Matthias Zimmermann, a farmer, and his family settled in the Volga German colony of Mariental on 14 June 1766. They are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 55 along with his Schneider stepchildren.
The 1767 census records that Matthias Zimmermann came from the German village of Grimburg in the region of Kurtrier.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 109.