Schäfer (Martin)

Associated Colonies
Place of origin
Kestrich, Feldatal, Hessen, Germany

Johann Heinrich Schäfer, son of Johann Peter Schäfer, and Catharina Neeb, daughter of Johannes Neeb, married in Kestrich on 25 July 1726.  Among their children was Johann Martin Schäfer, born 6 January, baptized 9 January 1746, in Kestrich.   

Johann Martin Schäfer married in Büdingen, Germany, on 24 February 1766 to Anna Margaretha Diehl (Tiehll/Thiel), from the village of Hochst, Wetterau-Hesse, Germany. The Diehl lineage can be traced back several generations to Johann Peter Diehl and Anna Elisabeth Höyer of Düdelsheim, Nidda-Hesse, Germany.

The couple arrived in Russia on 30 May 1766, on the same ship as many other settlers in Frank.  They are reported on the Frank First Settler's List in Family #9.


- Parish records of Gross-Felda on
- Mai, Brent Alan and Dona Reeves-Marquardt. German Migration to the Russian Volga (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 2003): 44.
- Stumpp, Karl. The Emigration from Germany to Russia in the years 1763 to 1862. (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1982), p. 153
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010) p. 55
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): p. 420

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