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SOUFFLENHEIM, ALSACE, FRANCE Genealogy Research & History

Updated April 17, 2014

Robert Wideen

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The purpose of this site is to share some interesting, unusual and hard to find Soufflenheim genealogy and historical information, and to describe the various types of records available for research. The emphasis is on genealogy research prior to 1743, the year of the earliest surviving church records and the year that genealogy research in Soufflenheim typically ends.

I'm also researching the family of Anthony Kieffer, who came to the United States in 1830 from Soufflenheim, Alsace, France / Germany, and settled in East Eden, Erie County, New York. With him came his wife Catherine Burger and their children Sarah, Josephine, Catherine, Barbera, Peter, Mary Ann and Philipp.

In 1832 Anthony's brother Joseph Kieffer came to the United States and also settled in East Eden. He came with his wife Richardis Burger and their children Josephine, Primus, Paulina, Catherine, Philippine and Caroline. Anthony's cousin Joseph Kieffer came to the United States around 1834 with his wife, Madelaine Schoeffter, and children and also settled in East Eden.

Anthony's children Josephine (m. Philipp Klein), Sarah, Peter, Phoebe (m. Casper Kreidermacher) and Barbera (m. Gregory Ritt), eventually moved to Elba, Minnesota. Catherine (m. Peter Behringer) and Mary Ann (m. John Schwartz) moved to Buffalo.

Anthony's son Philipp Kieffer stayed in East Eden, remained on the family farm, and married Mary Ann Haller in 1858. They had eleven children: Catherine (m. Charles Vincent), Philipp (m. Louisa Frew), Mary Ann (m. John Reif), Charles (m. Elizabeth Bangasser), Joseph (m. Mary Kramer), Rose (m. John Hartwig), William (m. Catherine Heaser), Anthony (m. Clara Dole), John, Peter, and George (m. Blanche). Charles, Joseph and William moved to Elba, Minnesota in the late 1800's.

William Kieffer married Catherine Heaser in 1895. They moved to Minneapolis in the 1920's and had five children: Florence (m. Philip Moore); Henry (m. Mamie Raden); Leonard (m. Helen Narocki); Loretta (m. Warren McGuire) and Robert (m. Ann Olson).

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  • Soufflenheim (6 KB)
    The Village Of Soufflenheim
  • Phillip Kieffer And Family (200 KB)
    Philipp Kieffer with wife and children circa the 1890's. Standing L-R: George, Peter, Anthony, William, Joseph, Charles, Phillip. Seated L-R: Rose, Kate, Mary (Haller), Phillip Sr., Mary
  • Descendants of Anthony Kieffer (73 KB)
    Phillip Kieffer, his children, and other relatives circa the 1890's. Seated next to Phillip is his wife Mary (Haller). Next to Mary is probably Phillip's sister Mary and his brother Peter.
  • Mary (Haller) Kieffer (123 KB)
    Phillips Kieffer's wife Mary. Inscription on photo reads "Grandma Kieffer feeding her chickens in East Eden, New York about 1898.
  • Farm House of Phillip Kieffer (186 KB)
    Philipp Kieffer's farm house in the late 1890's. Inscription on the photo reads: The old Kieffer homestead in East Eden, New York. Mother and all the Kieffer children were born here. In the picture are Grandma and Grandpa [Mary and Phillip], Uncle Pete Kieffer on horse, Mrs. Schwing(?) and her sister Miss Weber.

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