|Mary Elizabeth Wolf Tafel
Our TAFEL family begins with Albert Tafel and his wife, Mary
Elizabeth Wolf. Nothing is known about Albert and Mary's early life although we can speculate about some things.
was born in Germany, May 12, 1832. He and two of his brothers immigrated to America abt. 1850 and settled in Tell City, Indiana.
On October 30, 1856 he married Mary Elizabeth Wolf who was born, December 17, 1837. Albert died July 15, 1899, Evansville,
Indiana. Mary died, December 15, 1916, Evansville, Indiana. He served as a Bugler in the Civil War, FIRST CAVALRY, 28TH. REGIMENT,
discharged March 16, 1863, disability. He provided a sustitute in 1864.
FROM BURCH & POLK'S EVANSVILLE DIRECTORY,
1871-72, LISTS, ALBERT TAFEL, LABORER, RED: E. 5TH. AVE. BETWEEN 3RD AND 4RH. STS.
Source: Vanderburgh Co. Marriages:
October 30, 1856
Children of Albert & Mary:
-b- Aug. 24, 1857 -d- Jan. 2, 1936
NOTE: 1900 CENSUS GIVES DOB AS AUG. 1858
-m- (1) Mary Pinstrup in
1884. (2)Louisa Schick, Nov. 12, 1885 (3) Katherine Reich/Ruff in 1890. They lived in Tell City, Indiana. Katie
was born, Oct. 1870, IN.
CHILDREN OF LOUIS & KATIE:
Peter Louis- Born: Sept. 2, 1891, IN.
Albert: Born: Oct.
10, 1894, IN.
John: Born: Jan. 13, 1899, Died: Jan. 13, 1899
Mildred/Marie: Born: Aug. 21, 1908, IN.
2. GEORGE TAFEL -b- June 15, 1860 -d- Oct 22, 1941 -m- May 26, 1881, Amelia Freda Kirves
(parents of HENRY TAFEL)
-b- Sept. 16, 1860 -d- March 22, 1931, (Daughter of: Heinrich Gotfried Kirves &
3. Albert Tafel Jr. -b- 1861 -d- July 1, 1869
BURIED: ST. MARY'S CHURCH CEMETERY
Tafel -b- Feb. 29, 1864 -d- Dec. 5, 1881. 17 YRS. 9 MO 16 D.
BURIED: OAK HILL CEMETERY, (never married) Killed in coal
5. Mary Elizabeth Tafel -b- Aug. 22, 1867 -d- Jan. 8, 1941, -m- Peter Berg Aug. 7, 1883
of Henry & Olive:
1. Carl Tafel -b- Oct. 6, 1906 -d- July 9, 1967, -m- Lulabelle Walden
Tafel -b- Jan. 1, 1913 -d- March 1983 , -m- (1) Eloise Wade (2) Viola Farmer (3) Maggie Bevins (4) Velma Brackett (5) Katherine
3. DOROTHY TAFEL -b- April 30, 1919 (still living) , -m- (1) Elmer Austin Gillihan (2) John Albert Nyhuise
Martha Tafel -b- March 21, 1922 (still living), -m- Oct. 29, 1938 James Adcox
Grandpa GEORGE TAFEL was our
family character! He drank too much, told outrageous tall tales and was a bit of a scoundrel, everyone who knew him agrees,
he was a lovable character. He was an avid hunter, traveling anywhere that promised abundant game. The following is just one
of many stories about our George:
One day, while walking past a local market in Evansville, George was struck by the
beauty of a wheelbarrow full of cabbage sitting on the sidewalk. He walked past, turned and walked back, all the while wrestling
with the demons which had taken hold of his senses. George lost the battle of wills with himself and before he knew it.....he
was wheeling that precious cargo down the street toward home. He had only been home a few minutes when there was a knock at
the door. Peeking out through the curtained window, George's worst fear was realized.....The police had already tracked him
down. Now, we said he was a scoundral but we didn't say he was stupid and you have to give him credit for quick thinking in
a dangerous situation. He had a plan! George quickly ran to his wife's closet and choosing a dress and bonnet, proceeded to
change clothes. Wearing this dress, bonnet pulled down low over his face, he walked out the door, nodded his head in greeting
to the policemen and walked right on down the street. I guess it didn't take the local law enforcement long to realize they'd
been duped and before long, George was taken into custody. He ended up in the Indiana State Prison for that stunt. Finally
fed up with her husband's foolish ways, Amelia divorced George while he was serving his sentence. When he was released his
charm won her over again though and they re-married soon after.
