Our Becker Ancestors
Our earliest known Becker ancestor is Johann Martin Becker born about 1630 in the village of Reichenbach, Baden, Germany. Sometime around 1650 the extended Becker family moved to the villages of Etzenrot and Busenbach, Baden, Germany.
The extended Becker family remained in these two villages until sometime after 1793 when our direct line ancestor Johann Georg Becker moved his family to the village of Wintzenbach, Alsace. Johann Georg and his family remained in Wintzenbach, Alsace until 1808 when they immigrated to the Kutschurgan village of Selz, Russia.
Civil records imply that while living in Germany, our direct ancestral family of Johann Georg Becker was living in the village of Etzenrot. However, at that time the village of Etzenrot did not have their own church. Therefore, all of the church records for the family are recorded as Busenbach.
The period from 1793 and 1808 is also when Johann Georg’s wife Maria Anna (née Schneider) died. However, the precise location and date of her death are unknown.
The German meaning of the name Becker is Baker as a person working in a bakery.