The first member of the family in this tree is Vladistok Schefshuga,
who apparently "Americanized" his name to Schaeffer. However, the spelling
probably spelled incorrectly, because the name Schefshuga has not be found
on the internet. Possibly, there were variations in the original
alphabet and naming conventions, as well. Families with either the
Schefchuga or Schaeffer name
matching the known children have not been located in census data, either.
Some stories in the family state that he was possibly Polish, but
the only references that can be found to the name Vladistok in an internet
search seem related to either a Romanian Prince or a
city in Russia.