Johann[es] Messler, a single weaver (Weber), arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 20 May 1766 aboard the Russian galliot Katharina Eleonora under the command of Skipper Peter Röder.
He settled in the Volga German colony of Leichtling on 14 May 1767 and is recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 20 along with his new wife Anna Maria Gramm and her son Hans Peter [Elsebach] (age 2½).
In 1852, Feit Messler and his family relocated from Leichtling to Marienfeld. They are recorded on the 1857 census of Marienfeld.
Both the Oranienbaum passenger list and the 1767 census record that Johann[es] Messler came from the German region of Wartenberg.
- 1857 Leichtling Census (Households No. 22, 23).
- 1857 Marienfeld Census.
- 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): Lg13, Lg21.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 55.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #273.