Philipp Kess, a farmer, his wife Anna Maria, and daughter Maria Christina (age ¼) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 9 August 1766 aboard the pink Slon under the command of Lieutenant Sergey Panov.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Kraft. The 1798 census of Norka records the descendants of Philipp Kess from Kraft in Household No. Nr015. Michael Kess is recorded there as actually working in the colony of Warenburg.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Philipp Kess came from the German region of Pfalz.
- 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): Nr015.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #4072.