Neu Berlin Colony
Type of Settlement: Daughter
Other Names and Spellings:
Also: Vorob'evka, Vorobiivka
History of the Colony
Neu Berlin was a daughter colony that many sources say was founded in 1867. However, there are EWZ records noting births in Neu Berlin as early as 1861, and the colony did appear on an 1860 map. Because of the appearance on a map, the earlier founding date is included here.
Neu Berlin consisted of 3,536 dessiatins [1 dessiatin = 2.7 acres] of land. In 1886, there were between 26 and 50 households was known to be a place that had fruit and grape orchards [Tiraspol-1886]. It was a part of the Neu Freudental parish. It had a school for grades 1-4, and a library in 1926 [Mertens, p. 544].
Karl Stumpp referred to the place as Neu Berlin, but all listings in the Odessa Kalender identified it as Berlin, and letters published in German-language newspapers simply identified it as Berlin [Glückstal-2004]. On maps, however, it is consistently labeled Neu Berlin beginning in 1860.
The following surnames appear in the GCRA Points-of-Origin [Glückstal-2021] and in EWZ records [BSGR, www.blackseagr.org....mybirthplace=Neu Berlin] related to births/baptisms in Neu Berlin:
Arnold, Bahnmüller, Barth, Bauer, Bender, Beutelsbacher, Bippus, Bitsch, Boerkirchen, Borth, Brahm, Braun, Dammel, Dick, Ehly, Eipert, Eippert, Fink, Fischer, Gaier, Gall, Ganther, Gieck, Hannemann, Harsch, Heer, Helm, Henemann, Hennemann, Hohloch, Horch, Jäger, Kaefer, Kaierleber, Keplen, Kludt, Koeplin, Koepplin, Koeppling, Kollert, Kraemer, Kreis, Kurtz, Lang, Losing, Mattheis, Moessner, Moser, Nathan, Neher, Neumueller, Pfaff, Renner, Reule, Rieger, Roehm, Roth, Schaal, Schaffner, Schall, Schauer, Scheu, Schlaht, Schlechy, Schmidt, Schmied, Schock, Schwaderer, Schweitzer, Siegmund, Siffermann, Solotarenko, Stefan, Steinbachoh, Strohmeier, Tetz, Wetzel, Whittmayer, Wiessner, Witmeier, Wittmaier, Wohl, Wolf, Wolgemut.
1881-83 Johann Heer
1884-86 Heinrich Fischer
1887-1890 Eborb. Strohmaier
1892 Johann Heer
1894, 96-98 Heinrich Fink
1900-02 Johann Eippert
1903 F. Wittmaier
1904-06 Johannes Eigert
1907-09 Johannes Heer II
1910-12 W. Eippert
1913-15 Daniel Schall
Neu Freudental Lutheran Parish
1881-82 Emm. Heinrich Kludt
1882-90 Heinrich Kludt
1892, 1894 Johannes Bippus
1896-1915 Jakob Wetzler
[Arcanum-1872] – “Russia (1872).” Arcanum Adatbázis Kft. maps.arcanum.com/en/map/russia-1872. 1872. [This map, although not identified on the website, is probably the work of Theodor Friedrich Schubert (1789-1865) a.k.a. Fedor Fedorovich Shubert. The 1860 and 1872 versions of this map appear on other map websites identified only as by "Schubert."]
[BSGR] – “Black Sea German Research.” Website. n.d. www.blackseagr.org/.
[Glückstal-2004] – Rudolf, Homer ed. The Glückstalers in New Russia and North America: A Bicentennial Collection of History, Genealogy and Folklore. Pierre, SD: State Pub. & Printing, 2004.
[Glückstal-2021] – Glückstal Colonies Research Association. Glückstal Colonies Research Association 2021 Data Drive. Frisco, TX, 2021.
[GRHC-JHT] – Germans from Russia Heritage Collection Journey to the Homeland Tour Photo Collections, 1996-2019. Collections available on Flicker website, www.flickr.com/photos/ndsu-libraries-grhc/collections/72157637054248256/ and NDSU Repository website, library.ndsu.edu/ir/handle/10365/26147.
[Mertens] – Mertens, Ulrich, Allyn Brosz, Alex Herzog, and Thomas Stangl. German-Russian handbook: a reference book for Russian German and German Russian history and culture with place listings of former German settlement areas. Fargo, ND: Germans from Russia Heritage Collection (GRHC) Publications. 2010. Digitized version.
[OdKal] – Neuer Haus- und Landwirthschaftskalender für deutsche Aussiedler in südlicher Russland auf das Jahr ... [New house and farming calendar for German emigrants in Southern Russia for the year ...] Odessa: Druck und Verlag von L. Nitzsche, [published 1863-1915]. Digitized versions of 1906, 1909, 1910 and 1913.
[Retromap-1940-14194016] – 1940 Map of the Red Army (RKKA) [Composite map of the European part of the USSR with variable scale with sheets from 1936-1947 on scales from 1:100,000 to 1:4,000,000.] Digital repository: retromap.ru/14194016
[Schnurr1] – Schnurr, Joseph. Die Kirchen und das Religiöse Leben der Russlanddeutschen: Evangelischer Teil. [Churches and Religious Life of the Russian Germans: Protestant Part.] 2d ed. Stuttgart: Landsmannschaft der Deutschen aus Russland, 1978.
[Tiraspol-1886] – “Карта Тираспольского уезда с обозначением населенных пунктов и земских дач, принятых за единицы исследования, и виноградников.” [Map of Tiraspol County with the designation of settlements and zemstvo dachas, taken as survey units, and vineyards.] Russian Empire. https://bit.ly/tiraspol-district. 1886.
[Vlasenko] – Vlasenko, Petro. "Topographic maps of the early 20th century. Third Military Map of Austria-Hungary." Website. n.d. https://maps.vlasenko.net/historical/topo1910/ 1912.
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