Dominikus Lonke was born in approximately 1788, probably in France. He served in Napoleon's army and fought against the Russians. He was captured by the Russians, and in 1812, was settled in the Volga German colony of Mariental.
He is recorded on the 1834 census of Mariental in Household No. 224 along with a note that he had been absent since 1816.
- 1834 Mariental Census (Household No. 224).
- Belousov, S.V. "Prisoners of war of Napoleon's army in the Volga region: the arrangement, content, relationships with the local population." Bulletin of the Samara State University, No. 1 (Samara, Russia: Samara State University, 2006): 48-55.