Johann Janus, a craftsman (Handwerker), and his wife Johanna settled in the Volga German colony of Mariental on 14 June 1766. They are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 59.
In 1786, Johannes Janus moved from Rohleder to Reinwald.
The 1767 census records that Johann Janus came from the German village of Prag in the Böhmen region.
- 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): Rw53, Mv2431.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 110.