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Ethel M. Kieffer

Ethel M. Kieffer

Female 1883 - 1911  (27 years)

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  • Name Ethel M. Kieffer 
    Adopted 1883  Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Born 14 Sep 1883  Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    • Family history states she was born 14 Sep 1883.
    Gender Female 
    _UID 5CFEC480E4214858AF70492CB99995BF7D8F 
    Died 25 Feb 1911  Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID I29  Bradley - Post
    Last Modified 7 Jul 2014 

    Father Edward H. Kieffer,   d. Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship Adopted 
    Mother Mary Knapp,   d. Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship Adopted 
    Family ID F27  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Father Charles W. Labau,   b. Abt 1860, Canada (?) Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Lillie Minnie (nee Unknown) Labau,   b. Abt 1864, America ? Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID F560  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family James Albert Post,   b. 4 Oct 1881, Chester Twp, Geauga, OH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Oct 1976, Chardon, Geauga, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 94 years) 
    Married 19 Aug 1903  Geauga County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Children 
     1. Edward Kieffer Post,   b. 6 Feb 1904, Chesterland, OH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1988  (Age 83 years)
     2. Charles Walter Post,   b. 2 May 1905, Chesterland, OH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jan 1978, Titusville, Brevard, FL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
     3. Gertrude Ethel Post,   b. 13 Oct 1906, Chesterland, OH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 May 1989  (Age 82 years)
     4. Dora Knapp Post,   b. 21 Dec 1908, Chesterland, OH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 May 1989, Chardon, Geauga, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
    Last Modified 15 Jan 2018 
    Family ID F25  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 14 Sep 1883 - Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio Link to Google Earth
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    Pin Legend  : Address       : Location       : City/Town       : County/Shire       : State/Province       : Country       : Not Set

  • Photos
    Ethel Kieffer
    Ethel Kieffer
    Ethel Kieffer
    Ethel Kieffer
    Ethel Kieffer circa 1905; ; Condition: poor; Date: 01 Jul 1905
    Ethel Kieffer Birth Record
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    Ethel Kieffer birth record
    Ethel (Labau) Kieffer birth record
    Ethel (Labau) Kieffer birth record

  • Notes 
    • Family history from at least the 1960s asserts that her biological parents were French, who had come to the U.S. before her birth. Later, they returned to France, and five month old Ethel was adopted by the Kieffer family. Family history states the biological father as Charles W. Labau and mother as Lillie Minnie (nee unknown), but outside of family history the author has found no documentary evidence to support the adoption claim, until more recently. While the original book Record of Births of Cuyahoga County* clearly shows Edward and Mary as the parents.

      However, this ledger book contains entries that are not in chronological order. For example, the 1884 and 1883 entries are mixed on the page, and the first 1883 entry in the "1883 continued" block is from December. Further, the entry immediately preceding Ethel's is from November, though Ethel was born in August! The author's conclusion is that this ledger entry was made after Ethel's adoption, possibly even the following year.

      Eventually a scanned image of the original birth record** was found that identifies Ethel's biological parents. Even this, though, has the failing that it doesn't identify the child's name, only the date, place, and parent information. However, all of the information contained on this card, including the date of birth and identification of the parents (Charles/Lillie Labau), match family legend.

      * Pg. 306, Record of Births, Cuyahoga County, Ohio: record #133, name: Eithel Kieffer, birthdate: 13 Aug 1883, birthplace: Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio, sex: F, color: W, father's name: Edward, mother's name: Mary, parents' residence: 12 Schilling St." https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-23089-34439-29?cc=1932106

      ** Ohio, County Births, 1841-2003, Cuyahoga Birth returns 1883, scanned image 4309.

  • Sources 
    1. [S190] OH County Births 1856-1909, also known as Record of Births, Cuyahoga County; volume 5, page 306, line 133.

    2. [S192] OH Co. Births 1841-2003, Cuyahoga, scan of original birth record; scanned image 4309; https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-23317-103862-5?cc=1932106.

    3. [S101] a different date appears on headstone.

    4. [S120] Geauga Co Marr Records, Vol. 5, p. 270.