Johann Valentin Schäfer (age 12) and his siblings (Anna, age 10; Otto Heinrich, age 2) are recorded on the 1767 census of Kaneau in Household No. 68 along with their stepfather Johann Adam Windemuth.
In 1786, Valentin Schäfer and his family moved from Kaneau to Schaffhausen.
[It is possible that this is the family of Johann Schäfer, a miner, his wife Maria, and children (Martin, age 12; Anna, age 9; Maria, age 5, Maria, age 2½; Johann, age ¾) that arrived from Lübek at the port of Oranienbaum on 12 September 1766 aboard the English frigate Love & Unity under the command of Skipper Thomas Fairfax. The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Johann Schäfer came from the German region of Hessen. Many other families that settled in Kaneau arrived in Oranienbaum aboard this same ship.]
The 1767 census does not record from where the Schäfer children came.
- 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): Sh30, Sh44, Mv1141.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 259.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #5436.