Martin Luther Keffer
(1857-1891)
Sarah Matilda Schweitzer
(1857-1927)
John S. Keffer
(1879-1957)

 

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Spouses/Children:
1. Sarah Ellen Bicher

John S. Keffer 1 2 3 4 5

  • Born: 29 Jan 1879, Cumru Twp., Berks, PA 1 2 6 7 8 9 10
  • Marriage (1): Sarah Ellen Bicher on 27 May 1899 in Reading, Berks, PA 1
  • Died: 4 Aug 1957, Mohnton, Berks, PA at age 78 2 6 9
  • Buried: 7 Aug 1957, East Cocalico Twp.: Muddy Creek Church Cemetery, Lancaster, PA 2 6 9

   Another name for John was John Jacob Keffer.7 8 9 10 11

   FamilySearch ID: LW11-X9F.

  Noted events in his life were:

1. Census in 1880 in Cumru Twp., Berks, PA. 12 The 1880 census recorded Martin L. Keffer, 23, living with wife Sarah M., 22; son John J., 1; and daughter Mary M. C., 1 month. Everyone and their parents were born in Pennsylvania.

2. Occupation: farmer on 27 May 1899 in Angelica, Berks, PA. 1

3. Residence: on 27 May 1899 in Angelica, Berks, PA. 1

4. Census in 1900 in Cumru Twp., Berks, PA. 13 The 1900 census recorded farmer John Beecher, 45 born Jan 1855, living with his wife of 22 years, Susanna, 48, Dec 1851; daughter Ellen Keffer, 19, Aug 1881; and newly-married son-in-law John Keffer, 21, Jun 1879. Everyone was born in Pennsylvania.

5. Census in 1910 in Brecknock Twp., Berks, PA. 14 The 1910 census recorded John S. Keffer, farmer, 31, living with wife Ellen E., 28. They had been married 11 years and she had birthed 3 children by 1910, all alive. Living with them: Edith M., 9; Nora E., 7; and Walter, 4. Everyone and their parents were born in Pennsylvania.

6. Occupation: farmer employed by himself on 12 Sep 1918 in Reinholds, Lancaster, PA. 10

7. Residence: R. F. D. #2, Reinholds, PA on 12 Sep 1918 in Reinholds, Lancaster, PA. 10

8. Census in 1930 in Spring Twp., Berks, PA. 15 The 1930 census recorded at 526 Sinking Spring Road: John S. Keffer, farmer, 51, living with wife Ellen, 48; daughter Elsie, knitter hosiery factory, 17; son Charles, laborer hat factory, 15; daughter Anna, 13; and daughter Stella, 7. Everyone and their parents were born in Pennsylvania.

9. Occupation: Employer: Harry Redcay, Adamstown, Pa. On 27 Apr 1942 in Adamstown, Lancaster, PA. 7

10. Residence: Reinholds R.D. #2 On 27 Apr 1942 in Spring Twp., Berks, PA. 7

11. Census in 1950 in Spring Twp., Berks, PA. 16 The 1950 census recorded at 157 Alcovy Road (T 597) John S. Keffer, farmer, 75, living with wife Sarah E., 69. They were born in Pennsylvania.
Next door is their son, Walter E. Keffer, shipper for brick company, 44, with his wife Dorothy I., 37, and son Walter D., 11. They were born in Pennsylvania.

12. Cause of Death: coronary thrombosis, arterio-sclerosis, 4 Aug 1957, Mohnton, Berks, PA. 9

13. Occupation: hatter on 4 Aug 1957 in Mohnton, Berks, PA. 9


John married Sarah Ellen Bicher, daughter of John Bicher and Susanna Zinn, on 27 May 1899 in Reading, Berks, PA.1 (Sarah Ellen Bicher was born on 21 Aug 1881 in Bowmansville, Lancaster, PA 1 13 17 18 19 20 21, christened on 6 Oct 1881 in Reading: Trinity Lutheran Church, Berks, PA,18 died on 7 Mar 1966 in Wernersville, Berks, PA 20 21 and was buried on 10 Mar 1966 in East Cocalico Twp.: Muddy Creek Church Cemetery, Lancaster, PA 19 20 21.)


