Gottfried Ritzler, a Husar (member of the light cavalry), and his wife Elisabeth settled in the Volga German colony of Beauregard on 27 August 1766. They are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 18.
The 1767 census records that Gottfried Ritzler came from Prussia.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 182.