Johann Kirchgessner, a farmer, his wife Maria, and son Johann [Philipp] (age 4) arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 31 July 1766 aboard a Russian ship under the command of Lieutenant Samuel Gibbs.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Pfeifer.
In 1788, Philipp Kirchgessner moved from Pfeifer to Göbel.
Philipp Kirchgessner and his wife are recorded on the 1798 census of Göbel in Household No. Gb47.
The death of Philipp Kirchgessner in 1831 is recorded on the 1834 census of Göbel in Household No. 59.
There are no known surviving male lines of this Kirchgessner family among the Volga German colonies.
- 1834 Göbel Census (Household No. 59).
- 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): Gb47, Mv2250.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #2888.