Wendel Schwan was born in Schriesheim on 8 August 1739. He married in Fredericia on 14 April 1760 to Anna Barbara Zahn. She was born in 1740. They immigrated to Denmark (Schleswig-Holstein) and settled in Havredal colony.
They arrived in Messer on 7 July 1766 and are recorded there on the 1767 Census in Household No. 23.
In 1790, Wendel Schwan and his family moved from Messer to Franzosen.
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- Mai, Brent Alan. 1798 Census of the German Colonies along the Volga (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1999): Fz15, Fz37, Fz44, Mv1719.
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