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Christian Schäfler, a farmer, his wife Dorothea, and [step-]children [surname Specht] (Michael, age 17½; Maria, age 15; Christian, age 6) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 4 July 1766 aboard the English frigate Love & Unity under the command of Skipper Thomas Fairfax.

Christoph [sic] Schäfler, a farmer, and his wife Maria are recorded on the 1767 census of Kaneau in Household No. 24 along with his stepchildren [surname Specht] (Johann Michael, age 21; Maria Elisabeth, age 16; Christian, age 8). They had settled in Kaneau on 7 June 1767.

The 1767 census records that Christoph Schäfler came from the German region of Dessau.

There are no known surviving male lines of this Schäfler family among the Volga German colonies.


- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 248.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #1261.


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