Johann Bleier arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 21 September 1766.
Johann Bleyer [sic] is recorded on the list of colonists being transported from St. Petersburg to Saratov in 1767.
Johann Bleier, a farmer, and his wife Katharina are recorded on an appendix to the 1767 census of Beauregard in Household No. 38. The 1767 census records that Johann Bleier came from the German village of Meckendorf.
Georg Blei [sic] and his family are recorded on the 1798 census of Hummel in Household No. Hm11 along with his daughter and her family.
There are no known surviving male lines of this Blei family among the Volga German colonies.
- 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): Hm11.
- Oranienbaum passenger list #6718 [not included in the Kuhlberg List published by Igor Plehve].
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 203.
- Rauschenbach, Georg. Deutsche Kolonisten auf dem Weg von St. Petersburg nach Saratow: Transportlisten von 1766-1767 (Moscow: G.V. Rauschenbach, 2017): #4627.