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Paff in Allen County, Indiana

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Re: Paff in Allen County, Indiana

Posted: 1362759695000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Paff and Ritter
Jacob Paff and Aaron Paff were my great grandpa's. I have them posted on find a grave. Aaron and his wife Mary Ann are in the Old Leo Cemetery and we presume that Jacob and Susannah are there too. There isn't a record for their burials with the historical society or with the sexton, but there are 4 plots.

Aaron Paff's biography is in the "Valley of the Upper Maumee" and he is listed as an early settler of Cedar Creek Township in, "The Pictorial History of Fort Wayne, Indiana". They are on the 1850 Agriculture Schedule Aaron is on the 1860 Agriculture Schedule.

Yes, the 1860 Platt map has their land. It is on the south east side of Cedarville across the river. Jacob and Aaron's were two parcel's next to each other with Aaron owning them both by the 1860 Plat. The 1880 Platt has listed Aaron, George Washington, Moses, and A., possibly Andrew, or more land owned by Aaron. If you look on an satellite aerial map of the area, you can still see the land lines.

1850 plat has the property listed under Jacob Schwartz.

The Paff's were immigrants and came from Pennsylvania according to Aaron's bio. Jacob and Susannah were married before they came to Indiana, and so were Aaron and Mary Ann.

"Aaron Paff, lately deceased, one of the old settlers of Cedar Creek township, was born January 17, 1816,
in Pennsylvania, where he grew to manhood. In his nineteenth year he accompanied his parents, Jacob and Susan (Stinger) Paff, to Ohio, whence after a residence of about seven years, he removed to Indiana and settled on the farm where he now lives, which was then a forest. In 1838, he was united in marriage with Mary A. Reater, and this union was blessed with eleven children, of whom seven are now living: Moses, born November 21, 1839; Susanna, born May 11, 1845; George W., born Dec 10, 1948; Mary, born November 27, 1851; Harriet, born March 6, 1856; Andrew J., born January 17, 1858; and Daniel E., born January 1, 1861. Mrs. Paff was born August 31, 1817, and died March 28, 1888. She was a member of the Baptist church before coming to Indiana, and he was a member of the Presbyterian church, but afterward they both united with the Methodist Episcopal church, of which he was a class leader about twenty years, and was one of the trustees the same period. His first experiences in Allen County were attended with much struggle and privation, as he began without capital, but by hard work and skillful management he prospered, and owned at his death 120 acres of fertile land, and earned the good will of all who knew him. This worthy citizen passed away in August 1889." [ p.338 "Valley of the Upper Maumee"]

[page 662, "The Pictorial History of Fort Wayne, Indiana"] "Settlers came thick and fast from 1836 on. .... Between 1837 and 1840, among the settlers, permanent for the greater number, who made their appearance were Aaron Paff, who married, in 1838, Miss Mary A. Reater, who, the old chronicle states, was a Baptist, while her husband was a Presbyterian. Happily these differences were abrogated in a coming manner, both of the worthy pair uniting with the Methodist Episcopal Church, in which communion they devoutly reared their eleven children."

On, my visit to the area a couple of years ago, I was lucky enough to run into the sexton of the cemetery. He informed me there was still and old man Paff in the area, but unfortunately, I didn't have time to make a connection.

What child are you through?

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