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Ancestors and descendants of John Theodore & Charlotta Niesser Zietz
Posted by: F. Edwards (ID *****5618) Date: March 06, 2005 at 13:59:27
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This couple are understood to have married in Germany before sailing to America in 1853. They settled In Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin and had many children there. Mr. Zietz fought in the Civil War in 1864/65 with the 43rd Wisconsin Infantry. Following the war, the oldest children made their way further west to Colorado. One of them, Henry, became a great friend of the likes of Buffalo Bill Cody, Chief Sitting Bull and Henry Tabor as he grew up. My great grandmother was Lottie Zietz, who also made her way there to Colorado in the mid-1870's and met and married Joseph Foster Moody, a carpenter from New Hampshire. He had gone west to build bridges and other structures for the Union Pacific railroad.

The rest of the Zietz family followed along to Colorado in the early 1880's passing through such places as Maquoketa, Jackson Co., Iowa. The father operated a saloon, the Rio Grande Exchange, in Denver before is death in 1887. Son Henry carried on in his father's footsteps, opening the famous Buckhorn Exchange Restaurant in 1893 and it still operates at 1000 Osage Street in Denver today.

This is an all-together too brief an introduction to a most interesting family, whose history is closely associated with the settlement of Colorado. I would love to hear from any who can share more about the Zietz descendants, as well as the German origins of Theodore and Charlotta Zietz before their marriage and subsequent voyage to America in 1853.


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