Franz Gärtner, a hatter (Hutmacher), and his wife Theresia are recorded on the 1767 census of Kaneau in Household No. 87. They had settled there on 17 August 1767.
The 1767 census records that Franz Gärtner came from the German region of Schönberg.
There are no known surviving male lines of this Gärtner family among the Volga German colonies.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Der Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 263.