Elizabeth (Duerr) Zeigler — Campfire Countenances
I’ve been contemplating a way to jump back into the blog, to give it a good kickstart.
All I end up doing is making lists of topics and themes and fretting about the perfect way to include the most interesting and comprehensive of information.
Which, of course, leads to utter inaction.
So, in an effort to enliven this space, and unburden my archives of all the material recently accumulated there, we’re going to go — as they say in journalism: “light, tight and bright.”
Every other day, in ad nauseam, in ad infinitum, I’ll throw a random dart at the stack. Wherever it sticks is what I’ll pull out and post for you here.
Let it be a starting point for further discussion — and discovery.
Today’s installment is the first of what I’ll label “In Good Countenance” — a look at pics from the past of our oldest ancestors.
Here, we catch a glimpse of my great-great grandmother, Elizabeth Duerr Zeigler, mother of Laura (Christina Laurina Catherina, as legend would have it), mother-in-law to Vance Cleveland Foutz.
This pic, as far as we know, was taken a few years before those families merged. At about 1903, shortly after brother Sam Duerr (son of third-great-grandfather Samuel Duerr) built this house along Dover-Zoar Road across from where the golf course would one day sit (according to the inscription).
The remaining sons, daughters and in-laws of Samuel Duerr are shown here. The Duerrs emigrated from the Tuebingen district of Wuerttemberg, Germany in January 1857. Sailing from Le Havre, France, they arrived in New York on the ship William Nelson that May.
As far as we know, Katharina Weinmann bore Sam Sr. 5 children in Germany before passing away in 1850 at age 36. He remarried, to Barbara Maurer, who is buried with him in Strasburg Cemetery. (More on them later.)
Elizabeth, if the dating of this photo is correct, had been widowed about 6 years. She would live another 25, passing away in the home of my great-grandparents, Vance and Laura, at age 82.
The photo below is also from the same reunion. Again, if 1903 is the date, Great-Grandma Laura would have been a mere 17, 18 years old. My only guess is that she is perhaps pictured at the top of the stairs on the left, wearing a white blouse. Elizabeth is pictured in the front right, seated to the left of her brother Sam.