E. Zeiszler Collection:
E. Zeiszler Collection
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The Germans from Russia Heritage Collection (GRHC) became beneficiary
of this historically significant donation (documenting ethnic Germans
of Southern Crimea) upon the bequest of the estate of Ernest E.
Zeiszler from Hazen, Mercer County, North Dakota.
Documenting ethnic German extended families of southern Crimea with
Wuerttemberg, Germany origins: Swabian heritage. Friederich Zeiszler/Zeissler
(born 1776) and his wife Maria (born 1787), with two sons, Georg
(born 1806) and Frederich (born 1080), [hired hand, Franz Kettinger]
emigrated from province of Wuerttemberg in year 1809, with the destinaton
of Kronental [Kronenthal], Crimea, South Russia, [Cousin Katherina
Zeissler was of thirty-seven colonists to Rosenthal, Crimea.] The
difficult ninety-day trek in 1809 was hazardous for approximately
eleven hundred trekkers (while Napolean had military conflict against
Austria on the upper Danube region). The overland route of 1809
through Saxony, Silesia, Polish Galicia, and Bessarabia caused only
healthy travelers to reach their destination of Kronenthal [Kronental],
The Zeiszler family lived in Kronenthal [Kronental] from 1809 to
1886 as farmers and the Kaiser family as blacksmiths (wrought iron).
Son Heindrich Zeiszler (born 1823) married Maria Kaiser. Grandson
Christian Zeiszler (born 1853) married Rosina Guenther from Friedental.
Great grandson Michael Zeiszler (born 1880 in Neu Borlak), immigrating
in 1886 to Freeman, Hutchinson County, Dakota Territory.
In 1887, Christian Zeiszler and family with a caravan of thirty
wagons (with future grand step-father John Suess, Sr.) trekked from
Scotland, Dakota Territory, via Mandan and Hebron to north of Stanton
in Mercer County, northwestern North Dakota. Michael Zeiszler homesteaded
near Mannhaven and later established a mercantile business in 1899
at Expansion, North Dakota, supported by forty eight families with
origins in Kronenthal [Kronental], Kasmer, and Neusatz, southern
Michael Zeiszler married Helena Bohrer, in 1898. Later as a widower,
he married Helena Sailer.
Colonist families to Mercer County in 1886 and 1887 were:
• First caravan in 1886:
Daniel Schimke, Wilhelm Priebe (both origins of Egenheim), John
Suess, Sr., Wilhelm Richter, Robert Lauf, Daniel Isaac, David Isaac,
Gottlieb Isaac (Heinemeyer and Charles Eger were earlier.)
• Second caravan in 1887:
Adolf, Buckfinck, Bohrer, Ellwein, Kuch, Krause, Kruckenberg, Miller,
Oster, Radke, Richter, Shell, Schlender, Carl Semmler, Sailer, Schweigert,
Tschaekofske, Werner, Weisz, Zeiszler, and Ziemann.
• Third influx after 1887:
Baische, Bauer, Baeszler, Eebele, Fandrich, Froeschle, Goetz, Grosz,
Koehler, Link, Lang, Malke, Maas, Miller, Morast, Rahn, Weigum,
Weidenmeier and Weidrich.
• These families settled in four townships: 144-85, 144-86,
145-85, 145-86. (Mercer County, North Dakota).
Scope and Content:
Materials in this collection include family histories; family group sheets; pedigree charts; birth, death, marriage, confirmation and citizenship/naturalization certificates; obituaries; news clippings, census information; a few maps, ships’ passenger lists and correspondence. Virtually all images and photos are photocopies. Books cover town and county histories and other family genealogy publications. Publications found are several FEEFHS newsletters and Hazen Alumni directories. One binder holds North Dakota WPA Historical Data Project stories (1937-1938), the survey forms and family group sheets. Zeiszler kept a binder with his LDS microfilm research and larger one with passenger list transcriptions. The collection also has duplicate, support or non-genealogy materials, floppy discs and a record of his book sales and expenses.
