Balthasar Schell, a merchant (Kaufmann), and his family settled in the Volga German colony of Herzog on 14 July 1766 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 1.
In 1786, Balthasar Schell and his family moved from Herzog to Semenovka.
The 1767 census records that Balthasar Schell came from the German village of Steinau in the Fulda region and that his wife came from the German village of Weilburg.
- 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): Se56, Mv0818.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 87.