Johann Peter Keil, his wife Charlotte, an unnamed son (age 2½), and an unnamed daughter (age ½) immigrated to Denmark (Schleswig-Holstein) arriving in Viborg in October 1759. They are last recorded among the Danish colonies on 26 April 1763.
They joined the migration to Russia and settled in the Volga German colony of Anton 28 March 1765.
Peter Keil, his wife Charlotta Wilhelmina, and children (Johann Georg, age 7; Johann Philipp, age 3½; Eva Elisabeth, age 1) are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 28.
In 1796, Ludwig Keil moved from Anton to Lauwe. Ludwig Keil and his family are recorded on the 1798 census of Lauwe in Household No. Lw23.
The Eichhorns record that Johann Peter Keil came from Burchenau (Bargen?) beim Hemsted and der Berstraße. The 1767 census records that he came from the area of Heppenheim in the Kurpfalz region.
- Eichhorn, Alexander, Jacob & Mary Eichhorn. The Immigration of German Colonists to Denmark and Their Subsequent Emigration to Russia in the Years 1759-1766 (Deiningen, Germany: Drukerei und Verlag Steinmeier GmbH & Co. Kg, 2012): B-788.
- Mai, Brent Alan. 1798 Census of the German Colonies along the Volga (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1999): An02, An06, Lw23, Mv0030.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Der Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 61.