Friedrich Wilhelm Henze, a cobbler (Schuhmacher), his wife Elisabeth, and children (Abraham, age 8; Anna, age 4) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 15 September 1766 aboard the ship Der Junge Heinrich under the command of Skipper Heinrich Niemann.
They are recorded on an appendix to the 1767 census of Katharinenstadt (No. 19) along with a note that they settled in the Volga German colony of Zürich in 1768.
Son Abraham Henze is recorded on the 1798 census of Zürich in Household No. Zr06.
The 1767 census records that Friedrich Wilhelm Henze came from the German village of Eutin[gen].
This surname appears in a variety of spellings including Genze, Henze, Gense, Hense, Gentze, Hentze.
- 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): Zr06.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 327.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766 (Saratov: State Technical University, 2010): #7280.