Leonhard Menges, a farmer, and his family immigrated to Denmark (Schleswig-Holstein) arriving in Flensburg on 12 December 1761. They were released from the Danish colonies on 10 June 1763 and joined the migration to Russia.
Leonhard Menges and his wife Anna arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 31 July 1766 aboard a Russian ship under the command of Lieutenant Samuel Gibbs.
Anna died after arriving in Russia, and Leonhard remarried Maria Barbara. They settled in the Volga German colony of Shcherbakovka on 18 August 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 42.
The Eichhorns record that Leonhard Menges came from Rohrbach, Amt Lichtenberg, in the Landgrafschaft Hessen-Darmstadt. The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Leonhard Menges came from the German region of Darmstadt while the 1767 census records that he came from Denmark.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 255.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #2849.