Johann Besel, a farmer, his wife Anna, and children (Johann, age 16; Anna, age 10; Martin, age 8; Immanuel, age 5; Katharina, age 3) arrived from Danzig at the port of Oranienbaum on 4 May 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Skipper Jacob Janson.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Hussenbach and are recorded there on the 1798 census in Household No. Hs041.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Johann Besel came from Poland.
- 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): Hs041, Hs084, Hs126.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #11.