Family #20 in the 1767 Grimm census.
Family #134 in the 1775 Grimm census.
Family #Sp34 in the 1798 Stephan census.
Johannes Balzer was born about 1761, probably in the Darmstadt area, to Johann and Anna Balzer. 
Because of the limited financial and social opportunities in the Darmstadt area, his parents decided to immigrate to Russia. His father Johann Balzer is named in the Kulberg Reports as immigrating to Russia with his wife Anna. He was a Lutheran, a tailor from Darmstadt, traveling with document number 2393.  Also traveling with the couple were children Andreas, 21, Anna 18, Elisabeth 14, and Johann, 5. The family left Luebeck on the Pink Lev and arrived in Russia on 22 July 1766.
Typically the families took their oaths of allegiance and were settled in temporary housing barracks until the following spring, when groups set out for the Volga River colonies. At some point after their arrival in Russia but before the first Grimm census in 1767, his father Johann passed away.  At the time of the 1767 census, his mother is listed as a widow with only two of her children, Johannes, age 6 years 6 months, and Elisabeth, age 15 years 5 months.
1767 Grimm Census
His brother Andreas is listed in another family, but his sister Anna, who would have been 19-20, remains missing. Although she, too, may not have survived the journey, it's more likely that she married a fellow traveler and is listed in the census with his family. The most likely family in the 1767 Grimm census is one that lived just three houses away from her mother:
His brother Andreas lived further away in family #53, but perhaps that was closer to his wife Anna Margaretha's family, whose last name at birth in not recorded in any census records. His age is off based on his age one year earlier in the Kulberg Reports, which was 21, but that is likely a census taker or transcription error.
In 1775, Johannes Balzer and his mother lived with his brother Andreas and his family.
1775 Grimm Census 
Johannes Balzer followed his sister Elisabeth to the colony of Stephan.  Although his sister Elisabeth had married Simon Stürtz  and moved their by 1770, Johannes did not follow her until after the 1775 Grimm census. The separation of the twp pairs of children at this point suggests that perhaps their mother died shortly after the 1775 census, and without a living parent in Grimm, the move to Stephan, a village much further south near Dobrinka, was an easier decision for Johannes to make.
Johannes moved to Stephan and married Anna Maria Schmidt, the widow of Konrad Just.  According to the 1798 Stephan census, Johannes was 39 years old, giving him a birth year of 1759, not 1761.  His first child was born in 1779, presumably in Stephan, so it appears that he married his wife and moved to Stephan between 1776 and 1778.
Johannes Balzer had two step-sons who were still living with their mother and him at the time of the 1798 census:
1798 Stephan Census 
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