Joseph Bester, a barber (Friseur), and his wife Anna settled in the Volga German colony of Katharinenstadt on 27 August 1766. They are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 81 along with a note that they relocated to the colony of Urbach in 1768.
The 1767 census records that Joseph Bester came from the German region of Mainz.
There are no known surviving male lines of this family among the Volga German colonies.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Der Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 293.