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The Theodore L. Zabels Of Dayton, Ohio

Updated December 24, 2000

Theodore Leonard Zabel

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I've just started a Family Tree Maker Chart that includes 5 generations of Zabels and photos that lead me back to Michael and Susanna Zabel in Russian controlled Ukraine during the 1890's.I believe Michael and Susanna [Rahn or Rahf] were married in Konigsberg, East Prussia between 1865-1875 before moving to Ukraine.Three of their Ten Children [Ferdinand, Edward and August] came to the U.S.A. [Edward in May of 1906],where they settled near Goodrich, North Dakota.
Please help me trace my ancestors back beyond Michael Zabel in Russia/Ukraine. I understand Michael's Parents died when Michael was very young.Michael was born in 1841 probably in the area of Germany or Poland.

Family Photos

  • Theodore H. Zabel Family - Bremerton, Wash. 1946 (17 KB)
    Ted Zabel, the oldest of the 4 sons of Edward and Lily Zabel, married Minnie (Dobbs) on April 12, 1936 in Missoula, Montana. Ted and Minnie ultimately settled in Bremerton, Washington where they raised their three children ,Bonnie 4yrs., Pattie 7yrs. and Teddy 9yrs. old (see above photo)
  • Ted and Edna (26 KB)
    Ted and Edna's 25th anniversary photo taken in 1986 just before they moved to Dayton, Ohio.
  • Theodore L. Zabel Family - Salem, Oregon 1982 (38 KB)
    Nine year old Teddy Zabel grew up in Bremerton, Washington. He attended college and seminary in California, married Edna (Janzen) on July 7, 1961 in Elbing, Kansas and ultimately settled in Salem, Oregon where they raised their two children Andy and Marsi (see photo above).
  • Michael and Susanna (Rahn) Zabel (19 KB)
    Photo of Michael and Susanna Zabel was taken in 1910 in Russia/Ukraine. They probably married in 1867 or 1868 in Konigsberg E. Prussia (Susanna's birth place). As a young married couple, they moved to Russia/Ukraine where they started farming near the village of Wjazowez (100 miles west of Kiev). They had 10 children. Three sons, Ferdinand, Edward (my Grandpa) and August came to U.S.A.,(my Grandpa, Edward, in 1906)settling in Goodrich, North Dakota.
  • Christmas Cruise 1998 (68 KB)
    This Family Photo was taken on December 31, 1998 just before midnight and the arrival of 1999. From L. to R.- Theodore Andrew and Michelle (Bergland)Zabel, Edna and Theodore Leonard Zabel and Marsi (Zabel)Greathouse and Greg Greathouse.
  • Edward & Lily Zabel & their four sons (17 KB)
    While farming near Goodrich, North Dakota, Edward and Lily Zabel raised four sons. This photo, taken in 1950, shows Edward & Lily celebrating their 40th Wedding Anniversary in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Standing in the back row from L. to R., Leo, Theodore H. Arnold and his twin brother, Harold.
  • Olivia Marie Greathouse (14 KB)
    Picture of Olivia with her Grandpa Greathouse, her father, Greg Greathouse, and Grandpa Zabel. She was born Dec. 23, 2000, at 3:23 p.m. at Kettering Medical Center. Her weight, 9 lb., 15.8 oz. Her length, 21 inches.
  • Part of Michael Zabel Family in Russia in 1910 (73 KB)
    Front row L. to R.- a Zabel daughter and her husband standing behind her. Then daughter Othelia and her husband, Adolph Herman behind her. Then Zabel parents, Susanna and Michael with son August age 19, standing behind them. Shortly after this photo, August joined two older brothers, Ferdinand and Edward in Amerika.
  • Three Zabel Brothers in Amerika (42 KB)
    After three separate crossings, the Zabel brothers found each other and ultimately settled on farmland near Goodrich, North Dakota. Photo taken between 1911-1915. Standing in back L. to R., Edward with his wife, Lily(Kehn) seated in front of him. Then August in the middle. And Ferdinand, with his wife, Mathilda(Leppert), seated in front.
  • Edward and Lily (Kehn) Zabel (7 KB)
    Edward Married Lily on December 14,1910 near Goodrich, North Dakota. They farmed 620 acres until the 1932 drought sent them to Montana, and then on to Coeur d' Alene, Idaho in 1935 where they farmed land just out of town.

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