Widower Konrad Bittel, a farmer, and family arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum aboard an English frigate under the command of Skipper Adam Beerfeier.
Konrad and his children are recorded on the appendix to the 1767 census of Paulskaya in Household No. 82 along with a note that they relocated to the colony of Wittmann in 1768.
The 1798 census of Wittmann records that Johannes Reinhard Bittel is working in the colony of Schönchen. The 1767 census records that Konrad Bittel came from the German region of Bamberg.
- 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): Wm10.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 367.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #4709.