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Valentine Muehlfeld
(1834-1918)



Image Valentine MUEHLFELD was born 24 April 1834 in Wahlen, Hesse Darmstadt, Germany, the third child and third son of Peter MÜHLFELD and his wife Anna Maria nee KEIL. He was born in the afternoon at three o'clock and baptized 25 April 1834 at three o'clock at the Catholic Church in Wald Michelbach, Hesse Darmstadt, Germany with the name Valentin MÜHLFELD. His godfather was Valentin MÜHLFELD, a farmer in Wahlen.1

Valentine probably came to the United States sometime between 1854 and 1856, or possibly with his father in 1851. The 1900 U.S. Federal Census gives the date as 1854. We know for sure that he was in America by November 8, 1856 as that was the day Valentine declared his intention to become an American citizen in Springfield, Clark Co., OH, the same day as his father and Peter Muehlfeld, Jr. 2 No emigration or ship records have been found for Valentine. He became a United States citizen on 31 Oct 1860 as seen in his naturalization papers filed in Springfield, Clark Co., OH.3

Valentine was married to Maria Margaretha SATTLER on 22 Apr 1862 in Clark County, Ohio, most likely in Springfield. They were married by Charles (Stroud?), M.G. (Minister of the Gospel)4
Maria Margaretha was born in 1837, either on 9 Aug or 8 Sep, in Germany. The records from her Bible and the date calculated from her gravestone do not agree. However, the 1900 U.S. Federal Census tells us that she was born in September, 1837, so possibly the September birthdate is correct.

There is a "Valentine Milfelt" in the 1860 U.S. Federal Census in Ohio, Clark County, Moorefield Twp., p.30; age 24, day laborer, born in Hesse Darmstadt. There is not enough information here to determine if this is the right person; but finding no other likely entries in the Springfield, Clark Co. OH area, this very possibly is the Valentine we are looking for. Later census records show Valentine and his family in Florence Township, Williams County, Ohio. 5, 6, 7, 8 This is where Valentine and his wife raised their family. Valentine was a farmer and one of the founders of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Blakeslee, OH. Many of his descendants still live and farm in the Blakeslee area.

Valentine and Margaret had 8 children together:
  • Anna (MUEHLFELD) MACK, 1863-1925
  • Katherine (MUEHLFELD) KELBLE, 1864-1941
  • Mary (MUEHLFELD) KELBLE, 1866-1953
  • Barbara (MUEHLFELD) HUARD, 1869-1962
  • Michael MUEHLFELD, 1871-1954
  • Elizabeth (MUEHLFELD) SMITH, 1874-1958
  • John MUEHLFELD, 1875-1947
  • Rosa MUEHLFELD, 1879-1890
Descendants of Valentine still have the Bible of Maria Margaretha (SATTLER) MUEHLFELD, which lists the births, baptisms, and deaths of her family.

Margaret died 5 Mar 1903.
The widower Valentine died 24 Nov 1918 in Florence Township, Williams County, Ohio at the age of 83 years, 7 months, and 2 days.9
Valentine and Margaret are both buried in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Blakeslee, Williams County, Ohio. Their gravestone is inscribed "VALENTINE DIED NOV. 24, 1918, AGED 83Y. 7M. 6D.; MARGARET HIS WIFE DIED MAR. 5, 1903 AGED 65Y. 5M. 25D; MUEHLFELD"

Sources:
1. LDS Family History Library, Film Number 996665, Katholische Kirche Wald Michelbach, Tuafen 1808-1847, p. 333.
2. Clark County, Ohio, Court of Common Pleas, Volume 2, p. 22.
3. Clark County, Ohio, Court of Common Pleas, Volume 1, p. 414.
4. Clark County, Ohio, Marriage Records, Volume 5, p. 439.
5. 1870 U.S. Federal Census, Ohio, Williams County, Florence Township, p.30.
6. 1880 U.S. Federal Census, Ohio, Williams County, Florence Township, District Number 8, p.28.
7. 1900 U.S. Federal Census, Ohio, Williams County, Florence Township, District Number 105, Sheet 14A.
8. 1910 U.S. Federal Census, Ohio, Williams County, Florence Township, District Number 121, Sheet 9B.
9. Williams County, Ohio, Death Certificate Number 84119



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