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Subject: Re: William & Margaretha Zielger @ Etna Cemetery
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Date: Thu, 26 Jun 2008 01:59:08 +0000
To: Norm, normmeinert@veri-nospam-zon.net

Norm,
 
Here is as much as I know about William Max Ziegler and his wife.  Included the next generation too.  Hopefully, somebody will link to this someday.  I've had some luck with these things on other branches.  You can add my name & email to the research note.
 
Yours truly,  Steve Bush
Grandson of Eleanor Pearl Ziegler
Great-grandson of Charles Frederick Ziegler
Great-great grandson of William Max Ziegler



 

ZIEGLER

 

This family group includes:

 

The Ziegler Family:  William Max Ziegler emigrated from Prussia, but we have no idea from which part or even what would have been regarded as Prussia at the various points he made his statements.  His son Charles’ family was earnestly Presbyterian, but this could have been the result of Charles’ marriage to Margaret Burch from Northern Ireland and not evidence of early Ziegler affiliation.  On balance, though the likelihood was that he was Protestant, which suggests northern Germany.  At least the Zieglers left a reliable trail on censuses and other documents once they arrived here.  They settled in industrial Pittsburgh and worked in the steel factories.

 

The Ziegler family’s name is spelled Ziegler, but it was frequently spelled Zigler, Ziglar, and Zeigler on the census and on other documents.  The family group and supporting data are the same, so it is clear that the people are the same, but this is something to be aware of when looking for documents for them.

 

 

The Munch Family is more difficult.  The only hard facts we have are Margaretha Munch Ziegler’s death certificate and the tombstone in the Etna Cemetery, and Ziegler census information about Margaretha, William’s wife, as being from Alsace.  The rest is informed speculation, working from these facts and tracing names.

 

The Burch Family is just as spare.  We have Margaret’s death certificate, census records for her as a married woman, but only the 1870 census shows her father John.  The death records for the period are inadequate and I have not been able to trace her brother to get a secondary source.  The NYC archives have no record of her birth. 

 

 


 

                                                              FAMILY HISTORY

                                                                      ZIEGLER

 

 

PARENTS OF CHARLES FREDERICK ZIEGLER:

 

William Max Ziegler (1833 -1920) Charles’ father William Max Ziegler was born in Prussia in December 15, 1833 according to his death certificate and census records.  Parents are listed as “unknown” on his death certificate.  He emigrated to the US in 1852, at about age 19, according to the 1900 census or in 1851 based on the data he gave in the 1910 census. The German passenger list indexes list a Wilhelm Zeigler, age 20, as a passenger on the Copernicus, a Bremen-NY passage arriving in NY June 18, 1851.

 

William must have married Margaretha Munch by about 1857 when first child Christina was born.  He is listed on the 1860 Pa census (Allegheny, Penn Twp. P. 586) as a miner age 26, born in Prussia, with an estate valued at $100.  His wife Margaret is listed as 24, born in France, with children Christina 2 and Charles 6 months, both born in Pennsylvania.  Also with them was John Rehold, age 6, born in PA.

 

Listed in Pittsburgh City Directory:

 

1861-3                       No listing

1864-5                       Wm Ziegler, coal digger, Road east, Butler Road, Etna

1865-6                       No listing

 

Was William in the Civil War?  Probably, since there is an old VFW marker on his grave in Etna.  But I have not been successful getting the detailed service records for him.  The candidate most likely to be him is:

 

William M Zeigler (note spelling difference – is this him?)

 

 

 

 

Residence:

 

Occupation:

 

 

 

Service Record:

 

 

 

 

Enlisted as a Private on 22 August 1862 in Pittsburgh
Enlisted in Company E, 155th Infantry Regiment Pennsylvania on 22 August 1862.
Age at Enlistment  27

Transferred on 01 October 1864
Transfered in Company 51st, 2nd Infantry Regiment RC on 01 October 1864
Discharged on 01 September 1865

Remarks:  Transl to V.R.C. reduced from Sgt for pro-longed absence.  In hosp.  See letter on file.

