Gaff / Haff

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Adam Gaff from Brabander and his family are recorded on the 1798 census of Dehler in Household No. Dl13 along with a note that Adam Gaff is working in Herzog.

Adam Gaff and his wife Barbara are recorded on the 1834 census of Graf in Household No. 52 along with Adam's brother-in-law Philipp Hepp and his family. [The 1834 census records Adam Gaff as the brother-in-law (шурин = wife's brother) of Philipp Hepp - not that Adam Gaff is the husband of Philipp Hepp's sister. This does not match up with what is published on the 2002 Leus/Rupp/Leiker translation of the 1850 Graf Census, p. 101.]

Adam Gaff is recorded on the 1850 census of Graf and had evidently died between 1834 & 1850. However, the 2002 published translation of the 1850 census does not record the death year.

There are no know surviving male lines of this Gaff / Haff family among the Volga German colonies.


- 1834 Graf Census (Household No. 52).
- 1850 Graf Census (Household No. 66).
- 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): Dl13.

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Brent Mai

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Entry from the 1834 census of Graf (Household No. 52) recording Adam Gaff/Haff as the brother-in-law (wife's brother) of Philipp Hepp.
Source: Brent Mai.

Volga Colonies