Joseph Fertig, a farmer, and his wife Maria Barbara settled in the Volga German colony of Dobrinka on 15 April 1765. They are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 49.
The 1767 census records that Joseph Fertig came from the German village of Stein in the Baden-Durlach region.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 326.