Anton Kleinlein, a hat maker (Hutmacher), and his family arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 12 September 1766 on board an English frigate under the command of Skipper Adam Beerfeier.
They arrived in the Volga German colony of Boisroux on 3 August 1767 and are recorded there on an appendix to the 1767 census in Household No. 2 along with a note indicating that they relocated to the colony of Katharinenstadt in 1768.
In 1792, Thomas Kleinlein moved from Katharinenstadt to Luzern.
Both the Oranienbaum passenger list and the 1767 census record that Anton Kleinlein came from the German region of Bamberg.
- 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): Lz22, Mv1217.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 162.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #4606.