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Donald Lee Purfeerst - 1955
Donald Lee Purfeerst - 1955
Donald Lee Purfeerst is the son of Walter Everett and Ella (Weiss) Purfeerst.

Donald Lee Purfeerst - 1967
Donald Lee Purfeerst - 1967
Donald Lee Purfeerst is the son of Walter Everett and Ella (Weiss) Purfeerst.

Donald Lee Purfeerst - 1978
Donald Lee Purfeerst - 1978
Donald Lee Purfeerst is the son of Walter Everett and Ella (Weiss) Purfeerst.

Donald Lee Purfeerst - 1965
Donald Lee Purfeerst - 1965
Donald Lee Purfeerst is the son of Walter Everett and Ella (Weiss) Purfeerst.

Donald Lee Purfeerst - 1981
Donald Lee Purfeerst - 1981
Donald Lee Purfeerst is the son of Walter Everett and Ella (Weiss) Purfeerst
Walter & Ella (Weiss) Purfeerst Descendants - 1973.
Walter & Ella (Weiss) Purfeerst Descendants - 1973.
This picture was taken in 1973 and shows the descendants of Walter & Ella (Weiss) Purfeerst.


CLOCKWISE FROM THE LEFT:
* Roger Duane Purfeerst
* Sheila Renee Purfeerst
* Bradley Allen Purfeerst
* Katherine Kimberly Purfeerst
* Donald Lee Purfeerst
* Marion (Brademeyer) Purfeerst
* Sheryl Monique Purfeerst
* Patricia Gail (Richter) Purfeerst
(behind the camera, Christopher Michael Purfeerst)


Walter Everett Purfeerst is the son of Harmon Francis and Jennie June (Johnson) Purfeerst.


For information on this family see the histories on Fairfield County, Connecticut, Rice County, Minnesota, Morton County, North Dakota and the country of The Netherlands.

Walter Purfeerst with Grandchildren - 1964
Walter Purfeerst with Grandchildren - 1964
This picture was taken in 1964 and shows Walter Purfeerst with his grandchildren, left to right, Bradley Allen Purfeerst, Sheila Renee Purfeerst and Sheryl Monique Purfeerst (the children of Donald & Marion (Brademeyer) Purfeerst).


Walter Everett Purfeerst is the son of Harmon Francis and Jennie June (Johnson) Purfeerst.


For information on this family see the histories on Fairfield County, Connecticut, Rice County, Minnesota, Morton County, North Dakota and the country of The Netherlands.

Walter & Ella (Weiss) Purfeerst Headstones<br> Peace Cemetery, New Salem, North Dakota
Walter & Ella (Weiss) Purfeerst Headstones
Peace Cemetery, New Salem, North Dakota

Walter Everett Purfeerst is the son of Harmon Francis and Jennie June (Johnson) Purfeerst.


For information on this family see the histories on Fairfield County, Connecticut, Morton County, North Dakota, Rice County, Minnesota and the country of The Netherlands.



Histories
NORTH DAKOTA - Christian Albrecht Keller & Katherine Caroline Heck <p>....... and.......</p> Wilhelm Weiss & Karoline Catherine Keller. </p>
NORTH DAKOTA - Christian Albrecht Keller & Katherine Caroline Heck

....... and.......

Wilhelm Weiss & Karoline Catherine Keller.


a.k.a - Chris Keller ..................... New Salem North Dakota ................... and .......................
a.k.a. - William Weiss ..................New Salem, North Dakota


Major allied families include .... ALBRECHT, BECKER, BETHKE, BUMANN, CONITZ ,DETTMANN, ENGELTER, FREISE, GAEBE, GIESE, HEID, HELD, HOESEL, HOLLE, JOERSZ, JUST, KAELBERER, KLATT, KLUSMANN, KNIRCK, KULLER, KUNKEL, KUNZ, MAIER, MOLTZEN, MONSON, NORTON, RASCH, REUTHER, SHELTON, TELLMANN, THIEL, TOEPKE, VOLLRATH, WALDE, WERCHAU.


This family group constitues the ancestors for the Author's Grandmother, Karoline (Keller) Weiss as well the Author's Grandfather, William Weiss.


NEW JERSEY - Johann David Ernst Purf?rst and Christliebe Wilhelmine Seltmann</p>
NEW JERSEY - Johann David Ernst Purf?rst and Christliebe Wilhelmine Seltmann


a.k.a. - Ernest Purfurst ........................ Newark, New Jersey


Major surname connections include ..... GLOECKLER, LEUPOLD, LIEBECK, LOEFFLER, MEYER, M?LLER, SCHMELZLE, STRAUCH.


