Johannes Heil, a farmer, his wife Katharina, and son Johann (age 18) are recorded on a list of Beauregard recruits appended to the 1767 census along with a note that they settled in the Volga German colony of Luzern in 1768.
The 1767 census records that Johannes Heil came from the German village of Merzhausen [?].
- 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): Lz05.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 365.