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The Town of Zeitz

I have extracted the St. Michael's Church records for Zeitz because my ancestors come from that town. By extracting as many individuals and families as I can I have increased my own Zeitz family by over 400 individuals. I hope as you search this database you will find your own ancestors. Please send me any information that you would want added to this site, corrections or tidbits of history.

Here is a short history of my own family. First the Dametz family and then the Melzer family.

The DAMETZ Family

Samuel DAMETZ, the son of Christian DAMETZ, was born in Grunsberg, Silisea, Prussia and moved to Zeitz, Sachsen, Prussia where he married Johanne Caroline MELTZER. Johanne Caroline was the daughter of Christian MELTZER. Their surname was most often recorded as MELZER so that is the spelling I have used.

Samuel and Johanne had six known children although there is a large space between the 5th and the 6th child making it possible for there to have been more babies.

1. Julianne Henriette was the oldest child and only known daughter. She married Christian Wilhelm DIETZSCH and they had nine children. The surnames assoicated with this family are: DIETZSCH, REINHARDT, LANDGRAFF, SCHMIDTZ, DREHER, SPRECHT, SEVIN, GUNTHER,

2. Gustav Robert was the oldest son and he married Wilhelmine Henriette SIEGEL. They had nine children before Wilhelmine's death. Then Gustav married Friedrike STRAUBE and they had five more known children. The surnames associated with this family are: SIEGEL, STRAUBE, TOPFER, VOIGHT, HASKINS (America, the rest of the American surnames not listed), STAKE,

3. Moritz Gustav, the third baby, died as after only two months.

4. Julius Moritz married Henriette Wilhelmine STAHL and they had five known children. The surnames associated with this family are: STAHL, FISCHER.

5. Franz Julius married Johanne Friedrike HAUSCHILD and had five known children. HAUSCHILD is the only surname I know of associated with this Dametz family.

6. Franz Maximillian left Zeitz as a young man and migrated to America. He converted to the Friends Church (Quaker), served two terms in the Union Army during the Civil War. He moved to Kansas and was a very successful farmer. He married Lavina A. HORN and they had nine children. His children changed the spelling of their surname from Dametz to DaMetz. (Not listing American associated surnames)

Franz had three nephews migrate to America over the years. One of them, Francis Julius b. Julius Franz, lived with him for a short while and settled in a nearby county in Kansas. This Francis Julius was the son of Gustav Robert. I have not been able to find the other nephews and do not know which brother(s) they are descended from.

The MELTZER/MELZER Family

August Meltzer had three known children and possibly many others. The children I know of are: 1. Johan Gotlieb who married Johanne Rosine Feinhert and had six known children. The surnames associated with this family group are: FEINHERT, NEUSCHILD, SCHRAPPE, HACHORT, WAGNER, EYLAU, PURRUCKER, GEYER, KIRSPLEB, MEISSNER, FROHN, DIETZSCH, METTLER, JACOB, OTTO, WALTHER, SCHMIDT, KROBER, BOTTGER,

2. Johanne Caroline was mentioned above, the wife of Samuel Dametz.

3. Friedrich August married Katherine Marie Bottner and they had three known children. The surnames associated with this famiy group are: BOTTNER, GROSSE, HERBST, GUNDERMANN, BOTTNER (again, same family), RUDOLPH, SCHIEREIFTER.

FRANZ MAXIMILLIAN DAMETZ:

From the Portrait and Biographical Album of Washington, Clay and Riley Counties of Kansas published in 1890. This volume records:

Francis M. Damtez, a veteran of the Civil War, is one of the most skillful of the practical, enterprising farmers of Washington County, and he has one of the most valuable farms within its bounds, comprising the northeast quarter of section 21, Washington Township, and he has besides another good farm of 160 acres in Coleman Township. He is of German birth and antecedents, born in Zeitz, near Leipsic, a city of Saxony, June 1, 1834. His father, Samuel Dametz, was born in Greensburg, in the Province of Silesia, Germany. He followed the shoemaker's trade and also farmed, and spent his entire life in the Fatherland. The maiden name of the mother of our subject was Caroline Meltzer, and she was also a life-long resident of Germany. There were five children born to her and her husband: Robert, Morris, Julius, Henrietta and Francis, all of whom but Robert are still living.