This family group constitues the ancestors for the Author's Great-Great-Grandfather, Ernest Purfurst as well as the ancestors for the Author's Great-Aunts, Paulina (Purfurst) Leupoldt and Ida (Purfurst) Liebeck.

CONNECTICUT - Arthur Bostock and Jane Whittel.  <p>
CONNECTICUT - Arthur Bostock and Jane Whittel.


a.k.a. - Arthur Bostwick ........................ Stratford, Connecticut.


Major allied families include......ALLEN, BENEDICT, CANFIELD, CLARK, COLE, COLLINS, CURTIS, DUNN, EDDY, FORD, HALL, HUNTINGTON, JOHNSON, KELLOGG, LANE, LAWRENCE, LEWIS, MILLER, MOORE, NICHOLS, NORTHROP, PARKER, REED, RUGGLES, STRONG, TAYLOR, WARNER.


This family group constitues the ancestors for the Author's Great-Grandmother, Hannah (Bostwick) Johnson.

NEW YORK - Barent and Aeltie Driessen, later Johnson.</p>
NEW YORK - Barent and Aeltie Driessen, later Johnson.


a.k.a. - Brent Johnson, Kings County, Long Island, New York.


The early Dutch generations systematically used patronymics in their naming patterns where the name of an ancestor was added as a suffix or a prefix to children's names in order to show descent. Barent Driessen's son became Jan Brentsen; whose son became Berent Jansen; whose son became Barent Johnson. (The Dutch given names of Jan and John are interchangeable).


Major surname connections families include GULICK, SCHENCK, STILLWELL, TERHUNE, VAN PELT, VAN VOORHEES AND WYCKOFF.


This family group constitues the ancestors for the Author's grandmother, Jennie June Johnson.

MINNESOTA - Karl Friedrich Ernst Purf?rst and Mary Jane Brown </p>
MINNESOTA - Karl Friedrich Ernst Purf?rst and Mary Jane Brown


a.k.a. - Charles Purfeerst ................... Faribault, Minnesota


Major allied families include......AERNS, BAUER, BETZEL, BIERSDORF, BOSTWICK, BROWN, BUNCE, BYRNES, CARPENTER, CRUIKSHANK, DAUSER, DEGROSS, DEIKE, DERIVAN, DUBEAU, DURAND, EGAN, GATZKE, GUILBAULT, HACHFIELD, HACKET, HANSON, HORTOP, JOHNSON, KAISER, KNAPP, KARP, KELLEY, KEMMESAT, KENNEY, LENWAY, LINEHAM, LOBSINGER, MAROSE, MEYER, MOOS, MURPHY, NEAS, O'CONNELL, PAQUETT, SCHIFFNER, SCHOMMER, SCHWARTZ, SCHLIPP, SLINGER, STEICHEN, STICHA, STUBBS, SWANGER, TAPLIN, THOM, WEISS, ZABEL.


This family group constitues the ancestors for the Author's Great-Grandfather Charles Ernest Purfeerst as well as the author's Grandfather, Harmon Francis Purfeerst.


3a. German History</p>
3a. German History


All of the early Purf?rst ancestors thus far identified lived the southern most areas of the adjacent present-day German states of Saxony and Thuringia, near their common boundary with the German state of Bavaria and the country of The Czech Republic.

This document, beginning in the third century, will provide a history of the European area currently known as Germany.

3c. German History - Nobility</p>
3c. German History - Nobility


Family lore resulting from the research of a Purf?rst family that had emigrated to London told that the Purf?rst surname evolved from the name Von Purf?rsling. An American census record pertaining to a later family residing in Brooklyn reflected the name of Van Barfurst


The German system of nobility is quite different from the English system with which most Americans are familiar.


This document will detail the German nobility concept and explain how it applies to the Purf?rst surname.

3b. German History - Purf?rst Surname
3b. German History - Purf?rst Surname

This research has centered on the families whose surnames are an Anglicization of the original surname of Purf?rst, which exists in Germany yet today.


The Purf?rst name is a ?High German? variation of the original name Burgf?rst. The term ?High German? applies to dialects spoken in areas of Germany south of an imaginary geographic line extending from the French border near Strasburg to the German city of Hof on The Czech Republic border.


The surname Burgf?rst is known to have existed as early as the year 1321 and translates to ?The First Man on The Castle?, usually a Knight serving a king or duke. For a commoner it could simply mean a man who lived at the top (the ?First?) of the hill.


This document will describe the history of the areas in which the ancestors lived as well as the history behind the surname.

