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The Ifft (Ift/Eft) Family of Hesse Germany and Beaver County, Pennsylvania

See also: The Ifft/Ift/Eft Family History Project

The Ifft/Ift/Eft families first appear in Sannerz and Vollmerz, Hesse, Germany (Co Hesse) which is in present day Schlüchtern, Hessen, Germany. The earliest known Ifft ancestor was Hans Ift who died March 26, 1719 in Sannerz, Hesse, Germany.

This name could also be spelled Yfft and probably originated in the small village of Ifta in the Rhinggau area. Ifta is about 120 km from the Bergwinkel or Kinzig Valley and is in the old East Germany. The priest at this time spelled Hans son Caspars surname Yft and later Ift."


Hans Ift ( -1719) died March 26, 1719 in Sannerz, Hesse, Germany.

Children of Hans Ift are:
Caspar and Adam.

Caspar Ift (1684-1737) was born 1684 in Hesse, Germany, and died November 10, 1737 in Vollmerz, Hesse, Germany. He married May 09, 1713 in Ramholz, Hesse, Germany, Elisabetha Eyring, daughter of Henrich and Beatrice (Nix) Eyring, who was born December 01, 1692 in Weichersbach, Hesse, Germany and died July 10, 1770 in Vollmerz, Hesse, Germany.

Children of Caspar and Elisabetha (Eyring) Ift are:
Georg and Johann Adam.

Georg Ift (1714-1779) was born October 02, 1714 in Vollmerz, Hesse, Germany, and died November 11, 1779 in Vollmerz, Hesse, Germany. He married (1) August 21, 1738 in Ramholz, Hesse, Germany, Anna Margareta Marburger, daughter of Johannes and Eva (Lamb) Marburger who was born 1719 in Steinmühle?, Hesse, Germany and died January 11, 1740 in Vollmerz, Hesse, Germany. He married (2) January 17, 1741 in Ramholz, Hesse, Germany, Margaretha Knauf, daughter of Georg and Margaretha Weining Knauf who was born April 04, 1723 in Ramholz, Hesse, Germany and died April 01, 1744 in Vollmerz, Hesse, Germany. He married (3) February 24, 1752 in Ramholz, Hesse, Germany, Anna Margaretha Bernges, daughter of Johannes and Anna (Loos) Bergnes who was born December 10, 1728 in Hintersteinau, Hesse, Germany and died Vollmerz, Hesse, Germany.

Child of Georg and Anna Margaretha (Bernges) Ift is:
Johann Adam

Johann Adam Ift (1756- ) son of Georg and Anna Margaretha (Bernges) Ift was born June 11, 1756 in Vollmerz, Hesse, Germany, and died in Vollmerz, Hesse, Germany. He married September 09, 1777 in Vollmerz, Hesse, Germany, Margaretha Euler, daughter of Johannes and Margaretha (Heyl) Euler who was born December 21, 1749 in Breunings, Hesse, Germany and died December 21, 1814 in Vollmerz, Hesse, Germany.

Children of Johann Adam and Margaretha (Euler) Ift are:
Johann George and Johann Peter .

Johann Peter Ift (1790-1868) son of Johann Adam and Margaretha (Euler) Ift, was born January 19, 1790 in Vollmerz, Hesse, Germany, and died May 18, 1868 in New Sewickley Township, Beaver County, Pennsylvania. He married (1) 1820 in Vollmerz, Hesse, Anna Barbara Günther, daughter of Johann Adam and Margaretha Elisabetha (Heilmann) Günther who was born May 30, 1801 in Elm, Hesse, Germany and died December 30, 1828 in Elm, Hesse, Germany. He married (2) May 13, 1831, Elm, Hesse, Germany, Anna Günther, sister of his deceased wife and daughter of Johann Adam and Margaretha Elisabetha (Heilmann) Günther born May 05, 1806 in Elm, Hesse, Germany and died August 28, 1886 in New Sewickley Township, Beaver County, Pennsylvania.

Note: Anna Günther had a child before her marriage to Johann Peter Ift with Christoph Rau, born May 09, 1803 in Elm, Hesse, Germany. Elisabeth was born April 18, 1827, Elm, Hesse, Germany. When Johann Peter and Anna (Günther) Ifft were married in 1831 all children of their previous unions become their wards. Elisabeth Ifft, emigrated with the family to America in 1831, and is named in Johann Peter Ifft's will as his step-daughter. Please follow this link for information on the family of Adam and Elisabeth (Ifft) Knauff.

Children of Johann Peter and Anna Barbara (Günther) Ifft are:
Peter, Nicolaus, Peter and Barbara Catharina.

