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John W. Zedeker

"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 732

    who is one of the best known citizens of Shelby county, now living retired on his farm of 190 acres, which is situated in Franklin township, came here thirty-eight years ago and has been a continuous resident. He was born in Montgomery county, O., six miles north of Dayton, O., February 18, 1836, and is a son of Jacob E. and Mary M. (Campbell) Zedeker. The Zedeker family was a pioneer one of Montgomery county and the father of John W. Zedeker was born on the old homestead there and remained through life on the same place on which his parents settled in 1805, passing away in his eighty-fifth year. He married Mary M. Campbell, who belonged to an old family of Highland county, O., and the following children were born to them:
Eliza Jane, John W., Elizabeth, Mary, Sarah, Daniel S., Jacob E., Martha and Julia. They were among the founders of the Dunkard faith in Montgomery county and were liberal in church support. John W. Zedeker had district school advantages in boyhood and from youth took part in the farm industries, which he found congenial, and continued  throughout all his active life. In 1874 he came to Franklin township, Shelby county, at which time he purchased his present farm from William Bryant. On August 20, 1862, Mr. Zedeker was married to Miss Mary Brandenberg, who was bom in Montgomery county, a daughter of Samuel and Catherine (Brewer) Brandenberg, who came to Shelby county when Mrs. Zedeker was four years old. Samuel Brandenberg was born in Maryland and his wife in Virginia. They had the following children: Louis, Betsey, Samuel, Dorothy Ann, Christiana, Joseph, Catherine and Mary. They were members of the German Reformed church. Mr. and Mrs. Zedeker have two sons: Oliver C. and George W. The former is a resident of Salem township and has one daughter, Ella, who is the
wife of Orla Baker and they have two children, Ralph and Clyde. The second son married Mattie Wess and they have five children: Ethel, Hazel, John, Wilbur and Charles. Mr. Zedeker and wife attend the German Reformed church. Nominally he is a democrat but in many campaigns Mr. Zedeker has exercised his own judgment in casting his vote but has always taken an interest in public matters and tried to be useful as a citizen. For seven years he served as township trustee and has favored plans for increasing the benefits of the public schools. He is one of the stockholders in the Farmers Telephone Company.

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