Johann [Nikolaus] Schäfer and his wife Anna Wilhelmina arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 2 July 1772 aboard a ship under the command of Skipper Hartwig.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Pobochnaya on 4 July 1773. They are recorded on a 1773 list of Pobochnaya settlers (No. 1).
In 1789, Nikolaus Schäfer, his wife Barbara Helena, and children (Karl, Heinrich, Johann, Christian, Nikolaus, Susanna, Maria, Maria [again], Margaretha, Anna Elisabeth, Katharina Elisabeth) moved from Pobochnaya to Urbach. By 1798, they were living in Pokrovsk [Engels].
- 1773 Pobochnaya Census (No. 1).
- 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): Mv2325.