Joseph Spister, a farmer, and his family arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 12 May 1766 aboard the galliot Anna Catharina under the command of Skipper Daniel Geier.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Ober-Monjou on 5 March 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 2.
In 1769, Johann Georg Spister moved from Ober-Monjou to Schaffhausen. In 1784, widow Katharina Spister and her children moved from Ober-Monjou to Luzern.
The 1798 census of Luzern records that Jakob Spister is working in Katharinenstadt.
The 1767 census records that Joseph Spister came from the German village of Meisendorf in the district of Bamberg.
- 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): Lz41, Mv2028, Mv2063.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 289.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #104.