Johann Nikolaus, a farmer, and his wife Anna Margaretha settled in the Volga German colony of Schäfer on 1 August 1766. They are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 13.
The 1767 census records that Johann Nikolaus came from the German village of Gandiberg [?] in the Kurpfalz region while his wife Anna Margaretha came from the German region of Darmstadt.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 92.