The Hefling Family
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William Gilispie Hefling

William Gilispie Hefling

William was born 19 Jul 1830 in Coshocton, Ohio to John S Hefling and Mary Elizabeth Robinson. He died on 23 May 1896 in Burrton, Kansas and is buried in the Burrton Cemetery.

Elizabeth Vansickle

Elizabeth was born 30 Jul 1832 in Freeport, Ohio to Levi Vansickle and Sarah Sawyer. She died on 15 Oct 1905 in Burrton, Kansas and is buried in the Burrton Cemetery.

Pedigree Chart

William and Elizabeth were married on 07 Mar 1852 in Coshocton, Ohio. They had twelve children. William was a farmer, as was his father and brothers. The 1860 census shows the family living in Oxford Twp, Coshocton, Ohio and lists their real estate value at $116 and the personal estate at $100.

Wm's parents and brothers had moved to Illinois in the early 1860s. Believe Wm & Elizabeth intended to move from Ohio directly to Iowa and, perhaps, had stopped to visit his family in Illinois when my great-grandfather, Robert Jackson Hefling, was born in Hancock County, Illinois in 1865, since no evidence has been found they lived there at the time. Their next child, Adelia, was born in Iowa in 1868.

Wm's brother, Robert, and his father, John, both passed away in Astoria, Illinois during the late 1860s. Believe Wm, being the oldest son, moved his family from Iowa to Illinois to process his father's estate and to take care of his mother and sister for a time. The 1870 census shows the family living and farming in Astoria Twp, Fulton County, Illinois. Their real estate value had increased to $1000 and their personal estate to $200. By the 1880 census, they were settled in Washington Twp, Linn County, Iowa.

About 1893, Wm and Elizabeth, Robert, and the three youngest children moved to Reno County, Kansas.

Wm Hefling is in the center with the white beard. His son, Robert is just to the right. Not sure of the others.

Children of William Gilispie Hefling and Elizabeth Vansickle:

  1. Alpharetta Jane Hefling
  2. Aldora Minerva Hefling
  3. Genevra Mary Hefling
  4. Sarah Elizabeth Hefling
  5. Annetta Catherine Hefling
  6. Eliza Ellen Hefling
  7. Robert Jackson Hefling
  8. Adelia Cadell Hefling
  9. Infant Daughter Hefling, b. 22 Apr 1870, d. 22 Apr 1870
  10. William Thresher Hefling
  11. John Lanning Hefling
  12. Malinda March Hefling

                                                                                                page created March 2010

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