Johann Meng and his family settled in the Volga German colony of Messer on 7 July 1766. They are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 10.
In 1795, Johannes Meng and his family moved from Kratzke to Messer.
The 1767 census records that the Meng family came from the German district of Kurpfalz.
- Mai, Brent Alan. 1798 Census of the German Colonies along the Volga (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1999): Ms07, Ms40, Ms55, Mv1432.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet 1764-1767 Band 3 (Goettingen: Der Göttinger Arbeitskreis; 2005): 133