Located in the Saporoshje/Melitopol area of Russia is a daughter
colony of Hutteral, was founded in 1853 (1852 according to Geisinger) and is
located 3 miles north of Huttertal. Johannesruh was a private ownership of
property community. From 1874—1879 all Hutterites (except two families who
joined the Mennonites) left Russia and came to the United States where they
settled in South Dakota.
Pioneer Settler Surnames:
Gross, Hofer, Kleinsasser, Knels, Mendel, Stahl, Tschetter, Waldner, Wipf,
Wollman, and Wurtz.
There are many books that will help you with
researching ancestors from this village:
- From Catherine to Khruschev by Dr.
Adam Giesinger (page 132)
- History of the Hutterite Mennonites
by Arnold M. Hofer and Kenneth J. Walter (page 96)
- Hutterite Roots by Arnold M. Hofer
and Norman Hofer (page 91)
- The Russia Record - Hutterite Family
Records from the early 1700s to ~1874 by Tony Waldner
Map of the Hutterite Colonies:
From Catherine to Khruschev by Dr. Adam Giesinger (page 100)
Many of the ship names and dates can be found
in the book Hutterite Roots