The Zebe Family of Kreis Grottkau, Schlesien (Silesia)

Compiled by Paul Zebe

Contents

Introduction
Other Zebe Families
Family Tree
Sources of Information
Contact

Introduction

The Zebe family of Kreis Grottkau was founded by Franz Zebe and his wife Francisca (nee Klose).  While it is known that Franz was born in Würben, Kreis Grottkau, and that Francisca was born in Niklasdorf, Kreis Grottkau, the parents of neither are known.  Franz was born in 1805.  By the mid-1830s he was a shephard living in Zülzhof, Kreis Grottkau, perhaps on the estate located there.  By the 1840s, he was a property owner in Olbendorf, Kreis Strehlen (for more about this village, see "Memories of Olbendorf").  At the time of his death he was the owner of a full sized farm [a Bauerngutsbesitzer] in the village.  Franz and Francisca had three sons and a daughter. All three sons left Schlesien to work elsewhere in Germany, one returning after retirement and the end of World War I, but not to Kreis Grottkau nor to Kreis Strehlen.  The daughter and her descendants operated the family farm until the Germans were expelled from Schlesien at the end of World War II.  Today, the descendants of Franz and Francisca live in Germany and the USA.

While the ancestors of Franz Zebe are unknown, it is known that from the 1680s to the 1760s Zebes were living first in the village of Hönigsdorf (from c1683 and perhaps earlier to c1740) and then in the village of Striegendorf (from c1740 into the 1760s, and perhaps later), both in Kreis Grottkau and both within a mile or two of Würben, Franz's birthplace (in places, fields of Würben border fields of Striegendorf). Circumstantial evidence suggests that prior to 1683, the Zebe family may have used the surname Zewige (and its shortened form, Zewe). If so, they were resident in Hönigsdorf from at least the late 1650s. It might be noted that the American Zebe family has a tradition that the family underwent a surname change at some point in its history, but their German cousins do not.

I would be very interested in hearing from anyone who is descended from this family.


Other Zebe Families

There appear to be a number of different Zebe families located throughout the world, including Germany and the USA.  In the USA, there are at least two different Zebe families, and likely three or more.  The relationship, if any, between the Zebe family of Kreis Grottkau and any other Zebe family is currently unknown.  The Zebe families include the following:

Pitschen, Kreis Kreuzburg, Schlesien--A Zebe family originating in Pitschen, Kreis Kreuzburg, lived in Schlesien from at least the late 1600s up to the end of World War II.  Descendants of this family can be found throughout Germany today, as well as in the USA.  The family was Protestant and a number of descendants were Protestant clergy.  The noted Schlesien writer, Gustav Freytag, is a descendant of this family.  The surname of this family may have originally been Ceba (or variant).

Ost-Brandenburg--A Zebe family currently living in Germany originated in Ost-Brandenburg.  Ost-Brandenburg is that portion of Brandenburg that was absorbed by Poland after the end of World War II. 

Southwestern Germany--A Zebe family has lived in Baden-Württemburg evidently for centuries.  The origins of this family are unknown. Some members of the family apparently moved to East/West Prussia during the 1700s.  The family surname is said to be a variant of the surname Zehe. 

Slovenia--A Zebe family currently living in Germany originated in what is now Slovenia.  The family home was originally Marburg/Drau (now Maribor/Drava). The surname of this family was originally Cebe and was reportedly changed because Germans habitually mispronounced it.

Huguenots--A Zebe family currently living in Germany is descended from Huguenots who came to Germany from France.  It is reported that the famly surname was written as Zebé by some members of the family until World War II.


Family Tree

  Key:

  *=born
  oo=married
  +=died

  Localities:

  Altona, Prussia, Germany (now part of the city of Hamburg, Germany)
  Bad Charlottenbrunn, Kreis Waldenburg, Niederschlesien, Germany (now in Poland)
  Demmin, Germany
  Elberfeld, Germany (now part of the city of Wuppertal, Germany)
  Ellerdorf, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
  Frankfurt am Main, Germany
  Görlitz, Niederschlesien, Germany (now part of Saxony, Germany)
Hannover, Lower Saxony, Germany   Herrnhut, Germany
  Hilpoltstein, Bavaria, Germany
  Kalkau, Kreis Neisse, Oberschlesien, Germany (now in Poland)
  Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
  Königsstein, Hessen, Germany
  Kosolup (location unknown)
  Kühschmalz, Kreis Grottkau, Oberschlesien, Germany (now in Poland)
  Lehmwasser, Kreis Waldenburg, Niederschlesien, Germany (now in Poland)
  Leipzig, Saxony, Germany
  Little Falls, Minnesota, USA
  Lodz, Russian Poland (now in Poland)
  Lübeck, Germany
  Luverne, Minnesota, USA
  Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
  Mülheim an der Ruhr, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
  Munich, Bavaria, Germany
  Neumünster, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
  Niklasdorf, Kreis Grottkau, Oberschlesien, Germany (now in Poland)
  Oberscheide bei Dillenburg i. Westerwald, Hessen, Germany
  Olbendorf, Kreis Strehlen, Niederschlesien, Germany (now in Poland)
  Oppeln, Kreis Oppeln, Oberschlesien, Germany (now in Poland)
  Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
  Rogau, Kreis Grottkau, Oberschlesien, Germany (now in Poland)
  Schlossborn, Hessen, Germany
  St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
  Transylvania, Hungary (now part of Romania)
  Worthington, Minnesota, USA
  Würben, Kreis Grottkau, Oberschlesien, Germany (now in Poland)
  Yakima, Washington, USA
  Zülzhoff, Kreis Grottkau, Oberschlesien, Germany (now in Poland)


