Shelby County

Michael Zwiebel



Michael Zwiebel

Michael was the first child born to Johann Michael and Magdalena after their arrival in Ohio. Auglaize Country birth records show he arrived on the 24th of June 1848 in Clay Township, and was christened at St. Marks Lutheran Church in July of that same year. Following his father's death in 1852, he lived with his mother until his marriage to Sophia Scherer in 1868.  By 1870, the U. S. Census shows Michael had moved to Montra, Jackson Township, in Shelby County with his wife and only son, Lewis, age one. At age 23, his occupation was dry goods merchant, and his personal estate was valued at $2300.00. The same census shows he and his wife Sophia, age 20 and a housewife, were both born in Ohio. By the 1880 Census, Michael Zwiebel had moved to Dinsmore Township in Shelby County and was working as a saloon keeper. Michael and Sophia had added four daughters and another son to the family, bringing the number of children to six. 

        Sophia would have three more children, the last one born in 1893, bringing the total number to nine. By the 1900 Census, Michael and Sophia had moved back to Jackson Center, where they owned their own home on Pike Street.  Michael was still working as a saloon keeper, and the couple had been married 32 years. Michael was well known in the area and, apparently, was quite in involved in real estate dealings. Shelby County land records show fifteen land transfers between Michael and other members of the community prior to 1900.  William Ambos, one of Michael's grandsons, relates how in later years Michael sold Raleigh products, driving throughout the area with his team and wagon. Sophia died in 1912, and it is uncertain when Michael retired, but when he did he moved to Ralston, Nebraska where he lived with his daughter, Anna Ambos. Shortly before his death in 1932, he moved back to Ohio, where he lived with his daughter, Emma Adelaide, near Dayton. It was here, on the 2nd of June, that he passed away during the night. In his obituary. it was noted that Michael was a progressive citizen and one who took a keen interest in civic matters. He was a good neighbor and friend, generous to a fault, and never refused help to an unfortunate friend.  According to arrangements he had made with undertaker Charles Snyder at Jackson Center some years past, no matter where he died Mr. Snyder was to bring his body back to Jackson Center for burial. His service was held the following Tuesday morning at the Montra Lutheran Church, and his body laid 
to rest in the family plot in the Montra Cemetery. 

5 Michael Zwiebel (24) Born 24 Jun 1848 Clay Township, Auglaize, OH, Christened 30 Jul 1848 Clay Township, Auglaize, OH, Died 3 Jun 1932 Dayton, OH, Buried Geyer, Auglaize, OH, Married 29 May 1868 Auglaize, OH Sophia Scherer (25) Born 15 Jan 1851 Shelby, OH, Died 12 Apr 1912 

Descendants of Michael Zwiebel and Sophia Scherer

6 Louis Zwiebel (1281) Born 28 May 1869 Shelby, OH 
6 Anna Elizabeth Zwiebel (1282) Born 22 Feb 1871 Montra, Shelby, OH, Died 10 Sep 1946 Ralston, NE 
6 Sophia Magdelena Zwiebel (1284) Born 30 May 1874 Montra, Shelby, OH, Died 16 Feb 1941 Walters, OK 
6 John W. Zwiebel (1285) Born 27 Mar 1875 Shelby, OH, Died 23 Feb 1955 Omaha, Douglas, NE, Buried Papillion, Sarpy, NE 
6 Christine Barbara Zwiebel (1283) Born 7 Apr 1878 Montra, Shelby, OH, Died 19 Sep 1974 San Pablo, Contra Costa, CA 
6 Louisa Caroline Zwiebel (1287) Born 5 Mar 1880 Jackson Center, Auglaize, OH, Died 10 Mar 1971 Maplewood, OH, Buried Port Jefferson, OH 
6 George Michael Nicholas Zwiebel (1286) Born 25 Dec 1883 Auglaize, OH, Died 29 Aug 1936 Jackson Center, Shelby, OH, Buried Jackson Center, Shelby, OH 
6 Carl Clemens Zwiebel (26) Born 19 Apr 1890 Shelby, OH, Died 13 Nov 1966 Dayton, OH 
6 Emma Adelaide Zwiebel (1288) Born 27 Sep 1893 Montra, Shelby, OH, Died 5 May 1937 Dayton, OH 

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