August II & Elisabeth
August II and Elisabeth Filbert
August Filbert I grew up in Alt-Schilling (Old-Schilling) on the western or hilly or "Bergseite" side of the Russian Volga River. This community was founded in 1764. August I appears to have moved to one of the Neu-Schillings (New-Schillings) during the 1960s, perhaps after his marriage to Amalie (Mollie) Legler. August I's parents and most other Filberts-in-Russia continued to reside in Alt-Schilling.
Family oral history remembers August II serving in the Russian military. Both he and his father, August I, were among the educated citizens of Neu-Schilling and, after military service, served in clerical capacities. Both in the military and as a clerk, August II had ample opportunity to travel - at least sufficiently to met Elisabeth Pinnecker from nearby Gnadenfeld.
Elisabeth Pinnecker grew up in Gnadenfeld on the "Wiensenseite", or meadowland on the eastern side of the Volga.
The link to the Schilling/Schillings page (From the "Our Roots" page) describes the Neu-Schilling that August II and Elisabeth lived in after their marriage as: Schilling and/or Konstantinovka. It was a daughter colony of Alt-Schilling - founded in 1859. The two villages (Schilling and Konstantinovka) have been both referred to as adjacent villages and as a single village also called Kopenka and Kottschetnoje. The village lies in the Krasny-Kut District. It has been listed as:
Population (Konstantinowka): 1912 (217)
Population (Schilling): 1857 (211), 1897 (822), circa 1905 (1649), 1912 (1796)
Location: It was located about 129 kilometers (80 miles) southeast of Saratov
Elisabeth was the daughter of Heinrich Jacob (b1837) and of Catharina Elisabeth (Ernst) (b1836) Pinnecker of Gnadenfeld, Russia. Gnadenfeld was located some 20 miles southwest of August II's Schilling (or Konstantinowka). Elisabeth was born and lived in Gnadenfeld until marriage to August II. Gnadenfeld is described in the Gnadenfeld, Russia web page link provided from "The Pinneckers" page.
Whereas Neu-Schilling was a daughter-colony of Alt-Schilling, Gnadenfeld was a daughter-colony of Alt-Moor (old Moor) on the west "Bergseite" (hilly) side of the Volga. Like Alt-Schilling, Alt-Moor was one of the original German colonies, founded in 1766.
Following marriage, August II and Elisabeth settled in Neu-Schilling (or Konstantinovka).
Two of their early-born children (Victor Emanuel and Amelia) died of diphtheria before the family left Russia to migrate to the United States in 1899.
Note: Although Schilling and Konstantinowka are shown as separate villages with separate population counts, residents of this area apparently considered them to be one village and used the names interchangeably.
The family did not come directly to the United States but went first to the east coast of Mexico (probably Tampico) - were they had some very hard times, to the extent that August II considered returning to Russia. Elisabeth vetoed the idea, stating that they had decided to come to the New World and that is what they were going to do. Elisabeth was able to arrange the financing to continue to the Untied States through her sister Mary Niedens, already here. The family traveling to Mexico included the entire Filbert clan (the August I and August II families) as well as an orphaned boy of 18-years age by the name of Conrad Luft. Information on Conrad Luft is included at the bottom of this page.
Naturalization records show August II and his immediate family arriving the USA at Galveston, Texas by unnamed ship on 3 October 1899. There is a record of Elisabeth being a witness to the baptism of her sister Mary's newborn, Olinda, on 6 March 1900 in Marion County, Kansas. Interestingly, naturalization records show August I and Amalie (Mollie) and daughter Lydia arriving the USA at El Paso via the Mexican Central Railway some 9 months later on 15 July 1900. Ed Filbert, a grandson of August II's brother Alexander, tells us that Alexander's family and sister Pauline (Lena) and her husband also immigrated through El Paso at this time.
Once in the United States, August II and Elisabeth first located in Marion County, Kansas where Elisabeth's brother-in-law Henry Niedens had arranged a job for August II. Subsequently, they moved to Russell, Kansas. They eventually settled on a farm near the small town of Bazine in Ness County, Kansas.
The August II and Elisabeth union yielded a total of ten children surviving to adulthood. The names of the brothers and sisters from oldest to youngest were Mary, Bertha, Anna, Jacob (Jake), Carl, John, Pauline, August III (Gus), Martha and Dorothy.
The best and most reliable description of the early lives of August II and Elisabeth (Pinnecker) Filbert can be found under Pauline's Recollections of Early USA Years, also by Pauline, (follow the indicated links at the top of this page).
For a better understanding of the Filbert and Pinnecker families and motivation for their immigration to the USA, go to the "Our Roots" page.
For information on the children of August II and Elisabeth, go to the "3rd Generation" page.
For a second generation remembrance of the past, go to the Pauline's History and Pauline's Recollections pages
For more information on August II, as recalled by Clifford Clark, one of August II's oldest grandchildren, go to the "Clifford's Recollections" page.
Conrad Luft lived a long and productive life on the Volga and in both Kansas and Colorado. He returned to Russia after establishing himself in the USA, married in Russia and moved back to the USA in 1909. He lived in the Bazine and Garden City areas for a time but eventually made his home in Sterling, Colorado where he became a successful farmer and rancher. He purchased a beautiful home in Sterling that is now on the national historic register as the "Conrad Luft House". His personal history is included in the website "Conrad Luft". It was noted that the reason for the family first moving to Mexico in January 1900 was to clear trees and brush near Flandaro, Mexico. It was reported he next moved to Lehigh (in Marion County), Kansas in the spring of 1900...apparently when grandpa and grandma went to Marion County, Kansas...probably to Lehigh.