Johannes Graf, a craftsman (Handwerker), his wife Marianna, and daughter Anna Dorothea (age 1) settled in the Volga German colony of Graf on 10 July 1766 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 1.
A note on the 1767 census records that Johannes Graf was serving as the colony's mayor (Vorsteher). It is after him that the colony took its name.
The 1767 census records that Johannes Graf came from the German village of Eckstedt.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 59.