Franz Joseph Brabander and his family arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 8 August 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Skipper Wiebe Heinrichson.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Brabander on 13 August 1767 and are recorded thre on the 1767 census in Household No. 1. The 1767 census also notes that Franz Joseph Brabander is serving as the mayor (Vorsteher) of the colony. It is after him that the colony received its name.
In 1790, Johann Georg Brabander moved from Brabander to Dehler.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Franz Joseph Brabander was a farmer while the 1767 census records that he was a dentist (Zahnarzt).
Both the Oranienbaum passenger list and the 1767 census record that Franz Joseph Brabander came from Andreanopol.
- 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): Dl19, Mv0357.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Der Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 215.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #3505.