Johann Just Bittner, a cobbler (Schuhmacher), and his wife Maria settled in the Volga German colony of Beauregard on 27 August 1766. They are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 49 along with their 5-week-old son Johann.
The 1767 census records that Johann Just Bittner came from the German village of Schlitz.
- 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): Bo12.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 190.