Maria Katherina Kiefer Donner

Oberlinxweiler, Landkreis Sankt Wendel, Saarland, Germany
Death 21 Apr 1903 (aged 78)
Burial Highland, Iowa County, Wisconsin, USA
Memorial ID 137904224 View Source
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Book "Oberlinxweiler, Die Familien" records Maria Katharina's birthday as March 5, 1825. Death Record says March 8, 1825. Tombstone may read March 8, 1827.
As of this writing it is known 4 of the children of Nikolaus and Anna (nee Geiss) Kiefer emigrated from Oberlinxweiler, Germany to Highland, Wisconsin, namely Conrad, Carl, Nikolas, and Marie Catherine (nee Kiefer) Donner. All four siblings owned farms adjacent to each other on County Road "I" and Spring Valley Road, a few miles northeast of Highland, Wisconsin. Some history indicates two of the brothers immigrated together.

Conrad who owned the present day Leland Kopps farm, died early, and his wife married a Kapelka. It is unknown where he is buried, but possible Avoca, Wisconsin as his daughter Clara, his wife and her second husband had moved off the farm and to Avoca. (Other oral history says Conrad headed west for a silver mine and never returned.)

It seems Karl (Charles?) (1835-1920) (Find A Grave #93713008) arrived at Highland about 1870, married, and worked in the mines at Centerville south of Highland for three years before moving to a farm in Twin Bluffs Township, Richland County, Wisconsin. That is referenced in the 1906 Miners History of Richland County. He is buried at Ash Creek Cemetery,Twin Bluffs Township, Richland County, Wisconsin.

Nikolas (1828-1889) (Find A Grave #23786809) married Katherine Schwingel and then after her death, Lena Gilbert. According to find a grave memorial, one of their children were born in Newport, Wisconsin. In about 1870 he moved to Pomeroy, Calhoun County, Iowa as he heard the RR was going through the area. He established the first general store in Pomeroy and was the first postmaster. He is buried at Union Cemetery at Pomeroy.

Maria Catherine Kiefer purchased a farm on County Road "I" in 1858 and then married Mathias Donner the following year.
That farm has been owned by Martin and Beth Poppe for a number of decades. Beth is the Great Great Granddaughter of Mathias and Maria Catherine (nee Kiefer) Donner.

Also as of this writing it is yet to be proven that Christian Geisz born 1802 and buried in Highland Cemetery may be a brother to Anna Marie (nee Geiss) Kiefer. He was married to a Schwingle and so was Nicholas Kiefer, Jr. It is possible one or the other, Geiss or Geisz, is the Americanized spelling of the same name. Donners and Geisz are buried near each other at Highland Cemetery.

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