Christian Kehl, a stocking maker, his wife Margaretha, and children (Maria, age 18; Philipp, age 15; Wilhelm, age 10; Georg, age 7; Johann, 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.
Christian Kehl, his wife Anna Elisabeth, and children (Maria Magd., age 18; Phillip Conr., age 14; Joh. Wilh. age 11; Joh. Georg, age 8; Joh. Peter, age 4) are recorded on the list of colonists being transported from St. Petersburg to Saratov in 1767 along with a note that mother Anna Elisabeth and son Joh. Wilhelm died en route.
Widower Christian Kehl, a farmer, and his sons (Philipp, age 16; Georg, age 10; Peter, age 6) are recorded on the 1767 census of Susannental in Household No. 33 along with a note that they relocated to the colony of Basel in 1768. They had settled in Susannental on 3 August 1767.
The 1767 census records that Christian Kehl came from the German village of Kemel in Hessen.
There are no known surviving male lines of this Kehl family among the Volga German colonies.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 266.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #4545.