Joseph Russmann and his unnamed wife settled in the Volga German colony of Brabander on 11 August 1767. This unnamed wife died on 20 September 1767.
The 1767 census records that Joseph Russmann came from the German village of Altoberndorf in the Schwaben (Swabia) region.
- 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): Bn17, Bn48.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 239.