The earliest types of records that can be obtained about my family.

by Michael E. Van Wasshnova
(Ypsilanti, Michigan USA)

My maternal grand mothers family came from Alsace to America in 1852. I have the birth, marriage and death records for Joseph Kehres, born 31 Aug 1736 in Reunzenheim, married Maria Eva Zepher 25 Jan 1773 in Leutenheim and died 1 Dec 1809 in Reunzenheim. Maria Eva was born about 1752, no further information concerning Maria. Joseph's father was listed as Joannis Martini Kehres, his mother was listed as Maria Thalin. I have no information on either of those folks. Maria Eva's parents were listed as Martin Zaepfel and Anna Marie Schmautz, again I have no further information concerning her parents.

Where can I find any information concerning Maria and the parents of both her and Joseph? Also, are there any records of what the occupations of the family was?

Joseph and Maria' grandson, Sebastian John Kehres supposedly served 17 years in Napoleon III army. Is there some way to find sources to back up that fact?

The family settled in Ohio and Michigan, USA.

Sorry for so many questions.

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Kehres Family
by: Marc Caris

Thank you for that information Michael. It sounds like you and I may be related as Joseph's date and place of birth tie to the info I have. His son was Pierre (born 1791) and he came to the states in, I think, 1843 although that may be incorrect. I saw a reference to his son Andre in an 1849 emigration registry. Pierre's children were Florenz, Marie, Andre, George, and Pierre Guillaume. They settled in Ohio which is where I am from originally. Pierre was married to Marie Ann Styret (Styard?). I don't know if any of this sounds familiar. Much of what I have is incomplete and the dates may be wrong. And, before I forget, Joseph was a carpenter.

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