Mattias Bender, a farmer, and his wife Barbara arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum 8 August 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Skipper Heidemann.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Preuss on 16 August 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 116.
The 1767 census records that Mattias Bender came from the German village of Weinheim in the Kurpfalz region.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 435.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #4132.