Johann Heinrich Manz, son of Johann Caspar Mans & Barbara Schüssler, was born 11 May 1735 in Bodenhof, a village that is part of the Gersfeld Parish. He married Anna Katharina Hochgraber.
The Manz family arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 14 September 1766 aboard a ship under the comand of skipper Reders.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Frank on 1 September 1767. They and their 2 children are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 107.
By the 1798 Census, they are living in Kolb.
- Mai, Brent Alan. 1798 Census of the German Colonies along the Volga (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1999): Ko14, Ko21, Ko22.
- Parish records of Gersfeld (Archion.de).
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 437.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): 406.