|Typical Farmhouse Exterior in the 1800's|
|Typical Farmhouse Interior in the 1800's|
Johann Heinrich Korfhage, Peter's father, purchased farm #14 in Lenzinghausen, Herford, Westphalia, Prussia for $5500 from dealer, Benedix Aron Weinberg 13 April 1829. This property was across the street from farm #18, where the Korfhage family was living.
According to the property register the farm consists of the following:
1 Wohnhaus (residential house)
1 Leibzuchthaus (a smaller one, built for the parents)
1 Kotten (small house for the family/families who were working for the farmer)
1 Schoppen (barn)
1 Backhaus (baking-house) and 1 pigsty
After Peter's family moved to the Westerhaus farm #14, the family gradually changed their last name from Korfhage to Westerhaus, in keeping with the name of the farm they had purchased.
|Korfhage Farm #18 in Lenzinghausen|
The original buildings on farm #18 no longer exist. They were rebuilt after World War I. The property is currently owned by an elderly retired city government official.
Today, farm #14 is farmland with no structures.
|Westerhaus Farm #14 in Lenzinghausen|
Germany historically reused cemetery plots every 30 to 50 years. For this reason, Johann Korfhage's headstone is not visible, as other people have been buried in the same plot over time.
Johann Heinrich Korfhage died, leaving his wife, Anna Maria, to raise the family and run the farm. At the time of Johann's death, their children were:
Catherina Ilsabein - age 13
Anna Catherina Ilsabein - age 12
Casper Heinrich - age 10
Peter Heinrich - age 7
Anna Ilsabein - age 5
Note: One of Peter's siblings, Anna Elisabeth died as infant in 1827.