Johann Gieske and his wife settled in the Volga German colony of Merkel on 28 August 1766. They are recorded there, along with stepson Johann Dietrich (surname not recorded), on the 1767 census in Household No. 21.
In 1795, Georg Gieske and his wife moved from Merkel to Kratzke.
The 1767 census records that Johann Gieske was from Hildboltsweier.
- Mai, Brent Alan. 1798 Census of the German Colonies along the Volga (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1999): Kr39, Mr01, Mv1701.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet 1764-1767 Band 3 (Goettingen: Der Göttinger Arbeitskreis; 2005): 123.