Seeking descendants of John OSWALD, Sr. and Barbara MANSE/MANZ both born near Zurich, Switzerland and maried there. They left Zurich for America July 1856 and settled in Weston, Platt County, Missouri, later moving to Atchison County, Kansas. John died in March 1869 at the age of 48. Barbara died February 1, 1872, also 48 years old.
They had eleven children:
Rosa, all before born in Switzerland
Christine born at Weston, Missouri
Frederick, both boys born in Atchison County, Kansas.
John, Sr. is said to have had an older brother, Jacob OSWALD. He moved to Wisconsin and had 9 boys and 2 girls.
While the surname OSWALD appears to have been found in at least 27 villages in Zurich Canton, MANSE was not listed. One possible variation was MANZ which was found in at least 35 villages.
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