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Saturday, May 01, 2010

Surname: Efner (also Effner, Efnor, Effenaar)

The Efner surname is part of Rosmer Pettis Kerr's heritage. His fourth great-grandfather is thought to be:
  • Valentine Efner, born in 1735. Valentine and his wife Catrina are thought to be my sixth great-grandparents.
  • Henderick Efner, born in 1750. By 1776 he was married to Maragieta Teator or Taylor. Henderick died in 1813. Henderick and Maragieta were my fifth great-grandparents.
  • Valentine Efner, born 22 December 1776 in Blenheim, Schoharie County, New York. He married Elizabeth Martin before 1797. They had ten children. Valentine and Elizabeth, who was called Betse, were my fourth great-grandparents.
  • Ezekiel Taylor Efner, born 24 March 1801 in Middleburgh, New York. Ezekiel married first Salina Burch (or Bouck?) on 3 February 1831. After Salina's death, he moved to Wisconsin where he married Eliza Ann Davis on 29 December 1852. Ezekiel and Salina were my third great-grandparents.
  • Kate Efner, born in New York in July of 1841. She married Darius J. Pettis in Lyndon, Wisconsin on 5 March 1860. They had two daughters. She died in Mercer, Pennsylvania, on 25 May 1914, and was buried four days later in Winona, Minnesota, with her elder daughter, who had died in childhood.
Much of my knowledge of the Efner family came from an excellent website by Richard M. Efnor. I'm sorry to say that website is now defunct, but Richard has posted his Efnor Family Tree at WorldConnect. Also see The Efnor Family at his FamilyTreeMaker site.

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Our Family in Books: A Bibliography

  • My Ancestors in Books (a library of resources and notes pertaining to Reverend Samuel Stone, Major General Robert Sedgwick, Elder John Crandall, and other early Americans in the forest where my family tree was grown)
  • The Zahnisers: A History of the Family in America by Kate M. Zahniser and Charles Reed Zahniser (Mercer, Pa. 1906)
  • History of St. James Lutheran Church [full title: A little of this and a little of that in the 141 year (1861-2002) History of St. James Lutheran Church, Reynolds Indiana] by Harold B. Dodge, published at Reynolds, Indiana, 2002; 170 pages.
  • Lisbon, North Dakota 1880-2005 Quasuicentennial, published at Lisbon, North Dakota in 2005; 391 pages.
  • The Paschen and Redd Families of Cass County, Indiana by Alfred Paschen, c. 2005 (Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore, MD); 322 pages.
  • Sheldon Community History: Sheldon Centennial 1881-1981, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 1981; 376 pages.
  • Sheldon, North Dakota 1881-2006 - 125th Anniversary: The Queen of the Prairie, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 2006; 498 pages.
  • A Standard History of White County, Indiana, written under the supervision of W.H. Hamelle, c. 1915 (The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago and New York).
  • The Roots of Coventry, Connecticut by Betty Brook Messier and Janet Sutherland Aronson, c. 1987 (Coventry 275th Anniversary Committee, Coventry, CT); 206 pages.
  • "Elder John Crandall of Rhode Island and His Descendants" by John Cortland Crandall; New Woodstock, New York, 1949; 797 pages.
  • "The Descendants of Robert Burdick of Rhode Island." Nellie (Willard) Johnson, Pd.B.: H & L Creations, LLC.

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