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Source:  
A Standard History of Allen County, Ohio
Vol. II

by Wm. Rusler - Publ.
1921

A B C D E F G H I J K L M
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  JOHN ZEITZ is a venerable resident of Perry Township, who as a boy and youth went through all the experiences common to the pioneer in proving up and developing a tract of woodland and putting it into cultivation and establishing a home.
     Mr. Zeitz was born in Germany in December, 1835, son of John Peter and Mary (Stutt) Zeitz.  In 1850 the family left Europe, embarked on a sailing vessel, which was forty days in crossing the ocean.  Practically all the party were seasick except the son John, who had to assume the place of cook for most of the passengers.  From the eastern coast the family traveled west to Cleveland and then drove overland to Westminster, spending one night on the way at Kenton.  At Westminster John Peter Zeitz bought forty-two acres of timber land, and in clearing it out the son John proved an effective aid.  He lived at home to the age of twenty-one, working on the place in winters and hiring out at wages during the summer.  For several years he worked as a railroad hand and also as a farm laborer.  Mr. Zeitz eventually bought forty acres of his own in section 22 of Perry Township.  This, too, was covered with dense timber.  In October, 1865, he married Philapina Koch, who was born in Baden, Germany, on Oct. 23, 1846, daughter of Ludwig and Elizabeth Koch.
     After this marriage Mr. Zeitz continued railroad work for some time and lived for a year in Lima.  For about seven years prior to his marriage he sold most of the timber taken from his own land to a brick plant and also worked at the plant as a brick maker.  By the time he was married he had about ten acres cleared, and when he went there to live he built a story and a half log house.  Then followed many busy years of clearing and improving.  He also bought forty acres across the road in section 15 and with other land he had a farm almost in a body comprising 140 acres and subsequently bought eighty acres more in section 25 of Perry Township.  His son-in-law, Rufus Creps, now lives on this eighty in section 25.  Mr. Zeitz is still living on his original forty acres, and has been in that one neighborhood for sixty years or more.  The land is now farmed by his son, and he is practically retired.  Mr. Zeitz is a democratic voter and a member of the German Reformed Church.
     His good wife passed away Nov. 13, 1904.  She was the mother of three children:  MAry Catherine, wife of Rufus Creps of Perry Township; Louis John on the same place; and Fred William of Lima.
Source:  A Standard History of Allen County, Ohio - Vol. II - Publ. Chicago: Warner i.e. Warner, Beers & Co., 1921 - Page 191
  ANTHONY P. ZENDER


Source:  A Standard History of Allen County, Ohio - Vol. II - Publ. Chicago: Warner i.e. Warner, Beers & Co., 1921 - Page 244

  JEFFERSON W. ZERKEL


Source:  A Standard History of Allen County, Ohio - Vol. II - Publ. Chicago: Warner i.e. Warner, Beers & Co., 1921 - Page 229

  EGGERT N. ZETLITZ


Source:  A Standard History of Allen County, Ohio - Vol. II - Publ. Chicago: Warner i.e. Warner, Beers & Co., 1921 - Page 176

  ELZA O. ZURMEHLY


Source:  A Standard History of Allen County, Ohio - Vol. II - Publ. Chicago: Warner i.e. Warner, Beers & Co., 1921 - Page 64

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