Johannes Lerg [sic], his wife Anna, and children (Andreas, age 16; Anna, age 8; Anna [again], age 6; Heinrich, age 4; Charlotta, age ½) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 15 September 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Skipper Gabriel Wild.
Johannes Lerch, his wife Anna Maria, and children (Andreas, age 16; Catharina, age 8; Maria, age 6; Heinrich, age 4; Charlotta, age ½) are recorded on the list of colonists being transported from St. Petersburg to Saratov in 1767.
Johann[es] Lerch, a widower farmer, and his children (Andreas, age 16; Katharina, age 9; Maria, age 7; Heinrich, age 4) are recorded on the 1767 census of Paulskaya in Household No. 2. They had settled there on 23 July 1767.
The widow and children of Jeremiah Lerch [believed to be the same person as Johannes Lerch above] are recorded on the 1798 census of Paulskaya in Household No. Pl37.
Johann Heinrich Lerch, son of Johannes Lerch, from Paulskaya and his family are recorded on the 1798 census of Kaneau in Household No. Kn17.
The 1767 census records that Johann Lerch came from the German village of Leusel.
[Some translations have erroneously recorded this surname as Lehr or Lohr.]
- 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): Kn17, Pl37.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 331.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766 (Saratov: State Technical University, 2010): #6974.
- Rauschenbach, Georg. Deutsche Kolonisten auf dem Weg von St. Petersburg nach Saratow: Transportlisten von 1766-1767 (Moscow: G.V. Rauschenbach, 2017): #8704-8710.