Johann Karl Lehr, a single farmer, arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 29 August 1766 aboard the ship Apollo under the command of Skipper Detlov Merberg.
Carl Lehr (age 22) is recorded on the list of colonists being transported from St. Petersburg to Saratov in 1767.
He settled in the Volga German colony of Norka on 26 August 1767. He is recorded there on the 1767 census along with his bride, Magdalena, in Household No. 173.
Karl Lehr, his wife Magdalena, and childen (Johannes, age 4; Anna Margaretha, age 1½) are recorded on the 1775 census of Norka in Household No. 41.
Both the Oranienbaum passenger list and the 1767 census record that Karl Lehr came from the German district of Isenburg.
- 1775 Norka Census (Household No. 41).
- 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): Nr042.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 275.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #5154.
- Rauschenbach, Georg. Deutsche Kolonisten auf dem Weg von St. Petersburg nach Saratow: Transportlisten von 1766-1767 (Moscow: G.V. Rauschenbach, 2017): #1913.