Paul Stöhr, a farmer, his wife Maria, and their children (Elisabeth, age 12; Johann Michael, age 9; Katharina, age 7; Margaretha, age 4½; Jakob, age 3 weeks) and his family immigrated to Denmark (Schleswig-Holstein) arriving in Flensburg on 29 May 1762.
They requested to leave the Danish colonies on 24 April 1765 and joined the migration to Russia.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Balzer on 28 March 1766 where they are recorded on the 1767 census in Household No. 24.
In 1788, Peter Stehr moved from Balzer to Schilling.
The 1767 census records that Paul Stöhr came from the German region of Kurpfalz. The Eichhorns record that Paul Stöhr came from the German village of "Käferthal, Oberamt Mannheim, Kurpfalz."
- Eichhorn, Alexander, Jacob & Mary Eichhorn. The Immigration of German Colonists to Denmark and Their Subsequent Emigration to Russia in the Years 1759-1766 (Deiningen, Germany: Drukerei und Verlag Steinmeier GmbH & Co. Kg, 2012): B-1654.
- 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): Bz057, Sg058, Sg060, Mv0046.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 78.