Thomas [sic] Leirich, a farmer, and his family arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 12 September 1766 aboard the English frigate Love & Unity under the command of Skipper Thomas Fairfax.
They arrived in the Volga German colony of Nieder-Monjou on 3 August 1767 and are recorded there on an appendix to the 1767 census in Household No. 11.
They resettled the following year to the colony of Näb.
The 1767 census records that Tobias Leirich came from the German village of Ratzeburg in the region of Sachsen (Saxony).
- 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): Nb21, Nb22, Nb34.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 207.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #5559.