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I confess, I am just a "one-f" Althof, and I have yet to find many of us out there. My Althofs emigrated from Germany to America circa 1860. Some interesting but as yet unsubstantiated Althof family stories:
ONE: the one versus two f variations. It sounds like territorial pride, but I have been told the one-f version is the traditional one, with the literal translation being "old courtyard". I've also been told that "hof" may more accurately mean the area between the farm house and livestock yard or barn. So the translation could be Old Hog Yard! Personally, I obviously prefer the former to the latter translation. I had been told that some branches of Althof added an "f'" upon entering the United States, evidently to mask the German-ness. But it sounds as though Althoff is more deeply rooted than that.
TWO: point of origin of my Althofs. There is a village in the southwestern portion of Germany named Althof. I don't have my atlas to be able to pinpoint this for you, but from memory it is not far from Ludwigshofen, and I believe fairly close to the Swiss border. I had to use a very detailed map to find it-evidently not much more than a crossroads. But I would love some background. Again, this is more family legend than substantiated fact.
A third story is that our German ancestors were quite "well off" but were forced to leave it behind in the fatherland. Anyone with any reasons why this may have been the case?
My ancestry on the Althof side follows. This is totally sketchy, I am just starting on my paternal side. Would appreciate any help on the following folks, via reply here, and to me directly at
Thanks, folks! Craig A.
Francis Edward Althof. Francis married Marion Elaine Coon, daughter of Edward J Coon and M. Ada Moser. Francis and Elaine, my father and mother, were both born in Iowa, both living. Ancestry search on my maternal side, Coon and Moser, has been somewhat more fruitful, but that's another posting. Francis' parents:
Ludwig Carl Althof was born 13 Oct 1895. He died 27 Sep 1960. Ludwig married Emma Mary Weber. Emma Mary Weber was born 27 Jul 1902 and died Feb. 1977. They lived most of their lives in Hampton Iowa and later Waterloo Iowa, Black Hawk County. Ludwig's parents:
Louis Althof married Minnie Sietam. Louis came to America from Germany, between 1860-1870. (no dates on Louis, no further information or ancestry on Minnie Sietam.)
Emma Weber's parents:
John Weber was born 31 Aug 1870. He married Emma Mishak. Emma Mishak was born 14 Aug 1874. John and Emma both emigrated separately from Germany to America around 1870. They met in the States.
Michael Weber was born 18 May 1824 in Luxemburg, Medigen, Ger. He married Susanna Wilvert. Susanna Wilvert was born 11 Jul 1836 in Luxemburg, Medigen, Ger.
Emma Mishak's parents:
August Mishak was born 1832 in Prussia, Ger. He married Pauline Renarch. Pauline Renarch was born 1837 in Prussia, Ger.
(Any idea what the national origin of SIETAM may be? Also, MISHAK sounds pretty Slovak-any insights?)