Daniel Gärtner, a baker (Bäcker), and his wife Sophia settled in the Volga German colony of Katharinenstadt on 27 August 1766. They are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 98 along with their 5-month-old son Daniel.
The 1767 census records that Daniel Gärtner came from the German town of Straßburg in the Alsace region and that this wife came from the German village of Rostock in the Mecklenburg region.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 297.