Johann Adam Lesser and his family arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 15 September 1766 aboard the galliot Johannes under the command of Skipper Stahl.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Frank in 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 34.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Johann Adam Lesser was a teacher from Sachsen (Saxony) while the 1767 census records that he was a farmer from the village of Steinwehrshausen (?) in Sachsen (Saxony).
- 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): Fk050, Fk122.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 425.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #6361.