|And this is the reply
from RonKZ to Mani 5 May 2003:
Hallo to Weihenzell
DAS IST DER GUTEN MORGAN AN ARIZONA; and du made it so! What a
wonderful eMail from Mani!
My g.g.grandfather John Michael Zellhoefer (JMZ) gest. 17 May 1825.
There is an a.k.a. Johan Konrad gest 4 Aug 1865 which I believe is not
correct. JMZ was never the owner of the family farm, which was sold by his
widowed mother soon before Mutter with JMZ's few remaining siblings
emigrated to the USA.
You may want to read "Autobiography
of the Zellhoefer Family" written by George G Zellhoefer (son
of George Leonhard & nephew of JMZ), my source for much information,
but not very accurate with names and dates.
Emigration occurred at least 3 times in the family. No emigrants were
said married before emigration, but I now believe that JMZ and Anna were
married Obernzenn or Urphertshofen (Anna's home). Emigrations per
about 1840 - First went JMZ's oldest brother Johann Jacob;
about 1843 - Next went brothers Johann Leonhart and Frederick;
early 1846 - the family farm had been sold**, then went der widow
mutter Anna Margaretha nee: Hofmann & her children George Leonhard
& Christina Eva & (probably Eva Maria) & (probably ?Barbara
early 1846 - with that group went two woman called Anna and Charlotte,
later found to be Walbiergis Bensin & Margaretha Bensin. The Autobiography
described Walbiergis and Margaretha as "friends" but it would
seem they were probably ?sisters?. There was a double wedding 1 Sep 1846
in Wisconsin of brothers Johann Leonhart and George Leonhard with the two
Bensin Women, which greatly helps confirm that migration year as 1846.
Those weddings are documented, so that group had to arrive in Wisconsin
before the 1 Sep 1846 weddings.
JMZ supposedly came with the 1846 group, but as we found never any
records for them in Wisconsin, again I say that JMZ and his Anna must have
married in Bavaria. Perhaps they emigrated later, say 1851 to 1853 as per
**sold - you found "on 17. Oct. 1851 the ground area was sold to a
man with the family-name Eberlein" and that must be correct, but you
see that conflicts with much we have about 1846! ?????
I have never found of our people on any ship's passenger list. Perhaps
in the future we will learn better emigration dates and ports, which may
then enable specific searching - there were SO many ships and dates and
Two sisters of JMZ (?probably older, and probably Anna Margareta &
Margareta Barbara) who had married earlier remained in Bavaria. We do not
know who they married nor anything other about them.
JMZ's father was Joseph (of Brachbach, from you now, Johann
Joseph - I found him in the LDS IGI) OR George Jacob (of
"Ansbach" (from Autobiography). Johann Joseph
married Anna Margaretha Hofmann - there were 10 children above described.
Johann Joseph's father was Johann Leonhard 3 Mar 1742/1743 - 6 Dec
1804. He was badly injured in military service. Johann Leonhard married 15
Oct 1771 to Dorothea WINKLER (now from you Maria Dorothea) 14 Apr 1750
Obernzenn -25 Mar 1833. I have both Johann Leonhard and
Dorothea died in Ansbach, but that place seems wrong, as both were on the
family farm at death. But definitely we have a match in Dorothea, who was
described as a "Witch" in the Autobiography.
Johann Leonhard was a son of Johann Zellhoefer & Apollonia Adam. We
have found children Johann George, Johann Leonhard, Anna Magdalena &
Laurentius and have dates. I suppose there may have been more children
also, but this is getting perhaps too much for this time.
I have summarized here what is known specifically about this group
only. For more people or for more information, you can always find
pedigree files at my http://zelltree.net.
I will be uploading major updates there within a week, but that will
contain little new about our current subject.
I have another (NEW) website at , setting up for "temporary"
research purposes, which deals specifically with only John Michael
Zellhoefer and a couple of generations of his immediate family. Included
will be the new pictures from you, because I believe they are/will be very
helpful in this research. Your new and very valuable information from this
morning's email will be added there on yet another page. Because of all
this new information provided by you, it will not be uploaded until all is
included! I will send you soon then the URL..
Mani, you have certainly made this a wonderful day for me!!!!!
Prost! RonKZ Arizona