In my quest to learn more about William Ziesel’s life, I put some effort into researching his childhood. Looked up his parents, siblings, etc. Looks like William had three older siblings: George, Charles, and Annette (Annie).
Well, a few months into this search, I’ve determined that
A. William wasn’t the baby…there was a sister younger than him (which I’ll discuss later).
B. William actually probably had four older siblings, not three.
Let’s talk about Henry Ziesel (1861-1861).
While looking for obscure Ziesels that lived in Philadelphia in the 1800′s, I found an indexed death record:
Let’s go through a list and see what fits:
1. Henry has the right parents, Jacob and Christina Ziesel.
2. I can only find one Ziesel family living in Philadelphia in the 1865 City Directory, and it is Jacob (the tailor):
3. Baby Henry was apparently born on 1 August 1861. His older brother, George, was born in 1859. That’s enough time after that birth to have Henry. The next brother, Charles, is born in September 1862. That is enough time after Henry’s birth and death for his mother to get pregnant and carry Charles for nine months. So he fits within his family.
4. The 1870 US Census doesn’t ask if the mother of a household had any children who were not living. That’s too bad, because that could help with my research. Same with the 1880 US Census. That doesn’t matter because Christina had passed on by that point.
With that said, I do believe Henry is part of this family on the argument that there are no other Ziesels in Philadelphia, and the correct parents are listed. So, I’m adding him. And I like it.
I’ll tell you about finding his younger, baby sister soon…