Christian Zierle or Johann Christian Zierle, my third great grandfather, was born 13 May 1840 in Nekarwestheim, Nekarkreis, Württemberg, Germany. I have yet to find his parents’ names or any siblings. He died sometime after 1894, probably in New York.
He was one of the soldiers that came over to fight in the Civil War – registered October 14, 1861 in New York City. According to the 1890 Veterans Schedules, he enlisted again in 1862 and was living in New York, NY in 1890. In service, he suffered a rupture of some kind and was put on disability.
Collection Title:Civil War Pensions
Arm Of Service:Infantry
State/Arm Of Service:N. Y. Inf.
U.S. Naturalization Records have him becoming a U.S. Citizen on February 7, 1867 in New York.
In 1867 he also married Mina Kuhn in Manhattan, NY. Emigration records have him leaving Wuerttemberg, the Besigheim district, after a visit in June of 1873.
Mina was born in 1849 in Baden, Germany and died in 1934 in Queens, New York. She gave Christian six children. Elsa in 1867, Henry in 1870, Mary (my second great-grandmother) in 1871, Luisa in 1872, John in 1875 and Albert in 1879.
His residence is listed in 1874 as New York, NY. His residence remains New York, NY in 1880, 1884, 1890, 1891, 1892 and 1894.
I will edit this post if I find his death information or his parents.
Edit: I found this document on Fold.com and it gave me his death date: Oct. 1913
I then found this:
Name: Christian Zierle
Event Type: Cemetery
Event Date: 23 Oct 1913 (DEATH DATE)
Event Place: Queens, New York
Affiliate Publication Title: Applications for Headstones for U.S. Military Veterans, 1925-1941
Affiliate Publication Number: M1916
Affiliate Film Number: 134
GS Film number: 1878283
Digital Folder Number: 4832301
Image Number: 01942
Then I found this:
“Germany Births and Baptisms, 1558-1898”
Name: Johann Christian Zierle
Christening Date: 10 May 1840
Christening Place: EVANGELISCH, NECKARWESTHEIM, NECKARKREIS, WUERTTEMBERG
Birth Date: 03 May 1840
Father’s Name: Conrad Friedrich Zierle
Mother’s Name: Christina Elisabetha Zierle
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: C91508-1
System Origin: Germany-VR
GS Film number: 1184923
Reference ID: 2:27QB2NN