Jean Baptiste Oudeau, a blacksmith (Schmied), and his wife Anna Katharina settled in the Volga German colony of Franzosen on 28 July 1765. They are recorded there on he 1767 census in Household No. 19.
The 1767 census records that Jean Baptiste Oudeau came from the French village of Bessan.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 445.