Johannes Hanschu, farmer from Wersau, and his family immigrated to Denmark (Schleswig-Holstein) arriving in Friderica on 1 May 1760. They are last recorded among the Danish colonies on 26 April 1763. They joined the migration to Russia.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Shcherbakovka on 15 June 1765.
Johannes Hanschuh, a farmer, his wife Barbara, and children (Georg Paul, age 18; Anna Katharina, age 17; Maria Katharina, age 7) are recorded on the 1767 census of Shcherbakovka in Household No. 12.
Johann Peter Hanschuh, also a farmer and son of Johannes Hanschuh, his wife Anna Margaretha, and daughter Maria Christina (age 1) are recorded on the 1767 census of Shcherbakovka in Household No. 13.
Widower Johann[es] Handschu, his son Paul, and Paul's family are recorded on the 1798 census of Shcherbakovka in Household No. Sv14.
The following are believed to be children of the aforementioned Johann Peter Handschu and are recorded on the 1798 census of Shcherbakovka in Household No. Sv15: Konrad (age 23); Anna Margaretha (age 16); Johann Georg (age 12). A note records that Johann Georg is working in the colony of Huck.
The 1767 census records that Johannes Hanschuh came from the German village of Werschau.
- Eichhorn, Alexander, Jacob & Mary Eichhorn. The Immigration of German Colonists to Denmark and Their Subsequent Emigration to Russia in the Years 1759-1766 (Deiningen, Germany: Drukerei und Verlag Steinmeier GmbH & Co. Kg, 2012): B-541.
- Mai, Brent Alan. 1798 Census of the German Colonies along the Volga (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1999): Sv14, Sv15.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet 1764-1767 Band 4 (Goettingen: Der Göttinger Arbeitskreis; 2008): 248.