Harry,Thank you for your reply.It has been a real bugger to try to find how my family fits into the Steinhoffs of Canada.Coincidentally, I have a god-daughter named Hannah Dell Rarick.My Friend's family was in Minnesota in the mid 1800s before going to Australia, and back to the USA, ending up in Idaho.He did not know where the name Dell came from in their line, but it is a family name and he has an aunt Mary Dell Rarick.If you are interested in anything like that, I'll ask my buddy's dad som more information as he has written a book on the family.
About these Steinhoffs:
My grandma Betty's maiden name is Steinhoff.Her dad was John Proctor Steinhoff; his dad was William "Charles" Steinhoff, all of California.Charles was the son of "W.J Sheinhoff" of Ontario, Canada.
I really know nothing of "my" W.J. Steinhoff except that he married Anna Perkins about 1850 and that he was living in Canada when his son and daughter were born in the 1850s and he died, likely in the late 1850s, leaving his wife with two young children.I note that W.J. may have died in Canada or New York.Annie was b. 26 Feb 1833 in Canada.Their daughter, Samantha Elizabeth's death certificate says that lived in Canada until she was about 3 [she was b. in 1857; hence they left Canada abt. 1860].Annie and her two children evidently were living in New York state in 1860 and appear in the 1870 census in Geneseo, Henry Co., Illinois.She is listed as a seamstress in 1870.She married second Daniel Heller in Henry Co., Ill. 3 March 1871.They came to California within a year or two.Anna died in San Jose, Santa Clara Co., Calif. 10 May 1880 and is buried at the Irvington Cemetery, ALameda Co., CA.
Old family stories are very intersting.Adele (Steinhoff) Mento thought perhaps our McCrimmon family were American colonists who remained loyal to England and fled to Canada after the American War for Independence.While we know that our McCrimmons immigrated directly from Scotland to Canada in 1815, there may be a grain of truth to the story that there was a Loyalist in the family tree.
While the Steinhoff name is Germanic, our family has been in North America since the 1700s.Not many Germans, Swiss or Dutch immigrated to Canada and the name is not common.Of the Steinhoffs found in the Province of Ontario, all of them are believed to be decended from John Steinhoff who was born about 1746 and died 11 Sept. 1811.He had two wives, Barbara and Hannah, and children by each.John was a former American colonist who was living in Newton Twp., Sussex County, New Jersey before 1774, and went to Canada after the American War for Independence where a 1795 application for a land grant indicates that he had been a Loyalist and was forced to leave New Jersey.This John Steinhoff who went to Ontario, Canada had 14 children.While John Steinhoff's decendecy is not complete, he had several known grandsons and great-grandsons named William.Our W.J. is the age to be a great-grandson (or perhaps a grandson through one of the younger sons) of John Steinhoff, Sr.
One Willaim J. (b. 4 May 1825 St. Thomas, ON) was the son of Peter Joseph and Elizabeth (Van Velsor) Steinhoff.He may be our W.J.
"William James" resided in Delaware Twp., Middlesex Co., Ontario in 1847.He was born in Ontario, Canada. He could be, but is not confirmed as, the son of Joseph and Elizabeth (Van Velsor).Samuel Steinhoff (thought to be the son of Joseph and Elizabeth) was a witness at his wedding.This William J. was married to Mary Jane Kilettes 21 November 1847 in London District, Ontario.They had a son named Thomas, some say b. 1840, but more likely b. 1848.
William (1825-1881), son of Peter and Elizabeth (Dill) Steinhoff, married Ophelia Olds 25 Dec. 1851.
William N. (28 March 1840 -- 28 June 1875), son of Jacob and Mary (Birch) Steinhoff, is ; bur. "Potts Cemetery" (where many Steinhoffs are intered).He is too young to be our W.J.
William Steinhoff (1817-1867; of Willoughby Twp.), son of Leo and Margaret (Weir) Steinhoff, married Sophia Clow 2 July 1843.
William Steinhoff (b. 1812), son of Benjamin and Anna Steinhoff, married Lucie.
There were also a number of Ontario Steinhoffs names John William and James William.
Correspondence with Jürgen-Gernot Steinhoff of Hamburg, Germany in January 2002 offers the following (and his website has some spelling variations of the Steinhoff name):
The name Steinhoff means a house or a farmhouse built of stone.In former days it was not usual to build a house of stone.The name you will find espacially in the region of Westfalen and Niedersachsen, for exampel around the town Münster and near the region of Braunschweig and as you know around and in Gerbstedt/Mansfeld.There areeven Steinhoffs in the Netherlands; they also camefrom Germany. We find the name Steinhofffor the first time in the year 1036 with Hans im Steynhof in the region of Westfalen.Please also look at the homepage http://home.pi.be/~rebeccas/http://home.pi.be/~rebeccas/