I know about your Emanuel Pifer in Michigan. I began doing Pifer genealogy in the 1960's. I am descended from another Emanuel Pifer, born earlier, prior to 1800, husband of Elizabeth, father of Jacob, Andrew (1824-1874), and Elizabeth.
Your Emanuel was born later, I think maybe 1814, but I would have to look it up. I have seen him as Emanuel C. Pifer and as Emanuel S. Pifer. Do you have any idea what his middle name was? I have seen his wife's name given as Verlinda or Worlinda Hood. Emanuel was born in Preston Co., then Virginia, now West Virginia, in the German settlement at Aurora. He was the son of John Pifer and Mary (Polly) Pifer. I have visited the grave of your Emanuel in a cemetery near Metamora, Ohio, near southeastern Michigan. Again, I would have to look it up. Emanuel had brothers Jacob and Samuel. Samuel was a minister, and also came to Michigan. In the 1960's I met his youngest son James Hervey Pifer, who was born about 1870. As I recall, he may have been blind. I have a lot more information on this branch of the Pifers, although I am from another, but presumably related branch. There was a fellow in Traverse City, Michigan who was descended from Rev. Samuel Pifer. He knows something about the genealogy of this Pifer Family.
There was also another Emanuel Pifer, named Emanuel Joshua Pifer. He was born in the 1840's, also in Preston County. He was from my branch of the Pifers. He was a son of Jacob and Rachel Pifer. Jacob was the older brother of my great-great-grandfather Andrew Pifer (1824-1874).
So I caution you to be very careful about any information that anyone gives you. With 3 or more Emanuel Pifers around the same time in the same geographical area, it can get pretty confusing. It is important to be very accurate and rigorous in this research. Please e-mail me directly if you want to get more of my information. All I have said is from memory, but it is all correct. To get more I would have to look at my documents.
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