Last Updated: 27 June 2005
Letter from Karen, nee Weisenburger, Abel email@example.com, R-93
Ancestors of Johann Peter PFAFF
1. Johann Peter1 PFAFF, born 22 Apr 1761 in Mörsfeld, Kirchheimbolanden, Pfalz, Germany; christened 26 Apr 1761 in Mörsfeld, Kirchheim-Bohlanden, Germany; died 5 May 1836 in Freudental, Odessa, So. Russia, son of 2. Johann Philipp PFAFF and 3. Maria Engel CLOß. He married (1) on 17 Feb 1784 in Kriegsfeld, Pflaz, Germany Anna Maria GRAß, born in Bosenheim, Hessen, Germany, daughter of Heinrich Carl GRAß; (2) in Hungary Christina (---), born abt 1766/72; died bef 1833.
Notes for Johann Peter PFAFF
Witnesses at the baptism of Johann Peter were: (1) Johann Peter Pfaff, father's brother and son of Conrad, from Falkenstein; (2) Maria Magdalena, mother's sister and daughter of Johannes Closs.
According to "Quellen zur Deutschen Siedlungsgeschichte in Sudosteuropa", Peter 'Paff' passed through Vienna on 30 Apr 1784 on his way to Hungary. He was travelling with one other person from Moersfeld.
According to Stumpp, Peter Pfaff went to Torschau, Hungary, in 1784. Then in 1806 he went to Russia, as follows (1816 census):
Peter Pfaff 60
A son Philipp had gone to Peterstal in 1811 at age 19.
The Liebental District Odessa 1812 Census lists the following:
Peter Pfaff 52
wife Christina 46
son Johann 19
daughter Margaretha 14
daughter Elisabetha 11
daughter Karolina 6
Peter had 4 horses, 4 cattle, 1 wagon, 1 plow and 1 harro.
Obviously, there is quite a bit of conflict with ages given in these two census years.
In Russia, Peter was a Bauer (farmer).
Notes for Christina (---)
In the 1812 Census for Freudental her age is given as 46. In the 1816 Census by Stumpp her age is given as 44. No death records appear after 1833, so she must have died between 1816-1833.
Children of Johann Peter PFAFF and Christina (---) were as follows:
i Philipp PFAFF, born 25 Aug 1790 in Burg Kessel, Batschka, Hungary; died 10 Aug 1876 in Hoffnungsburg, Odessa, So. Russia.
SOURCE The 1816 Census by Stumpp says that Philipp went to Peterstal in 1811 at the age of 19. Philipp, age 21, appears in the 1812 Census in Peterstal as living with his in-laws, Georg and Maria Hirsch. In the 1858 Census for Peterstal, Philipp's age is given as 66. Thus, all censuses suggest a birth date of about 1791/1792. [His age at death suggests a birth date of 1 Sep 1788.]
ii Johannes PFAFF, born 29 Apr 1793 in Torschau, Batschka, Hungary; died 10 Oct 1856 in Freudental, Odessa, So. Russia.
SOURCES The 1812 Census for Freudental gives his age as 19, the 1816 Census by Stumpp gives it as 20.
iii Magdalena Margaretha PFAFF, born abt 29 Mar 1800 in Torschau, Batschka, Hungary; died 9 Aug 1836 in Peterstal, Odessa, So. Russia.
SOURCES The 1812 Census gives her age as 14, the 1816 Census by Stumpp gives it as 16.
iv Maria Elisabetha PFAFF, born 7 Apr 1801 in Torschau, Batschka, Hungary.
v Carolina PFAFF, born abt 1806/07 in Freudental, Odessa, So. Russia.
2. Johann Philipp2 PFAFF, born 21 Sep 1733 in Imsbach, Bayern, Germany, son of 4. Conrad PFAFF and 5. Anna Margretha KOLB. He married abt 1760 in Mörsfeld, Kirchheimbolanden, Pfalz, Germany 3. Maria Engel CLOß, born abt 1734 in Mörsfeld, Kirchheim-Bohlanden, Germany, daughter of 6. Johannes CLOß and 7. Anna Elisabetha ORSCHIED.
