Johann Georg Bechthold, a single carpenter, arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 9 August 1766 aboard the Russian galliot Strelna under the command of Lieutenant Sornev.
He and his new wife settled in the Volga German colony of Norka on 15 August 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 96.
On the 1775 census of Norka (Household No. 127), he is married to Sophia (age 29) who apparently has an illegitimate son, Lorenz Imhoff. The other two children recorded as also being step-children (Johann Adam & Charlotte) are actually Georg Bechthold's children by his first wife.
In 1795, Johann Adam Bechthold moved from Norka to Dönhof.
-1775 Census of Norka (No. 127).
- 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): Dh088, Nr134.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 254.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #4953.