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Christian [sic] Lichtner, his wife Dorothea, and children (Johann, age 17; Margaretha, age 12; Elisabeth, age 7; Christoph, age 2½) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 4 July 1766 aboard the English frigate Love & Unity under the command of Skipper Thomas Fairfax.

Christian [sic] Lichtner, his wife Dorothea, and children (Joh. Christian, age 17½; Johanna Margareta, age 12; Carl Martin, age ¾) are recorded on the list of colonists being transported from St. Petersburg to Saratov in 1767 along with a note that wife Dorothea died en route.

Christoph [sic] Lichtner, a farmer, his new 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.

Both the Oranienbaum passenger list and the 1767 census record 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: Der Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 248.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #1244.
- Rauschenbach, Georg. Deutsche Kolonisten auf dem Weg von St. Petersburg nach Saratow: Transportlisten von 1766-1767 (Moscow: G.V. Rauschenbach, 2017): #1125-1128.

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