 

Sources:

 

 

 

 

History of Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-1865. (PARoster) Published in 1870 and www.digitalarchives.state.pa.us Civil War Veterans Card File 1861-1866.

 

 


Regimental History
PENNSYLVANIA
ONE HUNDRED and FIFTY-FIFTH INFANTRY
(Three Years)

One Hundred and Fifty-fifth Infantry. - Cols., Edward J. Allen, John H. Cain, Alfred L. Pearson ; Lieut.-Cols., James Collard, John H. Cain, A. L. Pearson, John Ewing; Majs., John H. Cain, A. L. Pearson, John Ewing, J. Andrew Cline. The 155th regiment, composed of eight companies from Allegheny county and
two from Clarion county, was mustered into the U. S. service at Harrisburg and Pittsburg, during August and the early part of Sept., 1862, for three years. The Allegheny county companies rendezvoused at Camp Copeland, near Pittsburg, and moved to Harrisburg, Sept. 3, where they were joined by Cos. G and H and
a regimental organization was effected. Immediately after its organization, it left the state for Washington, where it arrived only a few days after the second battle of Bull Run, and went into the defenses of the capital, being assigned to the 2nd brigade, Col. Allabach, 3d division, Brig.-Gen. Humphreys,
5th corps, Gen. Butterfield. It was in reserve during the battle of Antietam, but was heavily engaged at the battle of Fredericksburg, which was its first battle and its loss sustained in the charge on the stone wall at the foot of Marye's heights was 68 killed wounded and missing. It was not heavily engaged
at Chancellorsville, losing 3 killed, 10 wounded and 1 missing. The nine months' regiments with which the 155th had been brigaded were now mustered out and it was assigned to the 3d brigade, Gen. Weed, 2nd division, Gen. Ayres, 5th corps, Gen. Sykes. It arrived on the battlefield of Gettysburg on the
morning of July 2, and after being held in reserve for a time was hurried with its division to occupy Little Round Top. The 155th gained the summit of the rocky fastness and continued to occupy this position throughout the third day of the battle, its losses being 6 killed and 13 wounded. It shared in the
pursuit of the enemy and also took part in the various movements and skirmishes of the fall campaign, being active at Rappahannock Station and at Mine run. On the close of the campaign it was posted along the Orange & Alexandria railroad. Cols. Allen and Cain having resigned, Lieut.-Col. Pearson was promoted to colonel. Under his command the regiment became proficient in the French skirmish and bayonet drill, and in their French Zouave uniforms the men attracted much attention. Before moving on the Wilderness campaign, it became a part of Ayres' (1st) brigade, Griffin's (1st) division, 5th corps. Its losses at the Wilderness were 7 killed, 42 wounded, including Capt. Stewart and Lieut. Johnston, and 6 missing. In the operations at Spottsylvania Court House it again met with heavy loss, having 8 killed, 51 wounded and 2 issing. Its losses at the North Anna river and at Totopotomoy were 2 killed and 15 wounded. On June 6 its brigade became the 1st brigade of the
2nd division and in the operations at Bethesda Church and Cold Harbor it lost 11 wounded and 1 missing. In the assault on the works at Petersburg June 16, the regiment lost 83 killed and wounded in the space of 10 minutes. It participated in the movements at Six-mile house in August, and was later engaged at Peebles' farm, where Col. Pearson for gallantry in leading his
men, was promoted brevet brigadier-general. It was warmly engaged but with only small loss at Hatcher's run near the end of October, and shared in the Weldon railroad expedition in December. In the action at Dabney's mill in Feb., 1865, it suffered severely and displayed great gallantry. It moved on its final campaign, March 29, 1865, and was highly complimented by Gen.
Meade for its gallantry at the Quaker road and Gravelly run and Gen. Pearson was brevetted major-general. It was active at the battles of Five Forks and Sailor's creek, and after Lee's surrender returned to the vicinity of Washington, where it was mustered out on June 2, 1865. Proceeding to Pittsburg, it was given a great public reception, and here the men were finally paid and discharged.

