Philipp Boni, a craftsman (Handwerker), and his family settled in the Volga German colony of Rohleder on 14 June 1766. They are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 30.
The 1798 census of Rohleder (Rl11) records that widower Philipp Boni is working in Semenovka and that his brother Joachim is working in Louis.
The 1767 census records that Philipp Boni came from the German region of Darmstadt.
- 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): Rl09, Rl11.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 55.