Johannes Meier, a farmer and cobbler (Schuster), his wife Magdalena, and son Friedrich (age 2) immigrated to Denmark (Schleswig-Holstein), arriving at the city of Schleswig on 4 July 1761. They were dismissed from the Danish colonies on 24 April 1765 and joined the migration to Russia.
Johannes Meier and his family settled in the Volga German colony of Balzer on 28 March 1766 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 21.
The 1767 census records that Johannes Meier came from Switzerland. The Eichhorns record that Johannes Meier came from "Markgrafschaft Baden-Durlach."
- Eichhorn, Alexander, Jacob & Mary Eichhorn. The Immigration of German Colonists to Denmark and Their Subsequent Emigration to Russia in the Years 1759-1766 (Deiningen, Germany: Drukerei und Verlag Steinmeier GmbH & Co. Kg, 2012): B-1094.
- 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): Bz039.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 77.