Source: The Union Army, vol. 1

Battles Fought

Fought on 01 July 1862 at Malvern Hill, VA.
Fought on 13 December 1862 at Fredericksburg, VA.
Fought on 21 December 1862.
Fought on 03 May 1863 at Chancellorsville, VA.
Fought on 01 July 1863 at Gettysburg, PA.
Fought on 02 July 1863 at Gettysburg, PA.
Fought on 03 July 1863 at Gettysburg, PA.
Fought on 27 November 1863 at Mine Run, VA.
Fought on 05 May 1864 at Wilderness, VA.
Fought on 06 May 1864 at Wilderness, VA.
Fought on 08 May 1864 at Laurel Hill, VA.
Fought on 09 May 1864 at Laurel Hill, VA.
Fought on 09 May 1864 at Spotsylvania Court House, VA.
Fought on 09 May 1864 at Wilderness, VA.
Fought on 10 May 1864 at Spotsylvania Court House, VA.
Fought on 11 May 1864 at Spotsylvania Court House, VA.
Fought on 12 May 1864 at Spotsylvania Court House, VA.
Fought on 15 May 1864.
Fought on 23 May 1864 at North Anna River, VA.
Fought on 24 May 1864 at North Anna River, VA.
Fought on 25 May 1864 at North Anna River, VA.
Fought on 30 May 1864 at Totopotomoy Creek, VA.
Fought on 02 June 1864 at Cold Harbor, VA.
Fought on 03 June 1864 at Cold Harbor, VA.
Fought on 04 June 1864 at Cold Harbor, VA.
Fought on 08 June 1864 at Petersburg, VA.
Fought on 16 June 1864 at Petersburg, VA.
Fought on 18 June 1864 at Petersburg, VA.
Fought on 22 June 1864 at Petersburg, VA.
Fought on 30 August 1864.
Fought on 30 September 1864 at Peebles' Farm, VA.
Fought on 30 September 1864 at Peebles' Tavern, VA.
Fought on 07 October 1864.
Fought on 27 October 1864 at Boydton Plank Road, VA.
Fought on 27 October 1864 at Hatcher's Run, VA.
Fought on 11 December 1864.
Fought on 06 February 1865 at Hatcher's Run, VA.
Fought on 26 February 1865 at Hatcher's Run, VA.
Fought on 25 March 1865 at Petersburg, VA.
Fought on 29 March 1865 at Quaker Road, VA.
Fought on 30 March 1865 at Five Forks, VA.
Fought on 30 March 1865 at Quaker Road, VA.
Fought on 31 March 1865 at Five Forks, VA.
Fought on 31 March 1865 at Hatcher's Run, VA.
Fought on 01 April 1865 at Five Forks, VA.
Fought on 09 April 1865 at Appomattox Court House, VA.

 

William is listed as follows in the Pittsburgh Directories:

           

1866-67 Directory as a William Zigler, laborer, Butler Plank Road, Etna


 

1868-69 Directory as a Wm Ziegler, laborer, Etna, Shaler Twp.

1869-70 Directory as a Wm Zigler, Etna, Shaler Twp.

1870-71 Directory as a Wm Zeigler, laborer, Etna, Shaler Twp.

 

On the 1870 PA census they are listed in Etna Boro (Birmingham Pct. 2, p. 407, Dixmont P.O.) erroneously as “Seigler”.  William is a laborer, age 35, Margaret is keeping house, age 33, Charles is 10, Margaretha is 8, Lena is 7, William is 1, and Elizabeth is 1 (twins?). Value of personal estate is $100.  He was listed as a naturalized citizen.

 

Listed in 1877-78 Pgh City Directory as a Max Zeigler, laborer, Prospect, Etna.

 

Listed on 1880 PA census on Freeport Road in Etna as: age 46, a “roll[ing] mill worker”, who had been unemployed for 5 of the previous six months. 

