The Meininger family initially settled in Messer. Johannes Meininger was baptized 26 December 1722 in Mittelgründau. His wife, Anna Katharina Daut was baptized 25 June 1727 in Mittelgründau. They married 10 February 1746 in Gründau. They travelled to Russia with five of their children – Anna Christina, Johannes, Anna Maria, Johann Peter, and Just. The family is recorded in the Messer 1767 Census along with Anna Katharina’s brother, Wilhelm Daut. Four of their children relocated to Kolb.
- Parish records of Gründau, Gelnhausen, Archive of the Evangelical Church of Kurhessen-Waldeck in Kassel (Archion.de)