Michael Leichtling, a farmer, his wife Elisabeth Adrian, and daughter (age 2) are recorded on the 1767 census of Leichtling in Household No. 1. They had settled there on 20 June 1767.
It is after Michael Leichtling that the colony of Leichtling took its name.
Michael Leichtling is recorded on the 1798 census of Leichtling in Household No. Lg02 along with a note that he and his family are actually in the colony of Fischer where he is working at the mill.
Paul Leichtling from Leichtling and his family are recorded on the 1857 census of Marienfeld.
The 1767 census records that Michael Leichtling came from the German region of Stuttgart.
- 1857 Marienfeld Census.
- 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): Lg02.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 51.