Notes for Johann Philipp PFAFF
No record could be found for the marriage of Johann Philipp and Maria Engel.
EMIGRATION TO HUNGARY
"Quellen zur Deutschen Siedlungsgeschichte in Sudosteuropa" shows the following passing through Vienna on 30 Apr 1784:
Philipp Pfaff, Bauer, 5 persons
Peter Pfaff, Bauer, 2 persons
Both were indicated as being from Morsfeld.
Witnesses at his baptism were Conrad's father-in-law, Johann Philipp Kolb; Conrad's brother, Johann Philipp Pfaff, from Falkenstein; and Maria Margaretha Glos.
It is not absolutely certain that this is the correct birth record/parents for Johann Philipp Pfaff of Moersfeld. However, Imsbach is near Moersfeld and the date of birth is appropriate for his marriage to Maria Engel Closs. So until other evidence contradicts it, it will be concluded that this is correct.
1747 in Imsbach
In Moersfeld, Johann Philipp was a Bergmann (miner).
Notes for Maria Engel CLOß
Maria Engel was confirmed in Moersfeld in 1749 at the age of 15. Her father was listed as Johannes Closs.
Children of Johann Philipp PFAFF and Maria Engel CLOß were as follows:
1 i Johann Peter1 PFAFF, born 22 Apr 1761 in Mörsfeld, Kirchheimbolanden, Pfalz, Germany; christened 26 Apr 1761 in Mörsfeld, Kirchheim-Bohlanden, Germany; died 5 May 1836 in Freudental, Odessa, So. Russia.
ii Johanna Maria1 PFAFF, born 9 Mar 1764 in Mörsfeld, Kirchheim-Bohlanden, Germany; died Sep 1765 in Mörsfeld, Kirchheim-Bohlanden, Germany. BAPTISM A witness at the baptism of Johanna Maria was Johann Peter Closs, mother's brother.
iii Johann Michael1 PFAFF, born 28 Aug 1766 in Mörsfeld, Kirchheim-Bohlanden, Germany. BAPTISM Witnesses at the baptism of Johann Michael were Johann Michael Wolff and his wife Maria Magdalena [Closs].
CENSUS The Liebental District Odessa 1812 Census lists the following:
Michael Pfaff 45 wife
son Michael 20
son Friedrich 15
son Wilhelm 8
daughter Elisabetha 18
daughter Christina 2
Michael had 10 horses, 35 cattle, 7 pigs, 2 wagons, 2 plows, 2 harros, and 1 spinning wheel. According to Stumpp, the following were found in the 1816 census:
Michael Pfaff 48
By 1816 his son Michael (the younger), 24, was married to Susanna, 17, and had a son Friedrich, 1/4.
iv Philippina Elisabetha1 PFAFF, born 16 Oct 1768 in Mörsfeld, Kirchheim-Bohlanden, Germany; died 12 Jan 1769 in Mörsfeld, Kirchheim-Bohlanden, Germany.
v Eva Barbara1 PFAFF, born 7 Jan 1770 in Mörsfeld, Kirchheim-Bohlanden, Germany.
vi Conrad Peter1 PFAFF, born 8 Dec 1772 in Mörsfeld, Kirchheim-Bohlanden, Germany.
vii Susanna Katharina1 PFAFF, born 2 Feb 1776 in Mörsfeld, Kirchheim-Bohlanden, Germany; died 2 May 1782 in Mörsfeld, Kirchheim-Bohlanden, Germany.
4. Conrad3 PFAFF, born abt 1711; died 23 Nov 1761 in Imsbach, Bayern, Germany, son of 8. Unknown PFAFF. He married on 18 Nov 1732 in Imsbach, Bayern, Germany 5. Anna Margretha KOLB, daughter of 9. Johann Philipp KOLB.
Notes for Conrad PFAFF
Schaeffer (shepherd) and Schweinehirt (pigherder)
The death record for Conrad Pfaff states that he had been a pigherder in Imsbach for 15 years, had been married for 29 years and 4 days, that he had eleven children (four sons and seven daughters) and that two of his daughters had preceded him in death.
