Jean Geran, a farmer, and his wife Anna Maria settled in the Volga German colony of Franzosen on 26 August 1766. They are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 54.
The 1767 census records that Jean Geran came from the French village of Bezanse [Besançon?].
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 452.