Riebensdorf, Ostrogozhsky District, Voronezh Oblast, Russia

Includes the following communities: 
Riebensdorf, Ostrogozhsky District, Voronezh Oblast
Rybnoje, Ostrogozhsky District, Voronezh Oblast
Rybnoye, Ostrogozhsky District, Voronezh Oblast
Рыбное, Острогожский район, Воронежская область
Рибенсдорф, Острогожский район, Воронежская область
Rybensdorf, Ostrogozhsky District, Voronezh Oblast

A group of German immigrants who had only a few years earlier settled in what is today Denmark answered the call of Catherine the Great's 1763 Manifesto. Most of these settlers ended up in the main group of Volga German colonies near Saratov. One group of 60 families, however, settled in an area considerably west of Saratov, arriving in February 1766 in Ostrogoshsk. Because of the familial and religious connections to those who settled along the Volga, those in this group are often included as Volga German settlers.

Later in 1766, the families relocated to land belonging to Prince Tevyaschev and set up their tents on the Sonsa River, and the town of Riebensdorf was founded. It was named Riebensdorf after the Russian word "rybnoye" which means fish, because there were abundant fish in the nearby rivers.

Riebensdorf suffered a devastating fire in 1850. A number of daughter colonies were established in the years following the fire: Michaelstal (1853); Olgenfeld, Ruhethal, & Mariental (1866-1867); Peter Paul, Neu-Hoffnung & Dreiling Khutor (1878); Eigenheim (1879); and Balabanovka (1888).

Today, what remains of the colony of Riebensdorf is called Rybnoye.


Volga German Congregations: 

The Lutheran parish in Riebensdorf was founded in 1766 at the time the colony was founded. The parish was split in 1865 when a new parish was founded in nearby Voronesch.

The Lutheran parish in Riebensdorf was served by the following pastors:

Friedrich Aßmus (1766-1768)
Woldemar Martin Bauer (1768-1771)
Friedrich Wilhelm Gomp (1771-1788)
Friedrich Schortmann (1789-1796)
Johann Heinrich Fuchs (1798-1801)
Joh. Friedrich Viereck (1802-1805)
Joh. Michael Karl Allendorf (1806-1822)
Samuel Jakob Heller (1825-1984)
Samuel Petrus Dittrich (1865-1879)
Felician Joseph Dittrich (1881-1885)
Ferdinand Baumbach (1886-1888)
Johannes Needohl (1889-1891)
Friedrich "Heinrich" Wilhelm Keller (1894-1897)
Julius Georg Schilling (1898-1904)
Karl Zimmer (1904-1908)

The church was disbanded by the Soviet government in the 1930s.


- Немецкая колония Рибенсдорф Воронежского края (2017) [Online]


- Ortsfamilienbuch Riebensdorf am Don [Online]

Source: Heimatbuch der Deutschen aus Rußland (1958).

Ruins of the Lutheran Church in Riebensdorf.
Source: Jorge Bohn.

Lutheran Church in Riebensdorf.
Source: vrnbiz.ru

Pre-Volga Origin

Latitude: 51.116667
Longitude: 11.416667
Latitude: 49.810556
Longitude: 7.561944