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Helenental - 1848 Village History (E. Wise). . . . . . . . .

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I. In the Spring of 1838, preparations were made to begin staking out lots for

the building of houses, in anticipation of the settlement of emigrants.

II. The colony was established near an area of country road centered between

Odessa and Nicolajoff on the steppe and river valley of Uroditschiee

Balaytschutzky, a distance of 70 werst to either village.  It is bordered by

certain noble estates like: Natschel, Sarenke, Knies, Balay, Knjaschewitsch and

the colony Neufreudenthal.  The land is almost level and the ground is covered

by fertile black earth with an occasional underlying of white to reddish clay

beneath.  One finds good rock that is appropriate for building, but no woods.

III. The naming of the colony originated from His Excellency Weiland's

suggestion to the leader of the Welfare Committee for settlers in South Russia,

General von Insow, to name it Helenenthal.

IV. The families that had originally settled in Helenenthal were from (A) The

Liebenthal district: from Grossliebenthal 1 Family, from Petersthal 18, from

Freudenthal 2. (B) The Landauer district: from Worms 1 family, from Gueldendorf

1. (C) The Gluecksthaler area: From Bergdorf 2 families. Altogether 25

families, of these were 45 male and 44 female. Helenenthal totaled 89 on the

revisions list.  Presently there are 161 people.

Name of              Where born (in Russia) In foreign country                                 

Colonist             District   Colony      Kingd./Prov        capitol    town                                                   Area         Colony      Funds

Johannes Laudermilch            Baden       Sensheim           Kirchhardt single                                     Liebentahl      Petersthal  None

Jakob Zeeb           uerttemberg       Degerloch  black forest

Jakob Koch           Liebenthal Petersthal                                                                                                                         None

Nikolaus Roth        Liebenthal Petersthal                                                                                     Liebenthal     Petersthal  None

Gerog Ziegler        Liebenthal Petersthal                                                                                     Liebenthal     Petersthal  None

Anton Gimbel                                Baden                Preissen   Estringen                                       Liebenthal     Petersthal  None

Johan Nathaun       Liebenthal Petersthal                                                                                    Liebenthal     Petersthal  None

Gottlob Schmidt      Liebenthal Petersthal                                                                                   Liebenthal     Petersthal  None

Daniel Schock        Liebenthal Petersthal                                                                                    Liebenthal      Petersthal  None

Joseph Ade                                Wuerttemberg       Marbach    Erdmannhausen                           Liebenthal  Grossliebental None

Jakob Becker          Liebenthal Freudenthal                                                                                Liebenthal      Freudenthal None

Jakob Kast                                  Wuerttemberg       Marbach    Beilstein            

Christ.,Koch         Liebenthal Petersthal                                                                                                                          None

Peter Fuchs          Liebenthal Petersthal                                                                                   Liebenthal        Petersthal  None

Phillip Hust                                France                   Edenhofen  Ismen                                      Liebenthal       Petersthal  None

Adam Biedelheimer                           Hungary            Batschmer  Benat                                    Liebenthal        Petersthal  None

Adam Sieler          Liebenthal Freudenthal                                                                               Liebenthal      Freudenthal   None

Peter Oberlaender    Liebenthal Petersthal                                                                               Liebenthal      Petersthal     None

Johann Bareth                               France             Landau     Spergelbach                                   Landauer       Worms         None

Nikolaus Humann      Liebenthal Petersthal                                                                               Liebenthal     Petersthal     None

Philipp Geigle                  Bergdorf                                                                                          Gluecksthal    Bergdorf       None

Peter Leno           Liebenthal Petersthal                                                                                  Liebenthal      Petersthal      None

Johann Schock                               France             Truli      Rauhweiher                                     Liebenthal     Petersthal      None                                                                                                            

Friedrich Wunder     Liebenthal Petersthal                                                                                Liebenthal      Petersthal      None

Kaspar Steiger                              Wuerttemberg       Tuebingen  Kramstetten                            Schwengwaelden

Jakob Koch           Liebenthal Petersthal                                                                                                                           None

Johann Bauer         Glueckstal Bergdorf                                                                                   Landauer       Gueldendorf      None

Samuel Grenz         Landau     Marbach

V. The produced and here attached name index gives information where the above

families may have originated from. (see table)

VI. The steppes on which the above were to settle, according to the Welfare

committee, was occupied by so-called Tschornohorejers.   There were a total of

nineteens houses and semenlanken built from stone.  There were nine wells in

this Uroditsche Balyschutzky prairie river valley measuring 2 1/2 to 3 Faden

deep.  The wells were not from natural springs; instead they were constructed

by hand and contained good drinking water.  Below the village in the river

valley, a dam was erected to contain water.  For the entire settlement, the 25

families agreed to compensate the Tschornohorejers a sum of 857 rubel and 15

kopeks in silver.

VII. What little support the colonists acquired for the settlement came from

their ancestors in Petersthal and from their own property they brought with

them. No support came from the authorities.

VIII. The settlers were not subjected to special happenings nor misfortunes (

Thank God) except for cattle epidemics and bad crops.  They lost a lot of

livestock due to a harsh winter and shortage of feed.  The loss was 600 silver

rubel, not counting the expense for feed.  It would take several good harvests

to heal the wounds and bring back decent living conditions.

IX. The community owes their favorable conditions and welfare to the mercy of

God.  To the goodness of the emperor, His Majesty Nicoley Paulowitsch for

providing the land to grow crops and to graze cattle.  To the efforts of the

local Welfare committee for foreigners in South Russia.

The above historical briefing is compiled and signed below by

Colony Helenenthal, 8 June 1848

Teacher Jakob Taxis.

As translated by Elli Wise 6/96

Coordinated with GRHS Village Research Clearing House

Coordinated with AHSGR/GRHS Translation Committee Chairman