Thursday, March 10, 2016

Caroline Ziegler Wey Watched 2 Children Leave France

Image from Caroline Ziegler's
death record, Bas-Rhin Archives
I don't know much about the life of my 3rd great-grandmother, Caroline Ziegler Wey, but I'm thankful for the facts I've been able to find in the online vital records of the Bas-Rhin Archives.

Caroline was born on October 10, 1810, in Dambach-la-Ville, a commune in northeastern France, to parents Jean Baptiste Ziegler and Petronilla Zaepffel. At the age of 19, she married Jean (sometimes called Johann) Wey on October 22, 1829, in Dambach-la-Ville.

The couple had at least four daughters and two sons. Her youngest daughter, Caroline Wey Huber, left for the United States around 1866 and settled in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Another child, son Emile Wey, would follow his sister five years later.

Caroline Ziegler Wey died on Christmas Day in 1879. Her husband had died four years earlier. