Heinrich Brenning was born in approximately 1792, 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 Yagodnaya Polyana.
He is recorded on the 1834 Census of Yagodnaya Polyana in Household No. 123. He is still living as of 1857, recorded on the 1857 Census of Yagodnaya Polyana in Household No. 188.
- 1834 Yagodnaya Polyana Census.
- 1857 Yagodnaya Polyana Census.
- 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.