1 Franz ZEBE, *23 Sep 1805 in Würben, +21 Nov 1888 in Olbendorf, owner of full sized farm in Olbendorf
     oo Francisca KLOSE, *23 Mar 1815 in Niklasdorf, +19 Dec 1890 in Olbendorf
.     2 Franz Joseph ZEBE, *23 Dec 1836 in Zülzhoff, +24 Sep 1897 in Kalkau, post office manager in Kalkau
          oo Ida FREITAG, *25 Jun 1845 in Rogau, +10 Jun 1894 in Kalkau
.     .     3 Martha (I) ZEBE, *cMar 1865, +18 May 1865 in Rogau
.     .     3 Georg ZEBE, *cMar 1866, +24 Nov 1866 in Kühschmalz
.     .     3 Martha (II) ZEBE, *after 1866
               oo ? SCHUBERT(?), government clerk
.     .     3 Magdalena (Magda) ZEBE, *28 May 1871 in Würben
               oo Paul Wilhelm Reinhold BAIER, *18 Oct 1864 in Frankfurt/Oder, district sergeant major in Oppeln
.     .     .     4 Eugen Franz Johann Sÿlvester BAIER, *31 Dec 1894 in Neisse
.     .     .     4 Elsa Ida Maria BAIER, *7 Nov 1896 in Oppeln
.     .     .     4 Kurt Waldemar BAIER, *26 Jan 1898 in Oppeln
.     .     .     4 Eugen Paul BAIER, *5 Oct 1899 in Oppeln, +20 Jun 1900(?) in Oppeln
.     .     .     4 Magda Elfriede BAIER, *21 Oct 1901 in Oppeln
.     .     3 Elfriede ZEBE, *c1876, +possibly in Hannover
               oo August HUSEMANN, *c1862, site engineer
.     .     .     4 Else HUSEMANN, *c1892
.     .     3 Franz Georg (Frank George) ZEBE, *12 Jan 1877 in Kalkau, +6 Mar 1943 in Milwaukee, policeman in Elberfeld
               oo 1) Johanna Emilie SCHÄFER, *19 Jun 1880 in Lodz
.     .     .     4 Margarethe Ida Karoline (Grete) ZEBE, *8 Aug 1903 in Elberfeld, +17 May 1978 in Neumünster
                    oo ? MÖLLER
.     .     .     4 Adolf Johannes ZEBE, 4 Jun 1905 in Elberfeld, +15 Aug 1983 in Kiel
                    oo Maria Catharina FRIEDRICHSEN, *30 Mar 1905 in Ellerdorf, +3 Feb 2000
.     .     3 Franz Georg (Frank George) ZEBE, *12 Jan 1877 in Kalkau, +6 Mar 1943 in Milwaukee, laborer
               oo 2) Mathilde Maria Elisabeth EGGERS, *1 Jun 1886 in Lübeck, +17 Feb 1929 in St. Paul
.     .     .     4 Alfred Herbert Kurt ZEBE, *15 Jul 1909 in Altona, +12 Oct 1977 in St. Paul, master baker in St. Paul
                    oo Ann BOROS, *19 Nov 1908 in Transylvania, +22 Nov 1991 in St. Paul
.     .     .     4 Alfreda ZEBE, *11 Dec 1913 in Regina, +7 Feb 1998 in Yakima
                    oo Frank WALSH, +Mar 1950 in Little Falls
.     .     .     4 Frank ZEBE, *28 Nov 1915 in Regina, +5 May 1977 in St. Paul, security guard
.     .     .     4 Helene ZEBE, *10 Aug 1917 in Regina, +11 Aug 1963
                    oo Harold L. PETERSON, home and garden nursery employee
.     .     .     4 Rudolph Max ZEBE, *14 Apr 1919 in Regina, +12 Dec 1985 in Worthington, highway maintenance worker
                    oo Marie HELLWINCKEL, *c1923, +c1952
.     .     .     4 Mary Magdalena ZEBE, *25 May 1921 in Regina, +5 May 1987 in Luverne
.     .     .     4 George Kurt Bruno ZEBE, *12 Nov 1922 in Regina, +27 Aug 2002, construction worker
.     .     3 Margaretha ZEBE, *1878 in Kalkau, +1883 in Kalkau
.     .     3 Waldemar Otto ZEBE, *1880 in Kalkau, +1883 in Kalkau
