Johannes Bietz, a farmer, his wife Marianna,and children (Johann, 15; Karl, age 10; Peter, age 6; Kaspar, 3-weeks-old) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 19 July 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Skipper Jakob Bauer.
The parents died, and the surviving children settled in the Volga German colony of Pfeifer on 15 June 1767. They are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 29 along with the Johannes Lohmann family. The 1767 census does not record a relationship between the Bietz and Lohmann families.
There is a Christoph Bietz and his wife recorded on the 1798 census of Preuss in Household No. Ps87. It is possible that he is connected to the Bietz family in Pfeifer. There are no known descendants of the Bietz family in Preuss.
The descendants of Johannes Bietz are recorded on the 1834 census of Pfeifer in Households No. 4, 66, 105, and 176.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Johannes Bietz came from the German region of Mainz. The 1767 census records that the children came from the German village of Aschaffenburg.
- 1834 Pfeifer Census (Households No. 4, 66, 105, 176).
- 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): Pf24, Pf30, Ps87.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 385.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #2622.