Widower Valentin Jäkel, a farmer, and his sister Elisabeth (age 14) settled in the Volga German colony of Ernestinendorf on 3 August 1767. They are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 43 along with a note that they relocated to the colony of Biberstein in 1768.
The movement tables of the 1798 census record that Valentin Jäkel and his family moved from Ernestinendorf to Biberstein in 1769.
The 1767 census records that Valentin Eckel [sic] came from the German region of Heimbach.
- 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): Bb13, Mv0555.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 406.