The Family of Martin Zehler and Mary Veit
Martin and Mary Zehler - about 1881
Mathias [Martin] Zehler was
born in Nuhweiler, Rhine Province, Prussia, and came to America in 1856, with his
parents.  On January 15, 18671, he married Mary
Veit at St. Cecilia's RC Church in Sheldon.  Martin and Mary initially settled in
Bennington, New York, but soon moved to Michigan, where they raised their children.
The children of Martin and Mary are:
||Angeline was born in June
187235, and she died 1958.  Angeline
married Harry L. Hand.
Anna Marie Zehler
||Anna was born on October 2,
187536, and she died on April 3,
195036.  Anna married Herman
Martin Jacob Zehler
||Martin was born on April 6,
187811, and he died on August 4,
194637.  Martin married Nora M.
Mathias Zehler was born February 15,
18415, in the tiny village of
Nuhweiler, the sixth child of Peter Zehler and Anna Maria
Klasen.  His birth was registered with the civil authorities at Wadern the
following day5.  However, Martin's baptismal
record4, shown at right, gives
his date of birth as December 16th, a discrepancy which is common for four of his siblings.  (see Peter for additional comments).
Martin grew up on the family farm in Nuhweiler.  Then, at until the age of 15, he came to
America with his parents and eight siblings.  After arriving in America, Mathias, soon
begin work as a farm laborer, following the example of his older brothers.  Thus in 1860,
at the age of 19, he was residing on the farm of Benjamin Thatcher in the Town of Murray,
Orleans Ccounty, New York, and working as a farm laborer16.  Then in
1865, he was working on the farm of Joseph Billings, again in Orleans
time, he was also going by the name Martin, a name he continued to use throughout his life.
On January 15, 1867, Martin married Mary Veit at St. Cecilia's in Sheldon.
born August 31, 1846126, in Selbach,
Principality of Birkenfeld, Oldenburg, the daughter of Peter Veit and Catharine
Dewes.  The Veit family was another of the immigrant families from the Saar area
who settled in Sheldon and Bennington.  They came from the village of Selbach, a few
kilometers east of Mettnich.  Peter and Anna Maria, along with Mathias and his siblings,
may have hidden in Selbach during the year prior to coming to America.  At the time
Selbach was located in the Principality of Brikenfeld, a possession of Oldenburg, making it a
likely place to avoid the Prussian authorities.  This period in the family's history remains
After their marriage, Martin and Mary continued to live in Orleans county, where he worked as a
farm laborer.  About 1871, Martin joined his oldest brother,
John, and moved to Michigan, where he found work in
the lumber industry.  In November 1871, they purchased a house in the city of Big Rapids
However, they only lived in Big Rapids for a brief time, for in March of 1873, Martin and Mary
sold their property to his younger brother, Frederick,
and proceeded to move to Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Martin and Mary lived the remainder of their lives in Grand Rapids, raising a family of
three children.  Martin continued to work in the lumber industry and his death
certificate gives this occupation as Lumber Scaler11.  Martin
died there on July 31, 191111, and Mary lived
on until 1919127.  They
are buried in Mt. Cavalry cemetery, Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Martin's head stone bears
the name Mathias Zehler.
Anna Marie Zehler was born October 2, 187535,36, in Grand
Rapids, the second child of Martin Zehler and Mary
Veit.  She grew up in Grand Rapids, and was still living with her parents in 1900,
while working as a clerk35.
By 1910136, Anna had
moved to Los Angeles, California, living in Hollywood, again working as a Clerk.  Anna
may have traveled West with her brother, Martin, who was living in
San Francisco in 1910137.  By
1920, Anna had married Herman Avink138.
Herman, who had immigrated from Holland in 1875, was born about 1870.  He worked
from his house as a Carpenter.
Herman died August 29, 194536, and Anna died
April 3, 195036, in Los
Angeles.  They had no children.
Martin Jacob Zehler was born April 6, 187840, in Grand
Rapids, the third child of Martin Zehler and Mary
Veit.  He grew up with his family in Grand Rapids, and was still living with his
parents in 1900, working as a laborer.  Sometime before 1907, Martin moved to San
California.  There, in about 1907, he married Nora M.
November 9, 1886, in New Orleans, Louisiana18.
In 1910, Martin was living on 24th Street in San Francisco, and working as a bridge man, buildging bridges in the San
Francisco Bay area137.
Martin died on April 26, 1943139, in San
Francisco, and Nora died June 1, 197418,140, in Union
The children of Martin and Nora are:
Dorothy Ruth Zehler
||Dorothy was born September 13,
190818, and she died September 4,
199718.  Dorothy married (1)
Charles Aloysius Mcclory and (2) Frederick C. Cutchshaw.
Martin Jacob Zehler
||Martin was born August 28,
and he died May 11, 199118.  Martin married Wilma
Dorothy Ruth Zehler was born September 13, 190818, in San
Francisco, California, the first child of Martin Zehler and Nora
Keating.  She grew up in San Francisco and in August
192940, she married
Charles Aloysius McClory, a San Francisco attorney.  Charles and Dorothy had
one child.  In the 1930's40, Charles and
Dorothy divorced.  Charles died January 4, 197318, in San
On June 10, 193940, Dorothy
married Frederick C. Cutchshaw in Reno, Nevada.  Frederick was born January
Frederick and Dorothy initially lived in San Francisco, where Frederick was an
Accountant.  They later moved to San Diego, California.  Frederick died April 5,
197918, in San Dieago
and Dorothy died on September 4, 199718, in Anaheim
Martin Jacob Zehler was born August 28, 1910,18, in San
Francisco, California, the second child of Martin Zehler and Nora
Keating.  He grew up in San Francisco, where he followed in his father's footsteps
by becoming a bridge man40.  On
September 4, 1954, he married Wilma Black in Carmel, California.  Wilma was
born July 1, 1917 18, in Mason City,
Iowa, the daughter of Henry Black and Louise Leonard.  Martin and
Wilma lived in Los Altos, San Francisco and Sebastopol, California.
Martin worked as a pile driver for the Port of San Francisco40.  His
career included work on the Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay
was a veteran of WWII and served as a Sergeant in the Army Engineer
was trained as a business sectretary and was employed as Secretary for the Binks Manufacturing
Co. in San Francisco40.  Before
her marriage to Martin, she was Secretary and Expediter for Westinghouse electric in
Minniapolis, Minnesota, for fifteen years40.
Martin Zehler died in Sebastopol on May 11, 1991, and Wilma died there December 10, 2005.
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