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Below is a family biography included in The Portrait and Biographical Record of Randolph, Jackson, Perry and Monroe Counties, Illinois published by Biographical Publishing Co. in 1894.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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GOTTLIEB ZIEBOLD is the senior member of the firm of G. Ziebold & Son, the well known millers of Red Bud. He was born in Wagenstedt, Baden, Germany, in 1822, and is a son of Gottlieb and Catherine (Lauer) Ziebold, both of whom were natives of the same country. Their family numbered five children, the eldest of whom, Magdelena, was born in 1818, and married Frederick Hirsch, who died in the Fatherland. She then brought her family to America, and located in Monroe County, Ill., where her last days were spent. Christina, who was born in 1820, became the wife of Jacob Schneider, and never left Germany. Gottlieb is the third in order of birth. Joseph is now an extensive farmer and stock-raiser of California, Mo. Caroline is the widow of Fred Killey, of Waterloo, Ill.

Mr. Ziebold of this sketch was reared to manhood in his native land, and for seven years served in the German army. He took part in the Revolution when Baden attempted to establish her independence, and was wounded in the battle of Wagheisel under General Merolovsky and General Leigh. In 1850 he crossed the Atlantic, and for a short time worked in New York, after which he went to Ohio. In 1851 he purchased a small farm in Ross County, Ohio, where he carried on agricultural pursuits until 1859. That year witnessed his removal to California, Mo., where he resided until 1867. Meantime he engaged in farming until 1862, and then purchasing a mill, superintended its management for five years. Removing to Monroe City, Ill., he purchased a mill, and also erected one, which he conducted until 1881. In 1871, he bought a mill in Tipton, Mo., which he carried on for one year in connection with his business in Monroe.

During the late war, Mr. Ziebold was among the first to respond to the country’s call for troops, enlisting in 1861, in Company G, First Missouri Infantry, in which he served for four months. He has ever taken a commendable interest in everything pertaining to the welfare of the community in which he makes his home, and is recognized as one of the prominent and valued citizens of Red Bud, where he located in 1880.

In 1851, Mr. Ziebold married Miss Magdelena Schnaiter, and to them were born eight children, of whom five are still living. Mina is the wife of Joseph W. Rickert, a lawyer of Waterloo. Nelson G. will be mentioned later on. George W. is now manager of the Waterloo Milling Company. Mary M. is the next younger. Charles F. is a lawyer of St. Louis. Nelson G. is his father’s partner in business. He was born in Chillicothe, Ohio, in 1857, and at tended the St. Louis University, from which he was graduated in 1876. He then joined his father in the milling business, and has since been an active member of the firm. He is President of the Waterloo Milling Company, in which his father owns two-fifths of the stock. He is also a stock holder in and President of the Saxenmeyer Lumber Company, of Red Bud. In 1883 he wedded Miss Mary C., daughter of Fred Parrott, of Monroe County.

Mr. Ziebold lost his first wife in California, Mo., and in 1872 he married Mrs. Margaret Mueller. They now have five children: Anna, William, Maggie, Amelia and Gottlieb. By her first union Mrs. Ziebold also had two children, Peter and Henry J.

The members of the firm of Ziebold & Co. are both well known men of good business ability, and through upright dealing have won the confidence of their patrons. Their mill has a capacity of three hundred barrels daily, and seldom a day passes when a carload of flour is not shipped from their track. Both gentlemen are supporters of the Republican party. The father is a member of the Odd Fellows’ society, and the son is a Knight Templar Mason.

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This family biography is one of 679 biographies included in The Portrait and Biographical Record of Randolph, Jackson, Perry and Monroe Counties, Illinois published in 1894.  View the complete description here: The Portrait and Biographical Record of Randolph, Jackson, Perry and Monroe Counties, Illinois

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