Valentin Traub was born in Schriesheim, Kurpfalz. He arrived in Kautz on 29 July 1767 with his wife, Maria Katharina, who was from Grosshausen. Maria Katharina had three sons from a previous marriage: Johann Konrad Knaub, Ludwig Knaub, and Philipp Peter Knaub.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 336.