Franz Bittingheimer, a miller (Müller), and his wife Maria are recorded on a list of Beauregard recruits that is appended to the 1767 census along with a note that they settled in the Volga German colony of Zug in 1768.
Their descendants are recorded there on the 1798 census in Household No. Zg37 along with a note that Johannes Bittingheimer is working in the colony of Luzern.
The 1767 census records that Franz Bittingheimer came from the German village of Berling [Berlingen?] in the Mainz region.
- 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): Zg37.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 376.