Jakob Schäfer, a farmer, his wife Margaretha, and children (Anna Maria, age 16; Jakob, age 15; Nikolaus, age 13; Johann, age 11; Jakob, age 8; Johann Jakob, age 7, Peter, age ½) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 15 September 1766 aboard the galliot Adler under the command of Skipper Paul Adam Drath.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Hölzel on 11 September 1767. Jakob Schäfer, his wife Margaretha, and children (by 1st wife: Anna Margaretha, age 18; Georg Jakob, age 15; Nikolaus, age 13; Johannes, age 11. by 2nd wife: Jakob, age 8; Peter, age 1½) are recorded there on the 1767 census of Hölzel in Household No. 30.
Son Nikolaus Schäfer and his wife are recorded on the 1798 census of Hölzel in Household No. Hz24.
Son Jakob Schäfer and his family are recorded on the 1798 census of Hölzel in Household No. Hz40.
The widow and children of son Johannes Schäfer are recorded on the 1798 census of Preuss in Household No. Ps34 with a note that two of his children are working in Hölzel.
The 1767 census records that Jakob Schäfer came from the German village of Lebach in the Trier region.
- 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): Hz24, Hz40, Hz43, Ps34.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 116.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #5984.