Johann Maier was born in approximately 1788. He served in Napoleon's army and fought against the Russians. He was captured by the Russians, and in 1812, was settled in the Volga German colony of Grimm. He is recorded on the 1834 Census of Grimm in Household No. 55 and on the 1857 Census of Grimm in Household No. 58 along with a note that he had died there in 1857.
- 1834 Census of Grimm.
- 1857 Census of Grimm.
- Belousov, S.V. "Prisoners of war of Napoleon's army in the Volga region: the arrangement, content, relationships with the local population." Bulletin of the Samara State University, No. 1 (Samara, Russia: Samara State University, 2006): 48-55.