Gottfried Gei was born in approximately 1784, probably in France. He served in Napoleon's army and fought against the Russians. He was captured by the Russians, and in 1812, was settled in the Volga German colony of Kutter.
The 1834 census of Kutter records in Household No. 144 that Gottfried Gei relocated to the colony of Semenovka. Gottfried Gei from Kutter is recorded on the 1834 census of Semenovka in Household No. 29.
- 1834 Kutter Census (Household No. 144).
- 1834 Semenovka Census (Household No. 29).
- Belousov, S.V. "Prisoners of war of Napoleon's army in the Volga region: the arrangement, content, relationships with the local population." Bulletin of the Samara State University, No. 1 (Samara, Russia: Samara State University, 2006): 48-55.