Michael Klopfenstein

about 1798–1878 (Age 80)
Belfort, Belfort, Franche-Comté, France

The Life of Michael

When Michael Klopfenstein was born about 1798, in Belfort, Belfort, Franche-Comté, France, his father, Michael Klopfenstein, was 36 and his mother, Elisabeth Stauffer, was 32. He married Catherina Gerig on 15 June 1823, in Belfort, Franche-Comté, France. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 2 daughters. He died in 1878, in Indiana, United States, at the age of 80.

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Michael Klopfenstein
Catherina Gerig
Marriage: 15 June 1823
Michael Klopfenstein
Christian Klopfenstein
Jakob Klopfenstein
Jacques Klopffenstein
Daniel Klopfenstein
Catherine Klopfenstein
Benjamin Klopfenstein
Anna Klopfenstein

Spouse and Children

15 June 1823
Belfort, Franche-Comté, France


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World Events (8)


Age 1

Rise of Napoleon Bonaparte, First Consul, then Emperor of the French (1804). Establishment of modern administrative institutions, codification of the law. European wars lead to abdication of the Emperor.

Age 18

Indiana is the 19th state.
1825 · State Capital Moves to Indianapolis

Age 27

The state capital was moved from Corydon to Indianapolis on January 10, 1825.

Name Meaning

German: occupational name for a quarryman or stone mason, from klopfen ‘(to) strike or knock’ + Stein ‘stone’, literally ‘strike the stone’.

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

Sources (3)

  • Christian Klopfenstein in entry for Anna Conrad, "Washington Death Certificates, 1907-1960"
  • Michel Klopffenstein in entry for Jacques Klopffenstein, "France, Haut-Rhin, Civil Registration, 1792-1919"
  • Michel Klopfenstein, "France, Haut-Rhin, Civil Registration, 1792-1919"

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