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Re: Peter Klopfenstein & Barbara Riche,
Posted by: Mary C. Shaffer Date: June 04, 2000 at 13:42:28
In Reply to: Re: Peter Klopfenstein & Barbara Riche, by Mgt of 133

Dear Marilyn, I found some of my information from a book by John Henry Klopfenstein called "Klopfenstein Family Record" published in 1926. I also went to Wood County, Ohio and looked up the birth, marriage and death records there from the Wood County people. I have taken information from the "Commemorative Historical and Biographical History of Wood County" published in 1897. I have records from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints from their IGI file. (International Geneological Index) This is available to you at any LDS family history center or over the internet at I have also received information from John Parfitt. He is descended from Peter Klopfenstein and Elizabeth Rich through Mary Klopfenstein (1807-1865). The story of the name is from the "Klopfenstein Family Record" and also from oral history from my husband's family. "Back in the days of long ago, probably in the 15th century or earlier, we are told that after a shipwreck, a small boy was found on the coast of France, evidently too young to know his name. He amused himself by playing with some stones, knocking them together. This tragic circumstance suggested a suitable name for this unfortunate waif. The name seems to be German in origin which is "Knockingstone", hence the name Klopfenstein. This homeless lad was later received into a nobleman's home and was reared amid the nobility of France. Here he undoubtedly grew up to manhood, surrounded by the luxury, wealth and pleasures of the Franch nobility." The Klopfenstein Family Record. My husband's family also says that the ship was a German ship which is why he was given a German name. They also add that he was the only survivor of the shipwreck.


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