Cleves FamilyTreeDNA Project Website- Background
Alf, Allf, Cleves, Clevis, Kleeves, Lahrmann
John Kleeves was born in Baden, Germany around 1832. He came to the USA around 1850 and married Rachel/Regina Alf, who had been born in Prussia around 1833. Regina had a son, Joannes William Alf in 1856. He was raised by John Kleeves along with 6 other children who bore the Cleves surname.