 

Listed in 1884 Directory as a Wm Ziegler, laborer, Kittanning Rd., Etna.

By 1886 there is no listing.  In 1889 a Wm Ziegler applied in Allegheny County for naturalization (permanent entry # 7429375, acession # 1660251).  Is this him?

 

In the 1900 census he was listed at age 66, living at Kitanning Street, Etna with his son William J. Ziegler.  He was a naturalized US citizen, who came to the US in 1851 and was listed as having his own income.

 

He appears in the 1910 census living (ED 73, Visit 108), age 76, living with his brother-in-law William A. Bertram in Etna.  He was listed as having his own income. His son William was also living with them.

 

William died in March 12, 1920 at age 87 at 41 Kittanning Road in Etna, the same address as his son.  He is buried in Etna Cemetery with his wife Margaretha.  They are the only Zieglers buried there.  The gravestone lists their name as “Ziegeler” William M. and his wife Margaretha.  It had an American Legion medallion in 2002, which suggests William may have been a Civil War veteran after all – checking with National Archives about soldier listed above.

 


FAMILY HISTORY

MUNCH

 

Margaretha Munch (1836-1885): Charles Ziegler’s mother, Margaretha Munch, is listed on his death certificate as French and having been born in Paris, but the 1880 census lists her, age 43, as from Alsace.  Margaretha was born in 1836 and died in 1885 according to the inscription at Etna Cemetery.

 

It is likely that she was the daughter of Adam Munch (1795 – after 1850) and Catharine Earhart (1800 - ?) Immigration records show her and her family arriving in New York on the schooner Governer Reed on January 8, 1840.  The family was listed as from Germany, via Bermuda.  Adam was listed as a farmer.  The passengers were Adam Munch 45, Catharine Munch 40, Adam Munch 19, Charlotte Munch 15, Caroline Munch 12, Catharine Munch 5, Margaret Munch 4, and Charles Munch 1.  There is a belief that they left LeHavre in 1837, but the ship ran aground and they lost all their money.

 

The LDS website lists an 1823 marriage of Adam Munch and Katherine Earhart and birth dates for 1798 and 1802 respectively, which line up closely with the immigration birth years – but the marriage date must be three years too late, given Adam Jr’s. age at emigration.  This marriage was in St. Petersburg, France, near Strassbourg.  This is likely a Germanicized version of the name Saint Pierremont in the Vosges section of Lorraine, which links up reasonably well with their daughter’s census statements that her parents were from Alsace.

 

The location of Lorraine in France, Vosges in Lorraine, and Saint Pierremont in Vosges are shown below:

 

 

 

 

The family appears on the 1840 Allegheny census in Indiana Twp, p. 166 with husband, wife, two sons and four daughters.  The 1840 census does not provide names except for head of household.

 

Adam the father must have died before 1850.  The family appears on the 1850 Allegheny census in Indiana Twp, p. 78 as follows: Catharine 50, with a personal estate of $500, with children Catharine 16, Margaret 14, Charles 13, and Christiana 7.  All were born in Germany except Christiana.  Living next door were Adam Munch [Jr.] 30, his wife Maria 32, and children Frederick 8, John 3, and Jacob 2, all born in PA, except Adam who was born in France.

 

After 1850, the family disappears from the PA census index.  Margaretha probably married William Ziegler by 1857.

 

Brothers and Sisters of Margaretha Munch

 

Adam Munch [Jr.] (c1821 - ) evidently moved from PA to Ohio.  He appears in the 1860 Ohio census Scioto County, Jefferson Twp., age 40, a farmer born in Germany.  With him are wife Mary 42, children Fred 18, John 16, Jacob 12, Mary 10, Henry 8, Sarah 6, Eliza 3, and Peter 1.

 

In 1870 he appears in Gallatin County, Shawneetown PO pp. 414/5.  His first wife must have died and now he has remarried.  He is 49 and a farmer, born Germany, with wife Albertina 39, born Germany; children Henry 18 (1852) a farm laborer born in PA, Peter 11 (1859) born in Ohio, George 9 born in Ohio (1861), Emma 6 (1864) born in Illinois, and another Henry 3, born in Illinois.  Adam’s older son Frederick is also nearby, age 26.

