Heinrich Messer arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 18 June 1766 aboard the ship Die Junger Friederika under the command of skipper Christian Korsholm.
He settled in the Volga German colony of Preuss on 15 July 1767 and is recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 132 along with his mother, Susanna Glock. The widow Barbara Wimmer is also recorded living with them.
The 1767 census records that Heinrich Messer came from the German village of Stierstadt in the Kurmainz.
- 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): Ps18.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 438.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #905.