Nikolaus Kisner, a farmer, and his family arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 31 July 1766 aboard a Russian ship under the command of Lieutenant Samuel Gibbs.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Pfeifer on 15 June 1767 where they are recorded on the 1767 census in Household No. 103.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Nikolaus Kisner came from the German region of Aufenau while the 1767 census records that Nikolaus Kisner came from the German region of Freiburg.
- 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): Pf42, Pf93.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 401.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #2886.