Johann Gerling, a farmer, and his wife Anna Maria settled in the Volga German colony of Kamenka on 6 July 1765. They are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 23 along with their two sons (Johannes, age 1½; Antonius, age 6-months).
The following are believed to be sons of Johann & Anna Maria Gerling:
(1) Anton Gerling and his family are recorded on the 1798 census of Kamenka in Household No. Km030.
(2) Johann Georg Gerling and his family are recorded on the 1798 census of Kamenka in Household No. Km049.
Johannes Herling from Kamenka and his family are recorded on the 1857 census of Marienfeld.
The 1767 census records that Johann Gerling came from the German village of Oberkirch.
- 1857 Marienfeld Census.
- 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): Km030, Km049.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Der Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 221.