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 Sophia Catharine Dorothea Henriette <I>Brand</I> Zahn

Sophia Catharine Dorothea Henriette Brand Zahn

Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen), Germany
Death 14 Jul 1933 (aged 83)
Ford County, Illinois, USA
Burial Roberts, Ford County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 6626219 · View Source
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Born and christened in Idensen, Amt Bokeloh, Hannover, the 3rd of 4 children of Ernst Heinrich (Henry) Conrad Christoph Brandt & Katharine Marie Dorothea (Dora) Freise, Sophia immigrated with her family on the S. S. Rastede, arriving in New York on 8 Jun 1852.

[Her christened name is Catharine Dorothee Henriette Sophia Brandt but she was always known as 'Sophia C.' The family spelled the last name BRAND in the USA.]

Her father died about a month later in the cholera epidemic which swept through the immigrant population, and her mother married E. Christoph Kukuck in 1853. He was a beloved step-father and Sophia helped raise her step-siblings.

The family used German at home so Sophia never learned English well. After marriage she learned to read her German Bible, but not much else. However, she was in great demand as a healer and midwife. She was also remarkably strong for a person under 5 feet tall.

She married Johann Dietrich Zahn in Limestone Township of Kankakee Co. IL on March 27, 1869. They farmed in Kankakee Co. until about 1880/1 when they bought land near Dietrich's brother Jacob in Ford County.

They had 6 children of their own:
Amanda Sophia 1870 -1905 m Ebert
John Christopher 1871 - 1953
Mary Ellen 1874 - 1956 m Himmel
Dorothea Philipena 1875-1962 m Roeder
Rosa Anna 1879 - 1918 m Steinberg
Samuel Nathaniel 1881 - 1971

Sophia also raised her step-nephew, Edwin Edgar Voigt, after his mother died weeks after his birth in 1892. Later, a widowed Sophia fostered her granddaughter, Ruth Steinberg after Ruth's mother, Rosa Anna, died in 1918.

Sophia died in her own home, being cared for by her daughter Dora(thea) Roeder.




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  • Find A Grave Memorial 6626219
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Sophia Catharine Dorothea Henriette Brand Zahn (28 Aug 1849–14 Jul 1933), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6626219, citing Lyman Township Cemetery, Roberts, Ford County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Rosetta (contributor 46558106) .