Nikolaus Knecht, a baker (Bäcker), his wife Christina, and children (Margaretha, age 11; Barbara, age 7) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum aboard the 15 September 1766 aboard the ship Der Junge Heinrich under the command of Skipper Heinrich Niemann.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Orlovskaya on 23 July 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 53.
The 1767 census records that Nikolaus Knecht came from the German village of Altenstein.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 323.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766 (Saratov: State Technical University, 2010): #7246.