Thomas Kessler, a farmer, his wife Anna Maria, and children (Joseph, age 13; Franziska, age 7) are recorded on the 1767 census of Kamenka in Household No. 9. They had settled there on 28 April 1766.
The children of Joseph Kesler are recorded on the 1798 census of Kamenka in Household No. Km028.
Peter Kesler, son of Joseph Kesler, and his family are recorded on the 1834 census of Kamenka in Household No. 85 along with a note that they had relocated to the colony of Luzern.
The 1767 census records that Thomas Kessler came from the German village of Königshofen [probably in Nassau, since other Volga German settlers were from that Königshofen].
- 1834 Kamenka Census (Household No. 85).
- Mai, Brent Alan. 1798 Census of the German Colonies along the Volga (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1999): Km028, Km088.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet 1764-1767 Band 2 (Goettingen: Der Göttinger Arbeitskreis; 2001): 218.