Christoph Heinrich Benz, a miller (Müller), and his wife Anna Margaretha settled in the Volga German colony of Jost on 19 July 1767. They are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 32 along with stepsons [perhaps brothers?] Lorenz (age 17) and Daniel (age 16) [surnames not recorded].
The 1767 census records that Christoph Heinrich Benz came from the German village of Rathenow in the Brandenburg region.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 202.