Michael Lahnert, a farmer, and his wife Julianna settled in the Volga German colony of Yagodnaya Polyana on 16 September 1767. They are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 42 along with Julianna's brothers Nikolaus Hergert (age 17) and his brother Johann Kaspar Hergert (age 6).
The 1767 census records that Michael Lahnert came from the German region of Erbach.
- Mai, Brent Alan. 1798 Census of the German Colonies along the Volga (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1999): Yp49.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet 1764-1767 Band 2 (Goettingen: Der Göttinger Arbeitskreis; 2001): 184.