Georg Jakob Kauz, a vintner, and his family arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 22 July 1766 on a Russian packet-boat under the command of Lieutenant Makkensy.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Kautz on 20 May 1767. He was the first mayor (Vorsteher) of the colony, and it was named after him. He and his family are recorded on the 1767 census in Household No. 1.
Before 1798, Georg Jakob Kauz and his family moved to the neighboring colony of Merkel where they are recorded on the 1798 census in Household Mr19.
The 1767 census records that the Kauz family came from the German village of Ungstein in Leiningen.
- Mai, Brent Alan. 1798 Census of the German Colonies along the Volga (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1999): Dt15, Mr19.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet 1764-1767 Band 2 (Goettingen: Der Göttinger Arbeitskreis; 2001): 333.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #2443.