Joseph Hecht, a farmer, and his wife Katharina settled in the Volga German colony of Mariental on 16 June 1766. They are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 3.
The widow of Johann Hecht from Mariental is recorded on the 1798 census along with her son living in the colony of Zug in Household No. Zg22.
The 1767 census records that Joseph Hecht came from the German region of Regensburg.
- 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): Zg22.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 96.