Elizabeth Pfaffenberger was born in Bavaria, very likely in Petzmannsberg, on May 24, 1824. The second child of Andrew and Catharine, she was 13 in the autumn of 1837 when she migrated to America with her parents and five brothers. She spent the next five years in Pennsylvania before her family's migration ended in Washington Township of Jackson County, Indiana in late 1842.
Between their wedding and 1859, the Deal's gave birth to five children (Mary Catherine, September 1848, Adam, January 1, 1851, John, July 16, 1853, William H., February 4, 1856 and Frank, 1859).139, 140
Tragedy struck the Deal's in late in the 1863-64 winter. Between February 28 and March 5 three of the Deal children died. John, 10, died on February 28, William, 8, died on February 29 and George, 18, died on March 5. While no one knows what happened, it is reasonable to assume that this tragedy was the result of disease.139 The next year (1865) James was married to Celestine Jordan on March 1. 156, 157 However, James died two years later on March 25, 1867. Centerville Cemetery records show “Deal, Arthur O., son of JP & C, 10 Feb. 1856-25 Aug. 1867.” The author believes that the numbers on the record are transposed. Arthur O. Deal is likely the son of James P. and Celestine who was born on February 10, 1865 and died exactly five months after his father on August 25, 1867.
The last know child of John and Elizabeth, Flora Louise, was born in April 1867. Another child, Frank, apparently died in the 1860's (his name did not appear in the 1870 U.S. Census and his name was not on the tomb stone showing the 1864 deaths).139, 141