Ziegenfuss is a German name meaning "goat's foot".
There were at least 2 occcasions when Ziegenfuss families arrived in colonial Philadelphia, PA, in 1738 and in 1751. Or as someone else thought, the same person arrived twice.The problem is that we have only sketchy details about them. Scattered excerpts about the first decades here are incomplete, and no one has yet succeeded in searching out all the pieces and putting them together. (But this genforum site seems to be vary active!)
Some moved westward into Pennsylvania. Others likely moved southwest into Virginia and Maryland. Then some of those in PA and VA moved into OH.Whatever happened, it is now difficult for us to connect the arrivals of the mid-1700's with the growing families of the 1800s.
Various branches of the families are spelled Sickafoose, Sickafus, Sickefoose, Sigerfoos, Sycafoos, Ziegenfuss, Zickafoose, Zickafoose, etc.
In 1912 Crayton Hail Sigerfoos (my g-g-gpa) compiled and printed a booklet entitled "The Sigerfoos Family History" listing his grandparents Abraham Sigerfoos and wife Mary Cook who resided in Hagerstown MD, then in the 1820s the wife and children came to southern OH, IN and IL. So please contact me if you are a descendant or have any idea about the early Maryland families.(The 1790 census lists 3 Secafoos or Segafoos families: John, George and Peter. Interestingly, Abraham's oldest son was named John George, so we must be related somehow.)
Just a few years ago Larry Zickefoose (KY) wrote a book detailing the history of his branch of the family which came from VA and WV.
In the late 1980s and early 1990s I published "The Ziegenfuss Families" newletters 1 to 5 in an attempt to help gather, organize and distribute what information we had found to everyone. See copies of these newsletters on the website run by Ray Parsons: http://members.tripod.com/~ziegen/http://members.tripod.com/~ziegen/
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