Nikolaus Prester, a farmer, and his family arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 29 August 1766 aboard the ship Apollo with Skipper Detlov Merberg at the helm.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Norka on 15 August 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 152.
In 1792, Nikolaus Prester and his family moved from Norka to Schaffhausen. In 1795, Friedrich Prester moved from Norka to Grimm. In 1796, Konrad Prester moved from Norka to Grimm.
Both the Oranienbaum passenger list and the 1767 census record that Nikolaus Prester came from the German district of Hessen.
- 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): Gm016, Gm018, Sh41, Mv1975, Mv2008, Mv2020.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 270.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #5196.