Joseph Raspen, a farmer, his wife Anna Dorothea, and daughter Anna Katharina (age 7) settled in the Volga German colony of Schwed on 1 July 1766. They are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 21.
The 1767 census records that Joseph Raspen came from the German region of Ulm.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 145.