Johann Kaspar Leidner, a coach builder, his wife Anna, and children (Anna, age 18; Johannes, age 17; Daniel, age 14; Wilhelmina, age 10; Wilhelm, age 9; Heinrich, age 6) arrived from Lübeck at the port in Oranienbaum on 12 May 1766 aboard the galliot Anna Catharina with the skipper Daniel Geier at the helm.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Katharinenstadt on 16 January 1767 where they are recorded on the 1767 census in Household No. 4. By this time Johann Kaspar Leitner is married to Anna Dorothea Pracht, believed to be the widow Pastern who is from the German village of Grünberg.
Christian Leidner and his family are recorded on the 1798 census of Biberstein in Household No. Bb05.
Wilhelm Leidner and his family are recorded on the 1798 census of Biberstein in Household No. Bb06.
Daniel Leidner and his family are recorded on the 1798 census of Biberstein in Household No. Bb38.
The death of Daniel Leitner in 1830 is recorded on the 1834 census of Biberstein in Household No. 34.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Johann Kaspar Leidner came from the German region of Braunfels.
- 1834 Biberstein Census (Household No. 34).
- 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): Bb05, Bb06, Bb38.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 276.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #140.