Ferdinand Wilhelm Wittmann, a soldier (Soldat), his wife Elisabeth, and children (Walburgia, age 10; Ferdinand, age 3) are recorded on an appendix to the 1767 census of Kaneau in Household No. 1.
Ferdinand Wittmann is recorded on the 1798 census of Wittmann in Household No. Wm01.
It is after him that the colony of Wittmann took its name.
The 1767 census records that Ferdinand Wilhelm Wittmann came from the German village of Reinberg.
- 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): Wm01.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 264.