Family Tree

Family Tree of Reinhold Reiff & Magdalene Killing Reiff

Christian Reinhold Reiff and Magdaline Killinger were both born in Germany, in the town of Beinstein, state of Wurttenburg. Christian was born March 18, 1841 and Magdaline was born April 19, 1840. They were married June 20, 1866.

In 1885, they began planning to immigrate to the United States with seven of their children: Mary Magdaline, Christian, Wilhelmina, Jacob, Martha, Johana Friedricka (Rickie), and William. They left Germany, by way of Bremen Harbor, at Braumerhaffon, for the United States around the first of March, 1886, to join their oldest daughter, Caroline Barbara, who came to the US before her parents and was married to Fred Faelber. Records are incomplete as to the year Caroline was married.. Four children had died previously in Germany.

Like many pioneers, they were coming to America for religious and civil freedom. They desired to rear their sons and daughters as upright useful citizens rather than have them trained to bear arms, as they would have been compelled to do in Germany.

They came across in a new ship, the first German-made with three smoke stacks. This was the maiden voyage of the Eider (which means Outlaw Duck). The Eider laid out in the harbor for quite a distance, so they could take on low, flat boats called “trollers”.

It took them nearly three weeks to cross the ocean, which usually took seventeen days. About the third day out they ran into a terrible storm. The ship could only make about 20 knots, to its usual speed of 25 to 30 knots. They were all terribly sea sick and scared, besides the storm, it was dark most of the time. Daughter, Johana Fredricka lost her eye sight, not to regain sight until the storm was over.

They landed in New York Harbor and were taken to Castle Gardens, where all immigrants were taken for three days to be vaccinated and luggage checked.

They left for Salina, Kansas, which was the nearest depot to where they wanted to go. From Salina, they were taken by horse and buggy, to a small town called Chico. About seventeen miles southeast of Salina. This town was later moved and renamed Gypsum. Locating on a farm four miles southeast of Gypsum, the family attended Templefeld Church in the German community. The church was started by a German evangelist of the Temple Society which had its origin in Germany. Christian and Magdaline lived in this community the rest of their lives. They never mastered the English language, but were always glad and anxious to show their thankfulness that they had become American citizens. They were parents of twelve children.

Christian Reinhold Reiff departed this life on July 31, 1928 and his wife, Magdaline, December 31, 1932.

The following children were born to Magdalene and Reinhold Reiff:

  1. Caroline Barbara October 20, 1867 – ?? 1892
  2. Mary Magdalene February 6, 1869 – January 15,1954
  3. Gottlob Christian September 18, 1870 – September 2, 1871
  4. Gottlobina Christiana September 18, 1870 – September 8, 1871
  5. Christian Reinhold February 17, 1872 – August 8, 1961
  6. Wilhelmina March 11, 1974 – August 16, 1952
  7. Gottlob September 7, 1875 – drowned July 14, 1885
  8. Jacob Emmanuel October 26, 1877 – December 24, 1979
  9. Stillborn child August 6, 1879 – August 6, 1879
  10. Martha January 24, 1881 – November 14, 1945
  11. Johanne Fredericka April 4, 1883 – September 14, 1949
  12. William May 28, 1885 – August 13, 1943

Record of the children born to Christian Reinhold and Magdaline Killinger Reiff

1. Caroline Barbara 10/20/1867 – ?1892 married: ?1885
Fredrich C. Falber 12/8/1860 – 5/11/1940
children: 1

2. Mary Magdalene 2/6/1869 – 1/15/1954 married: 1894
Jacob Dautel 11/10/1854 – 1/20/1942
children: 2

3. Gottlob Christian 9/18/1870 – 9/2/1871
4. Gottlobina Christiana 9/18/1870 – 9/8/1871

5. Christian Reinhold 2/17/1872 – 8/6/1961 married: 12/20/1896
Mary Ebinger 12/1/1971 – 5/22/1962
children: 8

6. Wilhelmina 3/11/1874 – 8/16/1952 married: 3/11/1894
Gottlob Krauss 8/5/1864 – 7/15/1954
children: 10

7. Gottlob 9/7/1875 – 7/14/1885 (drowned)

8. Jacob Emmanuel 10/26/1877 – 12/24/1979 married: 2/25/1899
Mary Elizabeth Lauxman 2/20/1877 – 5/21/1950
children: 13

9. stillborn baby 8/6/1879

10. Martha 1/24/1881 – 11/14/1945 married: 10/15/1899
August Swartz 2/5/1872 – 9/4/1964
children: 4

11. Johanne Fredericka (Rickie) 8/4/1883 – 9/14/1949 married: 3/3/1907
Bern Ade 11/16/1875 – 1/23/1960
children: 9

12. William 5/28/1885 – 8/13/1943 married: 11/23/1906
Katharine Holzer 10/13/1888 – 8/10/1968
Maud Sims Forrest 9/7/1879 – 10/17/1971 married: 1/30/1937
children: 2