Peter Lechner, a farmer, and his wife Margaretha settled in the Volga German colony of Schönchen on 17 August 1767. They are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 14.
The 1767 census records that Peter Lechner came from the German village of Ochsenthal.
- 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): Sn29.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 108.