Johannes Messer immigrated to Russia, but he did not survive the journey. Three of his surviving children settled in the Volga German colony of Norka on 2 September 1767:
(1) Elisabeth Messer (age 5) is recorded on the 1767 census of Norka in Household No. 194 with the Georg Bauer family. Georg Bauer is recorded as her step-father, but his wife at the time (Anna Margaretha, age 24) is not old enough to be the mother of the Messer siblings.
(2) Johann Just Messer (age 8) is recorded on the 1767 census of Norka in Household No. 199 with the Georg Deis family. He is also recorded in Household No. 194, but this is believed to be a duplicate entry.
In 1792, Just Messer moved from Norka to Balzer.
Just Messer from Norka and his family are recorded on the 1798 census of Balzer in Household No. Bz068.
Johann Georg Messer, son of Just Messer, and his family are recorded on the 1834 census of Balzer in Household No. 192.
Georg Messer and his family are recorded on the 1857 census of Balzer in Household No. 199.
Descendants of this line moved to Neu-Balzer.
(3) Anna Dorothea Messer (age 10) is recorded on the 1767 census of Norka in Household No. 202 with the Georg Popp family.
- 1834 Balzer Census (Household No. 192).
- 1857 Balzer Census (Household No. 199).
- 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): Bz068, Mv1976.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 281, 283, 284.