Eduard F. & Pauline (Zipfel) Schaeffner

Contributed by Carl Hollister (grandson)



Eduard F. Schaeffner was a professional soldier in Prussia and a master tailor. Pauline Zipfel was his third wife and all his children were by her. The Schaeffner line was traced in Germany at the various town and church records by Wilbur C. Schaeffner who is totally fluent in both the old and new German language and the idioms of both. Photos exist.
All the children and both parents are in a family photo taken about 1895.

He applied for citizenship on Apr. 17, 1849 in the Court of Common Pleas, in and for the county and city of New York. He stated he was from the free city of Hanover.

Edward obtained his master tailor papers by marrying the widow of a master tailor, Louisa Schmidt, He had one boy by her and they came to the U.S. sometime before 1849. They were divorced sometime between 1850 and 1860 as in 1860 Amelia Busch was his housekeeper and later became his 2d wife. The family "gossip" was that he divorced the Schmidt lady because she drank. Pauline Zipfel became his housekeeper when Amelia became ill and after her death married Edward. From Census records he was quite comfortable in Milwaukee and again the family gossip has it that he became entangled in some kind of legal action and lost most of what he had in the U.S. When he went to Clark Co. Wi. he lived in a rather crude log cabin until some inheritance money came from Germany.


Family Photo

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This is from an autograph book of Aunt Hannie Schaeffner Lemke. Edw. F. Schaeffner autograph and translation dated 1902.  This dating of 1902 and listing himself as 87 gives credence to the 1815 birth date on the tombstone rather than the 1818 date found in other sources, including the ones found in Uncle Wilbur's searches in Germany.

Translation of note to the left.


1902-Enjoy happily what God has granted you.  Do not seek for things that you do not have (get along gladly with what you do not have).  Each position (in life) has his peace (reward).  Each one also has its burdens.

Translation of note to the left.


It is the parent's greatest joy to see that their children walk in God's way.

Your eighty-seven year old father.


Eduard Schaeffner Family




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