Christian Friedrich Hanschu, a single laborer, 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.
Friedrich Handschu from Kratzke and his family are recorded on the 1798 census of Merkel in Household No. Mr11.
Heinrich Hanschu, believed to be the son of Friedrich, is recorded on the 1834 census of Merkel in Household No. 68.
The 1767 census of Kratzke records that Christian Friedrich Hanschu came from the German village of Leipzig.
- 1834 Merkel Census (Household No. 68).
- 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.