Johann Philipp Damm was born in Reiskirchen. He resided in Großen-Buseck where he had married on 28 June 1747 to Anna Catharina Rausch. They had four children, each born in Großen-Buseck: (1) Anna Barbara, born 21 April 1748; (2) Johann Christoffel, born 24 November 1750; (3) Anna Dorothea, born 28 January 1753; and (4) Elisabetha Dorothea, born 11 May 1756.
The Damms and their three youngest children immigrated to Russia. They left Lübeck aboard the galliot Anna Catharina with Johann Joachim Janson as skipper. The ship arrived in Oranienbaum on 8 August 1766. The family arrived in the Volga German colony of Paulskaya on 17 August 1767 where they spent the winter.
At some point the descendants of this family moved to Näb where the widow of son Christoph is living in 1798 (Household No. Nb31) with her second husband Konrad Weiss.
Johann Philipp's youngest daughter, Elisabeth, is recorded as being from Näb on the 1798 Census in Susannental (Household No. Ss18) and is married to Johannes Roth. Her widowed sister Anna Dorothea is living with them.
- 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).
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 363.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): 254.