Valentine Haefner1

#20022, (circa 1783 - 28 December 1874)
Father*Thomas Haefner2
Mother*Anna Margaretha Pfeifer2 (c 1761 - )


Priscilla Burch b. c 1785, d. b 1870
Children 1.Joseph Walter Haefner+19 (c 1812 - 1861)
 2.Teresa Haefner+1 (c 1813 - 1864)
 3.Mary Ann Haefner+20 (c 1820 - c 1851)
 4.Barbara Haefner+19 (1822 - 1903)
Information on the European hstory of Valentine Haefner was provided by Alexander Karpf, author of the article "From Sommerau into the World: The Success Story of the Pfeier's." It is believed but not certain that these facts pertain to the same person.3 
Birth*circa 1783He was born circa 1783 at Hofthiergarten-Stadtprozelten, Lower Franconia, Bavaria, GermanyG.3,1 
January 1805He and Andreas Fuchs removed to Amsterdam, Netherlands, in January 1805.4 
Baptism9 November 1806He sponsored the baptism of Emil V Pfeifer on 9 November 1806 at Kerk de Krijtberg, Amsterdam, Netherlands; (in absentia, see citation.)5,6 
Marriage*18 January 1808He married Priscilla Burch, daughter of Walter Burch and Theresa Hagan, on 18 January 1808 at Nelson Co., KentuckyG.7 
1810He and Priscilla Burch appeared on the census of 1810 at Nelson Co., KentuckyG.8 
circa 1814He was a private in the War of 1812 (poss.) circa 1814.9 
Marriage28 July 1840He witnessed the marriage of Teresa Haefner and John H Casey on 28 July 1840 at St. James's Church, Potosi, Breton Twp., Washington Co., MissouriG.10,11 
8 June 1846He witnessed the will of Patrick McAvinney on 8 June 1846 at Washington Co., MissouriG.12 
13 November 1850He and Priscilla Burch appeared on the census of 13 November 1850 at Potosi, Breton Twp., Washington Co., MissouriG; (neis. John H and Theresa Casey, fam. 1083; Joseph and Ellen Haefner, fam. 1067.)1 
Baptism1 January 1858He sponsored the baptism of Mary Pauline Haefner on 1 January 1858 at St. Joachim's Church, Old Mines, Washington Co., MissouriG.13 
16 June 1860He and Priscilla Burch appeared on the census of 16 June 1860 at Potosi, Washington Co., MissouriG.14 
17 February 1864In Teresa Haefner's will dated 17 February 1864, Valentine Haefner was named as executor.15 
Marriage9 February 1868He witnessed the marriage of Isabella Quigley and Joseph W Haefner on 9 February 1868.16 
26 July 1870He appeared on the census of 26 July 1870 in the household of Ellen Casey at Breton Twp., Washington Co., MissouriG, age 88, b. Austria.17 
Death*28 December 1874He died on 28 December 1874 at St. Louis Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri.18 
Burial*He was buried at Potosi, Washington Co., MissouriG.18 


