Jakob Kraft, a merchant (Kaufmann), and his family settled in the Volga German colony of Shcherbakovka on 15 June 1765. They are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 14.
The 1798 census of Shcherbakovka records in Household No. Sv12 that Jacob Kraft is serving as the schoolmaster in the colony of Holstein.
The 1767 census records that Jakob Kraft came from the German town of Stuttgart.
- 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): Sv12, Sv59.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 248.