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Looking for a copy of this title: 'Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s Name: Franz Zenner; Year: 1853; Place: America; Source Publication Code: 3788; Source Bibliography: KELL, J.H., and JOSEF WERNER. "Die Auswanderungen aus dem Kreise Merzig im 19. Jahrhundert." In Verein fuer Heimatkunde im Kreise Merzig, 3. Jahrbuch ; Page: 49'
Note on John or Johann, John E. Zenner b. 1851 immigrated with Franz, father, and Maria, mother from Prussia abt. 1853.
John's wife Maria or Mary Wahlen died according to online records from Stuhlmiller's genealogy and Eisenman files in 1914. The Tenino obituary for John E. Zenners said that he "traveled west" sometime about 30 years ago circa 1930 obit. However, if one were to surf records of newspapers from Olympia, WA, Centralia in Lewis County, or Tenino, WA you may find that Cap may have remarried or was living with his daughter or other relatives. Genealogy Bank did provide a few clues. Researching there may prove to be helpful.
After the death of his wife, Maria Mary Wahlen, in October 1914, Johann or John E. Zenner traveled West. It is interesting to note that part of his family of Zenner's from Buffalo also moved at this time to Bradford, Pennsylvania. Frank Zenner and Flora Mae Beckwith moved to Bradford in 1913. One year earlier. And even earlier in 1897, after the death of George Joseph Zenner b. 1860, (John E. Zenner's little brother) widow Christine Campbell, moved to Pennsylvania, leaving her three sons at Father Bakers orphanage. John E. Zenner 's daughter was a nun living in Rochester, NY as sister Mary of St. Ann's of Rochester, NY and another daughter Helen Brug was also living in Buffalo in 1930. John's sister, Christine Barbera, b. 24 July 1870, was a nun entering the order in 7 Feb1893 at the Convent of Sisters of Good Shepard. The information did not yeild a location for this Convent so I am assuming it was in Buffalo, New York.. Francis Joseph Zenner b. 1858 was also living in Buffalo New York with his wife Magdalena Gieger. Francis was also a brother to John E. It is supposed that Frank Joseph changed his name to honor his uncle, Francis Joseph. Frank Joseph's baptismal records at St. Mary of Sorrows have his name listed as George Francis Zenner. And so there were a good many Zenner's living in Buffalo, New York when Christine Campbell left her three sons at Father Bakers Orphanage in 1897. [Source: Eisenman files Notes for Chart] [Tenino News, obit November 11, 1930] [Stuhlmiller genealogy WorldConnect c. 2001]
From Stuhlmiller's Genealogy John E. Zenner was living at 587 Broadway Street in Buffalo, New York. He purchased a burial plot Lot 108 Section D on November 19, 1897 from the United German and French Cemetery ( Link from NYERIE mailing list Vol. 3, Issue 222 June 30, 2008 [ added July 2, 2008 ] ), Mount Calvary Cemetery Inc,800 Pine Ridge Road, Cheektowaga, New York 14225. From the Mount Calvary Website - "United German & French Roman Catholic Cemetery was founded in 1859 by representatives of six Roman Catholic parishes in the city of Buffalo. The name was changed in 1982 to Mount Calvary Cemetery. Our founding name is now used to refer to our first & oldest cemetery." This plot was likely for his little brother, George Joseph Zenner as the date does match the time of George's death.
In the 1884 Buffalo City directory John E. Zenner was a printer and a stationer at 387 or 587 Broadway St., Buffalo, New York.
In 1900 Buffalo City directory John P. Zenner, brother to John E. Zenner and son of Franz Zenner was a real estate and insurance salesman living at 932 Gennessee St., Buffalo, New York. The transcriber lists that this is the only John living in Buffalo at the time (1900).
In 1910 Buffalo City directory John P. Zenner is said to be working as a notary republic and living at 39 Lowell Street, Buffalo, New York.
Thiis is the probate record of Maria Mary Wahlen Zenner's mother, Maria Wiesen Wahlen. Maria's brother, Jacob, who also served in the Civil War, was lost somewhere in Washington County Mississippi at the time of this probate record in 1884. Jacob Wahlen was the brother in law of John E. Zenner. Family Search census records do not show Jacob Wahlen b. Dec
, 1844 in Census records. State of New York - Superior Court of Buffalo 235 File 24870 Maria Wahlen 's will in probate October 26, 1884 Maria's last will and testament was dated October 20, 1881 John Wahlen was the sole executor and a list of Maria's surviving next of kin is as follows: John Wahlen , a son of full age, residing in Buffalo Michoal Wahlen her husband at full age residing in Buffalo Peter Wahlen & Alois Wahlen sons of full age residing in Buffalo Magdalena Schmitz and Mary E. Zermen daughters of full age residing in Buffalo and Jacob Wahlan a son of full age where last place of residence was Refuge Landing Washington County Mississippi but whose permenant place of residence is unknown and can not after deliquant enquiry be ascertained. Letter: Jacob Wahlen was a member of the moulders union # 1765 and a letter was written in October 1884 to the president of said union and printed in the Iron Moulders Journal - newsletter asking Jacob Wahlen's whereabouts. Peter Wahlen signed a document to this effect November 1, 1884. November 6, 1884 Signature of John Wahlen Attached is a copy of the last will and testement of Maria Wahlen and her signature in German Script. Looks like Walhnn
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