.     .     3 Waldemar Heinrich ZEBE, *1884 in Kalkau, last seen in the records receiving his first communion in Oppeln in 1898
.     2 August ZEBE, *2 Nov 1846 in Olbendorf, +1 Jul 1910 in Königstein, Royal forest master
          oo Louise Wilhelmine Henriette KELLER, *22 Sep 1854 in Oberscheld bei Dillenburg i. Westerwald, +1 May 1890 in Schlossborn
.     .     3 Karl August ZEBE, *31 Jan 1879 in Schlossborn, +1963 in Frankfurt/Main
               oo Wilhelmine NEEB, +1928 in Frankfurt/Main
.     .     .     4 Karl Albert Julius ZEBE, *26 Feb 1904 in Frankfurt/Main, +16 Aug 1984 in Frankfurt/Main
                    oo ? STROBEL
.     .     .     4 Auguste Emilie Anna Ottilie ZEBE, *6 Feb 1911, +4 Oct 1996
                    oo Richard RAAB
.     .     3 Fritz Heinrich ZEBE, *20 Nov 1880, +Frankfurt/Main
               oo Elisabeth MOMBERGER, *6 Jan 1874 in Ober Ohmen, +21 Jan 1953 in Frankfurt/Main
.     .     .     4 Ottilie ZEBE, *13 May 1914 in Frankfurt/Main
                    oo George STEIGERWALD
.     .     3 Anna Adolphine ZEBE, *9 Aug 1882, +Frankfurt/Main
               oo Johann Michael SACHS
.     .     .     4 Wilhelmine Louise SACHS, *10 Dec 1902 in Frankfurt/Main
.     .     .     4 Kunigunde SACHS, *21 Aug 1904 in Frankfurt/Main
.     .     3 Julius ZEBE, *18 Jun 1884, +16 Aug 1959 in Munich, furrier
               oo Irene CHASAPI, *25 May 1892 in Greece(?), +8 Mar 1967
.     .     .     4 Wilhelm August Friedrich ZEBE, *12 May 1923 in Munich, +15 Apr 2004 in Munich, banker
                    oo Anneliese HORMESS, *15 Nov 1940 in Munich, +23 Jan 2001 in Munich
.     .     3 Ottmar ZEBE, *24 Mar 1886, +About 1903
.     .     3 August ZEBE, *14 May 1888, +Frankfurt/Main
               oo Elisabeth HOMBERGER
.     2 Julius ZEBE, +Bad Charlottenbrunn, customs official in Danzig(?)
          oo ???, +Bad Charlottenbrunn
.     .     3 Liesel ZEBE
               oo Erich KRINKE, schoolteacher at Lehmwasser near Bad Charlottenbrunn
.     2 Anna ZEBE, *8 Aug 1855 in Olbendorf, +3 Feb 1939 in Olbendorf
          oo Franz WINKLER, *30 Nov 1850 in Olbendorf, +20 Jun 1928 in Olbendorf, farmer in Olbendorf
.     .     3 Franz WINKLER,*13 May 1878 in Olbendorf, +1969 in Herrnhut
               oo ???
.     .     .     4 Luzia WINKLER
.     .     .     4 Lena WINKLER
.     .     .     4 Cäcilia WINKLER
.     .     .     4 Erika WINKLER
.     .     3 Karl Paul WINKLER, *6 Apr 1880 in Olbendorf, +11 Nov 1963 in Leipzig, farmer
               oo Hedwig WINKLER, *14 Jun 1885 in Olbendorf, +13 May 1949 in Leipzig
.     .     .     4 Georg WINKLER, *2 Jan 1916 in Olbendorf, +30 Aug 1991 in Hilpoltstein
                    oo Maria HAMMERL, *16 Nov 1918 in Kosolup, + 28 Nov 1996 in Hilpoltstein
.     .     .     4 Karl Paul WINKLER, *3 Mar 1921 in Olbendorf, +1 Mar 1999 in Mülheim an der Ruhr
.     .     3 Julius WINKLER, *20 Jun 1888, +1948 in Demmin
.     .     3 Martha WINKLER, *7 Feb 1890 in Olbendorf, +23 Oct 1972 in Görlitz
               oo Hermann KNORN

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