Johann Gottlob Meisner, son of Michael Meisner & Anna Katharina Haag, was from Reichelsheim, southeast of Darmstadt. He married there on 16 September 1732 to Elisabeth Catharina Lauth, daughter of Adam Lauth & Magdalena Körber. She was born 20 July 1712 in Klein-Gumpen. They have 5 children born in Reichelsheim: (1) Alexander, born 8 December 1732; (2) Johann Wendel, born about 1735; (3) Eva Catharina, born 25 February 1738, died 7 May 1740; (4) Johann Georg, born 23 March 1741, and (5) Johann Heinrich, born 17 March 1744.
The Meisner family immigrated to Denmark (Schleswig-Holstein) where they settled in the colony of Julianenebene on 24 July 1761.
While in Denmark, son Johann Georg married Elisabeth Schäfer on 31 May 1763 in the colony of Hohn. Son Johann Heinrich married on the same day to Margaretha Barbara Risch, daughter of Johann Michael Risch.
On 10 January 1765, the Meisner brothers left Denmark and immigrated to Russia where they settled in the Volga German colony of Grimm. They are recorded there on the 1775 census in Households No. 5, 39, 40, & 41. Some translations mis-record this surname as Meisinger.
In 1788, Johann Georg and Mattias Meisner moved from Grimm to Dinkel. In 1789, Konrad Meisner moved from Grimm to Straub.
They Eichhorns record that Gottlob Meisner came from the German village of "Billings, Amt Lichtenberg, Landgrafschaft Hessen-Darmstadt."
- 1775 Grimm Census (No. 5, 39, 40, & 41).
- Clausen, Otto. Chronik der Heide- und Moorkolonisation im Herzogtum Schleswig, 1760-1765 (Husum: Husum Druck- und Verlagsgesellschaft, 1981): 801-802.
- Eichhorn, Alexander, Jacob & Mary Eichhorn. The Immigration of German Colonists to Denmark and Their Subsequent Emigration to Russia in the Years 1759-1766 (Deiningen, Germany: Drukerei und Verlag Steinmeier GmbH & Co. Kg, 2012): 516-517 (B-1059, B-1060, B-1061, B-1349).
- Lang, Gerhard. German Colonists of Denmark on the Volga.
- 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): Dn21, Dn31, Gm054, Gm142, Gm176, Sr34, Mv0768, Mv0769.
- Parish records of Reichelsheim (LDS Film No. 1195016).