Notes for Joseph Kieffer: There is another JOSEPH KIEFFER OF SOUFFLENHEIM AND EAST EDEN. He is the Cousin of Anthony and Joseph Kieffer. He came with his family to East Eden in 1834. The following information is what I know about him as of 3/1/02:
Joseph Kieffer 22 January 1806 Death record of Joseph Kieffer, farmer, aged 45 years, husband of Richarda Wagner, son of deceased Anton Kieffer farmer of Soufflenheim in his life and of deceased Maria Anna Mosser. As declared by Joseph Kieffer junior, farmer here and brother in law, and by Anton Kieffer, farmer in Soufflenheim, as brother of the deceased. [Anthony Kieffer had a brother named Joseph and they had a sister named Maria Anna who married a man named Joseph Wagner in 1797. He might have been their brother-in-law.
JOSEPH KIEFFER March 22, 1806 Roeschwoog 7E44 #28: Inventory Inventory of property left after his death by : JOSEPH KIEFFER farmer in Souffllenheim, whose wife and widow is RICHARDE WAGNER. Their children and heirs being : JOSEPH aged 20 RICHARDE aged 17 CATHERINE aged 14 ANTOINE aged 10 MARIE ANNE aged 6 The guardian is Antoine Kieffer, farmer of this place ; in presence of Pareth, notary. A marriage contract has been passed the 5th February in year 1786 in Fort Louis between : JOSEPH KIEFFER, son of ANTOINE KIEFFER burgher and farmer and of the deceased MARIE ANNE MOSSER ; and : RICHARDIS WAGNER daughter of LORENTZ WAGNER burgher and farmer and of MARGARETHA HOFFMANN. The father of the young man gives a half of his house in Soufflenheim : one side Heinrich Simon, the other side Jean Hummel, upper side is Michel Schaeffter and Antoine Schlosser for part ; the value of the house to be compensated between the brothers of the new married up to : 600 Gulden, so 50 Gulden each St. Martin's day ; also two oxen are given value : 260 Gulden. The father of the bride gives : 200 gulden. Witnesses are Antoine Kieffer, Lorentz Wagner, Johannes Mocker, Johannes Kieffer and a second Antoine Kieffer.
Francois Joseph Kieffer was born on June 27, 1786 in Soufflenheim His parents were Joseph Kieffer, farmer, and Richarde Wagner. Joseph and Richarde were married about 1785. They had at least two other children besides Joseph (their oldest child): Richarde, born in 1789, and Catherine, born in 1792. Joseph Kieffer married Madelaine (Magdalena) Schoeffter on April 7, 1809. Madelaine Schoeffter was the daughter of Ignace Schoeffter (Schaeffer?) and Catherine Eck. Joseph was a farmer when he lived in Soufflenheim. In Soufflenheim he lived in houses numbered in the 90's.
They had the following children, all born in Soufflenheim (He probably had other children, as his emigration records list 8 children, these are the only children I have identified so far): Charles - Born 1815
Marie Theresa, aka Theresa, Born: 5 Oct 1829
They had the following children that died young, all born in Soufflenheim Josephine - Born 1811, Died 1815 Josephine - Born 1816, Died December 1816 Marie Josephine - Born 1817, Died 1819 Louis - Born 1820, Died August 1820 Louis - Born April 30, 1821(twin) Died June 1821 Caroline - Born April 30, 1821 (twin)
Raiman death index" Kieffer Carolina 1821-Jun-05 Daughter of Joseph Kieffer & Madelaine Schaeffter Kieffer Josephine 1815-Mar-14 Daughter of Joseph Kieffer & Madelaine Schaeffter Kieffer Josephine 1816-Dec-29 Daughter of Joseph Kieffer & Madelaine Schgaeffter Kieffer Josephine 1819-Jan-13 Daughter of Joseph Kieffer & Madelaine Schaeffter Kieffer Louis 1821-Jun-07 Son of Joseph Kieffer & Madelaine Schaeffter
Raiman Marriage Index: 1809-Apr-7 Joseph Kieffer & Madelaine Schaeffer Son of Joseph Kieffer & Ricarde Wagner Daughter of Ignace Schaeffer & Catherine Eck
IGNACE SCHAEFFTER Inventory 23 May 1810 Roeschwoog 7E44/39 Inventory : 23rd May 1810 of : IGNACE SCHAEFFTER of Soufflenheim whose heirs are : CATHERINE SCHAEFFTER, wife of MICHEL KIEFER, farmer in Soufflenheim, present MADELEINE SCHAEFFTER, wife of JOSEPH KIEFFER, farmer in Soufflenheim, present Joseph Schmuck as guardian of BARBARA SCHAEFFTER aged 18 all born of deceased Ignace Schaeffter and of deceased CATHERINE ECK his wife.
