Johann Masch, a farmer, and his family settled in the Volga German colony of Messer on 15 November 1766 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 29.
The 1767 census records that Johann Masch came from the German district of Brandenburg.
- 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): Ms15, Ms37.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 138.