Please forgive me for taking so long to email you, we were out of town for the day. Thank you for helping me.
Is Kate the d/o Michel/Anna ZERR of Knox Co IN? If she is, I detect a problem.
Did Kate remarry? To whom? Settled where?
What is the name of the 3rd dau? Married to whom? Settled where?
Yes, Kate did remarry. I have it all listed below. The 2nd husband was Winkler and they settled in Fannin County Texas. We do not know the names of the 2 daughters that died with their father. The 3rd daughter was named Ida Neville. She married Joseph Benjamin Peters and they settled in Lamar County, Texas.
On 5-17-1853 Michel (Michael) Zerr, his wife Anna Marie (called Luna on the shipís transport record) and their five -- actually 6 counting a newborn -- children arrived at the Port of New Orleans aboard the S/S Manchester. The Manchester had sailed from Havre, France. The Michel Zerr family, believed to be of German ancestry, was from Elsass aka Alsace. From daughter Kate's journal, we learned that Luna delivered a baby aboard the ship, that American officials "impounded" the family until Luna and the baby were deemed well enough to travel. As was the custom following the birth of child, Luna and the baby were confined to a bed in a nearby Catholic hospital. New Orleans was in the throes of a yellow fever epidemic. While hospitalized Luna and the baby died from yellow favor. The nuns buried their remains in a mass grave on the hospital grounds. Michael and his surviving five children caught a Mississippi steamboat, headed towards Vincennes, IN.
In 1857 Michael met and married Anna Marie Fusser. Anna Marie, in her early 20's, was only a few years older than her stepchildren were. Michel's children greatly resented her authority. The Civil War started. Michel's oldest son, Hurant, was a "free bleeder" and able to avoid the draft. To avoid the draft, Joseph, the second son, fled to Canada to avoid the draft. Family members heard little from him after he left home. The third son, Jules Lorence, born in 1850 managed to escape the draft. About 1865 Hurant died. One day he sustained a minor cut. By that night the bleeding appeared to have stopped. Hurant and his siblings went to bed. The next morning one of his sisters found his lifeless body lying in his bed in a pool of blood. About a year later in 1866 Michel died. Ann, his young widow, wasted no time finding herself a new husband and leaving the Zerr household.
Not long after her father's death Kate married to a Mr. Neville (aka Nevill) and moved to St. Louis where her husband had a job as a train conductor. Mary is believed to have moved to St. Louis with Kate and Mr. Neville. In 1867 in St. Louis Mary married Charles Moldenke, a baker. About that same time Kate, pregnant with her third child, was widowed. Kate's husband and their two little girls died in a train wreck. Soon after giving birth to her third baby, a daughter named Ida, Kate married a married a German immigrant named William Winkler. William's immigrant transport records reveal his name originally was Henrich Wilhelm Winkler and that he was a shoemaker. Winkler's St. Louis, MO home guard (militia) records indicate that he strongly objected to being called Henrich or Wilhelm, preferring the English "William". In the late 1860's or early 1870ís, Lawrence made his way to Shelby Co., IL where he was married in 1875. By 1880 all three of the surviving Zerr siblings were living with their respective families in Shelby Co., IL. Events transpired causing the three Zerr siblings to soon be separated again. The three of them apparently never to live near each other again.
About 1884 Catherine "Kate" Zerr and her second husband William Winkler moved to Fannin Co., Texas, near the Red River, where they purchased ranch land. Not long after arriving in Texas, their four-year-old son was killed by marauding Indians, who'd crossed the Red River from Oklahoma Indian Territory with the intent of killing as many whites as they could in each of their "sneak" attacks. About 1887 or 1888 Kate and William's 10-year-old daughter, Nancy died of malaria or possibly cholera. Kate's journal contained a scrap of material from the blue silk ribbon dress she'd sewn for her daughter to wear on Easter. Sadly, a few weeks later she buried her daughter in that same dress. About July 1888 Court records suggest William was murdered either by marauding Indians or more probably by outlaw bands of former Confederate soldiers. And, if all that wasn't enough to "break" Kate, another disturbing event occurred. Distraught by the murders of his younger brother and his father, Kate's 14-15 year-old son, Joseph Manuel Winkler, ran away from home to join the Texas Rangers. In the course of a few years she'd experienced the loss of four children, two husbands and a son leaving her alone on the ranch so he could avenge his father's and brother's deaths. Although two of her children were married and living in Texas, Kate, brokenhearted, sold the ranch and moved her smaller children to Bosworth, MO, to live near her brother Lawrence. Kate could not have been living in Bosworth very long when Lawrence moved his family back to Shelby Co., IL. After Lawrence returned to Illinois, it is not known why Kate chose to stay in Bosworth. In 1900, after all her children were grown and married, she married a widowed and retired schoolteacher named Jonathan Holmes. Jonathan considered Kate the love of his life. Jonathan was totally devoted to Kate. Because he thought her to be an extraordinary woman whose life should be shared with the world, he gave her journal and encouraged her to write about her life. Kate wrote in that journal every day until she died suddenly in 1907.
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