William Augustus ZERBA b.18 Sept 1874 Algansee, Branch MI
d.25 Feb 1921 New Haven, Gratiot, MI
Bessie M. Blanche WILES
m.16 Nov 1895 Gratiot Co. MI
daughter of Solomon WILES
Joseph Clinton ZERBA (b.1851)
Phoebe Albina PURDY (b.1855)
children: ZERBA
  1. Charles Albert (b.1897)
  2. Pearl A. (b.abt 1901)
  3. Lawson A. (b.Feb 1903)
  4. Verial Viola (b.Sept 1905)
  5. William A. (b.Apr 1907)
  6. Earl A. (b.may 1910)
  7. Merle A. (b.may 1910) twins
siblings: ZERBA
  1. Floy Belle (b.~1876)
  2. Walter James (b.Feb 1880)
  3. Eva Alverta (b.Apr 1886)
  4. Bernie Leroy (b.Jul 1887)
fact sources and writings about this individual:
From the research of Kevin Everingham 2000-2011

1874 Birth Registration #266 William Augustus Zerba, male, b.18 Sept 1874 at Algansee, Branch MI, father: Joseph C. Zerba b.IN, mother: Phebe Zerba b.MI
I've seen this record, the middle name is clearly Augustus, not Albert as family believed.

1880 CENSUS of Algansee, Branch county, MI
C. Zerba, 29, born in OH, farmer, P.A. Zerba, 25, wife, W.A. Zerba, 5, son, Floy B., 4, daughter, Walter J. age 9/12. Everyone but Clinton was listed as born in Michigan. (familiy #204, Page 20) "W.A. Zerba is William A."

1895 Gratiot Co. MI Marriage Record (film #985694) William A. Zerba, 21 b.MI, s/o Clinton Zerba & Phoebe Purdy,.. married 16 Nov 1895 at Gratiot Co. MI to Blanch Wiles, 20, b.MI d/o Soloman Wiles

1901 Gratiot Co. Imperial Atlas, lists a (William Zerber) who owned land in Section 16, of New Haven Township. There is no record of any "Zerber" families in Gratiot County. This is certainly a clerical typo for (William Zerba)

1920 New Haven Township, Gratiot County, MI CENSUS Page 3A;
William A. Zerba 45, Blanche 44 (wife), Pearl A. 19 (dau), Lawson A. 16 (son), William A. 12 (son), Earl A. & Merl A. 9 (twin sons). All born in Michigan. William was a farmer, his father is noted as born in Ohio.

1921 New Haven Township Cemetery, Gratiot County lists;
William A. Zerba (lot 262) born 1874, died 1921. Bessie M. Blanch Zerba (lot 262) born 1875, died Oct 15, 1927
burial record says: William A. Zerba d.25 Feb 1921 at New Haven twp. Gratiot County, MI, age 46, b.MI, farmer, married, s/o J.C. Zerba & Phoebe Purdy

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