Children of Johann Peter and Anna (Günther) Ifft are:
Anna Barbara, Adam, Anna Barbra , Jacob, John, Catherine, Gertrude, Anna and Margaret.

Anna Barbra Ifft (1834-1919) daughter of Johann Peter and Anna (Günther) Ifft married 1853 in Beaver County, Pennsylvania, John Bensing (1836-1898) son of Henry and Elizabeth Bensing They resided in Phillipsburg (Monaca), Beaver County, Pennsylvania, Venango County, Pennsylvania and Malinta, Henry County, Ohio. Please see The Bensing Family page for John and Anna Barbra's children and descendants.

John and Anna (Ifft) Bensing raised two boys, John and Albert Smith, these boys were their nephews, the sons of Grandma's sister (Margaret) who had passed away with tuberculosis. There was a third child, but John and Anna did not rear that third child. [recollections of Thelma and Olga Brobst.] These children are mentioned in Anna (Günther) Ifft's estate files.


Acknowledgements:

The information on this page has been contributed by: Richard A. Ifft, Neil Eft, Diane (Dunbar) Howard, Kathleen (McCurley) Kimpel, Judge Frederick T. Pfeiffer, Sandy & Bob Ross, Kay Starr Schaney, and Ken Weigel.


References:

  1. Read By, Schreiber, Carl, Hesse KB, Baptisms, Marriages, and Deaths , (1998)
  2. Geibel, D.M.V., From the Archives of Butler County Pennsylvania , (1997)
  3. St. John's United Evangelical Protestant (Burry's) Church, New Sewickley Township, Beaver County, PA , (Abstracts from Church Records)
  4. St. John's United Evangelical Protestant (Burry's) Church Cemetary, New Sewickley Township, Beaver County, PA, Tombstone Inscriptions.
  5. List of Passengers entered in the District of Baltimore, by vessels from Foreign Ports , (National Archives).
  6. Ziegler, Gertrude Mohlin, St. Paul's German Lutheran and Reformed Church, Confirmation, Baptism, Marriage and Death Records (1821-1906) , (Zelienople, Butler County, Pennsylvania, 1987).
  7. Ifft, George Nicholas III, "History of the Ifft Family in Idaho," Letter to Richard A. Ifft, January 20, 1998.
  8. 1870 Federal Census, New Sewickley Twp., Beaver Co. PA .
  9. Ziegler, Gertrude Mohlin, St. Peter's German Evangelical Protestant United Church, Marriages, Baptisms, and Death Records 1858-1912 , (Zelienople, Butler County, Pennsylvania, 1994).
  10. 1850 Federal Census, New Sewickley Twp., Beaver Co. PA.
  11. History of Butler County, Pennsylvania , (1895).
  12. Ross, Sandy & Bob, Letter to Kay Starr Schaney, February 28, 1998 , (e-mail), "Electronic."
  13. History of Beaver County, Pennsylvania 1888 , (Philadelphia and Chicago; A. Warner & Co. Publishers, 1888.)
  14. Forbush, Lois Dambach, Dambacher Descendants, Christian Dambacher, Chart 1, 1981.
  15. 1900 Federal Census, Marion Twp., Beaver Co. PA.
  16. 1870 Federal Census, Marion Twp, Beaver Co. PA.
  17. Hoy (Shunk) Cemetery, Harrison Twp, Henry Co., OH.
  18. John Bensing 1836-1898 - Onward to the Father, Home of the Departed,Goes one more of Henry County's Pioneers and Respected Citizens.
  19. Hitchcock, Olga Varie (Brobst), Grandparents of Olga Varie (Brobst) , (Letter to Kay Starr Schaney, January 1983).
  20. Henry County History Book II [1976]
  21. Anna Barbara [Ifft] Bensing, Card of thanks, The Bensing Family [Aug 1919]
  22. Mrs. Ella Brobst, Memorial Card, Love Funeral Home, 1970.
  23. Marriage Certificate, Vol 7 Page 28 of the Marriage record of Henry Co. OH.
  24. History of Mercer County, Pennsylvania; Chicago, Ill., 1888
  25. "Ifft, Jacob, Obituary," Mercer Dispatch and Republican - Friday, May 26, 1911.
  26. Findley Cemetery, Findley Township, Mercer Co., PA, Tombstone Inscription.
  27. Forbush, Lois Dambach, Dambacher Descendants, George Jacob Dambacher, Chart 2, 1981.
  28. Social Security Death Index , (Ancestry Web Pages), "Electronic."
  29. Estate Records - Ifft, Peter - 1868, Beaver County Will Book E, Page 102, Register's Docket, 2, Page 247.
  30. Estate Records - Ifft, Anna - 1886, Beaver County Will Book H, Page 93, Register's Docket, 5, Page 4.

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