 

There is also a marriage record for Adam Munch and Julia Schwarz of April 5, 1866 in Randolph County, IL.

 

Adam Sr.’s son Charles appears on the 1910 PA census age 73 in Philadelphia with wife Emily 69, born in Germany, and grandson Frederick, born in PA. 

 

Charles Munch (c1839 - ?)  There is a Charles Munch age 45 (b. 1835 in France) listed on the 1880 Chicago census working in “gentlemens’ furnishing goods.”   He is listed with wife Jeanette, 40, also born in France, and children Jeanette, 18, Emma, 11, and Charles Jr. 2, all born in Illinois.  Also with them is Jenny Krah, a niece, 12, who was born in Illinois, but whose parents were French.

 

This same Charles appears on the 1888 Illinois voter rolls as being born in France, aving lived in the county 36 years, and having become a citizen in 1859 in Cook County Superior Court.  The same Charles appears in 1890, listing the year of naturalization as 1856 in Cook County Circuit Court.

 

In 1870 Charles is listed age 32, “keeps hat store”, born in France, with wife June, 30, born in France, daughter Jane 6 and Emma  1, and June Kahn 69, born in France, and Augusta Kutch, 22, a servant from Prussia.  Earlier on the census page are some other Munches, from Belgium.

 

Caroline Munch (cb 1828 - )

 

Catharine Munch (cb. 1834 - )

 

Christiana Munch (cb 1843 - ).  There is a Christiana Munch, age 69, born 1842, in Ohio listed on the 1910 census in Van Buren Twp, Kosciuscko, Indiana.  Ancestry doesn’t show that census page, so hard to be sure if it is her.

 

There are a number of Munch families in Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Indiana that may connect, but there is no convining basis for doing so.

           


FAMILY HISTORY

ZIEGLER Continued

 

CHARLES FREDERICK ZIEGLER (1859- 1944) the eldest child of William Max Ziegler and Margareth Munch was born on December 13, 1859 in Ohio according to 1900 census, Pennsylvania according to all other censuses.  All his other siblings born in Pennsylvania according to 1880 census, except Maria who was born in Ohio.  Daughter Effie reported in the 1920 census that her father was born in Ohio.

 

Charles was a “tube mill worker” at age 20 (in 1880), listed as unemployed for two of the previous 6 months.

 

He married MARGARET BURCH (1865 -1936) probably in 1884 in Sharpsburg or Etna.  No Allegheny County record from 1885 on.  They lived at 4064 Wheatland Street in Greenfield, beginning in 1896, a house they owned.

 

The 1900 PA Census census Allegheny County, (23rd Ward, ED 265, Sheet 2) lists him as “Zaiglar, Charles” at this address as “forman, blending/binding tar/firm,” age 40 (Dec 1859), born in Ohio;  wife Margaret 35 (Sept 1864); son William C., age 15 (April 1885); daughters Virginia H., age 13 (Oct 1887); Annie M., age 10, (April 1890); Effie G., age 8 (Oct 1892); Laura M., age 3, (Dec 1897); and Eleanor P., age 2 months (Jan 1900).

 

1904 Pittsburgh City Directory lists him a foreman with address at Wheatland/Greenfield Ave.  The 1910 Census (ED 471, Visit 132) shows him on Wheatland as “Charles Zigler,” age 50, born in Ohio, a laborer in a paper mill; wife Margaret (father English, mother Ire. English), born New York, age 44; son William, age 25, apprenticed at Winder[?]; daughter Virginia, age 22, a stockgirl in a candy factory; Ana, age 19, a school teacher; Effie, age 17; Margaret, age 13; and Eleanor, age 10.  They owned their house free, no mortgage.

 

The 1920 Census lists him as age 60, laborer in a mill, with wife Margaret 55, and daughter Eleanor 20, daughter Marguerite 37 and her husband Joseph Wise, 44, and engineer in an office.

