Michael Leichleiter, a farmer, and his family settled in the Volga German colony of Louis on 14 June 1766 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 24.
In 1790, Michael Leichleiter and his family moved from Herzog to Louis.
Michael Lechleiter, his son Joseph (age 31), daughter-in-law (Eva née Mermis, age 28), and grandchildren (Anna Maria, age 9; Thomas, age 7; Michael, age 3-months) are recorded on the 1798 census of Louis in Household No. Ls12.
Thomas Lechleiter, son of Joseph Lechleiter, and his family are recorded on the 1834 census of Louis in Household No. 71.
Michael Lechleiter, son of Joseph Lechleiter, and his family are recorded on the 1834 census of Louis in Household No. 40.
Johannes Lechleiter, son of Michael Lechleiter, and his family relocated to the daughter colony of Liebental in 1860.
The 1767 census records that Michael Leichleiter came from the German village of Bitsch in the Lothringen region.
Contemporary generations use the spelling of Legleiter for this surname.
- 1834 Louis Census (Households No. 40, 71).
- 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): Ls12, Mv0829.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Der Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 85.