At the time that the Driess family left Leistadt, it was ruled by the Leiningen family. The baptism of Adam Driess is recorded in the Catholic parish records of Leistadt.
The Driess family immigrated to Russia, arriving from Lübeck at the port in Oranienbaum aboard the snow-brig Der Merkur with skipper Johann Heinrich Abelmann at the helm.
He and his wife settled in the Volga German colony of Sewald on 20 August 1767. They are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 38.
In 1792, Johann Michael & Valentin Driess moved from Sewald to Dehler.
- 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): Dl24, Mv2758.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 175.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #3332.