Andreas Belodie [sic], a farmer, his wife Magdalena, and sons (Johann Heinrich, age 15; Johann[es], age 8) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 9 August 1766 aboard the pink Novaya Dvinka under the command of Lieutenant Perepechin.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Köhler on 21 August 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 47 under the surname of Pelletier [sic].
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Andreas Belodie came from France. The 1767 census records that Andreas Pelletier came from the French village of Esse [?].
This surname appears to have morphed into Belender/Belenter and then Bolender over the years.
- 1834 Köhler Census (Households No. 10, 35, 41, 43, 48, 101, 103, 105, 190)
- 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): Kl35, Kl41.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 371.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #3842.