[Johann] Jakob Schäfer, a weaver (Weber), his wife Anna, and brother Andreas (age 20) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 4 July 1766 aboard the ship Der Jager under the command of Skipper Gabriel Wild.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Laub on 12 July 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 15.
The 1767 census records that Johann Jakob Schäfer came from the German village of Rossdorf in the Darmstadt region.
There are no known surviving male lines of this Schäfer family among the Volga German colonies.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Der Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 23.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #2192.