Johann Kiesling and his wife Anna arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 18 June 1766 aboard the ship Mann und Frau under the command of Skipper Daniel Berg.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Dinkel on 27 July 1767. Anna died on 31 September 1767. Simon Kiesling is recorded on the 1767 census of Dinkel in Household No. 48 along with a note that he relocated to the colony of Warenburg in 1768.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Johann Kiesling was a farmer while the 1767 census records that he was a fabric printer (Stoffdrucker).
Both the Oranienbaum passenger list and the 1767 census record that Johann Simon Kiesling came from the German village of Neukirch in the region of Sachsen (Saxony).
- 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): Wr113.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 311.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #1100.