Joseph Heiligmeier, a soldier (Soldat), his wife Barbara, and sons (Stephan, age 14; Georg, age 8) are recorded on an appendix to the 1767 census of Paulskaya in Household No. 81 along with a note that they settled in the colony of Zug in 1768.
The 1767 census records that Joseph Heiligmeier came from the German village of Hof.
- 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): Zg25, Zg40.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 367.