Johann Bender, a craftsman (Handwerker), his wife Anna Maria, children (Johann Michael, age 6; Georg, age 1½), and mother-in-law Ursula [surname not recorded] are recorded on the 1767 census of Mariental in Househod No. 78. They had settled in Mariental on 15 July 1766.
The 1767 census records that Johann Bender came from the German village of Hofheim in the Würzburg region.
There are no known surviving male lines of this Bender family among the Volga German colonies.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Der Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 114.