Johann Heinrich Mehl, a craftsman (Handwerker), and his family settled in the Volga German colony of Reinhard on 15 July 1766.
In 1787, Daniel Mehl and his family returned to Paulskaya from the Caucasus and moved to Reinhard. In 1790, Johann Mehl moved from Reinhard to Krasnoyar. In 1792, widower Johann Daniel Mehl moved from Reinhard to Jost.
The 1767 census records that Johann Heinrich Mehl came from the German village of Güstrow in the Mecklenburg 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): Jo41, Ks049, Rh11, Mv2212, Mv2386, Mv2388.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 19.