Joseph Niedermeier, a hunter (Jäger), and his wife Margaretha arrived from Reval at the port of Oranienbaum on 30 May 1766 aboard the pink Lopamink under the command of Lieutenant Kryukov.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Herzog on 1 September 1766 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 2 along with a note that they relocated to the colony of Schäfer in 1768.
In 1786, Joseph Niedermeier and his family moved from Schäfer to Graf.
The 1767 census records that Joseph Niedermeier came from the German town of München in the region of Bayern (Bavaria).
- 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): Gf33, Mv2513.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 87.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #351.