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The genealogical information is wonderful, but the information that Johann Georg and Chatarina Barbara Ehrenfried were the progenitors of the Efird family in America is incorrect. Johann Georg Ehrenfried never left Pennsylvania after he and his family arrived there in 1773. He had only three daughters, Catherine, Sarah, and Mary, with his wife Chatarina Barbara. After she died in Northampton County, Pennsylvania in the late 1780s, he married Anna Margaretha Crites and had only one son, David, who died as an infant. Johann Georg Ehrenfried died in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania in 1819, having never left that State after 1773.
Research in this country, and in Switzerland, has shown that the real progenitors of the Efird family were Hans Jacob Ifert, who was born in Rumlingen, Basellandschaft, Switzerland in 1738, and Maria Schaffner from Anwil, Basellandschaft, Switzerland. Hans Jacob's father was Mathis Ifert and his mother was Barbel/Barbara Burgin. Hans Jacob Ifert married Maria Schaffner, who signed her name as "Mary" on a land document in 1785, in Saint Jakob's Church in Basel, Switzerland, on August 16, 1760. They and their three young daughters Anna, Ursula, and Verena, along with Jacob's brother Martin Ifert and his wife Anna Furler, came to America in late 1771. They probably landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in November or December of that year, as there are Indentured Servant records in Philadelphia for a Martin and Anna Ifert that are dated January 8,1772. Shortly after that Hans Jacob and Maria Ifert had a son, Hans Jacob Ifert, Jr. There are Church, Tax and Census records for Martin and Anna Ifert in Pennsylvania from then until the 1790 Census. The first record in North Carolina for Martin is a land record in 1792. There is a Revolutionary War record for a "Jacob Efright", who was very probably Hans Jacob Ifert. The first record for Jacob in North Carolina is a land record in 1783. He probably died between 1785 and 1790. Maria Schaffner Ifert probably died between 1790 and 1800. Their son Hans Jacob Ifert, Jr. lived on to be called Jacob Efird, who was the Patriarch of the Efird family in America.
Carolyn Mecum Pinkerton
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