Johannes Sauer, son of Hans Georg & Anna Margaretha Sauer, was born on 6 April 1742, and baptized on 8 April 1742 in the Lutheran Church in Hofheim, about 5 kilometers northeast of Worms. He married Anna Barbara (surname unknown).
Johann[es] Sauer, a farmer, and his wife Anna Barbara arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 8 August 1766 aboard the snow-brig Der Merkur under the command of Skipper Johann Heinrich Abelmann.
Johannes & Anna Barbara Sauer settled in the Volga German colony of Sewald on 20 August 1767 where they are recorded on the 1767 census in Household No. 27.
In 1792, Johannes Sauer and his family moved from Sewald to Köhler where he and his son Nikolaus are recorded in Household No. Kl80 on the 1798 census.
Johannes Sauer from Sewald is recorded on the 1798 census of Köhler in Household No. Kl80.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Johann[es] Sauer came from the German region of Trier. The 1767 census records that he came from the German village of Hofheim in the Worms region.
- 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): Kl80, Mv2763.
- Parish records of Hofheim (LDS Film No. 1340301).
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Nordost-Institut, 2008): 173.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #3336.