Johann Reber and his family arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 8 August 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Skipper Johann Gottfried Seelender.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Bangert on 1 July 1767. Johann's wife Anna died and he remarried to Susanna Geis, widow of Johann Heinrich Geis. They are recorded on the 1767 census of Bangert in Household No. 14 along with the surviving Geis sons.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Johann Reber was a farmer while the 1767 census records that he was a butcher (Fleischer).
The 1767 census records that Johannes Reber came from the German region of Freiburg while the Oranienbaum passenger list records that he came from the German region of Wetau.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 108.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #3412.