According to his memoirs, Johann Georg Möhring, son of Johann Georg & Katharina Magdalena Möhring, was born on 4 August 1743 in the German village of Altenstadt, not far from the town of Chaorkomcham in Pastor Tilger's house. He was baptized that same day by Pastor Tilger. His father was a native of Dettenhausen bei Tübingen. His mother remarried in 1744 to Johann Daniel Deckert, and the young Johann Georg went to live with his grandfather in Lorch.
He attended school at the University of Tübingen. He served in the military, and was then recruited by Johann Brugmann, a Dutch merchant from Amsterdam, as a Russian colonist. He married Christiana Stöslin von Stadling, his first wife, on 27 March 1766 in Wöhrd. The newlyweds, his mother-in-law Anna Stöslin (age 70), and sister-in-law Barbara (age 22) departed for Russia on 17 April 1766. Along the way, in Magdeburg, Barbara married druggist Andreas Dalfuss who had been born in the village of Znaim in Moravia. Also travelling with them was a relative Martin Baßinger, a mason from the village of Wörth near Nürnberg, his wife Christina, and their daughters (Anna Maria & Dorothea).
Johann Georg Möhring, a teacher (Schulmeister), his wife Christina, his mother-in-law Anna, his sister-in-law Barbara and her husband Andreas Dalfuss, and the Baßinger family arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 4 July 1766 aboard the ship Die Neue Freiheit von Bremen under the command of Skipper Steingrawer. After several weeks, they set out for Novgorod. Many colonists became ill during this part of the journey, and on 9 September 1766, Christina Stöslin Möhring died and was buried behind the monastery of St. Nikolai, about 3 versts from Novgorod. On 3 November 1766, Martin Baßinger died, and Johann Georg Möhring married his widow.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Jost on 19 August 1767 and he is recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 39 along with his new wife (also named Christina) and her children (Anna Maria, age 8; Dorothea, age 6) [surname Baßinger].
The 1767 census records that Johann Georg Möhring came from the German village of Ulm in the region of Schwaben (Swabia).
- Memoirs of Johann Georg Möhring [online]
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 204.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #1938, #1965, #1966, #1971.