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.
Valentin Griff [sic], his wife Maria, and son Wilhelm (age 8) are recorded on the list of colonists being transported from St. Petersburg to Saratov in 1767 along with a note that both his wife and son died in route.
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).
There are no known surviving male lines of this Grieff family among the Volga German colonies.
- 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: Der Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 213.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #4476.
- Rauschenbach, Georg. Deutsche Kolonisten auf dem Weg von St. Petersburg nach Saratow: Transportlisten von 1766-1767 (Moscow: G.V. Rauschenbach, 2017): #4332-4334.