Johann Bender, a craftsman (Handwerker), and his family (including his mother-in-law) settled in the Volga German colony of Mariental on 15 July 1766. They are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 78.
The 1767 census records that Johann Bender came from the German village of Hofheim in the Würzburg region.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 114.