Joseph Ottien, a distiller (Weinbrenner), his wife Maria, and their daughter Maria (age 1) settled in the Volga German colony of Franzosen on 28 July 1765. They are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 14.
Various translations record this surname as Oten, Oudiu, and Utt.
The 1767 census records that Joseph Ottien came from the French village of Château-Gontier.
- 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): Fz39.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 444.