Nicolaus Meyer, son of Christian Nicolas Meyer & Anne Elisabeth Scheyer, was born on 20 November 1747 in Ormersweiler, a village in the former area of Zweibrücken-Bitsch. By the time Nicolaus moved to Russia, this village was in an area that had been transferred to France. Today Ormersweiler is known as Ormersviller, Mosselle Department, in France.
Nicholas Meier and his family arrived in the Volga German colony of Louis on 14 June 1766. They are recorded there on the 1767 Census in Household No. 41. Another Meier families, also from Bitsch, are recorded in Households No. 13, 39, & 51, but their relationship is not yet determined.
According to research done by Sean McGinnis and Jérome Beining, this is the only Nicolaus Meyer in this Germanic area of France that did not die or get married and continue a family there.
- McGinnis, Sean. The Founding Families of Catharine, Kansas (2007).
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 89.