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Three Befus children (Julianna, age 16; Joh. Adam, age 13; and Justin, age 11) are reported by Karl Stumpp to have been from Storndorf (not verified).  They arrived in the colony of Yagodnaya Polyana on 16 September 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 52 as the step-childen of Johann Konrad Ruhl.


- 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): Yp54.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 187.
- Stumpp, Karl. The Emigration from Germany to Russia in the Years 1763 to 1862 (Lincoln, NE: The American historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1973?): 120.


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