Adam Merk, a farmer, and his wife Anna Elisabeth arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 8 August 1766 aboard the Danish galliot Engel Rafail under the command of Skipper Konstadt.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Laub on 19 July 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 32.
In 1789, Johann Adam Merk moved from Laub to Jost.
The 1767 census records that Johann Adam Merk came from the German village of Fischbach near Falkenstein.
- 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): Jo35, Lb06, Mv1499.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 27.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #3442.