[The spelling of this surname has been recorded incorrectly in a variety of document translations.]
Joseph Lechai and his family arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 13 September 1766 aboard the hooker Die Jungfer Dietrika under the command of Skipper Christian Korsholm.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Norka on 26 August 1767. They are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 169.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Joseph Lechai was a farmer while the 1767 census records that he was a craftsman (Handwerker). Both documents record that Joseph Lechai came from Flanders (a region of northern Belgium).
In 1790, Johannes Lechai moved from Norka to Huck. In 1793, Oswald Lechai moved from Norka to Huck.
- 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): Hk35, Hk69, Mv1945, Mv1984.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 274.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #5753.