Johann Benecke, a single cobbler (Schuhmacher), arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 12 September 1766 aboard an English frigate under the command of Skipper Adam Beerfeier.
He settled in the Volga German colony of Bettinger on 3 August 1767 and is recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 5 along with a new wife and her children (Peter, age 13; Johann, age 7) [surname not recorded].
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Johann Benecke came from the German region of Pommerania. The 1767 census records that he came from the German village of Lobbese.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 132.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #4569.