Johann Friedrich Frank settled in the Volga German colony of Merkel on 28 August 1766. He is recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 31 with a note that he relocated to the neighboring colony of Kratzke in 1768.
The 1767 census records that Johann Friedrich Frank came from the German district of Magdeburg.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 126.