He of whom we write was the only member of the family to come to America, though three of his nephews have since come: Francis Julius, who lives in Rooks County, Kansas, Francis M., in New York and Paul, in Connecticut. Our subject gleamed a substantial education in the excellent schools of his native land, which he attended quite steadily till after he was fourteen years old, when he commenced to learn the trade of a butcher, which he followed until 1854.

In that year the stalwart, wide-awake, capable youth, ambitious to see something of the world and to make something out of life more than he could do at home, determined to emigrate to the United States of America, the goal of so many of his countrymen, to see if he could improve his fortunes here. He set sail from Bremen the 1st of April and after a long and tedious voyage, landed in New York on the 20th of the following May, a stranger in a strange land, with only a capital of thirty-seven cents with which to begin his new life. Nothing daunted by this disheartening aray of facts he sought and soon found employment, becoming a driver on a canal in New Jersey. A week later he went to Pennsylvania, where he found work on a farm in Northampton County at $5 a month.

Two months later he went to work at his trade in Easton, obtaining $9 a month for his wages till the following spring.

He then came Westward as far as Illinois, and the ensuing eight years was employed on a farm. After that we hear of him in Iowa, where he became identified with the agricultural interests of Marion County, buying a 40-acre farm, which he worked profitably, and later bought more land, and continued carrying on farming in Iowa till 1873. In the month of March, that year, Mr. Dametz came to Kansas with a team, having traded his Iowa possessions for 160 acres of wild land, comprising his farm on section 21, Washington Township. He now has the entire tract well improved, surrounded by a neatly trimmed hedge, and provided with a good set of conveniently arranged frame buildings and everything necessary to carry on agriculture after the approved methods, and has it stocked with cattle, horses, and hogs of excellent grades. His farm in Coleman Township is also in good shape in regards improvements, cultivation, etc., and compares well with others in its neighborhood. Mr. Dametz has been very successful in raising small fruit and has a choice variety in his gardens.

In September, 1856 Mr. Dametz took an important step in his life, and one that has contributed materally to his comfort, prosperity and happiness, by his marriage to Miss Lavina Horn, a native of Clinton county, Pennsylvania and a daughter of Samuel and Susan (Smith) Horn. Her father was born in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania, his father, David Horn, a farmer of German ancestry, having spent his last years there (Clearfield, Pennsylvania).

Mrs. Dametz's maternal grandfather was a native of Pennsylvania and was of German parentage. The children born to Mr. and Mrs. Dametz are as follows: Susan Caroline is the wife of Arthur Bissel, and they live in Washington; Lucinda Jane is the wife of Lemon D. Thompson, and they live in Washington Township; Charles married Mary E. Phillippi, and they live in Coleman Township.

Samuel married Lillie Penwell, and they live near Steele City, Nebraska; Omer A. lives in Denver; Frank E. at home; Mary married Joseph McClellan; they live in Washington Township.

Mr. Dametz is a well-educated man, and has a good command of both the German and English languages, speaking either fluently. He is a fine representative of our self-made men, as all that he is and all that he has, he owes to his own exertions, he having been well endowed by nature with energy, (undecipherable word) and stability of character, and a good capacity for intelligent labor. Since coming here he has (undecipherable) a valuable citizen, one whom all could trust, and with characteristic public spirit he has engaged all schemes for the improvement of the township. He is President of the Friend's Academy Association (Friends is the real name of the Quaker church) under whose auspices the new academy is being erected in Washington, and he is President of the Washington Township Sunday School Association. He and his wife are members of the Society of Friends, and their daily lives live up to the teachings of the Quaker doctrines. We would do scant justice to our subject did we not mention his connection with the late war in which he bore so honorable a part. Although a believer in the peaceful tenets of the Quaker faith (strong beliefs against war), after the breaking out of the strife broke out between the North and the South, Mr. Dametz watched the struggle with intense interest, and at last his patriotism overcoming every scruple he determined to aid in fighting his country's battles, and enlisted Aug 22, 1862 in Company I. 74th Illinois Infantry,, serving with valor and credit till the expiration of his term of enlistment in September, 1863. In the following February, 1864 he again offered his services to his country, and became a member of Company D, 36th Iowa Infantry, and did not leave the service till after the last battle was fought, being stationed the most of the time in Arkansas. His army record was that of a brave, faithful soldier, always ready at the summons of duty, whether in camp or in face of the enemy.