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KERFIN FAMILY LINKS

Our Kerfin Ancestors
Lindow near Berlin, Germany to Illinois. (Sagetown/Gladstone IL to Chicago, IL)


GUSTAV KERFIN (b. Aug/Sep, 1835 - d. 16 Feb 1903) and his wife, AUGUSTE MOSNER KERFIN, (b. Oct/Nov, 1835 - d. 25 Sep, 1879) and some of their children had lived in the area of Lindo, near Berlin, Germany .

According to Gustav's death certificate he travelled to Illinois in 1867 or 1868. His passenger record shows he travelled aboard the Teutonia from Hamburg and Le Havre to New York in June 1870.

According to the US Census for Illinois, by 1870 Gustav lived in Sagetown, (now Gladstone) Henderson County, Illinois, where he worked as a baker.

The Henderson County, IL Genealogy pages

In Sagetown, Gustav lived with Friedrich, Carolina, Wilhelm and Anna NEUENDORF (NEYENDORF) and August and Wilhelmina MOSNER. An Anna Neuendorf, of the same age, 57, as Carolina, travelled on the Teutonia in June of 1870.

Auguste Mosner Kerfin and four of her children departed from Hamburg on the ship Germania on October 26, 1872. The passenger list names Auguste (37), Anna (8), Bertha (6), Carl (3) and Elise (8 months).

The children of Gustav Kerfin and Auguste Mosner Kerfin were

NameBirthDeathSpouse
ANNA4 Jan 1864, Berlin19 Aug 1940married?
BERTHA 30 Dec 1865, Lindo bei Berlin27 Feb 1954 John Nichols (or John M) Woelfel
CARLc 1868 Not with family
in 1880 census
?
LIZZIE c 1870, Berlin (acc to 1880Census, ?Henry L. Deike
12/30/1896
FREDERICK c 1873, IL 10 Apr 1915?
EMMA c 1875, IL ?James Walter Applegate (b.1876 - d. 1964)


Click on this picture of Bertha Kerfin's family to see it enlarged

OTHER DATA ON THE GUSTAV KERFIN FAMILY

SOURCES:

1879 - 25 Sep - Death Certificate for Auguste Kerfin (sp. Augusta Kerfen)
res. 117 (W?) 13th; Ward 8 or 9; Chicago
(Note: She is buried in Concordia Cemetery)
Augusta Kerfin, 43, died of consumption after 10 months of illness, according to federal mortality schedule, Dr. Sherman

1880 Lakeside Directory of Chicago shows Gustav Kerfin - laborer- house 117 W. 13th

1880 Soundex T746.72 K 551 - K650

1880 Census T 9.190 Vol 101 ED 75 Sheet 44; family lives at 117 Thirteenth in Chicago.

1882 - August 13, Marriage of C. Gustav Kerfin, 46, and Susanna Wiener, 26, German Evangelical Lutheran Emanuel Church, Chicago

1883 - June, Marriage of Bertha Kerfin, 17, and John N. Woelfel, 22, before John C. Murphy, Justice of the Peace, Chicago, Illinois

1900 - Fred Kerfin, shipping clerk, born May, 1874. Wife, May, b. Aug 1878; 1900 U.S. Census - Illinois, Cook, Chicago, ED# 206 ; (Roll: T623 252; Page: 14A;) Ward 8. E D 206. 278 XXX 179. 15th or 16th Street

1903 - 16 Feb- Death Certificate for Gustav Kerfin, no. 00008504
Age 67 years 6 mos; lived in Illinois 35 years; res 41 Edg(e)mont Ave; burial Concordia Cemetery.

Bertha Kerfin Woelfel, Anna Beda, Fred Kerfin are buried in Arlington Cemetery, in Elmhurst, IL.
So is Bertha's son, Harold Lesley Woelfel, who died by drowning while in the Navy in July, 1917.
Others buried nearby at Arlington are Bertha's husband John Woelfel, and some relatives with the surnames Clark and Suerth


Kerfin Marriages at Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763–1900

KERFIN, C GUSTAV - WIENER, SUSANNA - 08/13/1882 - 00064144 - COOK
KERFIN, CHARLES - METLISKA, ANTONIA - 08/18 /1900 - 313465 - COOK
KERFIN, FRED - REILEY, MAY - 08/15/1899 - 296058 - COOK
WOELFEL, JOHN N - KERFIN, BERTHA - 06/06/1883 - 00072221 - COOK
DEIKE, HENRY L - KERFIN, ELISA - 12/30/1896 - 257901 - COOK
APPLEGATE, JAMES W - KERFIN, EMMA G - 12/30/1897 - 271694 - COOK
FIRICK, JOSEPH - KERFIN, LENA - 06/03/1893 - 00202075 - COOK

Other Kerfins in Chicago

1850 Chicago Census p. 847, 3099 3144, FRED KIRFREN 28 M Germany, farmer

Other Kerfins in the US

Wilhelm Kerfin (workman, 25) traveled to NY 1866, June, aboard the Hermann. Looks like he is from Keurese and going to Wisconsin.

California Death Records page mentions these two Kerfins.
ANTOINET  M  KERFIN born 10/04/1880 died 08/19/1961 and RUBY KERFIN (whose father's name was Strobel)

Go to the Kerfin page at the Social Security Death Index to see a list of 10 Kerfins who applied for their cards in Illinois
Including
ROBERT KERFIN 10 Jul 1917 Feb 1977, CHARLES KERFIN 17 Apr 1947 29 Dec 1999,
MARY KERFIN 20 Sep 1908 Jun 1975, RUBY KERFIN 27 Feb 1906 25 Nov 1990,
EDWARD KERFIN 26 Jun 1908 Nov 1983, MARIE KERFIN 19 Jun 1917 Dec 1993,
MICHAEL KERFIN 24 Mar 1905 Sep 1965, RAYMOND KERFIN 19 Nov 1921 28 Mar 1999,
RALPH KERFIN 24 Aug 1914 Dec 1974, WILLIAM KERFIN 28 May 1901 Nov 1983



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