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 Johann Dietrich Zahn

Johann Dietrich Zahn

Birth
Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany
Death 7 Oct 1916 (aged 77)
Roberts, Ford County, Illinois, USA
Burial Roberts, Ford County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 6626199 · View Source
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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.



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  • Created by: Rosetta
  • Added: 21 Jul 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6626199
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Johann Dietrich Zahn (6 Jul 1839–7 Oct 1916), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6626199, citing Lyman Township Cemetery, Roberts, Ford County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Rosetta (contributor 46558106) .