Adam Beckel, a farmer, and his wife Maria Helena settled in the Volga German colony of Messer on 7 July 1766 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 22.
The 1767 census records that Adam Beckel came from the German district of the Kurpfalz.
- 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): Ms32, Ms37.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 136.