Johannes Graf, a farmer, his wife Anna, and children (Johann, age 16; Christian, age 14; Elisabeth, age 7) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 8 August 1766 aboard a ship under the command of Skipper Johann Gottfried Seelender.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Dehler on 1 July 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 2.
The widow and sons of Johannes Graf [junior] are recorded on the 1798 census of Dehler in Household No. Dl10.
Christian Graf and his family are recorded on the 1798 census of Dehler in Household No. Dl37.
Christian Graf is recorded on the 1811 census of Dehler in Household No. 35.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Johann Graf was a farmer while the 1767 census records that he was a locksmith (Schlosser).
The 1767 census records that Johannes Graf is from the German village of Dorschheim in the Ansbach region.
- 1811 Dehler Census (Household No. 35).
- 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): Dl10, Dl37.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Der Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 267.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #3353.