Christoph Lichtner, a farmer, his wife Maria, and children (Johann Christian, age 16; Margaretha, age 12; Elisabeth, age 9) are recorded on the 1767 census of Kaneau in Household No. 22 along with stepdaughters (Anna Sophia Haus, age 19; Sophia Elisabeth Haus, age 17; Dorothea Elisabeth Haus, age 12; Maria Louisa Haus, age 9). They had settled there on 7 June 1767.
The 1767 census records that Christoph Lichtner came from the German region of Dessau.
- 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): Kn16, Kn18.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 248.