David Hess of Thallichtenberg married on 10 January 1746 in the Reformed Church of Pfeffelbach to Maria Magdalena Hilles.
The births (in Thallichtenberg) of the following children of David Hess & Maria Magdalena Hilles are recorded in the parish register of Pfeffelbach: (1) Maria Dorothea, born 4 September 1749; (2) Johann Nickel, born 29 April 1751; (3) Johann David, born 21 September 1755; (4) Maria Catharina, born 30 March 1759; and (5) Johann Wilhelm, born 8 January 1763.
David Hess, his wife Maria, and children (Dorothea, age 18; Johann, age 15; David, age 11; Maria, age 7; Wilhelm, age 4) arrived from Reval [Estonia] at the port of Oranienbaum aboard the pink Slon under the command of Lieutenant Sergey Panov.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Warenburg on 12 May 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 119.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that David Hess was a farmer from the German region of Zweibrücken. The 1767 census records that he was a mason (Maurer) from the German village of Lichtenberg in the Zweibrücken 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): Wr030.
- Parish register of Pfeffelbach.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 339.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #598.