When he got older Grandpa George mellowed. He slowed down
on his drinking, bought a little farm on the outskirts of town and he and Amelia went on with their lives. When Amelia died
in 1931 George was devastated. She had been a loyal and loving wife and he just couldn't adjust to life without her. Eventually
he met a lady who he was fond of and she went to live with him. He began drinking again and when he drank he was difficult
and his new living arrangement wasn't working out. He finally sold his farm and shared the proceeds with his new love. She
stayed with him until his share of the money was gone and then she was too. With no money and no home George was forced to
live with his daughter Olive's family until his death in 1941.
BIRTH RECORDS, VANDERBURGH CO. INDIANA:
NAME-FATHERS NAME-MOTHERS M.-DATE
TAFEL, ALBERT-LOUIS-KATE RUCH-OCT. 10, 1894
TAFEL, ALMA ROSE-OLLIE-AMELIA HUDSON-SEPT.
TAFEL, CARL-HENRY-OLIVE VANBIBBER-OCT. 4, 1905
TAFEL, DOROTHY A.-HENRY-OLIVE VAN BIBBER-APRIL 29, 1919
EDNA-OLLIE-AMELIA HUDSON-OCT. 17, 1911
TAFEL, GILBERT-HENRY-OLIVE VAN BIBBER-JAN. 1, 1915
HUDSON-DEC. , 1916
TAFEL, JOHN-LOUIS----SEPT. 2, 1901
TAFEL, LOUIS-LOUIS---SEPT 2, 1891
WEAVER-AUG. 10, 1914
TAFEL---LOUIS-KATE RUSH-JAN. 13, 1909
TAFEL---GEORGE-AMELIA KIRVES-OCT. 28, 1902
TAFEL, FATHER: ALBERT, MOTHER: MARY WOLF;
MARRIED MARY PINSTRIP(1) AGE 26, 2-27-1884, MARRIED KATE BETZ(2) AGE 28, 11-12-1885
KATIE RUFF (3) AGE 33, 9-11-1890
MARY ELIZABETH TAFEL, FATHER: ALBERT, MOTHER: MARY
PETER BERG, MARRIED, AGE 17,
MAMIE TAFEL to EARL MCCLURE, OCT. 5, 1905
OLIVER WILLIAM TAFEL to (1) GOLDIE KELLY, (2) AMELIA WEAVER,
NOV. 24, 1910
GEORGE TAFEL, FATHER: ALBERT, MOTHER: MARY
MARRIED (1) AMELIA KIRVES, MAY 20, 1881, MARRIED (2) AMELIA
KIRVES, JUNE 15, 1901
GOLDIE TAFEL to JOHN TEAGUE, DEC. 4, 1908
HENRY TAFEL, FATHER: GEORGE TAFEL, MOTHER; AMELIA
OLIVE VAN BIBBER, JAN. 8, 1906
1860 INDIANA CENSUS, VANDERBURGH CO.
1880 United States Census, Evansville, Vanderburgh, Indiana
Albert TAFEL- Self- M- Male-W-44-NY-Laborer-GER-GER
Mary TAFEL-Wife-M-Female-W-43-GER-Keeps House-GER-GER
Lizzie TAFEL-Dau-S--Female-W-13-IN-At School NY-GER
Marital Status S
of Household John RUARK
Father's Birthplace GER
Mother's Birthplace GER
1900 INDIANA FEDERAL
INDIANA STATE PRISON, MICHIGAN CITY, LAPORTE CO.
GEORGE TOFIL (TAFEL)
BORN JAN 1848-2-DIVORCED
INDIANA CENSUS, PIGEON TWP:
LOUIS TAFEL-AUG 1858-41-IN-GER-GER-DAY LABORER
CHRISTINA RUCH-SL-JAN 1880-20-IN-IN-IN
FRED RUCH-BL-MAY 1881-20-IN-IN-IN
TAFEL-1837-62-GER-GER-GER-5 CHILDREN-3 LIVING
EVA WOLF-SISTER-DEC 1846-53-GER-GER-GER
1920 INDIANA FEDERAL
CENSUS, EVANSVILLE, IN.
GEORGE TAFEL-59-SWITCHMAN RAILROAD-IN-US-IS
VANDERBURGH CO. DEATHS, 1882-1920:
FEMALE, WHITE-26-JAN. 10, 1890
TAFEL-MALE-WHITE-AGE?- JAN. 13, 1899
TAFEL-FEMALE-WHITE-AGE?-OCT, 29, 1902
SECURITY DEATH INDEX:
Birth Date: 18 Oct 1894
Death Date: Dec 1967
Social Security Number:
State or Territory Where Number Was Issued: Indiana
|~Grandpa George the Hunter~