Johann Reitz was baptized in Hasselborn, Nassau-Usingen. This was a family of shephards that traveled from one village to another in the Nassau-Usingen area. They arrived in Bangert in 1 July 1767 and are listed there on the 1767 census in Household No. 9.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 107.