The Family of Nicholas Kehl and Anna Zehler
Nicholas and Anna Kehl
Anna Zehler was born in Nuhweiler, Rhine Province,
Prussia, and came to America in 1855, with her brother Michael.  On February 9,
18641, she married
Nicholas Kehl at St. Cecilia's RC Church in Sheldon.  Nicholas and Anna
settled in Bennington, New York, where they raised their children.
The children of Nicholas and Anna are:
||Helen was born on February 28,
18661.  Helen married George
||Susanna was born on March 15,
and she died on September 13, 19702.  Susanna remained single.
||Clara was born on January 4,
and she died in 1946
13.  Clara married Frank Sindecuse.
Jacob Peter Kehl
||Jacob was born on October 18,
and he died on May 19, 19062.
||Frances was born on April 4,
and she died on December 27, 195432.  Frances married Gerhard
Anna Zehler was born June 3, 18355, in the tiny village
of Nuhweiler, the third child of Peter Zehler and Anna Maria
Klasen.  Her birth was registered the morning of the fourth at the district
administrative center in Wadern5.  This
record is the source for her date of birth of June
3rd.  Anna's baptismal
record4, however, gives her
date of birth as June 4th, a
discrepancy which is common for four of her siblings.  (see
Peter for additional comments).
We know little about Anna's life prior to her departure for America.  The U.S. Census of
1900 shows that Anna came to America in 1855.  This is confirmed by the passenger list
of the Samuel M. Fox, shown at the left, which lists Anna, age 19, along with her brother
Michael, age 17 as passengers.  The Fox left
from LeHavre on March 27; 1855 and arrived at the Port of New York on April
21 st, where it was towed
into guarantine.  The crossing took a relatively short time of 24 days.
After arriving in America, Anna and Michael joined their brothers John and Peter in
Orleans County, New York.  The 1855 New York Census lists Anna as a servant living
with Elijah Root in the Town of Murry24.  Just
as young men often hired out as farm laborers, young women often became household servants
until they married.  Our next glimpse into Anna's life comes when she married
Nicholas Kehl on February 9, 18641, at St. Cecilia's
Roman Catholic church in Sheldon.  Nicholas was born December 15,
Kostenbach, Rhine Province, Prussia, the son of Peter Kehl and Anna
Loch.  He came to America in 1852, and journeyed to Sheldon, New York.
His parents and brother Peter came to America in 1855, and settled in Bennington, New
York.  Anna may have known Nicholas in Germany, since Kostenbach is only a few
miles west of Nuhweiler, however, their relationship undoubted developed as members of the
large German-American community centered on St. Cecilia's parish.
Nicholas and Anna initially settled in Bennington, where Nicholas purchased a farm on
Burroughs road in Bennington, near the Sheldon town line23.  This
same farm was later owned by John Zehler.
However, a year later, Nicholas purchased a farm in Sheldon23, and the family
was living there at the time of the 1870 U.S. Census26.
Finally, Nicholas purchased a third farm in 187423, this time back
in Bennington, where he continued to live until his death on January 4,
Subsequently, Anna moved to Bennington Center, where she lived with two of her grandsons,
Walter and Claude Beechler.  Anna died March 30,
Nicholas and Anna are buried in the cemetery of Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Bennington
Anna Zehler Kehl, seated, with Clara Kehl Sindecuse and Blanche Sindecuse - about 1910
Clara Kehl was born January 4, 1871, in the Town of Sheldon the third child of Nicholas Kehl and Anna Zehler.  On May 26
18912, she married
Frank A. Sindecuse at Sacred Heart of Jesus.  Frank was born on October 1,
18631, the son of Adam
Sindecuse and Anna Maria Kolb.
Frank and Clara initially settled in Bennington, where their child was born.  In 1900,
Frank's occupation is listed as a butcher33.
However, by the early 1900's, the family had moved Buffalo, where Frank was employed as a
traveling salesman for the Cary Safe Company34.  The
Buffalo newspaper of March 8, 1907, carried a headline story reporting a March
7th train accident at
Saratoga Springs, New York, in which Frank was one of three
According to Frank's probate record, Clara Sindecuse brought suit against the Delaware and
Hudson Railroad, which was settled for the sum of $20,00034.  Clara
continued to live in Buffalo with her unmarried daughter until her death in 1946.
The child of Frank amd Clara is:
Blanche A. Sindecuse
||Blanche was born on December 28,
18972, and died April 7,
197634.  She remained single.
2, in Bennington, New
York, however, most of her life she lived in Buffalo.  After the death of her father,
Blanche lived with her mother until the latter's death in 1947.  Census data indicate that
Blanche earned her living as a piano teacher77, 78.  She
died in Buffalo on April 7, 197634.
Blanche Sindecuse was born December 28, 1897
Frances Kehl was born on April 4, 18762, in Bennington, the
youngest child of Nicholas and Anna Kehl.  On February 13,
19022, she married Gerhard
Ziewers.  Gerhard was born on February 17, 18782, the son of John
Ziewers and Barbara Meyer.  The Ziewers family were members of the
Sacred Heart of Jesus parish in Bennington, and operated the general store in Bennington Center.
Following their marriage, Gerhard and Frances settled in Buffalo, New York, where Gerhard
worked as a clerk71.  In 1910
and 1920, Gerhard worked as a salesman for a bakery
72,73.  Then in
1930, he is working in the automotive industry79.  In
addition, he is listed in the 1914 City Directory as a partner in the firm of Beechler and
Ziewers80, a grocery store
he operated along with Frances' nephew, Walter
Beechler.  It would appear that Walter was largely responsible for operating the
grocery store and that Gerhard and Frances provided capital to help set him up in
Gerhard and Frances had one daughter, who married, but apparently had no children.
After retirement, the Ziewers returned to Bennington.  Gerhard died in the
Warsaw hospital on October 26, 195474, and Frances
died shortly thereafter, on December 30, 195475, at Gowanda,
possibly at the state mental institution located there.
The child of Gerhard and Frances is:
Evelyn R. Ziewers
||Evelyn was born in 190413, and died in
194713.  She marreid Allen C.
13, presumably in
Buffalo, New York.  About 1929, she married Allen C. Scharlock.  Alan lived in
Blasdell, New York, where worked as a salesman for a bakery.  It is possible he met the
Ziewers family through Gerhard, who also worked as a bakery salesman.  After their
marriage, Alan and Evelyn settled in Buffalo, where they lived with her parents.  Evelyn
died in 1947
13, and Alan
died in 1972
13; both are
buried in the cemetery at Sacred Heart of Jesus in Bennington.  They apparently had no
Evelyn Ziewers was born in 1904
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