Johan Adam Rohwein circa 1943
Johann “Adam” Rohwein was born in Josefstal on 17 January 1878.
He married Elisabetha Burghardt on 3 November 1892, also in Josefstal.
They would have 8 children, Martha, born 5 June 1894; Barbara, born 10 February 1896; Nikolaus, born 1 July 1900 (died 12 August 1916); Anna, born 1900; Katarina born 17 January 1907; Magdalena born 1 June 1909; Peter born 17 June 1911; and Pauline, born 17 April 1914.
In the 1920’s, like so many other Volga Germans escaping famine and war, the family would make its way to Minsk.
Caught in the Nazi onslaught of Russia, some in the family would make their way eventually to Germany, settling in the town of Isny.
Thanks to captured war records, we have some details about the family and their settlement in Germany….along with some copies of archival records from Russia.
EWZ Record for Adam Rohwein documents his family, as well as stating that his wife Elizabeth Burgardt died in Minsk on 5 May 1922
Birth/Baptism record for Johann Adam Rohwein states he was born on 17 January 1874 in Josefstal and baptized the same day. His parents were Adam Rohwein & Susana Benz. Godparents were Adam Gette & Katarina Benz.
Josefstal Church Marriage record for Adam Rohwein (son of Adam Rohwein & Susana Benz) and Elizabeth Burgardt (daughter of Phillip Burgardt & Katarina Rak….married 3 November 1892. Witnesses were Johan Peter Kern & Kaspar Wagner.
We have copies of some of the birth records for their children:
Birth/Baptism record for Martha Rohwein, born 5 June 1894 and baptized 6 June 1894 in Josefstal. Godparents were Johannes Rohwein & Elisabetha Simon
Birth/Baptism record for Barbara Rohwein, born 10 February 1896 and baptized on 11 February 1896 in Josefstal. Godparents were Peter Benz & wife Barbara.
Birth/Baptism record for Nikolaus Rohwein, born 1 July 1900 and baptized 2 July 1900 in Josefstal. Godparents were Nikolaus Heinrich & Margareta Gerk.