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PIFHER Family of North Auburn and Crawford County OH, and also of MI, MN, OR, WI
Posted by: Noah Graf (ID *****0687) Date: July 12, 2004 at 11:08:44
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I am searching for descendants of the Pifher family that originated in the town of North Auburn and Auburn and Cranberry Townships in Crawford County, Ohio. Matthias and Odelia (Heffner) Pifher immigrated from Alsace-Lorraine in what is now France first to Canada, then to Thompson Township, Seneca County, Ohio near the town of Frank. Their original name was Pfeiffer, but the family story is that, while at school in Frank, the Catholic branch was forced to change their name to distinguish them from the Protestant branch. Thus, the Pifhers are the Catholics. The children of Matthias and Odelia were:

Michael, born 1838 not in Ohio, died June 16, 1863 at the Battle of Vicksburg, never married.

John, born October 28, 1840, died June 8, 1901 in Marcell Township Itasca County MN, married Barbara Gullung.

Joseph, born August 7, 1843, died March 16, 1918 in Auburn Township, married Elizabeth Rebecca DeWitt.

George, born 1844, enlisted in Civil War despite being underage, given court martial on July 15, 1865 at Nashville TN military prison, paroled September 1865, never returned home. Pifher family may have given out the tradition that George died at Andersonville prison in SC to avoid disgrace. May have changed the spelling of his name, perhaps to PIFER.

Daniel, born 1847, died 1850 in Thompson Township.

Mary Catherine, born September 26, 1849, died June 15, 1935 in Bucyrus OH, married Anton Schott.

Charles, born February 1853, died in Wood County OH, married Lillian R. Ginter.

Lewis M., born March 12, 1855, died May 3, 1925 in Coleman MI, married Mary Catherine Dallas.

John, Joseph, George, Daniel, and Mary Catherine were all born in Thompson Township. Charles and Lewis were born in Cranberry Township. The family of John Pifher branched out to Minnesota, Oregon, Wisconsin, and back to the North Auburn area. Joseph's line remained in the North Auburn and Crawford County areas. Lewis family settled in Michigan. Mary Catherine's family (the Schotts) has mostly stayed in Ohio (I am her great-great-grandson).

Any information anyone has about any of these lines would be greatly appreciated, especially those of Charles and, if any of his story rings a bell, of George, I'd be very grateful for your help. I have a lot of other info myself and would be more than happy to share.


Noah Graf

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