Heinrich Lorenz, a farmer, and his family settled in the Volga German colony of Messer on 7 July 1766. Heinrich, his wife Anna Maria, and son Johannes Georg (age 1½) are recorded on the 1767 census of Messer in Household No. 20 along with orphan Maria Magdalena Meisterling. The 1767 census does not record a relationship between the Lorenz and Meisterling families.
The 1767 census records that Heinrich Lorenz came form the German region of Kurpfalz.
- 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): Ms47.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 136.