Jakob Bert, a farmer, and his family settled in the Volga German colony of Messer on 18 June 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 284.
The 1767 census records that Jakob Bert came from the German district of Isenburg.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 138.