Jakob Spaniol married Anna Elisabeth Woll. She had been born on 18 April 1720 in Illingen-Gennweiler. They had a son, Leonhard, born in Gennweiler on 19 March 1754.
Jakob Spaniol, a farmer, and his family arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 8 August 1766. Jakob died after arrival in Russia, and his widow Elisabeth and sons (Johannes & Leonard) settled in the Volga German colony of Brabander on 26 June 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 114.
Leonard Spaniol is recorded on the 1798 census of Neu-Kolonie in Household No. Nk47.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Jakob Spaniol came from the German region of Trier. The 1767 census records that Elisabeth Spaniol came from the German village of Eppelborn in the Lothringen 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): Nk47.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 23.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #3080.