Johann Jakob Damm, son of Johann Nicolaus & Anna Elisabetha Damm, was born on 25 July 1731 in Kriegsfeld in the Kurpfalz (now in Rheinland-Pfalz) northwest of Mannheim.
He immigrated to Denmark (Schleswig-Holstein) in 1760. He married Catherina Elisabeth Heinrich and they and their two children (Johann Heinrich, b. 1761, and Anna Christina, b. 1763). In 1763, they joined the immigrated to Russia and settled in the colony of Schilling. They are recorded there on the 1775 Census of Schilling in Household No. 42.
Jakob's second wife is recorded in Schilling as a widow on the 1798 Census in Household No. Sg043 with son Heinrich in Household No. Sg042. Daughter Anna Christina is recorded on the 1798 Census in Stahl am Tarlyk in Household No. St39 married to Johannes Schneider.
- 1775 Schilling Census (No. 42).
- Eichhorn, Alexander, Jacob & Mary Eichhorn. The immigration of German colonists to Denmark and their subsequent emigration to Russia in the years 1759-1766 (Deiningen, Germany: Steinmeier, 2012): 373.
- Mai, Brent Alan. 1798 Census of the German Colonies along the Volga: Economy, Population, and Agriculture (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1999): Sg042, Sg043.
- Parish Records of Kriegsfeld (LDS Film No. 193924).
John F. Read