Philipp Nunius, a farmer, and his wife Anna arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on13 September 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Skipper Johann Grapp.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Messer on 14 September 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 84.
In 1796, Peter Nunius moved from Messer to Warenburg.
Both the Oranienbaum passenger list and the 1767 census record that Johann Philipp Nunius came from the German region of Darmstadt.
- 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): Wr032, Mv1743.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 151.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #5939.