 

                        1921 Pittsburgh City Directory lists him as “roll setter”, 4064  Wheatland.

                        1926 Pittsburgh City Directory lists him as “laborer”, 4064  Wheatland.

                        1928 Pittsburgh City Directory lists him at home 760 Greenfield Ave.

 


 

The 1930 census lists him as age 70, born in Ohio, father born in Munich Germany, mother born in France.  Margaret was 65, born in NY, both parents born in Northern Ireland.  With them were son William, 44, and daughter Anna Z. Miller & husband John Miller, both 38.  John Miller’s parents were born in Northern Ireland.  William worked as a service man in a light company.  John Miller was an erecting engineer in a construction company.  Charles owned the house, worth $6,500.

 

He worked for 49 years (from the time he was 18 or 19 in 1878 for National Tube Company as a tube worker.  Other documents list him as a "mill worker", "mill hand", "binder” and "laborer", and "roll setter at US Steel". He retired in 1927.


                       

His 50th wedding anniversary appeared with a picture in the Pittsburgh papers – when??  They lived 55 years in the Greenfield section of the city, finally at 760 Greenfield Avenue, near Squirrel Hill in Pittsburgh.  Years later the house fell off the hill and was destroyed.

 

Charles & Margaret on their Wedding Anniversary

 

 

He died on March 22, 1944 at age 84 of valvular heart disease.  He was buried in Homewood Cemetery, in Pittsburgh with his wife.

 

Brothers & Sisters of Charles F. Ziegler:

           

Maria Ziegler  (b. 1861/2 in Ohio, based on 1880 census – died January 28, 1892).  She married ____Haser and had children Martha, John and Arthur. 

 

Helena Ziegler: (b. 1863/4 in Pennsylvania, based on 1880 census – July 20, 1956). She was known as “Lena”.  She married William Albert Bartrem about 1897.  Charles’ death notice lists her living in Pittsburgh.  1910 Census (ED 73, Visit 107) lists W.A. Bartrem (47), Helena (45) with children George A. Bartrem (age 11), Howard J. (age 9), Anna (1 3/12), and Albert Roy (age 16).  W.A. Bartrem was born in Canada and immigrated to the US in 1888(?), and his son Albert Roy was born there, coming in 1895.  Perhaps Bartrem was married twice?  William Bartrem was listed as a naturalized citizen and was a timekeeper at a rolling mill.    Bartrem rented his home. Albert Roy later appears on the Wasatch County Utah census in 1920.

 

William J. Ziegler: (Sept 1868 in Pennsylvania, according to 1900 census – April 22, 1957).  Listed in 1880, age 10, as “John W.”, at school, with the family on Freeport Road, Etna, PA.  Listed in 1900, still in Etna, with his father, age 31, listed as “laborer, rolling mill.  Listed in 1910 PA census (ED 73, Visit 108), age 40, a machinist at a tool maker, living with father and his brother-in-law William A. Bertram’s family in Etna.  No children, maybe never married.  Charles’ death notice lists him living in Pittsburgh in 1944.

           

Anna Ziegler (b. 1871/2 in Pennsylvania, based on 1880 census – 1962). She married James McMillan of Kaylor PA.  Appear on 1920 Philadelphia census (ED 523, p 10B) as James MacMillan, age 58, born in Canada father Canadian, mother Scotch), a conductor for a railroad; and wife Anna, age 58.  They had children Twila, Vivian, Harry and James W., and Ruth.

 

Margaretha Ziegler:  (b. 1874/5 in Pennsylvania, based on 1880 census – January 31, 1950).  She married Samuel Patterson of Newcastle MD (1876 – June 5, 1950).  They appear in 1910 census in Lancaster County as Samuel age 34, laborer in a wire mill; Margaret 33, and son Samuel E. Patterson 10, ED 96, visit 198. as Appear in 1920 Census Berks Cty, PA ED 107 as Samuel Patterson, age 45, skilled laborer, steel plant, parents born in Scotland; Margaretta, wife age 45, parents born in Germany/France; and son Samuel E. Patterson, 19, inspector steel plant,  Margaretha and Samuel probably died in Newcastle, Maryland, where Charles Ziegler 1944 death notice listed them.  Samuel and Margaretha had one son, Samuel Earl Patterson (Jan 5, 1900 – May 7, 1980).


