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Mary Kauffman was born 27 May 1848 in Blairsville, Indiana County, PA, the fifth child of Elias Kauffman, shoemaker and Catherina Gruber Kauffman, who immigrated to the U. S. in the mid-1850s from Wittenburg or Wuerttemburg, Germany.
She married Charles Schmeltzer on 14 Jan 1876, probably in East Brady, Clarion County, PA. They had 14 children, nine boys and four girls.
She died in Oct 1928.