Sophia was born in Mistorf, Mechlenberg Germany, her parents were Jacob Harder and Mary Hepner Hoeppner Harder.
Sophia's 1st husband was Jacob Maassen, who's parents were John Maassen and Catherine Sterling. Jacob and Sophia were married July 5, 1876. Jacob was murdered by christian pittman, July 28, 1879. Jacob and Sophia had 2 sons John Jacob Maassen, and William Henry Maassen.
Sophia, re- married on Feb. 19, 1881 (Avoca,IA), to C. John Maassen, who was Jacob Maassen's younger brother.
Sophia and John had many kids: 1)Anna Maassen Olsen, who married George Olsen, 2)Augusta Maassen Pope, who married Pleasant Pope, 3)Ida Maassen Davis, who married Harley Earl Davis, 4) Amanda Maassen Eggerss, who married John Eggerss, 5)Alma Maassen Nelson, who married Carl Nelson, 6)Gustav Julieus Maassen, who married Sena Andersen