Christian Messing, a miller, and his family arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 4 July 1766 aboard the ship Der Jager under the command of Skipper Gabriel Wild.
The parents died after arriving in Russia. The surviving children settled in the Volga German colony of Seelmann and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 4 (Anton, age 10) along with the Andreas Walter family and Household No. 42 (Magdalena, age 9) along with the Anton Lateau family.
The 1798 census of Katharinenstadt records Anton Messing from Seelmann in Household No. Ka021.
The 1767 census does not record a relationship among the Messing, Walter, and Lateau families. The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Christian Messing was from Italy.
- 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): Ka021.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 150, 157.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #2188.