Contemplating on this windy Sunday morning a few distant ancestors: John Haffa, Jr.; his father, John Haffa, Sr.; his wife, Christina Bachman; and others.
Christina Bachman & John Haffa (Jr.)’s marriage license (filed September, 1883) says:
- Age next birthday, 24
- Place of birth, “Werttenberg, Germany”
- Mother’s maiden name, “Klunz”
Meanwhile, a biographical sketch of John Haffa, Jr., appearing in History of White County, Illinois (published 1883), disagrees:
- Date of birth: 17 January 1858
- Place of birth, “the eastern part of Holland”
- Mother’s maiden name, “Plune”
One must assume a number of errors for any of this to make sense. Either John made a subtraction error on his marriage license, or 1858 is a misprint. Either John wasn’t born in Wurttemberg, or the “eastern part of Holland” extends into southern Germany (where Wuerttemberg is). Either Klunz is a misspelling, or Plune is; or both; or – a remote possibility – Klunz and Plune refer to two different women.
It baffles me that both documents were created in 1883, presumably with Mr. Haffa himself as the source, yet they disagree.