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Esslingen, Württemberg, Germany
Ludwigsburg, Württemberg, Germany

Wilhelm Daniel Schäfer and Anna Margaretha Mößner had four sons: Friedrich Wilhelm born 11 December 1751 in Esslingen, Württemberg; Philipp Heinrich August Friedrich born 2 February 1753 in Ludwigsburg, Württemberg; Anton Wilhelm Carl born 5 May 1754 in Ludwigsburg; and Christoph Wolfgang born 8 April 1756 in Ludwigsburg. Anton Wilhelm Carl and Christoph Wolfgang died in infancy. Philipp Heinrich August Friedrich's godfather was Baron Philipp Anton von Wolff, who commanded a division of the Württemberg army during the Seven Years War.  Wilhelm Daniel Schäfer was born around 1722 and was an Engineer for the Duke of Württemburg. Wilhelm Daniel died in Ludwigsburg 13 April 1756. 

Anna Margaretha, Wilhelm Friedrich, and Philipp Heinrich appear in the Dönhof First Settlers List in families #38 and #38a.  Anna Catharina is now remarried to Stephan Fink. Stephan Fink was previously a colonist in Denmark. Wilhelm Friedrich Schäfer, age 16 is listed as a farmer from Württemberg and of the Lutheran faith. With him is his brother, Philipp Heinrich, age 15.  

Wilhelm Friedrich Schäfer and his family moved from Dönhof to Jost in 1788.


- Württemberg, Germany, Lutheran Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1500-1985 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2016.
- Germany, Lutheran Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1500-1971 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2016. 
- Parish records of Esslingen (Dekanat Esslingen, Württemberg, Landeskirchliches Archiv Stuttgart) on 
- Parish records of Ludwigsburg (Dekanat Ludwigsburg, Württemberg, Landeskirchliches Archiv Stuttgart) on
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Mike Meisinger