Jacob Müller was born 31 May 1733 in Sprendlingen, Pfalz. His wife, Susanna Elz, was born 4 Nov 1728 in Sprendlingen, Pfalz. They married on 28 Sep 1755. They had four children in Sprendlingen before immigrating to Russia: Johann Bernhard, Anna Margareta, Johann Wilhelm, and Anna Gertruda. Anna Gertruda died during the trip through Russia.
Jacob, a farmer, and his family arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 18 June 176 aboard the ship Die Perle under the command of Skipper Thomson.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Kolb on 13 May 1767. They are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 22.
- 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): Ko37.
- Parish records of Sprendlingen, Dekanat Wöllstein - Central Archive of the Evangelical Church in Hessen and Nassau (Archion.de)
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 391.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #988.