His parents were struggling farmers when they decided to immigrate to Denmark with their seven children. The family left the processing center in Altona in Holstein on 14 June 1762, arriving in Flensburg 5 days later.
The farming of the marshlands in Schleswig-Holstein was unsuccessful and many of the Germans immigrated from Denmark to Russia, as did the Leglers, sometime around 1764. They stayed in temporary housing, probably in Dobrinka, until the Volga villages were ready for occupation by the German immigrants. Carolus/Karl is recorded as living in Grimm at the time of the 1775 census, while his father and some siblings lived in neighboring Dönhof.
Head of the Household Karl Legler, age 52, widower
Child #1 Johann Jakob Legler, age 26
Wife of Child #1 Barbara Meisinger Legler, age 23
Grandchild #1 Jakob Alexander Legler, age 3
Grandchild #2 Katharina Louisa Legler, age 6 months
Child #2 Johann Michael Legler, age 18
Child #3 Heinrich Jakob Legler, age 13
Child #4 Christian Philipp Legler, age 8
According to the 1834 census, Karl had another son, Philipp, who was born after 1798. Since first wife Johanna was deceased before 1798, this child must have had a different mother. This suggests that Karl was married again after 1798. He may have had additional children, specifically daughters, who married before 1834 and are thus not identified with him in a census.
Karl was not listed with his family in the 1834 census and was most likely deceased by that year. Since the death of males was always recorded in the next census, Karl likely died before 1816, at which time his death would have been noted in the interim, male-only census that came out that year. Had he survived to 1834, he would have been 84 years old.
A copy of the 1834 census is shown below to connect him with his youngest documented son Philipp, born after 1798 and died in 1816. See Brother #3 in the listing below.
Head of the Household Johann Jakob Lechler [sic], age 63
Wife Margaretha Barbara Lechler [sic], age 60
Child #1 Jakob Alexander Lechler [sic], age 39
Wife of Child #1 Katharina Elisabeth Lechler [sic], age 34
Grandchild #1 Georg Heinrich Lechler [sic], age 12
Grandchild #2 Christoph Heinrich Lechler [sic], age 9
Grandchild #3 Christian Jakob Lechler [sic], age 7
Grandchild #4 Michael Lechler [sic], age 5
Grandchild #5 Katharina Margaretha Lecher [sic], age 3
Child #2 Adolph Lechler [sic], age 32
Wife of Child #2 Sophia Lechler [sic], age 28
Grandchild #6 Johann Jakob Lechler [sic], age 7
Grandchild #7 Johann Philipp Lechler [sic], age 6
Grandchild #8 Elisabeth Margaretha Lechler [sic]. age 3 years 6 months
Grandchild #9 Johann Peter Lechler [sic], age 1 year 6 months
Brother #1 Heinrich Lechler [sic], age 30 in 1816, to household #301
Child #3 Alexander Lechler [sic], age 3 in 1817, to household #301
Brother #2 Christian Philipp Lechler [sic], age 24 in 1817, to household #301
Brother #3 Philipp Lechler [sic], age in 1816 not listed, deceased 1816
Germany, Births and Baptisms, 1558-1898. Salt Lake City, Utah: FamilySearch, 2013. Carolus Legler, born 23 November 1747, baptized 24 November 1747 in Weiler, Brackenheim, Neckarkreis, Württemberg. Ancestry.com. Germany, Select Births and Baptisms, 1558-1898 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014. See: https://tinyurl.com/y3n5xbs2.
Eichhorn, Alexander, Dr., and Dr. Jacob and Mary Eichhorn. The Immigration of German Colonists to Denmark and Their Subsequent Emigration to Russia in the Years 1759-1766, Druck and Bindung: Druckerei and Verlap Steinmeier GmbH & Co. KG, 86738, Deiningen, Germany; Published 2012; pages 25, 305, 501, 667, and 673.
↑The 1775 and 1798 Census of the German Colony on the Volga, Lesnoy Karamysh, also known as Grimm; Published by the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA; Published date: 1995; family #62 in the 1775 census, Karl Legler family.
↑The 1775 and 1798 Census of the German Colony on the Volga, Lesnoy Karamysh, also known as Grimm; Published by the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA; Published date: 1995; family #17 in the 1798 census, Karl Legler family.
↑1834 Census of Grimm in the District of Saratov, Russia, dated 2 February 1835; Translated by Brent Mai, Concordia University, Portland, Oregon; Published by Dynasty Publishing, Beaverton, OR, USA; Published 2011; page 19, family #61, Johann Jakob Lechler family.
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It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Karl by comparing test results with other carriers of his Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA.
However, there are no known yDNA or mtDNA test-takers in his direct paternal or maternal line.
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share some percentage (beta) of DNA with Karl: