Jakob Stroh was born in approximately 1790. He served in Napoleon's army and fought against the Russians. He was captured by the Russians, and in 1812, was settled in the Volga German colony of Schäfer. He is recorded there on the 1834 Census of Schäfer in Household No. 71 along with a note that he had moved to the colony of Nieder-Monjou in 1819. The 1850 Census of Nieder-Monjou records Jakob Stroh in Household No. 137. The 1857 Census of Nieder-Monjou records Jakob Stroh in Household No. 146.
- 1834 Census of Schäfer.
- 1850 Census of Nieder-Monjou.
- 1857 Census of Nieder-Monjou.
- Belousov, S.V. "Prisoners of war of Napoleon's army in the Volga region: the arrangement, content, relationships with the local population." Bulletin of the Samara State University, No. 1 (Samara, Russia: Samara State University, 2006): 48-55.