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Updated August 23, 2009

Jeffrey Robert Kempf
Indianapolis, Indiana 46237
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We are researching Philip and Apolonia Albert Kempf from Cincinnati, Ohio.

They came in 1854 from Bavaria, Germany.

Philip Kempf was born on 19 April, 1829 in Bavaria, Germany and died 21 January, 1899 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He resided on 1748 Jester Street.

Apolonia Albert Kempf was born on 17 October, 1835 in Germany and died 4 March, 1874 in Cincinnati, Ohio from scarlet fever. They resided on 470 Plum St. at that time.

I observed Philip Kempf and family in the 1880 census and he was listed as a peddler of notions.

At the time of his death Philip was listed on his death certificate as a shoemaker!
Philip and Apolonia Albert Kempf had ten children, two which died at birth. All were born in Cincinnati, Ohio!


Dominick Kempf
Henry Kempf
Charles Peter Kempf
Rosa Kempf
Michael Kempf
Elizabeth Kempf
Katherine Kempf
Margaret Kempf
George Kempf
Peter Kempf

Henry Kempf is my ggrandfather.

I have found direct ancestors of Charles Peter Kempf and Margaret Kempf and Rosa Kempf.

If anybody is doing research on the Kempf/Albert family name and would like to share information please contact me at

I am very interested in people who know about St.John the Baptist Church and St.Boniface Church in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Surnames we're also researching; Erlenbach, Schmerr, Haaf, Piper, Jaojoco, Pedigo, Brown, Erlenbaugh, Santos, Ruebel, Spatz, Zeff, Poor, Wagner, Bush, Waddle, Hill, Smith, Hume, De Mesa, Mize, Keller, Hamel, Mohr.

Thank-you and God bless.
Jeff Kempf

Family Photos

  • Philip & Apalonia Kempf's wedding site! (221 KB)
    Church of St.John,the Baptist,is where Philip and Apalonia Albert Kempf were married on February 8,1857. This church still stands today. Can one imagine what Cincinnati was like in 1857! This is our beginning. Michael Kempf was born this year to Philip & Apalonia! God bless our ancestors!
  • Charles Peter Kempf (92 KB)
    Born 1870, died 28 July,1941 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Charles is an Army veteran who servrd in the Indian Wars. Charles is buried in St.John's Cemetery in St.Bernard, Ohio.
  • Lali Ann Kempf (1221 KB)
  • Rosa Kempf Schmerr & Martin Schmerr Family (197 KB)
    Rosa Kempf Schmerr is sister of Charles Peter Kempf, and Henry Kempf etc. Born 29 January and died 28 August, 1918 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Rosa is buried in Spring Grove cemetery in Cincinnati. She was 52 when she died.
  • Lali in Papasan chair! (1396 KB)
  • Helen Brown (55 KB)
    This is Grandma Maggie Newland's sister. Helen is on the right of the photo.
  • Christine Kempf (172 KB)
    This is mother of Jeff Kempf,Sr. This photo was taken when she was about 21. Married Robert C. Kempf.
  • Philip Kempf (362 KB)
    This is my gggrandfather Philip Kempf's headstone in St.Johns cemetery in Cincinnati, Ohio. I've had his and my gggrandmother Apalonia Albert Kempf's gravestone restored and given perpetual care.
  • Rosa Kempf Schmerr and Martin Schmerr (85 KB)
    This is an earlier photo of a young couple in Cincinnati, Ohio. Date unkown.
  • Mary & Christian Ruebel (295 KB)
    This is a picture of my gggrandparents' Christian & Mary Ruebel on their 25th Wedding Anniversary.
  • Robert C. Kempf 1941 (37 KB)
    This is my Dad in 1941
  • Benjamin Brown's Official Death Notice (158 KB)
    This is Official!
  • Benjamin Franklin Brown (85 KB)
    Ben was killed in Little Big Horn with General Custer. Jeff Kempf,Sr.'s great-grand Uncle. Died 1876 in battle.
  • Charles Peter Kempf (564 KB)
    This is his enlistment papers in the Army.
  • Joseph Brown (69 KB)
    Jeff Kempf,Sr.'s great-great grandfather.
  • Jeffrey Kempf 1958 (19 KB)
    This is a cute Kempf baby!
  • Thomas Brown (90 KB)
    Thomas Brown is Benjamin Franklin Brown's brother and son of Mary E. Brown.
  • Mary Ellen Brown (72 KB)
    Mother of Ben, Joseph and Thomas and wife of Samuel Murray.
  • Lali Ann (1289 KB)
    I love her!

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