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Nicolaus Scherf, son of Joh. Georg & Margaretha Scherf, was born in Waldrach on 8 May 1740.

Nicolaus Scherff married on 12 March 1766 in the Lutheran Church of Büdingen to Catharina Krafft, daughter of Philipp & Anna Elisabeth Krafft. She had been born 4 March 1733 in Sprendlingen.

Nikolaus Scherf, a farmer, and his wife Katharina settled in the Volga German colony of Moor on 15 January 1767. They are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 18 along with her step-children [children of her first husband Philipp Bamberger] (Johann Philipp, age 16; Anna Kunigunda, age 14; Konrad, age 13). [See Bamberger Family.]

Nikolaus Scherf, his [new] wife Maria Elisabeth née Ebel, and son Jakob (age 29) and his family are recorded on the 1798 census of Moor in Household No. Mo41.

The 1767 census records that Nikolaus Scherf came from the German region of Kurpfalz.


- 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): Mo41.
- Mai, Brent Alan and Dona Reeves-Marquardt, German Migration to the Russian Volga (1764-1767) (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 2003): #420.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Der Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 160.

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