WESTFALLS OF CATTARAUGUS COUNTY, NEW YORK
The earliest known ancestor of this Westfall family was Lewis Westfall. Lewis was born about 1843 in Mecklenberg, Germany.
A card index to the naturalization records of Erie County in the city of Buffalo listed only one “Louis Westpfahl.” This and a copy of the declaration indicated that Louis, late of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, declared his intention to become a citizen of the U.S. on 21 June 1871 and renounced allegiance to the Emperor of Germany. Charles Dahlheim and Christian Schroeder made oath that Louis had resided in the U.S. for five years [indicating that he had been in the country since at least 1866] and resided within the state where the court was held for one year or more. Louis swore to support the constitution on 3 October 1874. The dates correspond to what is known of our ancestor, Lewis Westfall, as he was known to be in New York as early as 1866 when he lived in West Seneca, Erie County, New York. That year he bought property in the town of Ashford in Cattaraugus County, New York. Family tradition says the family lived on Dutch Hill Road between Ashford Hollow and Springville.
|John & Louisa Lemke|
An 1869 map of the town of Ashford shows the home of L. Weistfall. About one mile up the road was his father-in-law, John Lempke, shown on the map as J. Lamek. Neighbors of John included William and Christen Cobo. The Lutheran church was also close by. Ashford was called "Dutch Hollow" because of the German settlers.
It was there that Lewis and his family was enumerated during the taking of the federal census the next year in 1870. Lewis was listed as a twenty-five year old farmer with real estate valued at one thousand dollars and personal property valued at just over six hundred dollars. His wife Sophia was twenty-two and they had two children, Frank age four and Elen age one. Both children were born in New York.
Five years later when the 1875 state census was taken, the family had moved and was farming in the town of East Otto. They were living in a brick home valued at eight hundred dollars. In addition to Frank and Lena (then listed as age seven and six), there was two other daughters, Louisa, age four and Gusta age two. A son John was born that year, but died shortly after birth. Another son was born the following year. Then they lost two children in the fall of 1877.
During the 1880 federal census, the family was listed in the town of Otto. They had four children: Louise age eight, Augusta six, Allen five and Herman one year old.
|Sophia Lemke Westfall|
(Original Images and Text, Copyright (c) 2011 Dawn Westfall)