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About The Adam Kiefer> Kieffer>Keafer Family
Adam Kieffer was born,"Kiefer" in Höheinöd,Germany in 1794. He immigrated to America at 
the end of August 1830 , with his wife, Anna Barbara, and two sons, Adam and Jacob. 
Barbara's sister's family, the Anstätts, were along on the voyage. "Willkommen in 
Amerika" !

 Adam was married to Anna Barbara "Stichler". She was a half sister to Margaretha 
Stichler, who married Johann Matheis Anstätt.  The Conemaugh Twp, Somerset Co, Pa 
census for 1840-50 shows these two families living in close proximity 
to one another. Also, the Anstadts, Mathias & Margaretha, are buried in the same 
small family plot as Adam, less than a 1/4 mile from where they all lived. 
 
  Somewhere along the line, someone assumed that since William and Margaret Jonas lived 
with the Kieffers in those years, that they were Barbara's parents. Adam did purchase 
the property from them, but Anna Barbara's parents, the Stichlers, never left Germany.   

 >>see link* from " Emigrants from Pirmasens and surroundings to America"

 The Kiefers settled in Conemaugh Township, Somerset County, Pennsylvania, in a valley now
known as Somerset Pike. He was a farmer, cut lumber, built barns and made apple cider. 
They had three more children, Valentine, John, and Margaret. Adam Jr was drafted into 
the Civil War and returned safely. Valentine enlisted, but died four months later from 
disease- less than a month after the war had ended. Adam spelled his name Kieffer. Adam 
Jr spelled his Keefer. All the others changed it to Keafer, including Adam Jr's 
children. On Adam Sr's headstone someone changed his name to Keafer. Valentine is 
buried at the Alexandria Nat'l Cemetary under Keiffer, but his wife, Catherine is 
buried as Keafer.
         Most 2nd and 3rd Generation Keafers made their living from farming. Several 
moved into Upper Yoder Twp, in Cambria Co, and cleared new farmland. The log house on 
the original homestead was abandoned after the Somerset Pike was built, and the 
original property was sold off in later years.
         There are still Keafers in the area. The 50th Keafer Reunion was held in 
August 2008, with many in attendance. It is held on the 2nd Sunday in August at the 
Dwight Keafer farm in Soap Hollow, 5 1/2 miles South of Johnstown,Pa.
         A DNA sample was donated and tested to see if we are related to any other 
Kiefer/Kieffer/Keafer family. No positive results have returned as of this writing. 
If you're from another Keafer family and want to get tested, go to: 
www.familytreedna.com/public/keefer     Thanks!

         I traveled back to Hoheinod in the summer of 2010....180 years since Adam and 
his family left. We spent four days in the area, with our host Gerhard Hoeh. He showed 
us many  former homes of Anstadts, Stichlers, and maybe the Kiefer house. Be sure to              
look at the picture of the church where Adam and Barbara were married. The area reminded
me of the farm country in Somerset or Bedford county here in Pa. We met Hans Shaefer in 
Hoheinod, and now I wonder if he is related to Adam Shaffer, my g-g-grandfather. I have             
a copy of Adam Shaffer's marriage document, which has now been translated. I will post             
on this site, soon.    adrian   

         PS. If you have additions or corrections, please contact the webmaster.
Check out photos for, Adam K Keefer and Matilda Yoder, also Church in Germany where Adam Kiefer was married!... It`s confirmed, Adam Shaffer is from Höheinöd too !!!!! ````` just received a verification from Germany ....more to follow......
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