Steinhoff Farm

Hwy 59
Eagle, WI

Around 1869, four Steinhoff brothers left Udorf, Germany and came to America to avoid conscription into the Prussian army. They were Johann Anton (known as Anton)  born in 1835, Heinrich (Henry) born in 1844, Joseph born in 1849, and John born in 1854.

Anton was a half-brother to the other three. The brothers initially settled in Eagle on the land known for many years as the Steinhoff farm, and now the site of the DNR.

Eventually, Henry moved to Norwalk. We are uncertain about Joseph but there are Steinhoffs in the Platteville area, and that may be where he moved.  John moved to Burlington.  Anton stayed in Eagle and began our branch of the family.

Steinhoffs beginning with Anton, who first settled in Eagle, and moving through the generations are;

1  Anton – b. 1835


      2 Christian – b. 1874

      2  John – b. 1865

              3  Anton John – b. 1894

                     4  Mary Ellen – b. 1921

                     4  Caroline – b. 1924

                     4  Catherine Therese – b. 1931

                     4  John Anthony – b. 1927

                                 5  Steven John – b. 1955

                                 5  Bonnie Elizabeth – b. 1951

                                 5  Susan Kaye – b. 1956

            3  Paul A – b.  1897

Anton and Therese Steinhoff owned this 600-acre dairy farm, before they retired and sold it to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in the 1970’s. The farm no longer exists and the DNR offices, along with a museum for the Southern Kettle Morraine area, now occupy the site. During the time that he owned the farm, Anton Steinhoff had found some arrowheads and a stone ax. They are now in the possession of his grandson, Steve Steinhoff.

**information obtained by Carolyn Rosprim from informant Steve Steinhoff and Bonnie Steinhoff Schaefer.

2 Comments to “Steinhoff Farm”

  1. Daniel J Steinhoff

    I am planning a visit to the Steinhoff farm site late next week. My Great Grandfather, Joseph, was a son of Heinrich and Theresia Steinhoff. Would this farm be this family’s farm?

    We live in Knoxville,Tn and will visit my mother in law at Cassville, Jane Bernhardt. The stop in Eagle is scheduled for July 6 or 7, 2017.


  2. September 04, 2020
    My name is Bill Kroeger. I was born in Ridgeville Township, Monroe County, Wisconsin. My place of birth is
    close to Norwalk, Wisconsin.The house I was born in was a
    former church rectory of St John the Baptist Catholic Church on Summit Ridge, Ridgeville, Wisconsin. The church cemetery is located behind the house and church and many of the descendants of Heinrich Steinhoff are buried there. including his wife Theresia Winter/Steinhoff.
    Heinrich apparently died in Eagle, Wisconsin, before the
    family moved to Monroe County, Wisconsin.
    My maternal grandmother was Rose Steinhoff, daughter of Henry Steinhoff(Jr) and grand daughter of Heinrich (Henry Sr)Steinhoff, one of the four brothers/half brothers to emigrate to the United States.
    I am in the process of completing a Steinhoff family history. The history is 105 pages long and starts with the first Steinhoff generation in the mid 1650’s and ends with modern day descendants. There are some conflicts in the information I found for some of the ancestors and would welcome information to verify the information I have compiled. The information I have concerning Anton Steinhoff, born in 1835 and his descendants agree totally
    with that contained in this article. The information concerning the Steinhoff brothers and half brothers (my research shows two half brothers) that immigrated to the US is a bit different. If anyone is interested, I would be willing to share the information I have found and would welcome any additional information anyone might have concerning Steinhoff ancestors.

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