name found as: ZERBE & ZERBY
b.26 Apr 1825 in OH or PA?
d.19 March 1895 Algansee, Branch Co, MI
burial: Lester cem, Algansee, Branch, MI
Sarah HUGHEY (b.1830 OH)
Jacob ZERBE (b. PA)
see: more Research by Kevin Everingham
children: ZERBA
  1. Joseph Clinton (b.1851 d.1924)
  2. Samantha O. (b.Oct 1852 d.1874)
  3. Nancy (b.~1856)
  4. Sarah C. (b.~1863 d.1907)
  5. Melvin E. (b.~1866)
  6. James Jacob (b. Oct 1869)
  7. Nellie J. (b.~1873)
siblings: ZERBA
fact sources and writings about this individual:
Information from the research of Kevin Everingham, 2000-2005.
a previous family thought to be Isaac's parents but likely not: Jacob

1860 CENSUS of Fremont twp, Steuben County, Indiana
Isaac Zerba, 35/or 45?, Sarah, 30, Joseph C., 10, Samantha O. 8, Nancy, 5. Living next door was Joseph & Rosanna Hughey.

1869 Branch, MI Birth Record... James Zerber, male, b.8 Oct 1869 at Branch County, Michigan, to Isaac & Sarah Zerber.

1874 Branch, MI Death record (pg.95, #67) ... Samantha O. Burroughs, died Oct 22, 1874, age; 22y, 6m, 10d,.. married, female, housekeeper, daughter of; Isaac Zerba & Sarah Zerba... cause; Cerbro-spinal meningitis, born in; Indiana... recorded May 18, 1875.

The Coldwater Republican Newspaper,
Vol IV No.76 Coldwater, MI, Friday, April 18, 1879 #388
Isaac Zerby is 45 years of age, was born in Cuyahoga County Ohio, and moved to Indiana when he was only ten years old. Located in Steuben County, Indiana, where for a time they saw pretty close times. For nine weeks the family, consisting of 11 persons; lived in a temporary shanty constructed by laying a pole from one tree to another and then setting up boards against that. For three weeks, while they were living in this crude building, the whole family were sick, not one being able to help another. Mr. Z. has lived in Algansee 13 years. The maiden name of Mrs. Zerby was Hughey; she was born in Ohio, was married 30 years ago, since which time the hue and cry of six little Zerbys has occupied her attention. NOTE: Samantha had died in 1874.

1880 CENSUS of Algansee, Branch County, MI
Isaac Zerba, 55, born in OH, farmer, father born in PA, Sarah, wife, age 49, born in OH, Sarah C., daughter, 17, born in IN, Melvin E., son, age 14, born in MI, James J., son, age 10, born in MI, Nellie J., dau, age 7, born in MI.

1889 Branch County Michigan Marriage Record (vol 1, pg 208)... Milo Clair 22, b.MI, s/o Francis Clair & Susan Buck,... married 25 August 1889 at Algansee, Branch, MI, to; Nellie J. Zerby 17, b.MI, d/o Isaac Zerby & Sarah Hughey.

1890 Indiana Marriage Record ... Melvin E. Zerba, s/o Isaac & Sarah Zerba, b.Branch, MI, married 19 Feb 1890 at Mill Grove, Indiana, to;... Isabell Huffman, b.Blackford, IN, d/o Wm & Talitha Huffman.

1890 Branch Co. MI Marriage Record (#56) ... James J. Zerba 21, b.MI, s/o Isaac Zerba & Sarah Hughey, married November 2, 1890 at Algansee, Branch, MI, to; Katie Clair 22, b.MI, d/o Francis Clair & Martha Thomas. (bride & groom previously single).

1895 Death Record #3 Algansee, Branch County, MI,... Isaac Zerba d.19 Mar 1895 at Algansee, Branch County, MI,.. age 69,.. cause; Typhoid fever,.. occupation; farmer,.. born in; Pennsylvania,.. father; Jacob Zerba. (#I00416-0) recorded May 14, 1896.

1900 CENSUS Algansee township, Branch County, MI
Sarah Zerba, widow, born June 1830, age 69, mother of 9, 6 children living, born in OH, father born in OH, mother born in PA - Orval Zerba, grandson, born July 1893, age 6, born in MI, father born in MI, mother born in IN. (T623, Roll:703, Page 6)

1907 Branch Co. MI Death Record (v.B, pg.301) ... Sarah C. Johnson, 43, b.IN, housewife, married, daughter of; Isaac Zerba & Sarah Hughes,... died 25 February 1907 at Algansee, Branch, Michigan.

1916 Montcalm County, MI Biographical by John W. Dasef, pbl. B.F. Bowen, 1916.
the only proof found so far that this family are the parents of Joseph Clinton Zerba.
"Joseph Zerba was the son of Isaac and Sarah (Huey) Zerba. 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."

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