Mattias Scherr, a farmer, his unnamed wife, and daughter Barbara (age 6) settled in the Volga German colony of Seelmann on 15 July 1767. They are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 86 along with a note that the unnamed wife had died 28 August 1767.
The 1767 census records that Mattias Scherr came from the German village of Reuth in the Bamberg region.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 165.