Christoph Karl Bettinger, a tailor (Schneider), his wife Anna, and son Johann (age 8) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 12 September 1766 aboard an English frigate under the command of Skipper Adam Beerfeier.
Carl Christ. Bottinger [sic], his wife Susanna, and son Johann David [age not recorded] are recorded on the list of colonists being transported from St. Petersburg to Saratov in 1767.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Bettinger on 3 August 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 1 along with a note that Karl Christoph [sic] is serving as the colony's mayor (Vorsteher). It is after Mr. Bettinger that the colony received its name.
Also recorded with them in Household No. 1 is orphan Walburgis Martin (age 17).
The 1767 census does not record a relationship between the Bettinger and Martin families.
In 1787, David Bettinger left the colony.
The 1767 census records that Karl Christoph Bettinger came from the German town of Dresden in Sachsen (Saxony).
- 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): Mv0237.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 131.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #4570.
- Rauschenbach, Georg. Deutsche Kolonisten auf dem Weg von St. Petersburg nach Saratow: Transportlisten von 1766-1767 (Moscow: G.V. Rauschenbach, 2017): #4881-4883.