Gräf (Urbach)

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Gräf (Urbach)
Грефъ (Urbach)
Gref (Urbach)
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Lebrecht Gräf, a single man, arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 8 August 1766 aboard the snow-brig Der Merkur under the command of Skipper Johann Heinrich Abelmann.

He settled in the Volga German colony of Urbach on 13 July 1767 and is recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 22.

In 1786, Johann Karl Graf and his brother Christoph moved from Schäfer to Urbach.

Karl Gräf, his wife, and his brother Johann Christian [sic] are recorded on the 1798 census of Urbach in Household No. Ur28 along with a note that all three of them are working in Katharinenstadt.

On 8 October 1802, colonist [widow] DuWetter [sic] of Katharinenstadt petitioned the Kontora [Office of Immigrant Oversight] for permission to accept into her household her son-in-law colonist [Christoph] Gref from Urbach.

Christoph Gref and his family are recorded on the 1834 census of Katharinenstadt in Household No. 288.

The death of Christoph Gref in 1838 is recorded on the 1850 census of Katharinenstadt in Household No. 384. His widow is recorded there as Christina TuVietter [sic].

Friedrich Gräf moved from Urbach to Mariental in 1834.

The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Lebrecht Gräf was a cobbler from the German region of Sachsen (Saxony). The 1767 census records that he was a farmer from the German village of Mansfeld.


- 1834 Mariental Census (Household No. 179).
- 1834 Katharinenstadt Census (Households No. 279, 288).
- 1850 Katharinenstadt Census (Household No. 311, 384, 385, 386, 387, 388).
- 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): Ur28, Mv2515.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Der Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 275.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #3305.

Contributor(s) to this page: 

Brent Mai

Andreas Idt

Pre-Volga Origin

Volga Colonies