Magdalena Kauffman

5 April 1870–25 March 1969 (Age 98)
Johnson, Iowa, United States

The Life Summary of Magdalena

When Magdalena Kauffman was born on 5 April 1870, in Johnson, Iowa, United States, her father, Elias J Kauffman, was 25 and her mother, Magdalena Lehman, was 23. She married Christian Birky on 8 December 1895, in Johnson, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 4 daughters. She lived in Greene Township, Iowa, Iowa, United States for about 10 years and Cedar Rapids, Linn, Iowa, United States for about 15 years. She died on 25 March 1969, in Pleasantview Home, Washington, Iowa, United States, at the age of 98, and was buried in Lower Deer Creek Cemetery, Johnson, Iowa, United States.

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Family Time Line

Christian Birky
Magdalena Kauffman
Marriage: 8 December 1895
Harry Birky
Elias J Birky
Ida Birky
Walter Birky
Francis Birky
Catherine Nissen
William Birky
Mary Lavanda Birky
Blanche Birky

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    8 December 1895Johnson, Iowa, United States
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    World Events (8)

    1872 · The First National Park
    Age 2
    Yellowstone National Park was given the title of the first national park by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant. It is also believed to be the first national park in the world.
    1884 · There is now a Capital Building
    Age 14
    The capitol building in Des Moines originally had a budget of $1,500,000 but complications arose because of the need of a redesign. The building was dedicated on January 17, 1884, but it wasn’t completed until 1886. On January 4, 1904, a fire started and swept through the areas that housed the Supreme Court and Iowa House of Representatives. A major restoration was performed and documented, with the addition of electrical lighting, elevators, and a telephone system. By the early 1980s, the sandstone exterior of the Capitol had started deteriorating and prompted the installation of canopies to protect pedestrians from falling rubble. The entire reconstruction process took around 18 years to complete.
    1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson
    Age 26
    A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.

    Name Meaning

    Americanized form of German Kaufmann , and a variant of the same Jewish (Ashkenazic) surname. Compare Kaufman .History: As a name of Swiss German origin, originally spelled Kaufmann (see 1 above), the surname Kauffman is very common among the American Mennonites and Amish; variants, such as Kaufman and Coffman , are also found. The main progenitors of the Mennonite bearers of this name were of Swiss ancestry, but came to PA (Lancaster and Berks counties) from the Palatinate, Germany, in the 18th century. Later Mennonite immigrants bearing this name came to the US also from Galicia and Volhynia in Eastern Europe.

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

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    Sources (35)

    • Magdalena Kauffman in entry for Eli Birky, "Iowa, Delayed Birth Records, 1850-1939"
    • Magdelene Berky in household of Chontion Berky, "United States Census, 1920"
    • Magdelena Birky, "Iowa State Census, 1925"

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