Graf
Names
Graf, Krutoyarovka, Krutojarowka, Krutojarovka
Location
51º29' N 46º40' E
History
      Graf was founded as a Roman Catholic colony on 10 June 1766 by LeRoy & Pictet.
Church
      An independent parish with a resident priest was established in Graf in 1883. A new church was constructed in Graf in 1886. It, like many others among the Volga German colonies, was built of wood in the Kontor Style.
Priests
      The parish in Graf is known to have been served by the following priests:
Joseph Loran (1883-1885)
Johannes Schönfeld (1898)
Emanuel Stang (1898-1901)
Andreas Brungardt (?-1903)
Alois Vondrau (1903-1905)
Gabriel Gwamaradse (1904-1905)
Alois Vondrau (1910-1911)
Adolf Braun (1912-1914)
Population
Population Table
Year
Households
Population
Total
Male
Female
1767
48
141
1769
42
152
82
70
1773
40
178
101
77
1788
196
1798
253
1816
363
1834
563
1850
817
1857
1859
1,097
1883
1,374
1889
1,570
1897
1,806*
865
941
1904
1910
1,871
1912
2,009
1920
321**
2,062
1922
1,061
1926***
245
1,245
575
670
1931
1,658
*Of whom 1,801 were German.
**Of which 316 households were German.
***Of whom 1,241 were German (242 households: 571 male & 670 female).
Sources:
- Beratz, Gottieb. The German colonies on the Lower Volga, their origin and early development: a memorial for the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the first German settlers on the Volga, 29 June 1764. Translated by Adam Giesinger (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1991): 349.
- Diesendorf, V.F. Die Deutschen Russlands : Siedlungen und Siedlungsgebiete : Lexicon. Moscow, 2006.
- The German Settlements in the USSR before 1941 [in Russian] (Moscow, 2002): 100.
- Orlov, Gregorii. Report of Conditions of Settlements on the Volga to Catherine II, 14 February 1769.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 59-71.
- Preliminary Results of the Soviet Census of 1926 on the Volga German Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic (Pokrovsk, 1927): 28-83.
- Schnurr, Joseph. Die Kirchen und das religiöse Leben der Russlanddeutschen - Katholischer Teil (Stuttgart: Selbstverlag Joseph Schnurr, 1972): 127.
- "Settlements in the 1897 Census." Journal of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia (Winter, 1990): 16.
External Links
Last updated 31 May 2013.
Map showing Graf (1935).


Catholic Church in Graf.
Built in 1886.
Source: Heimatbuch der Deutschen aus Rußland, 1972.