Johann Peter Simon was born 2 May 1743 in Rossdorf bei Darmstadt, Hessen, son of Johann Daniel Simon (b. 12 March 1715) and Catharina Elisabetha Koop (b. 5 January 1723).
Johann Peter Simon, a farmer, and his wife Margaretha arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 4 July 1766 aboard the galliot Die Fortuna under the command of Skipper Peter Stahl. They settled in the Volga German colony of Laub on 12 July 1767. Johann Peter is recorded on the 1767 census of Laub in Household No. 57 along with a note that his wife had died 7 November 1767.
Peter is recorded as the deceased husband of Katharina Magdalena Faber on the 1798 Census of Laub in Household No. 33.
The 1767 census records that Johann Peter Simon came from the German village of Rossdorf in the Darmstadt region.
- Franze-Merlau, Christel. Familienbuch Rossdorf bei Darmstadt (Darmstadt: Deutsche Ortssippenbücher, 2004): 717.
- Mai, Brent Alan. 1798 Census of the German Colonies along the Volga Vol. 1 (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1999): Lb12, Lb33.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 33.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #2289.