Johann Christoph Pietsch, a farmer, settled in the Volga German colony of Schulz on 8 September 1766. He and his wife are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 11 along with orphan Ludwig Fries. The 1767 census does not record a relationship between the Pietsch and Fries families.
The 1767 census records that Johann Christoph Pietsch came from the German village of Recklingen in the Hannover region.
- 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): Sz25.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 122.