Wilhelm Lipps, son of Wilhelm Lipps from Calbach, and his wife Elisabetha were married on 22 November 1764 in Mittel-Gründau. Wilhelm and Elisabetha had one child, Johannes, born 2 August 1765.
The family immigrated to Russia, arriving from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum aboard the English frigate Love & Unity under the command of skipper Thomas Fairfax on 4 July 1766. They arrived in the Volga German colony of Messer on 18 June 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 Census in Household No. 68.
In 1798, Friedrich Lipps moved from Messer to Kautz.
- Mai, Brent Alan. 1798 Census of the German Colonies along the Volga (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1999): Kz26, Ms08, Mv1957.
- Parish records of Mittel-Gründau.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 146.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766 (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #1777.