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Cecilia Birkenbach Dreifuerst
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Birth: 1814
Fulda, Germany
Death: Oct. 12, 1888
Mount Calvary
Fond du Lac County
Wisconsin, USA

Married to Sebastian Kempf in 1862 after death of Florian Dreifuerst in 1860.

Her iron cross was made by the Kohler, Hayssen, and Stehn Manufacturing Co in Sheboygan which existed from 1876 to 1900. This was one of the earliest products of the Kohler Company in the late 1800's.

Florian and Cecelia were both from Wiesen Fulda, Chur Hessen (Germany). They were both about age 26 when they arrived in New York June 3, 1840, on the ship Republic, which left the port of Bremen, Germany. The trip across the Atlantic usually lasted two weeks or longer. They likely came through Castle Garden, the immigration station in New York.

They were married shortly after arriving. They lived in the Albany NY area until 1849. We do not know if they owned land and farmed or just worked for others to save for the trip west to Wisconsin, the new state formed in 1848. They then traveled to the Town of Kossuth (Marshfield), Fond du Lac County Wisconsin with three children, Katharina age 7, Joseph age 4, and John H age 2, a fourth child, Maria Margaretha was born in that year at their cabin, which was southeast of Mt Calvary, in section 34. Florian and Cecelia were some of the earliest settlers in the rural area east of Mt Calvary.

Three of the sons went out west in about 1875 to go mining and try to strike it rich. Mathias and John Adam stayed out west and settled there. John H eventually came back to Wisconsin. Mathias spelled his name Dreifurst. The original german spelling is Dreifürst. The u has two dots over it, an umlaut. When converted to english the ü is changed to ue. There are many descendants of Mathias in the Nebraska area. John Adam stayed out west also and spelled his name Dryfurst.

Florian came to America with his brother Ferdinand, his sister Paulina, his step brother Adrian, and his first cousin Johann, although not all at the same time. His sister Eulalia Angela, who married Johann Handwerk stayed in Germany. Paulina married Johann Adam Kempf.

There was also a John Dreifuerst born about 1818 from Saxony, Germany who married Mary Ann Kummers. John was an immigrant. I do not know his relation to the other Dreifuersts. These are the only 6 Dreifuersts that I know of that came to America. 
 
Family links: 
 Spouses:
  Johann Sebastian Kempf (1812 - 1898)
  Florian Dreifuerst (1815 - 1860)*
 
 Children:
  Katharina Dreifuerst Kaiser (1842 - 1938)*
  Joseph Dreifuerst (1845 - 1930)*
  John H Dreifuerst (1847 - 1928)*
  Margaret Mary Dreifuerst Mihm (1850 - 1934)*
  Mathias Dreifurst (1852 - 1929)*
  Adam John Dryfurst (1854 - 1898)*
  Theresa Dreifuerst Mihm (1858 - 1931)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Holy Cross Cemetery
Mount Calvary
Fond du Lac County
Wisconsin, USA
Plot: section 14 lot 1 upper center
GPS (lat/lon): 43.82417, -88.2506
 
Created by: Dan Dreifuerst
Record added: Mar 25, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 50217114
Cecilia <i>Birkenbach</i> Dreifuerst
Added by: Dan Dreifuerst
 
Cecilia <i>Birkenbach</i> Dreifuerst
Added by: Dan Dreifuerst
 
 
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- Brenda Brdicko
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