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Descendants of Gerhart Koffroth of Kaffroth, Germany

Updated March 5, 2005

Willis A Koffroth
1721 2nd Street
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
A-United States
Fax: 310-374-9685

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Nearly everybody connected to the surnames KOFFROTH, KOFROTH, KAUFFROTH, KAUFFROATH, COFFROTH, & COFFROAD descend from Gerhart, who left KAFFROTH, Germany, for the wilds of Lancaster County, PA in 1731.
This was not his father's surname, as the family adopted the name of his village. Another line devolves from one Ernst Wilhelm COFFROTH, and this group originated near Cologne, Germany. They settled in Maryland and Southwestern PA.
It is all made clear in the KOFFROTH FAMILY HISTORY, which I published in the summer of the year 2000. It is a hardback of nearly 500 pages with 150 photos. It is fully indexed and has 778 endnotes of source references. It is the product of 30 years of research, and I am pleased that the feedback has been very positive.
I am pleased to freely exchange or supply information with anybody at anytime.

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Family Photos

  • Map showing ancestral villages (102 KB)
    Flammersfeld and surrounding villages. Kaffroth is about 1 mile west, Puscheid to the north of Kaffroth, and Heckenhahn lies about 2-3 miles southwest.
  • Downtown Kaffroth, Germany (23 KB)
    The tiny settlement of Kaffroth consists of only six or so houses and a couple of barns. Gerhart Kaffroth was raised in the large white house, still in use after over 300 years.
  • Emma & Nicholas (26 KB)
    Emma and Nicholas Koffroth are 7th great-grandchildren of Gerhart
  • John Franklin Koffroth (59 KB)
    Author's grandfather. Left Union Co.,Ohio in 1896 and spent rest of his life in Los Angeles, California.
  • Evangelische Church, Flammersfeld, Germany (34 KB)
    The Evangelische Church in Flammersfeld, Germany, has been in continuous use since it was built in 1200 A.D. The old records show the Koffroth ancestors were baptized, married and buried here as early as the 1600s.
  • Gerhart Koffroth's farm (21 KB)
    Photograph of painting of the old Gerhart Koffroth farmhouse and barn before it was torn down in 1964 to make way for the Chip N Putt,. Rothsville Rd., near Akron, Lancaster Co., PA.
  • Tricia Morgan & Michael Paul Hogan (32 KB)
    Tricia & Michael are 7th great-grandchildren of Gerhart
  • Dana & Edith Koffroth (8 KB)
    Dana Browning Koffroth married Edith Judkins Tiller in Marysville, Union Co., OH
  • Author of Koffroth Family History (28 KB)
    Willis A. Koffroth signing copies of the book at the 18th annual reunion of the west coast branch of the Koffroth family.
  • Steven Hogan (42 KB)
    Steven is 7th great-grandson of Gerhart
  • Dana & Edith Koffroth (8 KB)
    Dana is 4th great-grandson of Gerhart Koffroth
  • Village of Heckenhahn, Germany (20 KB)
    Within a mile or so of Kaffroth, only a few houses line the one street in Heckenhahn, Germany. This was the home of Gerhart Koffroth's parents in the late 1600s before the family moved to Kaffroth and changed their name for the last time.
  • John Hogan (17 KB)
    John is 7th great grandson of Gerhart
  • Willis/Marge 1943 St Louis (37 KB)
    Willis is 5th great-grandson of Gerhart
  • Looking north towards Puscheid from Kaffroth (21 KB)
    The small hamlet of Puscheid lies north across the meadow from Kaffroth, Germany. This was the home of Gerhart's grandparents, Matthias and Elisabeth Puscheid in the early 1600s.
  • Village of Puscheid (34 KB)
    House & buildings in the village of Puscheid, Germany. Settlement consists of only six houses and several barns. Vilage of Kaffroth can be seen from here.
  • John Franklin Koffroth (13 KB)
    John was 3rd Great-grandson of Gerhart
  • Roland Diller Koffroth. 1870 (28 KB)
    Roland was 2nd great-grandson of Gerhart
  • Kaffroth, Germany (65 KB)
    Birds-eye view of ancestral village of Kaffroth in the Westerwald region of Germany. About 30 miles north of the Rhine River city of Koblenz. Looking eastward.
  • John/Judy 2003 (20 KB)
    John Dana Koffrot is 6th great-grandson of Gerhart
  • Chris & Jean Ward (57 KB)
    Jean Marie Koffroth (Hogan) Ward is 6th great-granddaughter of Gerhart
  • Robert Gordon Koffroth 2001 (12 KB)
    Robert is 6th great-grandson of Gerhart

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