05 July 2017

On This Day, 5 July 1767

Jost was a private Lutheran colony founded on 5 July by by LeRoy and Pictet, a co-operative company commissioned by Catherine the Great to recruit and settle Germans in Russia.  It was settled on Wiesenseite (meadow side) of the Volga River by 148 colonists.  The name of the village was named for the first mayor. The Russian name for the village was Popovkina.  

Location of Jost on
Karte der deutschen Siedlungen im Wolgagebiet
(Map of the German settlements in the Volga region, (AHSGR map #6)

The village no longer exists.  

The image currently on Google Maps isn't very good, although you can make out where the streets and farmsteads used to be.  The 18 November 2013 image from Google Earth shows the outlines a bit clearer. 

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2017 marks the 250th anniversary of the founding of the Mother colonies along the Volga River. There are many events throughout the year to commemorate the anniversary, and the Germans from Russia Settlement Locations project joins in the celebration of this rich Volga German heritage.  

The German immigrants that came to the Volga region were among first colonists to take up Catherine the Great on her manifesto. They came from Hesse, the Rhineland, the Palatinate and Württemberg.  They are also among the most well researched and documented groups of German colonists in Russia. Thus far, the Volga Mother colonies settled between 1764 and 1767 are the only colonies that have precise dates they were settled.  

For more historical and current events related to Germans from Russia, see our calendar page or link to our public Google calendar.

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