Johannes Gräffenstein, a linen weaver (Leinenweber), and his daughters (Elisabeth, age 10; Anna Christina, age 13) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 15 September 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Skipper Gabriel Wild. [This entry from the Plehve translation of the Oranienbaum passenger list is inconsistent with others. Children are usually listed in order of age with sons recorded first. Brent Mai believes that Elisabeth is actually the name of Johannes Gräffenstein's first wife, and that the name of son "Johannes" age 10 was inadvertently missed in the publication of the translation. This would explain why the younger child was listed first.]
They are recorded on the 1767 census in a list of Beauregard recruits (No. 3) where Johannes has a new wife Anna and children (Johannes, age 12; Anna, age 14). Son Johannes (age 41) is recorded on the 1798 census of Zürich in Household No. Zr25.
The 1767 census records that Johannes Gräffenstein came from the German village of Germitsas [?].
- 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): Zr25.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 349.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #6977.