Peter Schierat [Schira], a farmer, his wife Maria Magdalena, and children (Maria Magdalena, age 18; Johann Daniel, age 16; Johann Jakob, age 12; Johannes, age 7; Katharina, age 5) are recorded on the 1767 census of Moor in Household No. 19 along with a note that they relocated to the Volga German colony of Dreispitz in 1768. They had settled in Moor on 15 April 1767.
In 1797, Daniel Schira and his family moved from Dreispitz to Holstein. He is recorded there on the 1798 census in Household No. Ho09.
The 1767 census records that Peter Schierat [sic] came from the German village of Saarbrücken in the Nassau region.
- 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): Ho09, Mv0533.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 160, 161.