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Johann Dietrich Zahn
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Birth: Jul. 6, 1839
Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany
Death: Oct. 7, 1916
Ford County
Illinois, USA

Born in Morschheim, Kirchheimbolanden, Rhineland Pfalz, Dietrich was 2nd of 6 of Karl Dietrich Zahn (1805-1869) & Anne Margrethe ANGST (1807-1859).

He served Rhineland Bavaria in the war against Prussia which Prussia won. To avoid service in the cruel Prussian army and because the economic outlook was so very grim, Dietrich emigrated, joining other family members in America. He arrived in New York on the S.S. Atalanta on 25 Mar 1867 with youngest brother Philip.

J. Dietrich married Katharine Dorothee Henriette SOPHIA BRAND on 27 Mar 1869 in Kankakee Co. They had six children.

He became a successful farmer in Kankakee Co. About 1880 the family moved to land Dietrich purchased in Lyman Township of Ford Co, near the land of his brother, Jacob.

Dietrich strongly supported the rural (German) Zion Evangelical Church, donating the quarter section for the small church from his farm in Section 25 of Lyman Township, Ford Co. IL. He and Sophia regularly hosted the itinerate preacher and the officials at Quarterly Meetings. Sophia continued to do so even after his death when she had moved to Roberts.

NOTE: His baptismal record in Rhineland Bavaria says Johann Dietrich. His immigration record and all American records list him as Dietrich John or just Dietrich. 
Family links: 
  Karl Dietrich Zahn (1805 - 1873)
  Sophia Catharine Dorothea Henriette Brand Zahn (1849 - 1933)
  Amelia Sophia Zahn Ebert (1870 - 1905)*
  John Christopher Zahn (1871 - 1953)*
  Mary Ellen Zahn Himmel (1874 - 1956)*
  Dorothea Philipina Zahn Roeder (1875 - 1962)*
  Rosa Anna Zahn Steinberg (1879 - 1918)*
  Samuel Nathaniel Zahn (1881 - 1971)*
  Jacob Zahn (1835 - 1911)*
  Johann Dietrich Zahn (1839 - 1916)
  Peter Zahn (1841 - 1922)*
  Sophia Zahn Braun (1845 - 1871)*
  Philippine Zahn Knopp (1849 - 1931)*
  Phillip Zahn (1851 - 1919)*
*Calculated relationship
Lyman Township Cemetery
Ford County
Illinois, USA
Created by: Rosetta
Record added: Jul 21, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6626199
Johann Dietrich Zahn
Added by: Rosetta
Johann Dietrich Zahn
Added by: Rosetta
Johann Dietrich Zahn
Added by: Rosetta
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- Lois Adams and Daughters
 Added: Jul. 22, 2014
Here is the current symbol of your church which you valued next to your family. Thank you for your fine example, great-grandfather.
- Rosetta
 Added: Jan. 1, 2009
You served your church and family faithfully. Thank you.
- Rosetta
 Added: Nov. 11, 2003

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