Jacob Valentin Keffer (1735 - 1802)

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Birthplace: Hesselberg, Germany
Death: Died in Vaughan Township, Ontario, Canada
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During the Thirty Years' War (1618–1648) large areas of today's Middle Franconia were devastated and depopulated. It was not until the end of the 17th century that the economic and financial situation of the margraves improved. The margraves allowed Austrian and French religious refugees to become nationals and supported Jewish merchants in building up an existence, therefore a large number of Jews settled down in villages around Hesselberg. In addition the margraves ran mercantilistic politics and expanded agricultural education. The last margrave Alexander handed over the principality, now free from debt, to the Prussians in 1791.

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John Jacob Kieffer, among the first emigrants to Milton township, was born October 16, 1759, in the Provisdiction of Zweibricken, Europe. His great-great-grandfather, De Wald Kiener, was a native of Paris, and of wealthy and noble ancestry. He was the fifth child and oldest son of Michael Kieffer, and left Europe with his parents on April 15, 1773. They first settled in Bedford county, Pa., and lived there for about eight years, then crossed the Allegheny mountains and settled in Somerset county. Here, on September 2, 1787, he was married to Anna Eva Fritz, by whom he had nine children, viz: Michael, Margaret, Elizabeth, Adam, Mary, Jacob, Susanna, Joseph and Eva, who were all born in Somerset county, Pa. In the spring of 1815 he, with his family, immigrated to Wayne county, Ohio, and settled upon the northeast quarter of section 35 of Milton township, there being but few settlers in advance of him. He died there February 23, 1828. His wife died September 29, 1843, aged 75 years.

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Jacob Keffer's Timeline

1735
June 3, 1735
Hesselberg, Germany
1760
April 15, 1760
Age 24
Mittelbrun, Germany
1763
June 25, 1763
Age 28
Zesselburg, Germany
1766
February, 1766
Age 30
Brothersvalley, Pennsylvania, United States
1769
October 13, 1769
Age 34
on the 'Minerva'
1777
October 6, 1777
Age 42
Berlin, PA
1780
January 21, 1780
Age 44
Berlin, Somerset County, Pennsylvania, United States
1790
1790
Age 54
Bedford Co, PA
1800
1800
Age 64
Somerset Co, PA
1802
May 4, 1802
Age 66
Vaughan Township, Ontario, Canada