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Rebecca Jane Wax Zeigler
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Birth: Apr. 15, 1837
Perry County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Oct. 17, 1919
Cumberland County
Pennsylvania, USA

Daughter of Henry Wax and Rebecca Holman

Married William Philip Zeigler 1859/60. Pennsylvania

Elizabeth Zeigler - 1869

Rebecca was born into a very large family. Her father, Henry, was married four times and had a total of 15 children, not all of whom survived childhood. Rebecca was the first born of her father's last marriage to Rebecca Holman. Her mother was a widow who remarried Henry Wax and had five children from her first marriage. Her mother subsequently married again but had no further children. So Rebecca had many half-siblings and only one full sibling, a sister, Anna Jane Wax.

The Wax family was living in Rye Township, Perry County, about the time of her birth and where she was probably born. Her father died in 1839. There is a long Orphan's Court document and proceedings into 1842 regarding the disposition of his estate.

At eleven years old she was on her own,in 1850 living with a Culp family in Frankford Township, Cumberland County. In 1860 she was newly married (within the year) to William Zeigler and living in Frankford Township where he began as a farm laborer, by 1870 a farmer with substantial holdings and then in 1880 a farm laborer again in Middlesex Township. William died in 1895 and Rebecca is found living with her son William in the 1900 and 1910 Middlesex census, William a day laborer.

Her obituary does not mention children who passed before her. The above son, David, and daughter, Elizabeth, died before 1919. So there were at least two more children. One named daughter, Sara Shatto of Newport, is untraceable in the records; this may be a mistake in the obituary and has been left off the list. (Contributor = Barry Michie #47110636)

Patriot, October 18, 1919, news from Carlisle:

Mrs. Rebecca Zeigler, 84 years of age, died at noon yesterday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Joseph Wetzel, of Boiling Springs, after an illness of three weeks. She was a member of Lower Frankford Lutheran Church and the mother of former Councilman James C Zeigler, of this borough. She is also survived by one other son, William, of Middlesex; and three daughters in addition to Mrs Wetzel as follows: Mrs Robert Miller of Carlisle, Mrs John Albright of Newton, and Mrs Sara Shatto of Newport. Funeral arrangements have not yet been completed.

NOTE: The daughter Sara Shatto of Newport named in above obituary is most probably not a daughter but a half-sister, Sara Jane nee Wax Shatto, who lived in Howe Township outside Newport at the time. Sara Jane outlived her sister by two years. There is no evidence from census or other records that Rebecca had a daughter Sara who married a Shatto.
Family links: 
  Henry Wax (1774 - 1839)
  William Philip Zeigler (1825 - 1890)*
  James C Zeigler (1860 - 1924)*
  David B. Zeigler (1862 - 1905)*
  Ida J. Zeigler Miller (1864 - 1934)*
  Sarah Agnes Zeigler Wetzel (1866 - 1943)*
  William E Zeigler (1875 - 1942)*
  Minnie S. Zeigler Albright (1878 - 1953)*
  John Peter Wax (1803 - 1877)*
  Jonathan F Wax (1812 - 1915)*
  Salome Wax Young (1820 - 1888)*
  William Wax (1820 - 1898)*
  Henry D. Wax (1827 - 1897)*
  Catherine Wax Godcharles (1829 - ____)*
  Sarah Jane Wax Shatto (1833 - 1921)*
  Rebecca Jane Wax Zeigler (1837 - 1919)
  Anna Jane Wax Taylor (1840 - 1910)*
*Calculated relationship
His Wife

Aged 82 Y. 6 M. & 2 D.
Salem Stone Church Cemetery
Cumberland County
Pennsylvania, USA
Plot: Upper Section
Maintained by: Gina Zeigler-Park
Originally Created by: Peggy Bargen Duey
Record added: Dec 08, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 101903684
Rebecca Jane <i>Wax</i> Zeigler
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