Birth records could only be found for one son and four daughters. Confirmation and marriage records helped to fill in other names. While some of those records did not give the father's name, there appeared to be no other Pfaff families in Imsbach at the time, so it has been assumed that they were all Conrad's children. Since there is a gap in recorded births between 1733-1747, it seems logical to assume that the family may have lived elsewhere during those years. Records for both Conrad's children and his son Johann Philipp's give reference to family that live in Falkenstein, a village not far from Imsbach. It is possible that is where they lived or were from, however no records are available for Falkenstein for the years before 1818.
Records for Imsbach do not begin until 1724, so no further research is possible at this time.
Children of Conrad PFAFF and Anna Margretha KOLB were as follows:
2 i Johann Philipp2 PFAFF, born 21 Sep 1733 in Imsbach, Bayern, Germany.
ii Maria Barbara2 PFAFF, born abt 1738. CONFIRMATION 1751 in Imsbach MARRIAGE While no birth record was found for Maria Barbara, her marriage record in 1763 gave her father as the deceased Conrad Pfaff.
iii Johann Peter2 PFAFF, born abt 1740. CONFIRMATION 1753 in Imsbach
iv Andreas2 PFAFF, born abt 1743. CONFIRMATION 1756 in Imsbach
v Albertus2 PFAFF, born abt 1746. CONFIRMATION 1759 in Imsbach
vi Sophia Elisabetha2 PFAFF, born 24 Sep 1747 in Imsbach, Bayern, Germany. BAPTISM Witnesses at her baptism were Johann Peter Pfaff and his wife Sophia. CONFIRMATION 1762 in Imsbach (record reads Sophia Catharina)
vii Maria Eleanora2 PFAFF, born 5 Apr 1750 in Imsbach, Bayern, Germany. CONFIRMATION 1764 in Imsbach, father given as Conrad Pfaff
viii Anna Margaretha2 PFAFF, born 15 Sep 1752 in Imsbach, Bayern, Germany. CONFIRMATION 1764 in Imsbach, father given as Conrad Pfaff
ix Eva Maria2 PFAFF. MARRIAGE Eva Maria Pfaff married on 20 Jun 1776 in Imsbach, father's name not given.
x Maria Catharina2 PFAFF, born 15 Feb 1755 in Imsbach, Bayern, Germany.
6. Johannes3 CLOß, born 12 Feb 1696 in Mörsfeld, Pfalz, Bayern; died 2 Jul 1762 in Mörsfeld, Pfalz, Bayern, son of 10. Hans Wendel CLOß and 11. Gertraut PFANNKUCHEN. He married on 12 Jan 1723 in Mörsfeld, Pfalz, Bayern 7. Anna Elisabetha ORSCHIED, born abt Jan 1701; died 10 Jun 1773 in Mörsfeld, Pfalz, Bayern, daughter of 12. Christ ORSCHIED.
Notes for Johannes CLOß
Webermeister (master weaver)
Children of Johannes CLOß and Anna Elisabetha ORSCHIED were as follows:
i Johann Peter2 CLOß. NOTE Johann Peter Closs, son of Johannes, married on 15 Oct 1748.
ii Maria Angelica2 CLOß, born 9 Jul 1726 in Mörsfeld, Pfalz, Bayern; died 27 Apr 1729 in Mörsfeld, Pfalz, Bayern.
iii Anna Catharina2 CLOß, born 30 Oct 1728 in Mörsfeld, Pfalz, Bayern.
3 iv Maria Engel2 CLOß, born abt 1734 in Mörsfeld, Kirchheim-Bohlanden, Germany.
v Johanna Helena2 CLOß, born 10 Sep 1736 in Mörsfeld, Pfalz, Bayern.
vi Maria Magdalena2 CLOß, born 23 May 1739 in Mörsfeld, Pfalz, Bayern.
8. Unknown4 PFAFF He married unknown.
Children of Unknown PFAFF were as follows:
4 i Conrad3 PFAFF, born abt 1711; died 23 Nov 1761 in Imsbach, Bayern, Germany.
ii Johann Philipp3 PFAFF. NOTE Mentioned as a witness at the birth of his brother's son, Johann Philipp. Lived in Falkenstein.
