Johannes Best, a farmer, and his wife Anna are recorded on an appendix the 1767 census of Paulskaya in Household No. 99 along with a note that they settled in the colony of Schönchen in 1768.
The 1767 census records that Johannes Best came from the German village of Fürth in the Darmstadt region.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 370.