Philipp Bolender, a farmer, and his family arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 13 September 1766 aboard the Russian galliot Citadel under the command of Midshipman Grigory Bukharin.
The only member of the family to survive the journey to the Volga German colonies appears to be Johannes (age 8). He settled in the Volga German colony of Norka on 2 September 1767 were he is recorded on the 1767 census in Household No. 196 along with the Heinrich Albrecht family. No relationship between the Bolender and Albrecht family is recorded on the 1767 census of Norka.
In 1788, Johannes Bolender moved from Norka to Pobochnaya.
- 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): Pb10, Mv1931.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 282.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #5261.