Melchior Knetzer, a farmer, and his family settled in the Volga German colony of Galka on 1 July 1765. They are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 18.
The 1767 census records that Melchior Knetzer came from the German village of Michelfeld.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 24.