Johannes Walger, a tailor, and his siblings (Johann Heinrich, age 18; [Anna] Margaretha, age 15) settled in the Volga German colony of Ernestinendorf on 3 August 1767. They are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 44.
In 1784, Heinrich Walger and his family moved from Ernestinendorf to Fischer.
The 1767 census records that Johannes Walger came from the German village of Hattenbach.
Some sources have translated this surname to be Walter or Walker, but those are believed to be incorrect.
- 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): Er10, Er11, Fs07, Mv0568.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 406.