Thank you for your response.Actually, I already found the Joseph G. Kiefer you mentioned.Unfortunately, when I tried to get a copy of his death certificate to try and authenticate the information, I came to a dead end (no pun intended!)I contacted Lewis county clerks, libraries, cemteries, churches,historians, funeral homes , NYS DOH, etc... all to no avail.
At this point I was hoping that some long lost relative might actually know where his grave is located.That way I could go there, and see if his parents are nearby or listed on the stone. I did extensive resarch using the online Lowville Journal and Republican, and everything seems to point to Joseph G. actually being Joseph J. Kiefer, my g-grandfather, but I was hoping for proof.
Also, I grew up with family "tales" that my Kiefer side was connected with Count LeRay du Chaumont as land agents, and they helped to settle some parts of Lewis county.I found mention of Christian Kieffer in the Lowville paper as a land agent, but am still not positive of his connection to Joseph.
Anyways, thanks again for your help.It is a relief to find someone else who thinks that Joseph G was probably Joseph J.so maybe I am on the right track.
Virginia (Keifer) Marcellus
PS:Are we related? My great grand-father was Kiefer, but my grandfather changed it to Keifer.There are so many variations in the name!