The Ziegenfus Families....Newsletter Number 3.....September 1982
By Mark Amanns - To e-mail Mark click here
(This newsletter is posted here by permission of the author "as long as it is for genealogical purposes and not for profit.").
HELLO EVERYONE! A busy year has passed since our
issue. Much information has been gathered and some of you have
been put in contact with distant but, until now, lost relatives.
The first newsletter quoted from several books,
the Pennsylvania ZIEGENFUSS family. The second newsletter listed
ancestry of those who wrote in, grouping them into their basic
branches. This third newsletter is concentrating on the early
the ZICKAFOOSE/ZICKEFOOSE family in Virginia. In the fourth
issue I will
reprint the History of the SIGERFOOS Family written 1912 by my
great-grandfather, Crayton Hail Sigerfoos. It will be at least
long and include corrections and additions. The fifth issue will
concentrate on the Pennsylvania ZIEGENFUSS family and it also is
expected to be 12 or more pages in length.
Several have asked for addresses of others working on
and therefore I plan to include a name and address listing in a
supplement in the next newsletter. Please write me if you don't
your name included on the list.
As the next two newsletters will be longer than the
their cost will be $4.00 total. Both newsletters should be
mailed to you
in the next six to eight months. I want to thank all of you for
during the past year. This information is presented here through
Johann Jacob Zigenfuss
JOHANN JACOB ZIGENFUSS arrived in Philadelphia from
Rotterdam on 16
September 1751 in the ship Brothers captained by William Muir.
evidently came from the Palatinate in Germany, according to
Sickafoose. Crayton Hail Sigerfoos wrote in his booklet that he
"from the Rhinish Provinces of Switzerland." Very little is known
our immigrant ancestor. His ship's passenger arrival list did
the names of those traveling with him.
Johann Jacob Zigenfuss was father of Jacob ZIEGENFUSS
in PA and was
also probably the ancestor of the ZICKEFOOSE family in Virginia
SIGERFOOS/SICKAFUS family from Maryland. What we need are the
links between our immigrant and these families. (You may recall
first newsletter observed that these 1751 immigrants journeyed
southwest into Maryland and the Virginias, whereas the 1738
settled to the north of Philadelphia. The only exception known
time is Jacob's son, Jacob Ziegenfuss,' who resided in
SOME QUESTIONS ANSWERED ABOUT (JOHANN) JACOB ZIGENFUSS
WHERE DID THE 1751 IMMIGRANT JOHANN JACOB ZIGENFUSS
August County, Virginia.
WHEN DID HE DIE?
Carol Blanscet and Pauline R. Mays have mentioned the
WAS JACOB MARRIED WHEN HE DIED?
Yes! Lyman Chalkley's Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish
Virginia, Volume I, page 217 states: "Administration of
Jacob Sigerfoos granted to Wm. Rusk - Christiana, the widow,
refused to administer." This information was extracted from
Augusta County, VA court records, Order Book 17, page 302,
September 1780. (I have no idea how long Jacob & Christiana
married. This is the only reference I've found concerning
and none have ever mentioned her in their correspondence with
WHAT OTHER SPELLINGS OF JACOB'S NAME ARE FOUND IN AUGUSTA
COURT RECORDS ?
Jacob SECCAFOOSE.... estate appraised 23 September 1780
SEGENFOOS..... estate settled 19 November 1783 (These are
examples of the different spellings used, as sometimes
spellings were used in the same entry.)
JACOB ZIEGENFUSS in PENNSYLVANIA
Our immigrant ancestor Johann Jacob Zigenfuss is
known to have had
at least one son, Jacob Ziegenfuss. I do not know the original
that statement, but it was mentioned by Crayton H. Sigerfoos
Harold J. Sickafoose also mentioned this, as relatives there in
Canton,OH had also done extensive ZIEGENFUSS research.
Jacob Ziegenfuss was a private in the Third Company of the
Battalion of Northumberland County, PA in 1781 during the War of
Revolution. He had five children: Jacob, George, John, Elizabeth
Barbara. The children used the name SICKAFOOSE or SICKAFOOS.
The first son Jacob Sickafoos was a private in
pendent Battalion of Westmoreland County, PA Militia in the War
Afterwards, Jacob became lost, never to be heard from again.
The second son George Sickafoos served with his
brother Jacob in
the War of 1812. George married Margaret Wagner and had 10
Christina, Samuel, George, Michael, Mary Ann, John, Andrew,
Isaac and Margaret. George died in Sandy Township, Stark County,
1840. His wife died in December 1857. Many of his children
The third son John Sickafoose had twelve children:
Philip, Susanna, Elizabeth, Mary Eve, John, Levi , Samuel H.,
Washington and Michael. John died in 1876 in Indiana.
The fourth child, Elizabeth Sickafoose, married
The fifth child, Barbara Sickafoose, married Mr.
The MARYLAND CONNECTION
Since the immigrant Jacob Zigenfuss has been shown to
have moved to
Virginia, he had to travel through the state of Maryland. In
fact, if you
would draw a straight line from Philadelphia, PA to Augusta Co.
