Johannes Heitzenröder, son of Georg Heitzenröder and Anna Müller, was born 11 October 1722 in Gersfeld, Germany. He married Anna Katharina Heun on 18 Nov 1751.
They immigrated to Russia along with their six children, arrving from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 14 September 1766 aboard a ship under the command of skipper Reders.
Johannes died during the trip to the colonies, as did two of the children. Widow Anna Katharina remarried to Johann Georg Zitzmann who had been on the same ship from Lübeck with the Heitzenröder family.
The combined Zitzmann/Heitzenröder family settled in the Volga German colony of Frank on 1 September 1767. They are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 110.
- 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): Fk094, Fk117.
- Parish records of Gersfeld, Fulda, Archive of the Evangelical Church of Kurhessen-Waldeck in Kassel (Archion.de)
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): 406.