Heinrich Keil, a cobbler (Schuhmacher), and his wife Maria arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 4 July 1766 aboard the ship Der Junge Heinrich under the command of Skipper Heinrich Niemann.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Straub on 12 July 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 45.
Philipp Keil and his sons (Georg Philipp, age 7; Philipp Peter, age 1) are recorded on the 1811 census of Straub in Household No. 9 along with a note that they relocated to the colony of Neu-Straub [year not recorded].
Philipp Keil and his family are recorded on the 1834 census of Neu-Straub in Households No. 6 & 20. Georg Keil and his family are recorded on the 1834 census of Neu-Straub in Household No. 31.
The 1767 census records that Heinrich Keil came from the German village of Brandau in the Darmstadt region.
- 1811 Straub Census (Household No. 9).
- 1834 Neu-Straub Census (Households No. 6, 20, 31).
- 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): Sr09, Sr15, Sr30.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 240.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #2084.