Christian Springer, a barber (Friseur), and his family settled in the Volga German colony of Katharinenstadt on 27 August 1766. Christian, his wife Maria Fietzal, and son Jakob (age 11) are recorded on the 1767 census of Katharinenstadt in Household No. 1.
The 1767 census records that Christian Springer came from the German region of Darmstadt. It records that Maria Fietzal came from the German village of Grünenbrüken in the region of Osenbrück [?].