Victor Mauritius (Moritz) Schlafley was born in 1808, in Canton, Berne, Switzerland. He married Mary Elizabeth Yaggi, in 1830 and their children were Mary, Rose, Emma and John, who died as a child. The family decided to come to America with their sea voyage lasting 63 days. From New York Harbor, they went overland to Cleveland, OH and took the Ohio and Erie Cana to Lockport (on the Southside) at New Philadelphia. From there they went to New Castle which is in the Goshen area and decided to settle there, purchasing the south slope of Goshen Hill. The couple then had another son whom they also named John, in 1857. Emma married William Stoecklin and their daughter, Bertha Leona Stoecklin, married Robert Donaldson Carlisle. Moritz Schlafley was awarded his U.S. citizenship and he and his wife are buried in the Zeisberger Memorial Cemetery in Goshen.
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