Virginia, that line would pass within 20 -50 miles of Frederick
Washington Counties in Maryland where early SIGAFOOS/SECAFOOSE
resided. They may very well have been Jacob's descendants. The
Census has recorded these three families:
George SIGERFORS (3 male and 1 female adults)
John SECAFUSE (1 male and 4 female adults plus 1 male
Peter SEGAFUSE (3 male and 3 female adults plus 1 male
The only descendants with which I've made contact are
ancestor was Abraham SIGERFOOS. The earliest census in which
found is the 1810 census of Elizabeth Township, Washington Co.,
Abraham 'Sigafoos' was 26-45 years old, with his wife in the same
bracket. he had a daughter 10-15 years old, as well as two sons
daughter less than 10 years old. This agrees with information
printed that Abraham married Mary Cook and had five children:
John George, Jacob, Susanna and Abraham. Unfortunately, I've
successful in determining who his parents were. It seems likely
Abraham was a son of either George, John or Peter mentioned
is more likely that Abraham is the son of John, or perhaps
Abraham's first son was named John George. Abraham could be
son if he was born before 1775 or John's son if born after l775.
also of note that Abraham's second son was named Jacob.)
PETER ZICKAFOOSE of VIRGINIA
Peter ZICKAFOOSE/ZICKEFOOSE was the progenitor of a
family in Augusta County, VA. He may very well have been a son
immigrant Jacob Zigenfuss, although there is no proof. Verbal
history gathered during the past 35 years by Mrs. Imogene
that Peter Zickefoose was born in Germany in 1756, entered
the Port ofPhiladelphia, and married Catherine Hull in 1781 in
County, PA.It is more likely that Peter's family was from Germany
rather thatPeter himself having been born in Germany, if he was
in 1756. Only Imogene has mentioned a birth date for Peter, as
well as a
date and location for his marriage. Peter's wife Catherine was
daughter of Peter Thomas Hull and Susanna Margaret Dieffenbach.
The earliest record I have found in Augusta County,
Peter is the time he refused to give in his taxes to the
according to a report dated 17 July 1787, listing a Peter
Order Book XX, pages 345 & 346. Chalkley's Vol. II, page 208
following, as taken from Circuit Court Judgments in 1814:
-Buzard vs. Zickafoose-0. S. 276; N. S. 97-Bill,
Complainants are, viz: Catharine Zickafoose, widow of Peter
deceased; Sampson Sickafoose, Susanna Buzzard and Reuben, her
Mary Fleisher and Henry, her husband; Fanny Mills and Western,
husband; Sally Zickafoose, infant. Peter Sickafoose died,
leaving above widow and children and George and EIias Zickafoose,
elder sons, owning land in Pendleton County in Crab Bottom, Elias
shortly after his father, leaving widow Elizabeth and infant
Susanna, Elias, Elizabeth, Henry and Mary.
There may be earlier records in Augusta, Pendleton or
counties, but I have not searched further. Nor have I made any
for land deeds, etc. Peter died between 6 Sep. 1808 and 1810
THE CHILDREN OF PETER ZICKAFOOSE
SUSANNA (1775-1835) married Reuben Buzzard 1797
Martha (Patsy) BORN: 4 Oct 1799 MARRIED: Charles Grimes
.......Eli C1800...mar. Margaret
.......Solomon C1800...mar. Rachel
.......Peter 3 Oct1803...mar. Nancy Moore
.......Hester 1804...mar. Henry Grimes
.......Frances (Fannie) 1813...mar. Benjamin
.......Philip Henry 1815...mar. Mary Hannah
& Elizabeth Perkins
.......Reuben Jr. 1818...mar. Mary Ann
.......Sampson S. 3 Apr1819...mar Eleanor
.......Susan 1829...mar. ------
GEORGE (1780-1872) m. Catherine Lance 18
...... Sampson (lived in Kanawha Co. WVA in 1872)
ELIAS (died 1810-14) m. Sarah Elizabeth ?Armentrout?
...... Susanna Sep 1802...mar. George Wimer
...... Elizabeth .........mar. Henry
...... Henry 1805 ...mar. Barbara
MARY.... married Henry Fleisher
FRANCES "FANNY" (1787) M. Western Mills 11 July 1811
..... Western 1812
..... George W. 1813 ... mar. Mary
..... Peter G. 1814 ...mar. Lydia-----
..... Eliza B. 5 Jan1823...mar. Joel J.
..... Bazal Jackson 1824...mar. Elizabeth
..... Rufus T. 1827...mar. Nancy
SAMPSON (5 Aug 1792-20 Mar 1885; m. Sarah Wade 19
..... Catherine 9 Jun1818...mar. Nimrod
..... Hester 22 Oct1819...mar. David
.....Phoebe 28 Feb1821...mar. James
..... Otho 14 Jan1823...mar. Catherine
Drake & Stanley &
..... ------- (stillborn)5 Feb1825
..... Mary (Polly) W. 18 may1826...mar. Jacob H.
..... Martha Jane 14 Oct1828...mar.
James B. Westfall & Mr. Snider
..... Peter Hull 26 Feb1831...mar.
..... Malinda Ann 24 Jun1834...mar.
William Thomas Mitchell
..... Asbury William 13 Oct1840...mar.
Mary Simmons, Sarah Simmons,
SARAH "SALLY infant in 1814" (1794-1871) m. John
Samples 13 June 1837
ISAAC... 1803; died young
(Please note that there are some ZICKEFOOSE families in
Greenbrier County that are
not included on this list ... their connection isn't exactly
known. Also note that
ZICKEFOOSE rather than ZICKAFOOSE is today's common spelling.)
Links to companion pages are noted below
For Link to back to Hans Jacob Ziegenfuss (1738 imigrant) Home page.