Johann Georg Fertig and his wife Maria Gertrude settled in the Volga German colony of Bauer on 20 July 1766. They are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 42.
His profession remains somewhat of a mystery. In the translation of the 1767 census provided by Dr. Igor Plehve, Johann Georg Fertig is recorded as a betrothed person (Cyrillic = обручник) on the Russian language side of the translation and an unknown occupation (German = Reifenschläger) on the German language side of the translation.
The 1767 census records that Johann Georg Fertig came from the German village of Geddelsbach in the Löwenstein region.
- 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): Br13, Br14, Br15.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 127.