Wilhelm Daniel Schäfer and his family settled in the Volga German colony of Dönhof on 21 July 1766. Wilhelm Daniel died, and his widow Anna Margaretha remarried to Stephan Fink. The combined Fink / Schäfer family is recorded on the 1767 census of Dönhof in Household No. 38.
In 1788, Friedrich Schäfer and his family moved from Dönhof to Jost [not Kutter].
- 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): Dh036, Jo01, Mv0477.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 351.