Johann Jost Bender, son of Catharina Bender, was baptized in the village of Düdelsheim on 23 September 1740. He married there on 11 March 1766 to Anna Margaretha, daughter of Stephan Dörr. She had been baptized on 21 April 1742 in Hüttengesäß.
Jost Bender, a farmer, and his wife arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 4 July 1766 aboard a packet-boat under the command of Midshipman Mankensey.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Balzer on 18 June 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 41.
Johann Jost is the sister of Anna Barbara Bender, wife of Andreas Klinck. They arrived in Oranienbaum on the same ship as the Bender family.
Anna Margaretha Dörr's brother Peter also arrived in Oranienbaum on the same ship as the Bender family.
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