Valentin Grieff, a weaver (Weber), his wife Maria, and children (Johann, age 8; Hans, age 5) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 12 September 1766 aboard an English frigate under the command of Skipper Adam Beerfeier.
Widower Valentin is recorded in an appendix to the 1767 census of Beauregard in Household No. 84 [errantly under the surname Graf].
Valentin Grieff is recorded on the 1798 census of Bettinger in Household No. Bt27.
The 1767 census records that Valentin Graf [sic] came from the German village of Oberweid in Sachsen (Saxony).
- 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): Bt27.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 213.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #4476.