Wendel Künstler, a single miller (Müller), settled in the Volga German colony of Katharinenstadt on 27 August 1766. He is recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 197.
The 1798 Census of Schäfer records Johann Wendel Künstler from Katharinenstadt in Household No. Sf18.
The 1767 census records that Wendel Künstler came from the German village of Wiesbaden in the Hessen region.
There do not appear to be any surviving male descendants of this Künstler family among the Volga German colonies.
- 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): Sf18.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 316.