Philipp Pourquenoit, a farmer, and his family settled in the Volga German colony of Louis on 14 June 1766 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 16.
The 1767 census records that Philipp Pourquenoit came from the German village of Bitsch in the region of Lothringen.
Pourquenoit is a French surname that was Germanized to Burgno over time among the descendants who settled in the Volga German colonies.
- 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): Ls43.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 83.