Christian Litseu, a locksmith (Schlosser), and his wife settled in the Volga German colony of Merkel on 28 August 1766. They are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 36.
The 1767 census records that Christian Litseu came from the German village of Gifhorn in the district of Hannover.
There are no known surviving male lines of this family among the Volga German colonies.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 127.