2. Purf?rst Families of the World</p>
2. Purf?rst Families of the World


The documents that list below have been extracted from the two volume, 1800 page history on the Purf?rst Families of the World, currently being developed by the website owner. The contents may be read by activating the associated links. The preceding pictures indicate the covers of those two volumes. The volumes encompass all known worldwide locations of the surname including its Anglicized variations of Purfurst, Purfuerst and Purfeerst. The volumes also include histories on Allied surnames of interest to include Bostwick, Johnson, Keller, Tanguay and Weiss.



The first group of documents provide historical information on such topics as the Purf?rst surname itself, the lands where early families originated and the many German cities where archive or parish records on the families were found.



The second grouping of documents pertain to specific family groups and the locations where a Purf?rst immigrant first established residence after leaving the German homeland. The Histories are listed in alphabetical sequence in acordance with the worldwide geographical location: the America state and the foreign country. The Description column will identify the Surname(s) to which that particular history applies.


Select a Surname from the right column to see the family data associated with the individual as well as any family photographs, if available.



These documents are all in pdf formet requiring the use of the Adobe Reader software. If you do not have the program it can be downloaded free at their website www.adobe.com.



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To begin, please activate the above link which will take you to the official book Introduction as well as a summary of the Table of Contents from the two volumes.


3g. German History - Purf?rst Migration Patterns</p>
3g. German History - Purf?rst Migration Patterns


The majority of emigrants to America from central and central-eastern Europe passed through the ports of Bremen and Hamburg. The great majority of Germans left by ?direct? passage to their foreign destination. However, over 35% of them went by ?indirect? passage via England.



This document will describe the migration routes and the travel hardships undertaken by our ancestors.



This document will also identify specific immigration information concerning every Purfurst emigrant such as their sailing vessel, port and date of entry, etc.


3d.German History - City of Neustadt an der Orla, Germany.</p>
3d.German History - City of Neustadt an der Orla, Germany.


Many of the Purf?rst family members who immigrated to America once lived in and around the Saxony village of Neustadt an der Orla, Grand Duchy Sachsen-Weimar-Eisenach. The village is located in the present-day German state of Thuringia.



This document will provide the history of that village.




3h. Research trip to Germany</p>
3h. Research trip to Germany


In the year 2001 a three week research trip to Germany was conducted by the website owner. This document describes the resultant observations and successes.


To the end of the article are a series of maps depicting the research area where historical records of family members were found.

3f. German History - Dr. Martin Luther</p>
3f. German History - Dr. Martin Luther


Many of our German ancestors came from the German village of Neustadt an der Orla. Dr. Martin Luther was the district Vicar of ten Thuringan monasteries during the period 1515-1518, including the one at Neustadt. In the performance of this function he would have visited Neustadt many times. On at least one occasion, August 23, 1524, he was known to have preached within the family church which was for purposes of counteracting a nearby minister who was causing unrest.



This document will cover the life of Dr. Luther and his Relgious Reformation.




3e. German History - St Johannis the Baptist Evangelical Church, Neustadt, Germany.</p>
3e. German History - St Johannis the Baptist Evangelical Church, Neustadt, Germany.


All of the Purf?rst family members residing in the village of Neustadt, a/O Germany attended St Johannis the Baptist Evangelical Lutheran Church. The contents of the Parish baptism, marriage and burial registers date back to the year 1600 and revealed considerable information on our ancestors.



This document will provide history of the family church.



Also see the following history on Dr. Martin Luther who was the area Vicar and conducted services in the family church.


3i. Purf?rst Families Residing in Germany.</p>
3i. Purf?rst Families Residing in Germany.


The listings within this document identify the Purf?rst family members who were residents of the 60 plus German villages and cities which are listed in alphabetical sequence.


Unless otherwise indicated this information was taken from actual German parish baptism, marriage or burial registers or city archive records. Most information was gathered in conjunction with the 2001 research trip outlined in the previous document.

1a. Purf?rst Families of the World - Book Cover Volume One
1a. Purf?rst Families of the World - Book Cover Volume One
3k. Research Credits</p>
3k. Research Credits


This document identifies many of the people, places and publications that made the family research possible.

1b. Purf?rst Families of the World - Book Cover Volume Two
1b. Purf?rst Families of the World - Book Cover Volume Two
2.a The Author's Research Objectives</p>
2.a The Author's Research Objectives


These charts depict the Author's direct line ancestors and, as such, thus outlines the research objectives of the Author.

WW3. Other Worldwide Purf?rst Families </p>
WW3. Other Worldwide Purf?rst Families


This document identifies other Purf?rst individuals throughout the world for whom research efforts have failed to result in a connection to the Purf?rst Family Tree.

No results found.