Anna Maria
38


sons:




a. Johannes Meler
18
2

b. Peter Meler
2


daughters:




a. Anna Maria Meler
10


b. Eva Elisabeta Meler
5


3. Johannes Meler -- Died 1848 20

4. Peter Meler 29
13

wife: Christina
27


son:




a. Peter Meler
7


5. Jakob Meler 25
9

wife: Anna Maria
19


Source: Boyd, Darryl (compiler) & Gartner, Angela (translator), Leichtling, Russia 1850 Census, Concord, CA, 2006.



1857

Leichtling, Russia

No. in 1850 No. in 1857 Names Age in 1850 Moved or died Age in 1857
18
20
Georg Mehler 43
Died 1852 -


Georg's wife Elisabetha
-

47


Georg's sons:





1. Nikolaus Mehler
15

22


Nikolaus' wife Elisabetha
-

21


Nikolaus' daughter:





1) Katharina Mehler
-

½


2. Jakob Mehler
11

18


3. Peter Mehler
9

16


4. Michael Mehler
1

8


Georg's brother Franz Mehler 38

45


Franz's wife Anna Maria
-

45


Franz's sons:





1. Johannes Mehler
18

25


Johannes' wife Elisabetha
-

27


Johannes' sons:





1) Jakob Mehler
-

5


2) Peter Mehler
-

2


2. Peter Mehler
2

9


3. Georg Mehler
-

7


4. Johannes Mehler
-

4


Franz's daughter:





1. Elisabetha Mehler
-

13


Georg's brother Peter Mehler 29

36


Peter's wife Christina
-

34


Peter's sons:





1. Peter Mehler
7

14


2. Matthias Mehler
-

4


3. Andreas Mehler
-



4. Jakob Mehler
-



Georg's brother Jakob Mehler 25

32


Jakob's wife Anna Maria -

26


Jakob's daughters:




1. Anna Maria Mehler -

3


2. Elisabetha Mehler -

1

Source: Eichmann, Wadim (translator), Leichtling, Russia 1857 Census, Concord, CA, 2019.




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