Johann Wacker, his wife Maria Louisa, and children (Johann Heinrich, age 12; Johann Christoph, age 10; Johann Michael, 7; Johann Nikolaus, age 2½) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 13 September 1766 aboard the Lübeck hooker Die Jungfer Dietrika under the command of Skipper Christian Korsholm.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Norka on 2 September 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 195.
Widower Johannes Wacker and his children (Christophel, age 15; Nikolaus, age 13; Anna Maria, age 7) are recorded on the 1775 census of Norka in Household No. 48 along with his son Johann Heinrich (age 24) and daughter-in-law Katharina (age 22).
Part of the family relocated to the colony of Kutter, and in 1797 Nikolaus Wacker moved back from Kutter to Norka.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Johann Wacker is a miller while the 1767 census records that he is a farmer. Both documents record that he came from the German district of Isenburg.
- 1775 Norka Census (Household No. 48).
- 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): Kt10, Kt56, Nr035, Nr049, Mv1487.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 282.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #5684.