  1. [S20] 1850 U.S. Federal Census. Valentine (67), b. Germany; Priscilla (65), b. MD.
  2. [S2548] Alexander Karpf, "Correspondence of Alexander Karpf," e-mail message to Vincent Hartnett.
  3. [S2548] "Alexander Karpf," e-mail to Vincent Hartnett. Message of 3 May 2020.
  4. [S2548] "Alexander Karpf," e-mail to Vincent Hartnett. "In January 1805 Valentin Haefner travelled, with his cousin Andreas Fuchs from Sommerau, to his uncle (most likely his godfather) Valentin Pfeifer in Amsterdam.
  5. [S2074] Amsterdam City Archives, online Doop Boek of the Roman Catholic Church of Krytberg, 15 Feb 1790 -21 Jul 1811, Archive No. 5001, inventory volume 369, p. 175, scan 90/143. Emilian V, child of Valentyn Pfeifer and M Agnes Weyll, bapt. 9 Nov 1806; sponsor Valentyn Haefner.
  6. [S2666] Alexander Heinrich Karpf, Das Leben des im Spiegel der Zeit (n.p.:, 2020), p. 102, excerpt from family record.
    In 1806, Nov. 8, my wife gave birth to a son who was baptized in the Jesuit Church by Pastor Groen and was given the name Emilian. His godfather is Valentin Haefner from Hofthiergarten, eldest son of my sister Margaretha.
    I had this Valentin Haefner come here to Amsterdam in January 1805, from where I had him go to America in May, in the company of another cousin, Andreas Fuchs from Sommerau. He landed happily in Baltimore, and from there he traveled over the mountains to Kentuky, first to examine the various regions and then to sit down as a farmer somewhere - but now, 25 Dec. 1806, I have had no further reports from him or his companion since April of this year.
  7. [S1530] Kentucky County Marriages, 1797-1954, online, Film 004705582> img. 52/530. Nelson Co. Marriage Register, Book 1, compiled in 1873 from the Old Marriage Register. Valentine Haefner and Priscilla Burch, marr. 18 Jan 1808 by S T Badin.
    Film 004705518> img. 420/1060. Bond of Valentine Haefner and Anthony Sanders dated 15 Jan 1808 for the marriage of Valentine Haefner and Miss Priscilla Burch, dau. of Walter Burch.
  8. [S238] 1810 U.S. Federal Census. Valentine (26-44); F (26-44) [Priscilla]; F (26-44) [____]; 2 m (<10); f (10-15).
  9. [S2553] United States War of 1812 Index to Service Records, 1812-1815, online, Hd-Hem, img. 1727/2650. Valentine Hefner, private, 13 Reg't (Gray's) Kentucky Militia.
  10. [S2313] St. James's Church Parish Registers (Potosi, Missouri). Book A (A-2), p. 15, img. 138/1060. John Casey and Theresa Casey, marr., "having the consent of their parents," 28 Jul 1840 by L Tucker; witn. John H Casey, Hardage McGready, Mary Casey, George Casey, H Harrges, M A Harris, Valentin Haefner, John Byons (or Broyns), William W Smith, Francis Casey, Andrew Casey, David O'Brien, Morgan Casey, John Pierce, Patrick Corrigan, Daniel Casey, Felix Munday, John O'Brien, Patrick Macalany (or Macclany), John Casey and Andrew Casey.
  11. [S271] Missouri Marriage Records, 1805-2002, Microfilm images, online, Washington Co., Record images, 1840, img. 5/10, p. 189. John H Casey and Teresa Casey, marr. 28 Jul 1840, by L Tucker, Roman Catholic priest.
  12. [S1815] Missouri Wills and Probate Records, 1766-1988, online, Washington > Will Records, Vol C-D, 1846-1909 > img. 22/469. Volume C, pp. 2-3. Patrick McAvinney, res. Washington Co. MO, 8 Jun 1846. Bequeaths to wife Rose McAvinney all real personal property, all stock of cattle and horses, and all belongs. Names sons Patrick, John, Philip, and Thomas, and dau. Mary, each to receive one dollar. Names John McManis as sole executor. Witn. Valentine Heifner, James Newlan, and Joseph A Wiseman.
    Proved 18 Jun 1846 in the presence of Joseph A Wiseman and Valentine Heifner.
  13. [S2314] St. Joachim's Church Parish Registers (Old Mines, Missouri). Baptismal Record Book E-1 (C-1), p. 71. Maryanne Haefner, dau. of Walter Haefner and Ellen Casey, b. 8 Dec 1857, bapt. 1 Jan 1858 by J Fox; sponsors Valentine Haeffner [sic] and Paulina Harris [the father's niece].
  14. [S19] 1860 U.S. Federal Census. Valentine (76), b. Germany; Priscilla (74), b. MD.
  15. [S1815] Missouri Wills and Probate Records, 1766-1988, online, Washington Co.> Will Records, Vol C-D, 1846-1909, img. 85/469, p. 127. Will of Teresa Casey dated 17 Feb 1864. Mentions "my dear children and aged Father and Mother;" appoints her father Valentine Haefner as executor, or in his place Frank Harris of New York City; requests that all property be sold and that the proceeds, after funeral expenses and payment of debts, be applied to "the schooling, clothing and boarding of my daughter [Teresa Rose Casey] at the Convent in St. Louis or at any other convent that my executor may think proper." Proved 22 Feb 1864 by witnesses Andrew Casey and Moses Conger.
  16. [S2313] St. James's Church (Potosi) Registers. Book A-2, p. 50, img. 155/1060. Joseph W Haefner, son of Joseph W Haefner and Ellen Casey, and Isabella Quigly [sic], dau. of Francis Quigly and Isabella Merchant, marr. 9 Feb 1868; witn. Frank Harris, Pauline Harris, Daniel Casey, Ellen Haefner, Andrew Casey, John Flynn, Rosanna Flynn, John Haefner, Andrew F Casey, James Connolly, James Quigley, Wm Pierce, John Casey, Ed Casey, M J Casey, V Haefner, J Connolly, Andrew Pierce, L W Casey and John H Casey.
  17. [S18] 1870 U.S. Federal Census. Ellen (39), b. MO, real estate value $1200, personal estate $1000.
  18. [S2665] St. Louis City Death Registers, 1850-1908, St. Louis Genalogical Association, compiler, online Vaalentine Haefner, b. Germany, d. St. Louis Hospital 28 Dec 1874, age 98; bur. Potosi MO. Citation: St. Louis City Death Register.
  19. [S20] 1850 U.S. Federal Census.
  20. [S520] VWH, Poline (or Pauline), dau. of Harry and Mary Ann, in household of Valentine and Priscilla Haefner in 1860, and Pauline and Andrew Casey are neis. of Valentine in the 1870 census.