Summary of Contents:
Extended family histories (21 Volumes minus #19 and #20):
Vol. 1 Christian Zeiszler: Hazen, Mercer County, North Dakota
Vol. 2 Martin Zeiszler, Sr.: Beulah, Mercer County, North Dakota
Vol. 3 Frederick Zeiszler: Golden Valley, Mercer County, North Dakota
Vol. 4 Bernhardt Zeiszler: Butte, Boyd County, Nebraska
Vol. 5 Vallentine Zeiszler: Butte, Boyd County, Nebraska
Vol. 6 Gertrude Zeiszler Koehler: Hazen, Mercer County, North Dakota
Vol. 7 Daniel Zeiszler: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Vol. 8 Katherine “Zeissler” Wegerle: Hazen, Mercer County,
Vol. 9 Bohrer-Schamber: Mercer County, North Dakota
Vol. 10 John Ellwein, Sr.: Mercer County, North Dakota
Vol. 11 Guenthner-Weisz: Mercer County, North Dakota
Vol. 12 Lenhardt Herrmann: Mercer County, North Dakota
Vol. 13 Christoff Knecht: Mercer County, North Dakota
Vol. 14 Peter Sailer: Mercer County, North Dakota
Vol. 15 Johannes Walz: Mercer County, North Dakota
Vol. 16 Phillip Weigum: Mercer County, North Dakota
Vol. 17 Adolf Schlender: Mercer County, North Dakota
Vol. 18 Karl Reiner: Mercer County, North Dakota
Vol. 19 None
Vol. 20 None
Vol. 21 Andreas Sailer: Mannhaven, Mercer County, North Dakota
Vol. 22 Andrew Sailer: Beulah, Mercer County, North Dakota
Vol. 23 Mathies Sailer: Mercer County, North Dakota
Vol. 24 Christian Sailer: Mercer County, North Dakota
Vol. 25 William Bieloh: Mercer County, North Dakota
Vol. 26 Benjamin Oster: Mercer County, North Dakota
Vol. 27 Neuberger: Mercer County, North Dakota
Vol. 28 Roemmich: McIntosh County, North Dakota
Vol. 29 Konrad Weidner: Mercer County, North Dakota
Vol. 30 Jacob Heib: Sheridan and Wells Counties, North Dakota
Vol. 31 None
Vol. 32 Daniel Fandrich: Mercer County, North Dakota
Vol. 33 Anton DeWald: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Vol. 34 Christoph Timaeus (year 1637): Kassel, Hesse, Germany
Axel Stenstrom = Axel Storm [Swedish], Manitoba and California
Vol. 35 Adam Hoffman (son of Joseph Morast/Hoffman): Kronenthal,
Crimea to Mercer County, North Dakota
Vol. 36 Clifford Wright [English]/Ringel: Montpelier, Idaho.
Vol. 37 None
Vol. 38 Fern Bieloh/Stetson (wife of Ernest Zeiszler): Bismarck,
Burleigh County, North Dakota
Vol. 39 Stetson (Clarence Bieloh): (origins of Plymouth county,
Massachusetts, but born in Maine) Center, Oliver County, North Dakota
Vol. 40 Ward: (Boston, Lincolnshire, England/Montreal, Quebec, Canada/
Crawford County, Wisconsin) Hettinger County and Burleigh County,
The following information has been entered verbatim,
as received, from material of Ernest E. Zeiszler. Given the discrepancies
that can contribute to error in interpreting genealogical records
and other documents, no one can guarantee their complete accuracy.
The Ernest E. Zeiszler collection is offered as a source for those
seeking genealogical and family research information. Researchers
must use judgment and do their own verification.
1. Access is limited only to Germans from Russia Heritage
Collection staff members.
2. Collection is housed in a controlled and restricted
3. Browsing or researching of original collection
at the NDSU Libraries is not permitted.
4. Requests for information are available as entire
files only, as shown in The Ernest E. Zeiszler Collection search
engine or printed complete file listing.
5. Copies of any materials from the collection, must
be requested with letter only including pre-payment.
