Heinrich Heft was baptized 4 February 1737 in Neckarbischofsheim.
He immigrated to Russia and settled in the Volga German colony of Balzer on 28 August 1765.
Heinrich Heft, a farmer, and his wife Katharina [Habermann] are recorded on the 1767 census of Balzer in Household No. 8 along with her brother Valentin Habermann (age 16). [See Habermann Family.]
In 1824, Heinrich Heft moved from Balzer to Dietel.
The 1767 census records that Heinrich Heft came from the German region of Kurpfalz.
There is a Johann Heinrich Heft that immigrated to Denmark (Schleswig-Holstein) in 1762. The Eichhorns record that this might be the same man who later settled in Balzer.
- 1834 Census of Balzer (34Bz137).
- 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-584.
- Mai, Brent Alan. 1798 Census of the German Colonies along the Volga: Economy, Population, and Agriculture (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1999): Bz048.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 73.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #3016.