Johann Heinrich Schäfer, son of Johann Peter Schäfer, and Catharina Neeb, daughter of Johannes Neeb, were married in Kestrich on 25 July 1726. Among their children born in Kestrich is Johann Martin Schäfer, born 6 January 1746, baptized 9 January 1746.
Johann Martin Schäfer married in the Lutheran Church of Büdingen on 24 February 1766 to Anna Margaretha Diehl (Tiehll/Thiel) from the village of Höchst, Wetterau.
Martin Schäfer, a farmer, and his wife Anna arrived from Reval [Estonia] at the port of Oranienbaum on 30 May 1766 aboard the pink Novaya Dvinka under the command of Lieutenant Ivan Perepechin.
Martin Schäfer, his wife Anna Margaretha, and daughter Elisabeth (age 1-week) are recorded on the on the 1767 census of Frank in Household No. 9.
Martin Schäfer and his family are recorded on the 1798 census of Frank in Household No. Fk106.
Martin Schäfer and his family are recorded on the 1811 census of Frank in Household No. 106.
- 1811 Frank Census (Household No. 106).
- 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): Fk106.
- Mai, Brent Alan and Dona Reeves-Marquardt. German Migration to the Russian Volga (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 2003): #352.
- Parish register of Kestrich.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Der Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 420.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766 (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #450.
- Stumpp, Karl. The Emigration from Germany to Russia in the years 1763 to 1862 (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1982): 153.
Entry from the Oranienbaum passenger list recording Martin Schäfer and his wife Anna.
Source: Brent Mai.