Christian Friedrich Hanschu, a single laborer from Leipzig, settled in the colony of Kratzke on 7 August 1766. He is recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 11.
Before 1798, his son Friedrich moved from Kratzke to Merkel.
- Mai, Brent Alan. 1798 Census of the German Colonies along the Volga (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1999): Mr11.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet 1764-1767 Band 2 (Goettingen: Der Göttinger Arbeitskreis; 2001): 452.