Nikolaus Prester, a farmer, his wife Maria Elisabeth, and daughter Katharina Elisabeth (age 13) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 29 August 1766 aboard the ship Apollo with Skipper Detlov Merberg at the helm.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Norka on 15 August 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 152.
Nikolaus Prester, his wife Elisabeth, daughter Katharina, and son-in-law Jakob Guio are recorded on the 1775 census of Norka in Household No. 140.
In 1792, Nikolaus Prester and his family moved from Norka to Schaffhausen. In 1795, Friedrich Prester moved from Norka to Grimm. In 1796, Konrad Prester moved from Norka to Grimm.
Maria Elisabeth Prester, widow of Nikolaus Prester, is recorded on the 1798 census of Schaffhausen in Household No. Sh41 along with their daughter Katharina and her family.
Both the Oranienbaum passenger list and the 1767 census record that Nikolaus Prester came from the German district of Hessen.
- 1775 Norka Census (Household No. 140).
- 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): Gm016, Gm018, Sh41, Mv1975, Mv2008, Mv2020.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 270.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #5196.