We Are The DescendantsofFrederick Keefer.(1760-1852)
The family started out in Southern France, at which time surnames were not used. When religious persecution caused immigration to other parts, surnames were taken. DeWald took the name of Tonnellies (barrel maker). DeWald Tonnellies left France in 1563 and immigrated to Germany where he settled in Kettenheim. He learned the blacksmith trade and changed his name to Kieffer. About 55 years later (c.1618) due to papal wrath Protestants were persecuted where ever they were found.
DeWald Kieffer had a son, Michael.
Michael had three (3) sons: Jacob, Michael, DeWald
These three immigrated to America landing at Philadelphia on August 20, 1683. Due to unknownreasons, they returned to Germany the following year.
In 1689 DeWald Kieffer returned to America.
DeWald had 4 sons: Abraham, Casper, Martin, born in America and Michael, born in Kettenheim, so evidently DeWald returned to Germany at some point.
Abraham had three (3) sons Niclaus, DeWald, Jacob
Niclaus married three times and had 21 children, therefore most of the Keefers in Pennsylvania and Maryland are from this branch.
Over the next 100 years, other members of the family came to America.Another branch of the family came to America via New York; they moved westward and southward and eventually both branches crossed in Fulton County, PA.The family is DAR established in the book American Revolutionary War Soldiers of Franklin County, PA.
Frederick Keefer (1760-1852), son of Johann Peter and Susanne Butts (aka Buhs) Kieffer, was bornin Pennsylvania.He married (unknown person) and had one son, George.They lived in Little Antietam.
Frederick Keefer (1760-1852), a weaver by trade. also m. Barbara Weichel (Wetzel) (1771-1863) at Jonesville. They moved to the southeast corner of Fulton County, PA (c.1785).George remained in Little Antietam.
From this marriage, Frederick had ten children:Michael, Jacob, John D, Salome, Daniel, David, Betsy, Samuel, & Catherine.
Frederick died June 17, 1852 at home, Little Cove, Franklin County, PA. Burried in Keefer Plot, Little Cove, PA
Frederick Keefer's son, John D.(b.c. 1795) m. Elizabeth Weller (an aunt of the Rev. Jacob Weller) and had nine children: John W., Levi, Jacob Adam, Daniel, Mary, Susan, Mahala, Adam, and Jeremiah.
John W. Keefer (b. 11/25/1825) m. Margret Pleacher April 1,1847 and they had 13 children:Mary, Sylvester, Emanuel, Noah, Rebecca, Denton, Elizabeth, Mahala, Barnabas, Susan, John R., Ella, and Jeremiah.
Emanuel Keefer (b. 01/08/1851 in Warren Twp, Franklin Co., PA))m. Margret Zeis on January 29, 1879.Their children are: Gertrude Ellen, John Denton, Carrie Belle, Elsie Catherine, Benjamin Franklin, William Howard, Mary Alice, Jacob Lawrence, Grace Maria, Leile Mae, and Rose.
Emanuel and Margret Keefer are burried Rehoboth Cemetery, Fulton County, PA.
William Howard Keefer (04/30/1887-08/11/1955) m. Nellie May Eshelman (09/08/1897-01/07/1978). They had ten children:Elsie May (m. Lloyd Rhodes) Cecil Harvey, Myrtle Fern (m. Thurman Divelbliss), Lester Emanuel, Ruth Virginia (m. Charles Darlington Maconaughey), Edna Frances, (m. Albert Tritle), William Franklin, Mary Rose (m. Raymond Miley), John Leo, and Beulah Jane, (m. Lewis Cassner).
William Howard and Nellie May (Eshelman) Keefer are burried at Rehoboth Cemetery, Fulton County, PA