FAMILY TIES

New bride and groom both have German ancestry

Posted Oct. 09, 2011, at 10:31 a.m.

As the bride walked down the aisle, I wasn’t thinking of her Revolutionary War patriot and Pilgrim ancestry. Watching my blond niece on the arm of her proud dad, Scott Taylor, the ancestors that first came to mind were the Osbergs, the Swedish forebears of Scott’s late mom, Rita Marble Taylor.

And, of course, I was thinking about the German ancestry of both Stephanie Taylor and Andrew Zimmerman, who were united in marriage on Oct. 1.

I was seated at the wedding next to my mom, Joyce Moore, whose maiden name is Steeves. Like everyone I’ve ever met with that name, she is descended from Heinrich and Raechel (actually Regina) Stief, who came from Wurttemberg, Germany, to Pennsylvania in the mid-1700s. They didn’t stay there long, deciding to move with their seven sons and other German families to what is now Hillsborough, New Brunswick, on the Petitcodiac River.

My husband and I have been to see the Stief family Bible, with Heinrich’s signature, at the museum in Moncton.

I don’t know yet where Andy’s Zimmerman ancestors came from in Germany, but it appears that the immigrant ancestors were his great-great-grandparents, William Zimmerman and Othelia (?), both in the mid-1800s. Their son, Emil Gustav, was born in 1878 in New Jersey.

Emil, who according to his World War I Draft Registration card was tall, with blue eyes and dark brown hair, worked for Old Bridge Enamel Brick & Tile Co.

Andy Zimmerman has lots of old New England ancestry as well, and I look forward to learning more about the ancestors of my new nephew, who is the son of Ralph and Joyce Zimmerman. Stephanie is the daughter of Scott and Maureen (my sister) Taylor.

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The Ellsworth Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10, at the Meadowview Apartments Dining Hall in Ellsworth. After the business meeting, Allan Whitmore, history professor and researcher from the University of Southern Maine, will speak on “Father John Bapst, William Chaney, and the Ellsworth Outrage of Oct. 14, 1854,” as well as “A Visit from Jack London.”

John Bapst was a Jesuit priest who was “tarred and feathered” for his Catholic religion. This is sure to be a very interesting talk, and all are welcome. If you have any questions, contact Terri Weed Cormier at 667-8235 or email ellsworthhistory@yahoo.com. Membership to the Ellsworth Historical Society is $20 a year and may be mailed to Ellsworth Historical Society, PO Box 355, Ellsworth 04605. For more information, visit the website at ellsworthme.org/ellsworth.

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The General Henry Knox Museum will close its official season with its third day of festivities 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10, at Montpelier, the big white mansion at the turn to St. George in Thomaston. Regular museum tours will be offered for $7 adults, $6 seniors, AAA members and active military personnel, $4 ages 5-14. Families pay a maximum of $18.

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Suzy Shaub, a descendant of Paul Revere, will be on hand to answer questions about the Paul Revere bell on the front lawn of Montpelier 1-3:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10, at the museum. Shaub is a member of Lady Knox Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, which will provide free refreshments Oct. 10.

Shaub has been collecting postcards and stories about other bells her forebear created and will be sharing those stories along with additional information about the DAR and her chapter.

For more information on researching family history in Maine, see Genealogy Resources under Family Ties at http://bangordailynews.com/browse/family-ties/. Send genealogy queries to Family Ties, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor 04402, or email familyti@bangordailynews.com.

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