 

Parents of Margaret Burch

 

Both her parents were born in Ireland, according to her death certificate.  Probably they were from Northern Ireland, since they appear to have been Protestant, and Margaret Burch Ziegler and her husband were lifetime members of the Greenfield Presbyterian Church.  Her father John Burch (1830 – 1878?) married Margaret ____(1832 - ?) probably in Ireland about 1863-5.  John and Margaret arrived in New York in 1865 and then moved to Pittsburgh.

 

In the 1869-70 Pittsburgh Directory John Birch is listed as a laborer, on Butler St., n of Sharpsburg Bridge.  This is the first clear mention of him in Pittsburgh.  There is an 1870 Allegheny County census record for John Burch in Sharpsburg (Reel 1292, p. 206), which is not listed on the index.

 

            John Burch        40         Laborer             born Ireland                   Parents born in Ireland

            Martha Burch     35         Keeping House  born Ireland                   Parents born in Ireland

            Margaret           4                                  born New York               Parents born in Ireland

            John                 1                                  born Pennsylvania          Parents born in Ireland

                       

There is a John Burch in the 1877/8 Pittsburgh City Directory, listed as a cooper and living at Main & 13th Street, Sharpsburg.  In 1879, Margaret is listed as the widow of John at the same address, so he must have been about 48/49 when he died.

 

On the 1880 census for Sharpsburg (Allegheny City, Ward 8, ED44), John’s widow is listed on Main Street as Margaret Birch, widow, age 38, born in Ireland, keeping house, on the 1880.  With her are her children Margaret, age 14, born in New York, and son James T., age 11, born in Pennsylvania.

 

In 1884 Pittsburgh Directory she is still listed along with James T. Burch, laborer, at this address.  In 1886 Margaret still appears in the Directory as widow of John at Davison alley, Sharpsburg.  James T. no longer appears.  [There is a James Burch, born PA, Irish parents, age 28, with his wife Elizabeth age 29/24 and Son Thomas age 8 in Whitaker Borough, Allegheny County, ED 265, sheet 16, visit 297, on the 1910 census. This could be Margaret’s brother, but the age is too young.]  James T. Burch is not on the 1900 census index for PA.

 

We don’t know when Margaret’s mother died, but it was after 1884.

 

MARGARET BURCH (1865 – 1936) was born September 24, 1865 in New York, NY (1900 census says Sept 1864; 1870 census lists her as age 4, which is consistent with the 1865 date).  New York City archives have no record of her in 1865.  Nearly born on the boat coming over?  Betts reports she was born in NY the day after her parents landed. Some spellings say Margaretta.  Birth record of Aunt Nancy lists her mother as “Anna Margaret”

 

She grew up in Shapsburg, PA, which is next to Etna.  She married Charles Frederick Ziegler probably in 1884 in Sharpsburg or Etna.  They lived at 760 Greenfield Avenue, near Squirrel Hill in Pittsburgh.  Years later the house fell off the hill and was destroyed.  Previously lived at 4064 Wheatland Street in Greenfield.  They were charter members of Greenfield Presbyterian Church.

 

                        Children:         William on 5/2/1885 when she was 19

                                                Virginia on 10/13/1887 when she was 22

                                                Nancy on 4/30/1890 when she was 24

                                                Effie in 1893 when she was 27-8

                                                Marguerite in 1897

                                                Eleanor on 1/5/1900 when she was 34

                                                Mabel (died of whooping cough).

 

 

Margaret Burch Ziegler died November 28, 1936 of a coronary occlusion.  She was buried in Homewood Cemetery, in Pittsburgh.




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