Andreas Schäfer, a farmer, his wife Elisabeth, and children (Johann, age 17½, Johannes, age 15; Katharina, age 13; Margaretha, age 10; Andreas, age 1) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 22 July 1766 aboard the pink Lev under the command of Lieutenant Fyodor Fyodorov.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Grimm and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 17.
Both the Oranienbaum and the 1767 census record that Andreas Schäfer came from the German region of Darmstadt.
There are no known surviving male lines of this Schäfer family among the Volga German colonies.
- 1775 Grimm Census (Household No. 13).
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Der Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 75.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #2435.