IGNACE SCHAEFFTER Inventory And Sale Of Furniture 28 July 1810 Roeschwoog 7E44/40 Inventory and sale of furniture of Ignace Schaeffter, passed the 28th July 1810. Widower of the deceased Catherine Eck in presence of CATHERINE SCHAEFFTER wife of MICHEL KIEFFER, farmer of MADELEINE SCHAEFFTER wife of JOSEPH KIEFFER, farmer in Soufflenheim and Barbara Schaeffter, minor of years. Liquidation passed by the same the 8th August 810 of the named succession.
RICHARDE WAGNER 22 August 1832 Roeschwoog 7E44/76 Inventory Inventory passed the 22nd August 1832 on request of : RICHARDE KIEFFER, wife of Joseph Schmidt CATHERINE KIEFFER, wife of IGNACE MOSSER, carter MARIE ANNE KIEFFER, wife of JACQUES MARY, potter here MICHEL KIEFFER, farmer here also in name of JOSEPH KIEFFER, former farmer in Soufflenheim, who left for America. Ignace Mosser as guardian of JEAN CHARLES KIEFFER son of deceased ANTOINE KIEFFER, in his lifetime a nail maker in Offenbourg (Baden) and of THÉRÈSE BRÜSCHLE, deceased wife This all concerns the inventory left at time of death by RICHARDE WAGNER, their mother, who died the 10th July this year, in her lifetime wife of JOSEPH KIEFFER in Soufflenheim. Sale of her property.
ALSACE EMIGRATION INDEX (and the original document on which it is based) lists the following information about Joseph Kieffer: Occupation: Farmer (cultivateur) Residence: Soufflenheim, Destination: America Passport Date (date he was issued a passport): Between 1828 and 1837 Emigrated with his wife and eight children. Money taken out of the country: 6,500 Francs
1840 EDEN CENSUS Joseph Kiefer, Sr. 50-59. 3 members of household employed in agriculture (it is not stated if they were his children or other individuals). Woman 50-59 (probably Magdalena (Schoeffter) Kieffer. She was 39 in 1829 at Theresa's birth) Male 20-29 Male 20-29 Male 15-19 Male 15-19 Male 10-14 Female 10-14
The godparents of Anthony Kieffer's daughter Phillipina on May 30, 1834 were Adam and Magdalena Schoepfter. What is the connection, if any, with Joseph Kieffers wife Madeleine (Magdalena) Schoeffter. Are they the same person? Is Adam related to Madeleine? 1850 EDEN CENSUS (U.S. Census) Theresa Kiefer 20 b. Germany Joseph Kiefer 60 Farmer b. Germany
1855 EDEN CENSUS (New York State Census) Krenerisk? Harter 36 Germany Farmer Twenty one years residing in Eden. Naturalized. Owned land. Theresa Harter 25 Germany Twenty one years residing in Eden. Naturalized. William Harter 1 Erie County New Baby (no name) 0/12 Erie County JOSEPH KIEFER 70 Father in Law. Germany. Widowed. Twenty one years in Eden. Cooper. Naturalized. Does not own land. Theresa Harter is his daughter. He would have arrived in Eden in 1834, the same year his name first appears on the Eden tax records.
1855 NEW YORK STATE CENSUS: Joseph Kieffer, retired and living with his daughter Theresa and her husband, is listed as a cooper (not as a farmer as in two previous census). The 1834 and 1837 Eden land tax records show him owning 49 acres. Joseph probably lived in East Eden from 1834 until the late 1850's. In the 1855 census Joseph Sr. says he has been in Eden for 21 years (1834). He is not listed in the 1860 Eden census.
Jan Wojcik says that Joseph Kieffer and Magdalena Schaefter had a son named Simon Kieffer who married Elizabetha Roos, daughter of Simon Roos (presumably in New York) Her email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
More About Joseph Kieffer and Madelaine Schoeffter: Marriage: 07 Apr 1809, Soufflenheim.
Children of Joseph Kieffer and Madelaine Schoeffter are: