Thanks for your reply to my posting in May. Based on research I've done since that posting, I concur with you: I believe that John is a son of Michael Zeigler and Martha Piquott, one of 11 children of their marriage. The only confirming evidence I have of John's relationship to Michael is a record from Adams Co MS dated 11 Oct 1812, in which John and his brother, Michael, Jr., give a power of authority to Jacob Regdet to sue their brother Conrad and brother-in-law Jacob Rigdill (sister Martha's husband) in a probate dispute involving father Michael's estate.
I've not had much luck in uncovering details about Sarah Lavica and her family. The latest record I've been able to find for her is an 1849 probate record in Catahoula Parish LA, in which she is identified as John's wife and appointed as co-administrator of his estate along with their son Robert. Interestingly, this probate also resulted in a legal contest--son Simpson filed suit in November 1850 claiming that the estate assets were not being properly administered. I don't have the final resolution of the probate of John's estate. Sarah disappears from the records after that, so I don't know where she lived thereafter or is buried.
I saw Gloria Lazard's posting suggesting that Sarah may have moved to Jasper Texas to live with her sons there. She doesn't indicate her source for that statement, and I've not found anything in my reseach so far that confirms her suggestion. I've searched records of Jasper Co. TX available online and I've not found her listed in any census or burial records there. Her son Robert moved to Jasper Co. around 1850 (which might have had something to do with his brother's claim that their father's estate wasn't being properly administered). Robert is listed as a head of household in the 1860 US census of Jasper Co. (dwelling/family #211)--Sarah is not listed as living with them. This doesn't necessarily mean that she wasn't living there near Robert-I just can't find any evidence of that happening. And I've not found any record of another of Sarah's sons moving to TX.
I know little about Michael and Martha's life, other than the identity of their 11 children. Michael served in the South Carolina militia during the Revolutionary War, under the command of Captain Jacob Rumph. On July 5, 1784 he was paid fourteen pounds, one shilling, two and one half penny sterling for 223 days of military service. On July 1, 1785 he was paid twelve pounds, seventeen shillings, one and one half penny sterling for 180 days of military service. I've also found him listed as a head of household in the 1790 US census of St. Phillips and St. Michaels Parish SC. Since the probate dispute mentioned earlier took place in Adams Co MS, I'm assuming that he died there.
I know almost nothing about Martha and her family. Even the spelling of her maiden name is uncertain: I've seen it spelled Piquott or Picot. Some other researchers believe that she was of French Hugenot origin, and I've been searching genealogy and history records of French Hugenot migration to SC in the pre-colonial period to see if a name like hers pops up, but so far, no luck. I've seen postings indicating that she died about 1795 in SC--no burial location has been identified.
You reference a second marriage of Michael to Mary Cannon in 1781. I haven't seen this before--what is the source of your information? I have in my database five of Michael's children being born after 1781, with the assumption that they were all Martha's children, so if Michael did marry Mary Cannon in 1781, that would affect my entries for the mother of these children.
My research tentatively indicates that Michael's parents may be Frederick Zeigler and Christiana Ruhland, although I haven't yet found authoritative source documentation that confirms this link. Other postings indicate that Michael Jr. was born in Sohnstetten Germany about 1738--but without reference to the source of this information. Fritz Zeigler and family arrived in Charleston 23 Mar 1753 on the ship "Elizabeth" that originated in Rotterdam. Fritz received a land grant for 250 acres on Mine Branch of Big Beaver Creek of the Congaree River, above Amelia Township SC in what is now Calhoun County SC. It is believed that he died sometime shortly after resettling in America--his burial location has not yet been identified. I know nothing about Christiana and her family, other than that she and Fritz apparently had 7 known children (William, Mary Ann, Martin, John George, Nicholas, Michael and Jacob).
There is much more research to be done about these families to confirm the links and details of their lives and to document authoritative sources for this information.
Regards, John Reid
P.O. Box 7164
Libertyville IL 60048
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