Ancestors
 
of
 
Sarah Elizabeth Westfall

 

Sarah Westfall was an eighth generation American.  She was born in Michigan, but the previous seven generations of Westfalls were born and raised in New York state.  Her ancestors lived in the colonies more than a century prior to the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

Sarah's fifth great grandfather on her father's side was Jurian Westfall.  He was born in Holland in 1629.  At the age of about 13, his parents sent him to the United States to save the young lad from being drafted to fight in a war in Europe.  Although Jurian's family was then living in Holland, their ancestors lived in Westphalia, Prussia.  That area is now the province of North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany (see map above)..

Sarah's maternal ancestors could only be traced back two generations.  Her mother was Elizabeth Kipp, who was born in New York and who died in Michigan.  Sarah's maternal grandfather was Walter Kipp.  He was born in New York in 1776 and he died in Michigan in 1846.  Elizabeth and Walter are both buried in Otisville Cemetery which is located near Belleville, Michigan.

 

 
 

Links to Documents

 
     
 

Sarah's Father

 
 

Sarah's Paternal Grandmother

 
 

Sarah's Paternal Grandfather

 
 

Sarah's Paternal Great Grandfather

 
 

Sarah's Paternal Great Grandmother

 
 

Sarah's Paternal Great Great Grandfather

 
 

Sarah's Paternal Great Great Grandmother

 
 

Sarah's Other Paternal Ancestors

 
 

Jurian Westfall: 1629-1667

 
 

First Westfall Immigrant to America

 
 

Westfall Genealogy

 
 

History of Westphalia

 
 

Photo of Westphalia Peace Treaty in 1648

 
 

Sarah's Mother

 
 

Sarah's Maternal Grandfather