Johannes Messer, a farmer, 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. 1, and Johanness Messer is recorded as the mayor (Vorsteher) of the colony.
The 1767 census records that Johannes Messer came from the German region of the Kurpfalz.
The colony of Messer is named after its first mayor, Johannes Messer.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 131.