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Re: Zabel William&Christopher Germany IL OH
Posted by: Don Morris Date: August 01, 1998 at 23:04:48
In Reply to: Zabel William&Christopher Germany IL OH by D. Zabel of 195


My Grandmother's Maiden Name was Anna Zabell. She and her Husband, Martin Kitzman (or
Kietzmann), came from Germany (Prussia) to Wisconsin in about 1865. In about 1875 they
moved to the Rice County, Minnesota area. At first they lived on a Farm in Wells Township and later moved to a Farm in Cannon City Township, where she died on June 12, 1931. She went to the St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Faribault, Minnesota.

I believe that my Grandmother, Anna Zabell, had a brother, or at least a near relative, Named Theodore Zabell who lived, or at one time lived, in Coal or (Cole) City, Illinois. This Theodore Zabell had a daughter named, Pauline Zabell, that married a man named, Ferdinand Hallet, and they lived in Faribault, Minnesota. I believe Ferdinand was a Barber. I have made contact with one of
the daughters of Pauline (Zabell) Hallet and she thought that Theodore Zabell was a half
brother to Anton Kietzmann or Kitzman, who also lived in the Rice County, Minnesota area.Theodore Zabell was supposedly born 17 March 1862 in Germany and died 1923 somewhere inthe U.S.A., most likely Illinois or Minnesota.

I have recently found some Zabell Relatives of Grandmother's living in Dumont and Wheaton, Minnesota. These people were descendants of John Zabell who I believe was a younger brother to my Grandmother, Anna (Zabell) Kitzman or Kietzmann. The spelling was apparently changed from Kietzmann to Kitzman after several years in the U.S.A.

I can be reached by E-Mail at

Don Morris, Minnesota


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