Franz Xaverius Schäfer, a single man, settled in the Volga German colony of Kamenka on 6 July 1765. He is recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 98 along with a note that he is working as a day-laborer (Lohnarbeiter) in the colony of Schuck.
The 1767 census records that Franz Xaverius Schäfer came from the German village of Nägelstedt.
- Mai, Brent Alan. 1798 Census of the German Colonies along the Volga: Economy, Population, and Agriculture (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1999): Km101, Km102.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 241.