Friedrich Östreich, a farmer, and his family settled in the Volga German colony of Messer on 7 June 1766. They are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 7.
By 1798, a descendant of the Östreich family had moved to the neighboring colony of Merkel.
The 1767 census records that Friedrich Östreich came from the German district of Isenburg.
- 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): Mr25, Ms30.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 133.