There are two apparently unrelated P(f)ister families that settled in the Volga German colony of Urbach.
Johann Nikolaus Pister, a farmer, his wife Susanna Katharina, and children (Johann Peter, age 20; Katharina Elisabeth, age 18; Maria Margaretha, age 14; Anna Jakobina, age 6½; Anton, age 4½; Johann Adam, age 1) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 15 June 1766 aboard the ship Die Vergelte Weintraube under the command of Skipper Anderson.
They evidently settled in Urbach. Son Johann Peter's widow and children are recorded on the 1798 census of Frank in Household No. Fk125 as being "from Urbach."
In 1823, Heinrich Pister moved from Frank to Merkel.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Johann Nikolaus Pister came from the German region of Darmstadt.
- 1834 Merkel Census (Household No. 30).
- 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): Fk125.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #803.