Michael Sander, a farmer, his wife Anna Maria, and son Georg (age 13) settled in the Volga German colony of Chasselois on 2 August 1766. They are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 35.
Following the destruction of Chasselois, the Sander family relocated to the colony of Mariental.
The 1767 census records that Michael Sander came from the German village of Bitche in France.
- 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): Mt66.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 259.