Mattias Biel, a farmer, and his wife Anna settled in the Volga German colony of Schönchen on 17 August 1767. They are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 11 along with a note that they resettled to the colony of Meinhard in 1768.
The 1767 census records that Mattias Biel came from the German village of Bierbach.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 107.