Sources


1 FamilySearch.org, Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885 - 1950, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VFM3-1F3 John S. Keffer and Ella E. Bicher, 27 May 1899; citing Reading, Berks, Pennsylvania, United States; FHL microfilm 20807.

2 Muddy Creek Church Cemetery (Denver, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~mickey/muddycreek/muddy.html .), John S Keffer cited at http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mickey/muddycreek/K-L.htm.

3 Ancestry.com, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Church and Town Records, 1669-2013, PA > Lancaster > Reamstown > Salem Lutheran. Elsie Elizabeth Keffer b. 5 Jul 1912.

4 Intelligencer Journal (Lancaster, PA), 15 Mar 1982, page 4. Obituary of Walter E. Keffer.

5 Ephrata Review (Ephrata, PA), 213 Apr 1988, page 21. Obituary of Nora Althouse.

6 Find A Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=65006646.

7 FamilySearch.org, United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VQFT-RL4 John Jacob Keffer, 1942; citing ARC identifier 563728, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C; FHL microfilm 2240584.

8 United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/K6VM-9HN John Jacob Keffer, 1917-1918; citing Berks County no 3, Pennsylvania, United States, NARA microfilm publication M1509.

9 Ancestry.com, Pennsylvania, U.S., Death Certificates, 1906-1968 (Original data: Pennsylvania (State). Death certificates. Records of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Record Group 11. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.), Death Certificate 70155. John S. Keffer. Father Martin Keffer. Mother Sarah Schneitzer. Spouse Sarah Bicher Keffer.

10 United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, John Jacob Keffer, b. 29 Jan 1879.

11 Ancestry.com, Pennsylvania, U.S., Death Certificates, 1906-1968 (Original data: Pennsylvania (State). Death certificates. Records of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Record Group 11. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.), Death Certificate 20484. Goldie Marie Keffer. Father John Keffer. Mother Ellen Bicher.

12 1880 United States Census, Year: 1880; Census Place: Cumru, Berks, Pennsylvania; Roll: 1099; Family History Film: 1255099; Page: 168A; Enumeration District: 011; Image: 0343.

13 1900 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M3ML-ZRZ John Beecher, ED 14 Cumru township (south part) Angelica, Berks, Pennsylvania, United States; citing sheet 6B, family 114, NARA microfilm publication T623, FHL microfilm 1241376.

14 1910 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MG33-W2X John S Keffer, Brecknock, Berks, Pennsylvania, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 10, sheet 8A, family 162, NARA microfilm publication T624, FHL microfilm 1375325.

15 1930 United States Census, Year: 1930; Census Place: Spring, Berks, Pennsylvania; Roll: 2000; Page: 23B; Enumeration District: 0145; Image: 551.0; FHL microfilm: 2341734.

16 "1950 United States Census," https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:6XBT-V5WH John S Keffer Spring Township, Berks, PA.

17 Lebanon Daily News (Lebanon, PA), May 18, 1928, obituary of John Bicher.

18 Pennsylvania Church and Town Records, 1708-1985 (http://www.Ancestry.com. Original from Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Historic Pennsylvania Church and Town Records.), Historical Society of Pennsylvania; Historic Pennsylvania Church and Town Records; Reel: 575.

19 Find A Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=65006737.

20 Muddy Creek Church Cemetery (Denver, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~mickey/muddycreek/muddy.html .), Sara E. Keffer cited at http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mickey/muddycreek/K-L.htm.

21 Ancestry.com, Pennsylvania, U.S., Death Certificates, 1906-1968 (Original data: Pennsylvania (State). Death certificates. Records of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Record Group 11. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.), Certificate 023676-66 Sarah E. Keffer, b. 21 Aug 1881 d. 7 Mar 1966, father John Bicker, mother Susanna Zinn, spouse John S. Keffer, informant Mrs. Carl Trostle, Mohnton, PA.



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