Anton Steinecker, a farmer, and his wife Maria arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 4 July 1766 aboad the ship Der Jager under the command of Skipper Gabriel Wild.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Preuss on 15 July 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 100.
In 1788, Mattias Steinecker moved from Preuss to Seelmann.
The 1767 census records that Anton Steinecker came from the German village of Bassenheim in the Kurtrier.
- 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): Ps59, Sm37, Mv2340.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Der Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 431.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #2186.