Joseph Clinton ZERBA
known as; "Clinton Zerba"
b.May 1851 Ohio
d.1924 Montcalm County,MI
burial: Crystal twp Cemetery, Montcalm, MI
Phoebe Albina PURDY (1855-1920)
Isaac ZERBA (b.1825 OH)
Sarah HUGHEY (b.1830 OH)
children: ZERBA
  1. William Augustus (b.1874)
  2. Floy Belle (b.~1876)
  3. Walter James (b.Feb 1880)
  4. Eva Alverta (b.Apr 1886)
  5. Bernie Leroy (b.Jul 1887)
siblings: ZERBA
  1. Samantha O. (b.Oct 1852)
  2. Nancy (b.~1856)
  3. Sarah C. (b.~1863)
  4. Melvin E. (b.~1866)
  5. James Jacob (b. Oct 1869)
  6. Nellie J. (b.~1873)
fact sources and writings about this individual:
from the research of Kevin Everingham 2000-2005

1860 CENSUS of Fremont twp, Steuben County, Indiana
Isaac Zerba, 45, Sarah, 30, Joseph C., 10, Samantha O. 8, Nancy, 5. Living next door was Joseph & Rosanna Hughey.

1870 CENSUS ?

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)

1900 CENSUS of Belding, Ionia County, MI
Clinton Zerba, born May 1851, age 49, born in OH, parents born in OH, Phebe, wife, born ???, age 44?, born in MI, parents born in OH, Walter, son, born Feb 1880, age 20, born in MI, Eva, daughter, born April 1886, age 14, born in MI.

1910 CENSUS of Belding, Ionia County, MI
Joseph Clinton Zerba, age 58, born in OH, father born in PA, mother born in IN, Phebe, wife, 55, born in MI, mother of 6, 5 children living, parents born in OH, Eva Thompson, daughter, 24, born in MI, father born in OH, mother born in MI, Nada Thompson, grand-daughter, age 5, born in MI, father born in IN, mother born in MI, Lita, grand-daughter, age 4, born in MI.

1916 Montcalm County, MI Biographical by John W. Dasef, pbl. B.F. Bowen, 1916... "Leroy K. Jarstfer was reared on the paternal farm in Kent County. On June 12, 1895 he married Floy B. Zerba. Floy was born in Branch county, daughter of Josheph Clinton and Phoebe (Purdy) Zerba. Joseph Zerba was the son of Isaac and Sarah (Huey) Zerba. Phoebe Purdy was the daughter of Alexander and Emaline (King) Purdy. Joseph Clinton Zerba and family moved to Montcalm county about a quarter of a century ago and located on the east end of the farm where Mr. Jarstfer now lives, in the northeast part of Crystal township, where he began life in a little log house in a small clearing in the woods. after living there about five years they moved to Ferris township, where they spent a few years, at the end of which time they moved to Belding, where they now live."

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