Emily Oatney is the daughter of Benedict Otteni and Christina Hauser. She came to the United States with her parents in 1831.
Over the years, there have been many different spellings of the family name. The original spelling, found on German records and signatures on early land transactions in the United States, was OTTENI. The spellings used today in the U.S. are: OTTENI, OATNEY, OTNEY, and OTTNEY. All trace back to Urloffen, Germany to Hans Georg Otteni, Emily's GGG Grandfather.
In the German tradition, her name on German records is "Maria Emily". She is 1 of 11 known children of Benedict and Christina. Her siblings are:
-Maria Elizabeth Walt (1815-aft 1858)
-Franziska "Frances" Welker (1816-1858)
-Maria Magdalena Stortz (1819- ? )
-Theresia "Teresa" Flemm (1820-1895)
-Cresentia "Nancy" Wald (1822-1864)
-Josef "Joseph" (1825-1897)
-Louisa Thimmes (1836-1911)
Per the 1850 U.S. Census, Emily resided in Pleasant Township, Fairfield, County, Ohio with her parents and siblings. Listed are:
-Benedict Otney, age 60, born Germany
-Christina Otney, age 60, born Germany
-John Otney, age 16, born Ohio
-Louisa Otney, age 14, born Ohio
-Emily Otney, age 19, born Atlantic Ocean
-Andrew Otney, age 23, born Ohio
Emily is also listed a second time in the 1850 U.S. Census living with her sister and brother-in-law, Teresa and Christian Flemm. She is listed as 17 years old and born in Germany.
In 1853, Emily married Thaddeus Augustine Schefler, the son of George Schefler and Mary Ann Nicholas.
Fairfield County, Ohio Marriage Records 1851-1868, Vol 2, page 57
-Groom: Thadeus A Schefler
-Bride: Amelia Otney
-Marriage Date: 3 Jul 1853
-Marriage Place: Fairfield County, OH
-Performed by: G. Steinman, J.P.
Per the 1870 U.S. Census, Emily and Thaddeus Schefler resided in Bloom Township, Fairfield County, Ohio. Thaddeus is listed as a buggy maker. Listed are:
-Thadeus A. Schefler, age 42, born Pennsylvania
-Emily Schefler, age 40, born Prussia
-Ellen Schefler, age 14, born Ohio
-Leonard Schefler, age 9, born Ohio
-Emma Schefler, age 7, born Ohio
Per the 1880 U.S. Census, Emily and Thaddeus Schefler resided in Lithopolis, Fairfield County, Ohio. Listed are:
-Thadus Schefler, age 51, born Pennsylvania
-Emily Schefler, age 49, born Germany
-Leonard J Schefler, age 18, born Ohio
-Emma Schefler, age 16, born Ohio
Thaddeus died on 1 Mar 1882.
Per the 1900 U.S. Census, Emily resided in Bloom Township, Fairfield County, Ohio. Listed are:
-Emma Sheffler, age 68, born Jan 1832 Germany, WIdowed
-Leonard Sheffler, age 39, born Aug 1862 Ohio
Emily is listed immigrating to the United States in 1831 and resided in the United States for 68 years.
Emily and Thaddeus are known to have 6 children. They are:
-Mary A. Schefler (1853-1856)
-George Schefler (Abt 1854-1858)
-Ellen "Ella" Maria Schefler Lehman (1856-1905)
-Sarah T. Schefler (1859-1862)
-Joseph Leonard Schefler (1861-1909)
-Emma Louise Schefler Brown Woods (1863-1940)
OHIO Death Certificate: 1067
-Name: Emily Schefler
-Death Date: 21 Apr 1912
-Age: 82y 3m 8d
-Marital Status: Widowed
-Birth Date: --- (Calcualted 12 Jan 1830)
-Father: John Otney [sic]*
-Father's Birthplace: Germany
-Mother: Cristine Houser [sic]
-Mother's Birthplace: Germany
-Burial Date: 22 Apr 1912
-Burial Place: Lithopolis, O.
-Cemetery: Lithopolis Cem.
-Informant: Mrs. Emma Brown [daughter]
-Residence: 60 E. Lane Ave.
-Death Place: Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio
* NOTE: Emily's father was Benedict; John was her brother.
Thaddeus Augustine Schefler
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