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Johannes Schäfer is a Volga German.
Johannes Schäfer has German Roots.
Family #63 in the 1767 Grimm census.
Family #138 in the 1775 Grimm census.
Family #129 in the 1798 Grimm census.
Johannes Schäfer was born about 1737 in the Isenburg area of what is now Germany. The names of his parents have not yet been confirmed due to his common surname. Johannes married a woman named Anna by 1758 and the couple had a daughter, Margaretha, born in 1759. The couple decided to immigrate to Russia, and was one of two Schäfer families who settled in the Village of Grimm. Despite their names being listed in Russian records, I've not yet found the family's immigration records in traditional Germany to Russia sources.
Head of the Household Johannes Schäfer, age 30, Lutheran craftsman from Isenburg
Wife Anna Schäfer, age 28
Child #1 Margaretha Schäfer, age 8
In the 1775 census, his daughter Margaretha is referred to as Anna Maria. Unless she was given three christian names, one of those names is in error. I am including all three names in this record until I find another source for her.
Child #1 Johann Adam Schäfer, age 2 years 6 months
Child #2 Anna Maria [sic] Schäfer, age 16
Child #3 Susanna Schäfer, age 6
By 1798, he had a different wife named Cunigunde Kuch who was 10 years older than he was, indicating that his first wife Anna had passed away. It is unlikely that Cunigunde was the mother of any of his children. His youngest daughter was 23 years old, born in 1775, after the census was taken. In 1775, Johannes was still married to Anna. If Cunigunde was her mother, she would have had daughter Eva when she was 56 years old, which is unlikely. Furthermore, Anna would have had to die very shortly after the census was taken, Johannes would have remarried very quickly to Cunigunde, and their child born nine months later at the earliest. This would make Cunigunde at minimum of 57 years old at the time of Eva's birth. and the birth age of Eva off by a year right from the start. None of these requirements seem plausible and all would have to be true for Cunigunde to be the mother of Eva.
Wife of Child #1 Elizabeta [sic] Ikst [Icks?], age 24
Grandchild #1 Johann Konrad Schäfer, age 6 months
Grandchild #2 Eva Maria Schäfer, age 2
Child #2 Eva Margareta [sic] Schäfer, age 23
Johannes Schäfer almost certainly died before 1834. Had he survived, he would have been 97 years old.
Pleve, Igor. List of Colonists to Russia in 1766, "Reports by Ivan Kulberg," Ministry of Education and Science of Russian Federation, Saratov State Technical University; Published in Saratov, Russia 2010.
Eichhorn, Alexander, Dr., and Dr. Jacob and Mary Eichhorn. The Immigration of German Colonists to Denmark and Their Subsequent Emigration to Russia in the Years 1759-1766, Druck and Bindung: Druckerei and Verlap Steinmeier GmbH & Co. KG, 86738, Deiningen, Germany; Published 2012.
Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet 1764-1767, Band 2, Herausgegeben von Alfred Eisfeld under Mitarbeit von Sabine Eichwald, Published by the Nordost-Instsitut - 38085 Göttingen, 2005; page 81, family #63, Johannes Schäfer, age 30, Lutheran craftsman from Isenburg.
↑The 1775 and 1798 Census of the German Colony on the Volga, Lesnoy Karamysh, also known as Grimm; Published by the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA; Published date: 1995; family #138 in the 1775 census.
↑The 1775 and 1798 Census of the German Colony on the Volga, Lesnoy Karamysh, also known as Grimm; Published by the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA; Published date: 1995; family #129 in the 1798 census.