Philipp Pfister, a farmer, and his family along with stepdaughter Katharina (surname not recorded) settled in the Volga German colony of Rothammel on 6 September 1767. They are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 26.
The 1767 census records that Philipp Pfister came from the German village of Sillers in the Lothringen region.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 4 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2008): 86.