Ludwig Hesser, a single farmer, and his siblings (Anna, age 21; Paul, age 19; Apollonia, age 18) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 18 June 1766 aboard the hooker Anna Catharina under the Skipper Adolph Scharpenberg.
Ludwig Hesser settled in the Volga German colony of Keller on 12 May 1767 and is recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 11.
Following the destruction of Keller, surviving members of the family resettled to the colony of Neu-Kolonie.
In 1794, Johann Adam Hesser moved from Neu-Kolonie to Mariental.
The 1767 census records that Ludwig Hesser came from the German village of Hattersheim in the Kurmainz 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): Mv1886.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 343.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #854.