There are two apparently unrelated P(f)ister families that settled in the Volga German colony of Urbach.
Georg Pister, a farmer, and his wife Katharina arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 8 August 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Skipper Martin Friedrich Morkau.
They settled in Urbach on 3 July 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 27.
Georg Pister's widow and children are recorded on the 1798 census of Urbach in Household No. Ur17 along with a note that his 3 youngest sons had received permission to relocate to Perm.
The 1767 census records that Johann Georg Pister came from the German village of Kana in the region of Würzburg.
- 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): Ur17.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 276.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #2946.