Peter Heckel, a farmer, his wife Dorothea, and their children (Wolfgang, age 17; Helena, age 9; Georg, age 2½) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 15 September 1766 aboard the galliot Adler under the command of Skipper Paul Adam Drath.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Lauwe on 5 September 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 35. Wolfgang Heckel is recorded on the 1798 census of Jost in Household No. Jo20.
The 1767 census records that Peter Heckel came from the German village of Laibstadt [?] in the Nürnberg region.
- 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): Jo20, Jo29, Jo44.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 44.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #6026.