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Franz Pfleger

born c. 1849 in Germany, died 1880 in Michigan



1841-Walter Karl



1845-Johann (died as infant)

c.1847 Johannes Pfleger

1850-Elizabeth (died at 4)



1856-Elisabetha (Schaeffer)

c.1860-Lena Pfleger Philipp




never married

killed in an accident

shortly after

arriving in America



Synopsis of the article about his death is below


Jean/Johannes Pfleger


Katharine Walter

paternal grandparents:

Jean/Johannes Pfleger


 Helena (Maria Magdalena) Leppla

His brother Johannes and sister Lena came from Germany to Michigan as well. Lena remained in Michigan. John & family moved to Chicago c. 1891.


To see the full line of his descent back to the 1600s click here: Pfleger Family tree

There are no photos I know of showing Franz Pfleger. Click image to enlarge. Once enlarged, to zoom move cursor to right of image, back onto image, and click again.

his sister Lena Pfleger Philipp

his brother Johann wearing medal

probably his brother Johann again

Jackson, Michigan census mortality schedule 1880: Fred Pfleger, 31, single, farmer, born in Germany, died in RR train accident, March 1880. How long a resident of this country: 1 year.

Death certificate: Fred "Pflager," age 31, died March 31 1880. Occupation: laborer. Location of death: Jackson, 5th ward. Mother and father's name not recorded. Birthplace: Germany. Caused of death: killed by railroad.

I have the small article written about the accident, dated 4-2-1880, and need to locate it to transcribe what it said. Essentially, he was riding to the round house to see if he could get a job, jumped off with another man as the train approached the end of the line, and landed badly, running into the switch. The article is entitled, "A Fatal Fall." It has the quote, "He has a brother who has been here for some years and works for Carl Dettman. We understand that Henry Gass is an uncle."

connection: the daughter of Franz' brother, Johann/John Pfleger, became Irene Pfleger Wachdorf when she married Edward Wachdorf in 1909.