Johann Martin Möserburg [sic], a single cobbler (Schuhmacher), arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 8 August 1766 aboard the snow-brig Der Merkur under the command of Skipper Johann Heinrich Abelmann.
He settled in the Volga German colony of Jost on 16 August 1767 and is recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 42 along with his new wife Anna Barbara, the widow of Johann Adam Hilmann, and her children (Adam, age 18; Justina, age 12) [surname of Hilmann].
The 1767 census records that Johann Martin Möserburg came from the German region of Anhalt-Köthen.
- 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): Jo08.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 205.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #3279.