Friedrich Hanisch, a farmer, and his wife Anna Rosina arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 8 August 1766 aboard the snow-brig Der Merkur under the command of Skipper Johann Heinrich Abelmann.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Urbach on 13 July 1767. Anna Rosina died, and Friedrich remarried to Anna Maria, the widow of Johann Faust.
They are recorded on the 1767 census in Household No. 10. The 1767 census records that Friedrich Hanisch came from the German town of Dresden in Sachsen (Saxony).
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 271.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #3274.