Johannes Wilhelm was born on 22 Mar 1722, the son of Johann Jacob Wilhelm and his wife Anna Dorothea. His first marriage was to Anna Magdalena Lohrey on 7 Apr 1752. They had two children: Gertraud, born 28 Jan 1753, and Albertina, born 16 Feb 1755. Anna Magdalena and Albertina both die in 1756 – Anna Magdalena on 19 Nov 1756 at the age of 39 years and Albertina on 30 Nov 1756 at the age of 1 year and 10 months. Johannes Wilhelm then married Anna Margaretha Seibert on 26 Jan 1758. Johannes Wilhelm, Anna Margaretha, and Anna Gertrude arrived in Russia on 29 Aug 1766. They settled in Norka and are reported there in First Settlers List Family #38.
- Parish records of Hellstein on Archion.de
- Facius List extractions
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010) p. 245
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Nordost-Institute, 2005): p. 238