Joseph Klafka

1830–1918 (Age 87)
Danzig, West Prussia, Prussia, Germany

The Life of Joseph

When Joseph Klafka was born on 30 November 1830, in Danzig, West Prussia, Prussia, Germany, his father, Joseph Klafke, was 30 and his mother, Marianna, was 30. He married Franisca Gawka about 1855, in Germany. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 2 daughters. He immigrated to Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland, United States in 1892. He died on 16 September 1918, in Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States, at the age of 87.

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Family Time Line

Joseph Klafka
Franisca Gawka
Marriage: about 1855
August Klafka
Antonia Klafke
Eva Klafke

Spouse & Children

about 1855


  • Male1856–1931Male

  • Female1860–1860Female

  • Klafke


  • Eva Klafke


Parents & Siblings



World Events (8)

1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 2

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.
1836 · Remember the Alamo

Age 6

Being a monumental event in the Texas Revolution, The Battle of the Alamo was a thirteen-day battle at the Alamo Mission near San Antonio. In the early morning of the final battle, the Mexican Army advanced on the Alamo. Quickly being overrun, the Texian Soldiers quickly withdrew inside the building. The battle has often been overshadowed by events from the Mexican–American War, But the Alamo gradually became known as a national battle site and later named an official Texas State Shrine.
1854 · The Creation of the Republican Party

Age 24

A debate continues over the location of the creation of the Republican Party. Some sources claim that the party was formed in Ripon, Wisconsin, on February 28, 1854. Others claim the first meeting of the Republican Party took place in Jackson, Michigan, on July 6, 1854, where the Republican Party was officially organized. Over 1,000 people were present and candidates were selected for the party, thus making it the first Republican convention.

Name Meaning

Origin unidentified.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Sources (3)

  • Joseph Klafke, "Wisconsin, State Census, 1905"
  • Josef Klafka, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Jozef Klafka, "United States Census, 1900"

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