Johann Adam Gramlich was born in Bofsheim (southeast of Buchen Odenwald; today in Baden-Württemberg) on 4 March 1748. He married Anna Eva (surname unknown). They immigrated to Denmark (Schleswig-Holstein) before immigrating to Russia.
Adam Gramlich and his new wife Maria Barbara (surname unknown) arrived at the port in Oranienbaum on 13 September 1766 aboard the Russian galliot Citadel along with daughter Anna Dorothea (age 4). They settled in the Volga German colony of Schilling where they are recorded on the 1775 census in Household No. 15.
Adam is recorded on the 1798 census in the colony of Schilling in Household No. Sg006.
- 1775 Census of Schilling (No. 15).
- Lang, Gerhard. German Colonists of Denmark on the Volga.
- Mai, Brent Alan. 1798 Census of the German Colonies along the Volga (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1999): Sg006.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #5217 (p.331).