Wilhelm Bengel, a farmer, and his wife Anna arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 4 July 1766 aboard the English frigate Love & Unity under the command of Skipper Thomas Fairfax.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Balzer on 18 June 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 60 along with their daughter Maria Katharina (age 1).
The Wilhelm Bengel family is recorded on the 1798 census of Balzer in Household No. Bz091 where the surname is erroneously recorded as Dingel.
Wilhelm's son Konrad and family moved to the colony of Staub before 1803.
Both the Oranienbaum passenger list and the 1767 census record that Wilhelm Bengel came from the German region of Isenburg.
- 1775 Balzer Census (Household No. 55).
- 1834 Balzer Census (Household No. 213).
- 1834 Straub Census (Household No. 36).
- Mai, Brent Alan. 1798 Census of the German Colonies along the Volga (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1999): Bz091.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 89.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #1819.