Orphan Martin Bender (age 18), son of the deceased Johannes Bender, is recorded on the 1767 census of Semenovka in Household No. 20 along with the Paul Grau family. They had settled there on 24 July 1767.
Martin Bender from Semenovka and his family are recorded on the 1798 census of Kamenka in Household No. Km004.
There is a single Martin Bender who arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 15 September 1766 aboard the galliot Johannes under the command of Skipper Stahl. There were other families who settled in Semenovka aboard this ship.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Martin Bender came from the German region of Mainz.
- 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): Km004.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 183.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #6394.