Johann Graff [sic] & Anna Maria Ostermeier were married on 28 May 1765 in Roßlau.
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 1834 census of Graf records in Household No. 82 that Sebastian Graf moved from Graf to Louis in 1817.
The 1834 census of Graf records in Household No. 82 that Peter Graf moved from Graf to Luzern in 1828.
The 1767 census records that Johannes Graf came from the German village of Eckstedt.
- 1834 Graf Census (Household No. 82).
- 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): Gf19.
- Mai, Brent Alan and Dona Reeves-Marquardt, German Migration to the Russian Volga (1764-1767) (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 2003): #859.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 59.