John Ferdinand Matthias Sofge

14 April 1823–31 March 1882 (Age 59)
Hamburg, Germany

The Life of John Ferdinand Matthias

When John Ferdinand Matthias Sofge was born on 14 April 1823, in Hamburg, Germany, his father, Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Sofge, was 25 and his mother, Anna Catherina Schutt, was 24. He married Margaret Jane Moody on 9 February 1843, in Paris, Bourbon, Kentucky, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. He died on 31 March 1882, in Osawatomie, Miami, Kansas, United States, at the age of 58, and was buried in Franklin, Kansas, United States.

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Family Time Line

John Ferdinand Matthias Sofge
Margaret Jane Moody
Marriage: 9 February 1843
Henry Ferdinand Sofge

Spouse and Children

9 February 1843
Paris, Bourbon, Kentucky, United States


Parents and Siblings

    Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Sofge


    Anna Catherina Schutt




    Johann Heinrich Peter Sofftje


    Henry David Sofge



    Johanna Christiana Therese Sofftje


    Ernest Charles Carl Sofge


+7 More Children

World Events (8)

1825 · The Crimes Act

Age 2

The Crimes Act was made to provide a clearer punishment of certain crimes against the United States. Part of it includes: Changing the maximum sentence of imprisonment to be increased from seven to ten years and changing the maximum fine from $5,000 to $10,000.
1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Age 7

Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.

Age 23

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

Name Meaning

Norwegian: habitational name from either of two farmsteads in central Norway, named in Old Norse as Soðgar, from sjóða ‘to boil or seethe’, with reference to a fast-flowing river.

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

Sources (2)

  • Sofge in entry for Harry F Sofge, "California Death Index, 1940-1997"
  • Legacy NFS Source: Johann Ferdinand Matthias Sofftje - Individual or family possessions: birth-name: Johann Ferdinand Matthias Sofftje

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