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* Earl Russell Zea of Neptune, NJ*

Updated September 6, 2000

According to family records, three Zea brothers came from either Holland/Germany before the turn of the 18th Century. They landed at Manhattan Island (Ellis Island). Two returned to their fatherland and one remained on Manhattan Island and later moved to Schoharie County, NY. I only know them as Zea. I do not know their first names. The first record I can find of the brother who stayed in America, is William Zea, born October 30, 1812 in Schoharie County, NY. I cannot determine his date of dearth or where he may have died. His father took his family from Schoharie County to Madison County where William met and married Laura Blackman of Connecticut. She was of Puritan stock. She was born December 29, 1813 and died in Remington, Indiana in 1893. They had nine children: Jane born on September 1, 1833; John William, October 18, 1835; Catherine Mae on July 27, 1837; James N. Zea, June 29, 1839; Francis E. (female), born April 27, 1842; Peter H.; January 28, 1845; Joseph W. Zea, born February 06, 1847; Lyman L.. September 20, 1849; and, George W. born April 22, 1852 (he died at age 14).The name Zea seems to be mostly pronounced as ZEE, however there are families who pronouce the name as ZAY, which is the way I pronounce it. Spain was in control of the Netherlands at one time and there were many Zea family who relocated from Spain to the Netherlands. Spain has several hundred Zea families. More than any other Zea families in Europe.Please contact me if you can help me locate the parents/siblings of William Zea. Or, I would be willing to check the over 700 names in the Zea Family Tree that I have on file.

Earl Russell Zea
20 Lynn Drive
Neptune, New Jersey 07753-3212
A-United States

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