Germans from Russia Heritage Collection
Ernest E. Zeiszler Collection
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Johannes Wegerle Sr., (born in 1856
in Kronenthal [Kronental], Crimea; died in 1921), and wife
Katherina Zeiszler, (born in 1858 and died in 1930.) They
immigrated to Kronthal [Krontal], Mercer County in 1891, via
Hutchinson County, South Dakota. Photo circa 1891.
Founders of Expansion, Mercer County,
shipping port on Missouri River, are photographed circa 1910
by H.D. Myers, Washburn, North Dakota:
(Back Row, Left to Right): Ed Kees, Expansion Banker; Michael
Zeiszler, postmaster and merchant; August Zeiszler, financer
(Front Row, Left to Right): Gottlieb Bertsch, merchant; and
Paul Goetz, financier.
Gertrude Zeiszler Koehler, born in
1847 in Kronenthal [Kronental], Crimea, to
parents Friederich "Zeissler" and Christina
Burghart, married Daniel Koehler, born in 1844 in Kronenthal
[Kronental], Crimea, to his father Johann
Daniel Zeiszler, (born in Kronenthal
[Kronental], Crimea), and Magdalena Koehler, (born
in 1877 in Neusatz or Kronenthal [Kronental] , Crimea), with
seven of ten children. Refer to page 165.
Peter Sailer, born in1860 in Bestreck,
Crimea, to parents Stephen Sailer(1815-1893) and Lenora Hafner,
(later at Kambar, Lesy, and Sochta-er villages in Crimea),
died 1946 at Hazen, Mercer County, Peter married in 1884 in
Kronenthal [Kronental], Crimea, to wife Margaretha Morast,
born 1865 in Meschen, Crimea of affluent parents Gottlieb
Morast and Katherine Wiedrich, died in 1955 in Hazen, Mercer
With ten of thirteen children: Rosina,
Frieda, Emilia, Elizabeth, Gottlieb, Jacob, Rudolph, Regina,
George, Helen, and Katherine (married and not present in photo).
Immigrating circa 1906 to Krem, Mercer
County, The Peter Sailer family protrait is circa 1912. Refer
to page 186. They moved to Hazen in 1924.
Circa 1892, toddler portrait of Peter
Sailer, born in 1860 in Bestreck, Crimea, of parents Stephen
Sailer(1815-1893) and Lenora Hafner. Peter Sailer became a
young orphan circa 1864, and struggles of homeless poverty.
Elizabeth Morast of Kronenthal [Kronental],
Crimea, (sister of Margaretha Morast Sailer), Elizabeth's
daughter, and Elizabeth's husband Johann Wassel, circa 1884.
Adam Hoffmann and wife Katherina Morast
(sister of Margretha Morast Sailer), circa 1884.
Julianz, grandmother's sister and
husband ?? Klaus. [Julianz Morast Klaus, sister to Margaretha
Anton Bieloh and wife Barbara Kunstatter
at Portland, Oregen, later to Beulah, Mercer County.
Bielohlowek family had origins in
Peatchow (Bohemia), now Becov village.
Sunday's - "after church"
family gathering at Krem, circa 1903.
(Back Row, Left to Right): Regina
Schlender, Elizabeth Isaak.
(Second Row, Left to Right): Theresa
Schlender, Rosina Neuberger (holding child Ella Neuberger),
Catharine Mohl, Mrs. August Isaak, Mr. August Isaak, Jacob
Mohl, John Neuberger, Gustave Schlender.
(Third Row, Left to Right): Amanda
Neuberger, Hertha Schlender, Emma Isaak, Hilda Mohl, Herbert
Mohl, Ervin Mohl, Herb Isaak, Bennie Isaak, Art Isaak, Herb
Schlender, Ralph Neuberger, August Neiberger, Bill Schlender,
Fred Isaak, Oscar Neuberger, Ann or Frieda Isaak in the baby
crib in front.
Facts about Gustave Schlender (Second
Row far Right):
- Gustave Schlender and Christian
Zeiszler were half-brothers.
- Gustave Schlender sponsored Adolf
Schlender to immigrate to America; thus, Adolf homesteaded
- Gustave Schlender and wife Theresa
Nesper homesteaded in 1893 at Krem.