Johann[es] Schäfer, his wife Anna, and daughters (Anna, age 6; Elisabeth, age 1) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 29 August 1766 aboard the Apollo under the command of Skipper Detlov Merberg.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Grimm and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 63.
Johannes Schäfer and his family are recorded on the 1775 census of Grimm in Household No. 138.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Johann Schäfer was a farmer while the 1767 census records that he was a craftsman (Handwerker).
Both the Oranienbaum passenger list and the 1767 census record that Johannes Schäfer came from the German region of Isenburg.
- 1775 Grimm Census (Household No. 138).
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 81.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #5024.