Christian Keil and his family arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 12 September 1766 aboard an English frigate under the command of Skipper Adam Beerfeier.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Susannental on 3 August 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 33 with a note that they relocated to the colony of Basel in 1768.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Christian Keil was a stocking maker while the 1767 census records that he was a farmer.
The 1767 census records that Christian Keil came from the German village of Kemel in Hessen.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 266.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #4545.