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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
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:
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
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