Monday, July 7, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks #20 ~ Frederich Zaugg

Written for Amy Johnson Crow's Challenge 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks. (click on the icon in the sidebar for details at Amy's blog)

Getting back to my plan of going in order through Jacob Sr's children we are moving on to the 7th child.

First just the facts:
Name: Frederich Zaugg
Born: 25 Mar 1832, Eggiwil, Bern, Switzerland
Married: Mary Ann Graber in 1857,Wayne County, Ohio
Died: 11 Feb 1915, Wayne County, Ohio [Find-A-Grave memorial]

This will probably be a short entry as Frederich is pretty straight-forward in terms of where he lived and what he did.

He came with the family to the United States in 1853, when he was 21.  The family came to Wayne County, Ohio and that's where Frederich married, farmed and raised a family.

I've been able to easily identify him in each census after his arrival through 1910.  In 1860 he is listed as a shoemaker but after that he begins farming and stays in Sugar Creek Township for each census thereafter.  His son John lives near him and later his younger son Levi is also living near him.

The only anomaly I found was on his death certificate where his son lists his father's father as "Christ Zaugg" and not Jacob.  Jacob would have died when John was about 14 so this is not what I would have expected.  It's also interesting that he lists his father's mother as "Unknown".   Anna Stetler Zaugg lived until 1885 (John would have been in his mid-twenties at the time) so clearly this is someone that John should have know.  Anna was last living with her son Jacob's family in 1880.

Jacob's family was also living in Wayne County - in Salt Creek Township which is very near where Frederich, and also John lived.

I have searched Wayne County census records and don't find multiple Frederich Zauggs of a similar age.  I feel relatively confident that this is "my man" but I can't explain why John wouldn't have been able to correctly identify his grandparents.

1 comment:

  1. Again you should come to me with these questions... The answer is easy he was not alive and it's hard to get the right answer from a non living person :) and you know kids they never listen so they just made you names or lack there of!