Early Nineteenth-Century German Settlers in Ohio (Mainly Cincinnati and Environs), Kentucky, and Other States. Parts 1, 2, 3, 4a, 4b, and 4C
Germany immigration authority, Clifford Neal Smith spent a number of years ferreting out surrogate passenger information from the periodical literature. In one instance, Mr. Smith transcribed the genealogical contents, published between 1869 and 1877, of Volumes 1 through 9 of Der Deutsche Pioniere, a monthly magazine issued by the Deutsche Pioniereverein (Union of German Pioneers) founded in Cincinnati, Ohio. Mr. Smith provides the following particulars on each German-American pioneer found in that periodical: name, place of origin in Germany, town or county of residence, reference to the original source, and biographical data provided in the original notice. While most of the early entries pertain to Germanic inhabitants of Ohio, later issues of Der Deutsche Pioniere refer to deceased persons living in Kentucky and neighboring states.
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The entry for Kunigunde Kessler Kahny (Kahney), with her biography, contains many errors. Here are the facts, for which there is ample official documentation. She was born April 13, 1790 in Eichsel, Baden, to Anton Kessler and Maria Anna Weber. On February 11, 1811, she married Anton Kähni in St. Gallus Kirche, Eichsel. She emigrated to the USA in 1817 with her husband and 4 children, arriving in Philadelphia, PA on August 15, 1817. They made their way to Cincinnati where they settled permanently. They relocated from the central city to a farm in Delhi township about 1848. She bore a total of 9 children, of which 6 survived to adulthood. Her date of death was January 18, 1875, and she was interred in the cemetery at Our Lady of Victory Church, in Delhi.
A. R. Kaney (Kähni)