Joseph Philippe, a farmer, and his wife Maria settled in the Volga German colony of Franzosen on 28 July 1765. They and their son Philipp (age 1½) are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 22.
The 1767 census records that Joseph Philippe came from the French village of Bessan.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 446.