Wilhelm Daut, son of Johann Friedrich Daut & Anna Maria Dietrich, was born in Mittel-Gründau on 2 January 1747.
Wilhelm Daut 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.
He settled in the Volga German colony of Messer on 18 June 1767 and is recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 41 living with his brother-in-law, widower Johannes Meininger and his children. Johannes Meininger had been married to Wilhelm's sister Anna Katharina Daut.
On the 1798 census of Kolb, Wilhelm Thaut is recorded in Household No. Ko06.
Daut became Thaut in Kolb.
- 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): Ko06.
- Parish records of Gründau, Gelnhausen, Archive of the Evangelical Church of Kurhessen-Waldeck in Kassel (Archion.de)
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 141.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #1728.