Looking for information on the Joseph Hilgefort family. He was born about 1840 supposedly in Prussia. He was married to Gertrude Wendel in 1862 in Mercer County OH.They had children, Barney in 1863, Gerhard Heinrich in 1865, Johan Clemens 1868.About 1870 they moved to Iowa. In 1870 they were in Delaware County and in 1880 they were in Plymouth County. Daughters Gertrude and Susan were born in Iowa.Susan was born in 1878 in Le Mars IA.Sometime between 1880 and 1900 the family came back to Ohio.Gerhard died in Ohio but Clemens may have died in Iowa.There may have been other kids.In 1880 Gertrude's mother, Elizabeth was living with them.I don't know if she died there.
I know about the 3 surviving ones.What I can't find is anything about the family in Iowa other than the 2 censuses.If any of them died there I can't find any evidence of it.Nor can I find the births of the 2 girls. All 3 of the surviving children died in Ohio.
It's possible they died and were shipped back to Ohio to be buried.One of the problems I have is the bizarre ways the name is spelled.Too odd to come up on some databases. They only spoke German and didn't know how to spell the name in English so whoever was collecting it just guessed. We have that problem a lot here in west central Ohio.