Joseph Frank, a farmer, and his wife Regina settled in the Volga German colony of Rohleder on 14 June 1766. They are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 20.
The 1767 census records that Joseph Frank came from the region of Lindau while his wife Regina came from the region of Ulm.
- 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): Rl22.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 52.