9. Johann Philipp4 KOLB, died bef Nov 1732 He married unknown.
Notes for Johann Philipp KOLB
Children of Johann Philipp KOLB were as follows:
5 i Anna Margretha3 KOLB.
10. Hans Wendel4 CLOß, son of 13. Hans Jacob CLOß. He married on 28 Jan 1691 in Mörsfeld, Pfalz, Bayern 11. Gertraut PFANNKUCHEN, born 27 Apr 1673 in Mörsfeld, Pfalz, Bayern; died 12 Jan 1733 in Mörsfeld, Pfalz, Bayern, daughter of 14. Johann Jost PFANNKUCHEN and 15. Dorothea (PFANNKUCHEN).
Children of Hans Wendel CLOß and Gertraut PFANNKUCHEN were as follows:
i Johann Nickel3 CLOß, born 24 Feb 1692 in Mörsfeld, Pfalz, Bayern.
ii Peter3 CLOß, born 21 Nov 1693 in Mörsfeld, Pfalz, Bayern.
6 iii Johannes3 CLOß, born 12 Feb 1696 in Mörsfeld, Pfalz, Bayern; died 2 Jul 1762 in Mörsfeld, Pfalz, Bayern.
iv Hans Laurentz3 CLOß, born 10 Apr 1698 in Mörsfeld, Pfalz, Bayern.
v Anna Magdalena3 CLOß, born 1 Apr 1700 in Mörsfeld, Pfalz, Bayern.
vi Anna Margaretha3 CLOß, born 2 Mar 1702 in Mörsfeld, Pfalz, Bayern.
vii Hans Adam3 CLOß, born 14 Jun 1705 in Mörsfeld, Pfalz, Bayern.
viii Hans Christophel3 CLOß, born 27 Mar 1709 in Mörsfeld, Pfalz, Bayern.
ix Anna Maria Catharina3 CLOß, born 15 Apr 1712 in Mörsfeld, Pfalz, Bayern.
12. Christ4 ORSCHIED He married unknown.
Children of Christ ORSCHIED were as follows:
7 i Anna Elisabetha3 ORSCHIED, born abt Jan 1701; died 10 Jun 1773 in Mörsfeld, Pfalz, Bayern.
ii Johann Peter3 ORSCHEID.
13. Hans Jacob5 CLOß, died bef 1691 He married unknown.
Children of Hans Jacob CLOß were as follows:
10 i Hans Wendel4 CLOß.
14. Johann Jost5 PFANNKUCHEN He married 15. Dorothea (PFANNKUCHEN), born abt 1639; died 29 Nov 1684 in Mörsfeld, Pfalz, Bayern.
Notes for Johann Jost PFANNKUCHEN
Children of Johann Jost PFANNKUCHEN and Dorothea (PFANNKUCHEN) were as follows:
i Anna Barbara4 PFANNKUCHEN, born 21 Aug 1664 in Mörsfeld, Pfalz, Bayern.
ii Peter4 PFANNKUCHEN, born 26 Apr 1668 in Mörsfeld, Pfalz, Bayern.
11 iii Gertraut4 PFANNKUCHEN, born 27 Apr 1673 in Mörsfeld, Pfalz, Bayern; died 12 Jan 1733 in Mörsfeld, Pfalz, Bayern.
iv Johann Philipp4 PFANNKUCHEN, born abt 1678; died 17 Sep 1746 in Mörsfeld, Pfalz, Bayern. NOTE Marriage record in 1704 indicated that he was the son of Hans Jost Pfannkuchen.
v Elisabetha4 PFANNKUCHEN, born 11 Mar 1683 in Mörsfeld, Pfalz, Bayern.
vi Heinrich4 PFANNKUCHEN, born Dec 1680 in Mörsfeld, Pfalz, Bayern.
