THE ZEIGLER FAMILY STORY
As I begin this story of the Zeiglers, I am perplexed as to the correct spelling of the name so as I put the story together from all the information which has been handed down through the years, there will be various spellings. We have found Ziegler-Zeigler-Zeagler-Ziggler-Zigglar and Sigler has cropped up now and then. Now since I’ve seen the Zeigler book, I can understand why the confusion. Who knows what the proper spelling really is? If I have ever come across anything which indicates the original, it would be a recent obituary from the Beaumont Enterprise, in which Elfriede Ziegler of Germany was listed as a surviving “dear friend” of the gentleman who had died. I have finally decided that I will stay with Zeigler. These German occupational names have several different meanings and are from the same root word. The German siegeler and seiglar were engravers or mold makers. The name was also given to those who made signet rings used to transfer the official seals to letters and documents. The civil officials who affixed the wax seal on official papers were called a siegelbeamters. (From the Zeigler Family Book)
We know the Zeiglers came from Germany to America and apparently settled in Orangeburg District, South Carolina. Frederick “Fritz” Jr. Zeigler (we know there was a Fritz Sr.) and his wife Christiana Ruhland who were born in Wurttemberg, Sohnstetten, Heidenheim District, Germany, he in 1695 and she in 1698. They were married about 1719 in Sohnstetten, Germany. He died in Orangeburg District, South Carolina.
Children of Fritz and Christiana were:
William Zeigler Born: 1722
Mary Ann Zeigler Born: 1728
Martin Zeigler Born: 1730 (abt)
John (Johannes) Frederick George Zeigler Born: 1732
Nicholas Zeigler Born: 1735
Michael Zeigler Born: 1738 in Germany
Died in Bamberg, South Carolina before April 10, 1809
He was married to Mary Clemens Maxwell (1) and Martha (Picot) Piquot (2)
Jacob Zeigler Born: 1740
I had tried several years ago to secure information on the Sunto, Keack, Zeigler and Jeffers families which one of the family members, Eunice Dickerson Burnett, had gathered in preparation for a book which she hoped to publish. Eunice had died and her manuscript had been handed down to another family member and I was unable to get the information from her. Finally, the manuscript has come full circle and it may, very well, become a book. Ironically, Floyd had completely forgotten that he had, at the age of seventeen years of age, and still in French High School here in Beaumont, assisted Eunice in the gathering of information and typing the information for her.
Now he can finish what had been planned back in the 1960s. When it is completed, it will contain a wealth of information on these ancestors who left their homes in Europe so many long years ago and came to America in search of a better way of life. Though they are all gone now, buried in the land they came to love and for, whom some died, their descendants still live on in this wonderful land of freedom.
“ May God Bless America”!
After looking at the Zeigler Family Book by Margaret Bryant Diacetis, I have concluded that the family is a very complex one and that I must be very careful in what I write in this brief story.
Since it seems apparent that Frederick “Fritz Jr. is the direct line from which my husband, Alricks Burkett, descended, I will try to follow that line. Fritz, his wife and five children arrived on the ship Rotterdam. One source says that William and Mary Ann did not arrive with the parents and five siblings while another source says William and his brother Michael did arrive with their father and were bound out.
However the families got here from Germany, it was no easy feat. Some were on ships on which an epidemic of yellow fever broke out and many died. There was a definite reason as to why they left their native land to make their way to America—we know it had to be a legitimate one and so as Floyd has written about the Zeigler men and their devotion to their new country, America, in the near future I will continue the story about the Zeigler women and their roll in making America, the wonderful country it is today. If their men were “heros” then the women they are no less than “heroines”.
Information on the Zeagler or Zeigler family continues to trickle in to us and we are beginning to think they will probably be the most interesting of all the families. On our recent trip to Natchez, Mississippi, Floyd decided to check out an area of Louisiana north of Monroe where he had been told the Zeiglers had lived.