Peter Runk was born in approximately 1792. He served in Napoleon's army and fought against the Russians. He was captured by the Russians, and in 1812, was settled in the Volga German colony of Schäfer.
He is recorded on the 1834 census of Susannental as "from Schäfer" and on the 1857 census of Susannental in Household No. 46.
- 1834 Susannental Census (Household No. 70).
- 1857 Susannental Census (Household No. 46).
- Belousov, S.V. "Prisoners of war of Napoleon's army in the Volga region: the arrangement, content, relationships with the local population." Bulletin of the Samara State University, No. 1 (Samara, Russia: Samara State University, 2006): 48-55.