Adam Pfaffenroth was born in Berstadt on 2 December 1732. He, his wife, and 3 children are recorded on the 1767 census of Yagodnaya Polyana in Household No. 41. Adam's grandfather Franz Pfaffenroth was a teacher in the village of Geiss-Nidda during the Thirty Years' War. The family's ancestry can be traced to the nearby village of Berstadt.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 183.