Johann Hafner, born 1826, Demling, Bayern, Germany
In reply to:
Re: Anna Hafner, Demling, Bayern, Germany
Mary Kay Mahoney 9/06/01
I was wondering if you did any further work on the Hafner family from Demling, as I have some circumstantial evidence that points to my descent from that family.
I descend from Johann Hafner, born Jan 12 1826 in Bavaria and settled in Milwaukee. According to the Hamburg lists, he was from Lenting, Bavaria which is only a few km away from Demling (Parish of Grossmehring) - however there is no record of any Hafners being born in Lenting at that time. When I looked in nearby parishes, including Grossmehring which encompasses the village of Demling, I found a Johann Hafner born Jan 9, 1826 to Josef Hafner and Julianna Schneider - the same family you mentioned. [The IGI says this Johann was born in June but I checked the original parish records and it is January.]
There is a really good chance that the Johann Hafner, born in Demling, is my ancestor who settled in Milwaukee based on two reasons:
- First, the birthdates are only 3 days off. The Jan 12, 1826 date is from Johann's death record, and obviously someone other than Johann gave that information.
- Second, Johann lived in Lenting before he immigrated in 1854 and Lenting and Demling are only a few km apart.
However, this is not conclusive by any means, and I am looking to prove or disprove the association. So I am wondering if you did any further research on the Josef/Julianna Haffner family and have come across information on the Johann born on January 9, 1826.