Johann Georg Merkel, a glazier (Glaser), and his wife Anna settled in the Volga German colony of Paulskaya on 3 August 1767. They are recorded there on an appendix to the 1767 census of Paulskaya in Household No. 123.
The 1767 census records that Johann Georg Merkel came from the German village of Romrod.
- 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): Pl01, Pl02.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 374.