Andreas Becht, a craftsman (Handwerker), and his wife Maria Elisabeth settled in the Volga German colony of Schäfer on 1 August 1766. They are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 37.
The 1767 census records that Andreas Becht came from the German village of Halber [Halbe?] in the region of Brandenburg.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 98.