Christoph Ekspel, a clerk (Schreiber), and his wife Katharina are recorded on the 1767 census of Lauwe in Household No. 17. They had settled there on 19 August 1767.
The 1767 census records that Christoph Ekspel came from the German village of Wildbach in the Württemberg region.
There are no known surviving male lines of this family among the Volga German colonies.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Der Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 40.