Anton Blankenstein, a baker (Bäcker), and his wife Sophia settled in the Volga German colony of Katharinenstadt on 27 August 1766. They are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 3.
The 1767 census records that Anton Blankenstein participated in the Pugachev Rebellion and was consequently imprisoned in 1774 after the revolt was put down.
The 1767 census records that Anton Blankenstein came from the German town of Magdeburg in Sachsen (Saxony).
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 276