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Re: Deffenderfers in Kansas
Posted by: Kathy Payne (ID *****8947) Date: February 14, 2004 at 16:37:46
In Reply to: Deffenderfers in Kansas by Neil Newton of 205

I have some information regarding the DEFFENDERFER family. Thomas Elsworth DEFFENDERFER was born 9 Apr 1926 in Kansas & died 20 Oct 1987 in Humboldt Co., California. His mother's maiden name was MOORE. Ellen L. DEFFENDERFER was born in 1927 in Coffeeville, Kansas. Bob DEFFENDERFER was born 3 Oct 1929 in Olathe, Johnson, Kansas & died 12 Jul 1997 in Pahrump, Nye, Nevada. Their father was Orson Oswald DEFFENDERFER & was born 11 Jan 1900 in Olathe, Johnson, Kansas & died in 1968. Orson's parents were Ellsworth Levi "Bud" DEFFENDERFER & Cora Polly OZBUN. Cora's parents were Mark Ozbun & Mary POST.

Ellsworth Levi "Bud" DEFFENDERFER was born 24 Apr 1861 in Alton, Madison, Illinois & died Jan 1962. In 1910 Ellsworth & famly family lived in McCamish, Johnson, Kansas. His family was as follows:

- Ellsworth age 48 born IL father PA mother IL Occ farmer
- Cora age 38 born KS father IL mother IL
- Carrie daughter age 17 born KS
- Mary daughter age 16 born KS
- Valerie daughter age 14 born MO
- Orson son age 10 born KS
- Manda daughter age 7 born KS
- Reva daughter age 5 born KS
- Abbie daughter age 3 born KS
- Effie daughter age 1 born KS

Ellsworth had one brother & one sister. Thomas Spencer DEFFENDERFER was born 16 Aug 1859 in Alton, Madison, Illinois & died 7 Nov 1914 in Ozark, Christian, Missouri. He was buried in Selmore Cem., Ozark, Chirstian, Missouri. He married Mary Jane PAYNE 12 Sep 1886 in Christian Co., Missouri. Jessie DEFFENDERFER was born 15 Oct 1862 in Illinois. She married Thomas LAWRENCE 12 Nov 1882 in Christian Co., Missouri.

Ellsworth's parents were Levi DEFFENDERFER & Martha Ann (FISH) SPENCER DEFFENDERFER COLLINS. I have seen Levi's name also as Thomas Levi DEFFENDERFER. Levi was born in 1834 in Pennsylvania & died 2 Dec 1864 (probably in IL). He married Martha Ann Spencer 22 Mar 1859 in Lawrence Co., Illinois. Martha Ann was born 2 May 1836 in Illinois & died Feb 1907 (probably in Christian Co., Missouri).

In 1860 Levi, Martha, & son Thomas were living in Christy, Lawrence, Illinois. Levi was a carpenter. In 1870 Martha & children Thomas, Elsworth, & Jese were living in Olney, Richland, Illinois. Martha was keeping house. In 1880 Thomas was living in Finley, Christian, Missouri. I have not found the rest of the family in 1880.

From what I understand our DEFFENDERFER family descends from the DEFFENDERFER's of Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania who came to America in 1727. I have not been able to link up Levi with his Pennsylvania family. I do not know the names or other information regarding Levi's brothers & sisters or his parents. There are, however, DEFFENDERFER's in Richland Co., Illinois (Phillip & William). Perhaps they are Levi's brothers. Hopefully someday I can confirm this.

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