Philipp Bender, a farmer, his wife Maria, children (Elisabeth, age 15; Anna, age 12; Andreas, age 10; Philipp, age 8; Katharina, age 3), and servant Katharina (age 19, surname not recorded) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 12 September 1766 aboard the English frigate Love & Unity under the command of Skipper Thomas Fairfax.
They are recorded on the list of Beauregard recruits that accompanies the 1767 census in Household No. 36 along with a note that they relocated to the Volga German colony of Ober-Monjou in 1768.
In 1790, Philipp Bender moved from Ober-Monjou to Dehler.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Philipp Bender came from the German region of Bassenheim. The 1767 census records that he came from the German village of Wernborn.
- 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): Dl20, Mv2087.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 356.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #5462.