Genealogy of the Phifer Family.
[Phifer Family Crest]
The name Pfeiffer is an old and honored one in Germany. Very many of the name have held high and honored positions in the management of the Civil and Military affairs of the Empire. A copy of the records of State, together with information sufficient to establish the identity of the American branch of the house has been elicited by a recent correspondence with branches of the family at Berne, Switzerland, and in Breslau, Germany.
The two brothers, John and Martin Pfeiffer who came to America, were descendants from the family of "Pfeiffers of Pfeiffersburgh."
The records show the family
to be "Pfeiffer of Pfeiffersburgh, knights of the order of Hereditary Austrian
Knighthood; with armorial bearings as follows: Shield, lengthwise divided; the
right in silver, with a black, crowned Eagle looking to the right; the left in
blue, from lower part of quarter ascending a white rock, with five summits, over
the center one an eight-pointed star pendant. (
"Caspar Pfeiffer Von Pfeiffersburg, Knight, second brother to Johnn Baptist Pfeiffer, Knight of Pfeiffersburg, possessor of Trecherwitz, County Oels, Germany, lived in the year 1713 on his estates. In 1725 he permanently located in Berne, Switzerland, and had control
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