Monday, November 26, 2012

Margaret Kieffer (My 3rd g-Grandmother)

  Margaret Keefer was christianed Marguerite Kieffer in Uhriller, Bas-Rhin France on 17 March 1824 (See birth record). Margaret was the first child born to Peter Kieffer and Catherine Richert.

  At the age of three, Margaret traveled to the United States with her parents by way of Canada, and the family would settle  in Stark County Ohio by 1830. Around 1840, she moved again with her family to settle near Granger Indiana.

    At the age of seventeen, Margaret found herself pregnant by her next door neighbor, a Cyprien Johnson. As an un-married woman, Margaret filed a paternity suit in court for support of her un-born child. A daughter was born of this pregnancy on 16 Feb 1842.

  On 26 November 1843 in South Bend Indiana, Margaret married a George Wilkeson (Subject of an earlier post). From this marriage would come twelve children, two sons and ten daughters. The family would reside around the South Bend area through 1869, when they moved to Iowa settling in Fort Dodge.

  Margaret died of a stroke in Fort Dodge Iowa on 28 April 1906 and was buried at The Oakland Cemetery in Fort Dodge.

  For family genealogy see:

No comments:

Post a Comment