I found this forum while researching the Ziegelmeier name for a friend and thought I would throw in my two cents. It has been my experience thus far that the Ziegelmeier name came first, with the "meyer" version starting with Anthony, born 2-6-1856, the son of Joseph and Catherine. He is the only one I have found that changed his name to the "Meyer" spelling.
The friend I am doing the research for told me several months ago about a story coming down through the family of one of the family members changing the spelling of the family name after an argument in the family but she didn't know any more than that and now I read on your forum about the squabble between the two brothers concerning an illegitimate offspring. I MAY have the answer to who that illegitimate child belonged to. I believe that the two brothers involved were Anthony and his brother, Joseph. As you know, they had a sister named Magdalena. The 1880 census shows Magdalena living with her mother and brother, Anthony. In this census, Magdalena (age 19) has a daughter, also named Magdalena (age one). The entire household is using the Ziegelmeier surname although in this census their name is misspelled as Siegelmeier. Any thoughts?
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