[Heinrich] Martin Meder, a single farmer from Saxony, arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 31 July 1766 aboard a Russian ship under the command of Lieutenant Samuel Gibbs.
He settled in the Volga German colony of Holstein on 7 July 1767 and is recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 43 along with his new wife Anna Maria.
In 1795, Heinrich Martin Meder and his family moved from Holstein to Dönhof.
The 1767 census records that Heinrich Martin Meder came from the German village of Langenstein in 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): Dh027, Dh107, Mv0915.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 136.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #2894.