Johann Bitter, a baker (Bäcker), and his wife Anna Maria arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 4 July 1766 aboard the ship Die Neue Freiheit von Bremen under the command of Skipper Steingrawer.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Laub on 12 July 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 30.
Johannes Bitter, his wife, daughter, and daughter's family [Ohlberg] are recorded on the 1798 census of Laub in Household No. Lb07.
The 1767 census records that Johann Bitter came from the German town of Königsberg in the district of Brandenburg.
There are no known surviving male lines of this Bitter family among the Volga German colonies.
- 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): Lb07.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Der Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 27.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #2037.