Wilhelm Grälich arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 4 July 1766 aboard the English frigate Love & Unity under the command of Skipper Thomas Fairfax. He is recorded on an appendix to the 1767 census of Nieder-Monjou in Household No. 87 [surname errantly published as Grenlich].
On the 1798 census, he is recorded in the colony of Kaneau having moved there from Orlovskaya. A note on the 1798 census also indicates that he is actually living in the colony of Schwed serving as a teacher. Another note indicates that his son Ferdinand was living with Dr. Maier in Saratov.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Wilhelm Grälich was a student from the German region of Pommern (Pomerania). The 1767 census records that he was a baker (Bäcker) from the German village of Hogen [?] in the region of Pommern (Pomerania).
- 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): Kn33.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 219.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #1266.