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Below is a family biography included in The History of Moniteau County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  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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John G. Ziebold was born in Baden, Germany, December 23, 1836, his parents, Daniel and Katherine (Ringwald) Ziebold, being also natives of that place. The father was a butcher by trade, but also followed farming and kept a vineyard. About 1845 he came with his wife and four children to the United States, landing at New York, and soon after located on a farm in Ross County, Ohio, but died the following spring, at the age of thirty-four years. By hard work and the assistance of her eldest son, the mother managed to keep her family together, and moved to Chillicothe, Ohio, where her death occurred in 1888, at the age of eighty years. She was a member of the Lutheran Evangelical Church. Her children are as follows: August and John G., living, and William, who died at the age of twenty years; Sophia, who died at the age of seventeen, and Katherine, who died when about fourteen years old, soon after their arrival in the United States. John G. Ziebold lived with his mother until old enough to work out, and then helped support the younger members of the family until seventeen years of age, when he began doing for himself, and in April, 1860, came to Missouri, locating in Moniteau County, where he worked as a farm hand for some time, then rented land two years, and in 1865 purchased the farm on which he is now living. March 12, 1861, he wedded Barbara Schneider, who was born in Baden, Germany, in 1840, and came to the United States with her parents in 1852. They have four living children: Emma, Flora, Mary and John. Albert, Walter and an infant are deceased. Mr. Ziebold is exceptionally well posted on the political affairs of the day, and supports the measures of the Republican party. He and wife are members of the Evangelical Church. Mrs. Ziebold’s parents, Michael and Katherine Schneider, came with four children to the United States and settled in Ohio, where the mother died in 1858, having borne six children, four of whom are living: Caroline, William, Barbara and Mary. Malinda and Katherine are dead. The father married a second time. He died in November, 1880, at the age of eighty years.

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This family biography is one of 187 biographies included in The History of Moniteau County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Moniteau County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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