I was quite interested to read about the Zeis family connections in Dayton, KY, and have some additional information that might be of interest to others. If anyone has come across the following names, know the location of living relatives, or cemetery plots, I'd appreciate hearing from you.
My great-grandfather Otto Zeis (1834-1904) left the Baden-Baden area of Germany for Northern Kentucky, sometime following the Civil War. He came to the states with his wife Mary Magdelena (?) (1837-1927), and 9 children. One child, Adolph(1867-1867), died in Germany, I believe, and my mother had told me that another child was left back in Germany (had tuberculosis). The children that accompanied Otto and Mary were:
Bernard Zeis (1855-1908), who married Anna (?) and had no children.
Adolph II (1870-?), who married Clara, and was also childless).
Joseph Zeis (1872-1937), who married Maude Patterson, and had a daughter named Theresa
Walburg Zeis (1857-1914), who married Nick Wiererich, and had two children, Elsie and William (who married Louella McCarthy, childless).
Rose Zeis (1862-?), who married Jim McGrath, and had 3 children, George, Louis, and Uphenia
Anna Zeis (1858-1905), who married George Uhl, and was childless.
Francis Zeis (1884-1934), who married Nick LeGedrost, and had 3 children (Helen, Charles, and Margaret (who married Cliff Ross and had one daughter).
Louise Zeis (1860-1914), who married George Rudolph, and had 7 children, Marie, Agnes, Loretta, Victoria, Cornelia, Helen, and Camillus.
Burkhard George (1869-1921), my grandfather, who married Clara Haven (also known as Caroline Louise), and had two children, George (who married Lola Furhman, and was childless), and my mother, Virginia, who married Joseph Riedinger, and had three kids (Michael, Joseph, and me).
The family information was assembled by my mother, in the 1970s, and I suspect she got the information from her cousins. I have limited information about the family, other than that they settled in Northern Kentucky, and may have owned/operated a tavern. My grandfather was an engraver, served in the Spanish-American War, and was a Marine guard in China in the early 1900's. He moved to Long Island for a period (Sag Harbor, Montauk Pt area), which is where my mother was born. He died there in 1921, and his widow and children returned to Northern Kentucky (Newport, Bellevue area).
I have several photos of my grandfather, and a partial family portrait, which includes Otto and Mary, I believe.
I look forward to hearing from others about the Zeis family!