Johann Knauf, a farmer, settled in the Volga German colony of Schuck on 18 July 1766. He and his family are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 24.
The 1767 census records that Johann Knauf came from the German village of Grünstadt in in the Kurpfalz region.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 115.