Survey Results: Tennessee

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Please note that the information presented here is only that which was reported in the survey from 2019 and does not include information or places reported in older published sources.


Tennessee became a state on June 1, 1796. Prior to statehood, it was the Territory South of the River Ohio (or Southwest Territory) between 1790-1796.

According to the survey, the earliest Germans from Russia to settle in Tennessee were second generation descendants of Volga Germans from the colony of Dietel. They arrived in La Vergne, Tennessee in 1962.

There were no immigrant Germans from Russia reported to have settled in Tennessee. There were, however, first, second, third, fourth and fifth generation descendants living there at some point.

List of Places

There were 15 places in Tennessee reported on the survey. Included below is the earliest year Germans from Russia reportedly arrived in each place. The "Germans from Russia Origins" column includes the region in Russia along with colony from which immigration took place, and/or the colony of immigrant's birth. The locations of the ancestral colonies today can be found on the Germans from Russia Settlement Locations map.


Cite This Page: Sandy Schilling Payne, “Survey Results: Tennessee,” last modified February 22, 2020,