Christina (1766-1833), 1
Dorothea (1639-1684), 5
Anna Elisabetha (ORSCHIED) (1701-1773), 2, 4
Gertraut (PFANNKUCHEN) (1673-1733), 4, 5
Anna Catharina (1728-), 4
Anna Magdalena (1700-), 5
Anna Margaretha (1702-), 5
Anna Maria Catharina (1712-), 5
Hans Adam (1705-), 5
Hans Christophel (1709-), 5
Hans Jacob (-1691), 5
Hans Laurentz (1698-), 5
Hans Wendel, 4, 5
Johann Nickel (1692-), 5
Johann Peter, 4
Johanna Helena (1736-), 4
Johannes (1696-1762), 2, 4, 5
Maria Angelica (1726-1729), 4
Maria Engel (1734-), 1, 2, 4
Maria Magdalena (1739-), 4
Peter (1693-), 5
Anna Maria, 1
Heinrich Carl, 1
Anna Margretha, 2, 3, 5
Johann Philipp (-1732), 3, 5
Johann Peter, 5
Anna Elisabetha (1701-1773), 2, 4, 5
Christ, 4, 5
Anna Margretha (KOLB), 2, 3
Anna Maria (GRAß), 1
Christina ((---)) (1766-1833), 1
Maria Engel (CLOß) (1734-), 1, 2
Albertus (1746-), 4
Andreas (1743-), 4
Anna Margaretha (1752-), 4
Carolina (1806-), 2
Conrad (1711-1761), 2, 3, 5
Conrad Peter (1772-), 3
Eva Barbara (1770-), 3
Eva Maria, 4
Johann Michael (1766-), 3
Johann Peter (1740-), 4
Johann Peter (1761-1836), 1, 3
Johann Philipp, 5
Johann Philipp (1733-), 1, 2, 4
Johanna Maria (1764-1765), 3
Johannes (1793-1856), 2
Magdalena Margaretha (1800-1836), 2
Maria Barbara (1738-), 4
Maria Catharina (1755-), 4
Maria Eleanora (1750-), 4
Maria Elisabetha (1801-), 2
Philipp (1790-1876), 1
Philippina Elisabetha (1768-1769), 3
Sophia Elisabetha (1747-), 4
Susanna Katharina (1776-1782), 3
Unknown, 3, 4
Dorothea ((PFANNKUCHEN)) (1639-1684), 5
Anna Barbara (1664-), 6
Elisabetha (1683-), 6
Gertraut (1673-1733), 4, 5, 6
Heinrich (1680-), 6
Johann Jost, 5
Johann Philipp (1678-1746), 6
Peter (1668-), 6
In a message dated 6/1/03 10:52:24 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
<< Hi Judy,
....you can pass along to anyone who is interested that my entire Pfaff database is now posted on Rootsweb. The
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I welcome new info and/or corrections at any time!!
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In a message dated 6/22/05 4:55:08 PM, email@example.com writes:
Just got this today in response to my database posted on Rootsweb. As I had
you as the source of some data that I had on this family, I thought you
might be interested.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Wednesday, June 22, 2005 2:41 PM
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Name: Robert Law
Christiana Pfaf was born 28 Dec 1872 in Worms, South Russia to Frederick and
Frericka Geisaler Pfaf. She married Ludwig Ebel 26 Oct 1897 in Worms. The
couple emmigrated to the United States in Feb 1898. They arrived in America
on April 23, 1898. They came to the town of Hosmer, South Dakota. They
stayed on the farm of Ludwig's brother in-law and sister, Christian and
Ketherine Neumiller. The lived there for 7 months then moved to Medina,
North Dakota. They lived north of Medina for 8 years and south of town for
25. Ludwig Ebel was one of the prominent farmers of Stutsman county.
The couple had eight children.
A baby girl that died.
John Ebel born 24 Aug 1899 married Katherine Wiest Nov 1925.
Jack Ebel died as an infant.
Wilhelmina Ebel born 23 Nov 1903 married Benjamin R. Eissinger 2 Dec 1922.
They had three children, Beatrice, Donald Leo and Donna Mae. The couple had
6 grand children, Nora Mae Eissinger, Randa Jane, Robert Lynn, Rochelle Kay,
Rayette Marie and Renee Law. Ben died in 1963 and Minnie in 2003.
Lydia Ebel married Jacob Wiest.
Rosalia Ebel born 7 March 1912
Ludwig passed away 11 May 1931
Christina lived until Sept 1 1954
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