Matthias Bauer, a single farmer, and his mother Magdalena arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 14 September 1766 aboard the galliot Der Jan under the command of the skipper Markus Dragun.
He settled in the Volga German colony of Brabander on 19 August 1767 and is recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 126.
The 1767 census records that Matthias Bauer came from the village of Neuburg in the Kurpfalz 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): Bn23.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 241.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #5632.