Johann Jakob Bäcker, a farmer, and his wife Elisabeth settled in the Volga German colony of Merkel on 28 August 1766. They are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 19.
The 1767 census records that Johann Jakob Bäker came from the German village of Worms in the Kurpfalz region.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 123.