Heinrich Eckhardt, his wife Anna Elisabeth, and sons (Johann, age 25½; Johann Heinrich, age 23; Johann [again], age 20½) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 8 August 1766 aboard the pink Cargo under the command of Lieutenant Moses Davydov.
[There is a Johann Heinrich Eckart [sic] who married Sophia Elisabeth Backe on 22 September 1765 in Roßlau. He is believed to be one of the sons of Heinrich Eckhardt who settled in Krasnoyar, because there are other marriages in Roßlau of couples that settled in Krasnoyar who also came from Laubach. In this scenario, Sophia Elisabeth Backe must have died before arriving in Krasnoyar.]
They settled in the Volga German colony of Krasnoyar on 20 July 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Households No. 4 (father), No. 5 (son Johann Heinrich), and No. 37 (son Johannes).
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Heinrich Eckhardt was a wheelwright while the 1767 census records that he was a farmer.
The 1767 census records that the Eckhardt family came from the German village of Laubach near Solms.
- 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): Ks007, Ks038, Ks039.
- Mai, Brent Alan and Dona Reeves-Marquardt, German Migration to the Russian Volga (1764-1767) (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 2003): #874.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 414, 424.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #4116 (p.270).