Johannes Dechant, a cabinet maker (Tischler), and his family arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 12 September 1766 aboard an English frigate under the command of Skipper Adam Beerfeier.
Johannes Dechant, his wife Anna, and daughter Anna Maria (age 3) are recorded on the 1767 census of Ober-Monjou in Household No. 64. They had settled in Ober-Monjou on 23 July 1767.
The widow and children of Johannes Dechant are recorded on the 1798 census of Ober-Monjou in Household No. Om68.
In 1788, Johann Georg Dechant moved from Ober-Monjou to Wittmann.
Georg Dechant from Ober-Monjou and his family are recorded on the 1798 census of Wittmann in Household No. Wm33.
The 1767 census records that Johannes Dechant came from the German village of Höchst in the district of Hanau.
- 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): Om68, Wm33, Mv2082.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 304.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #4792.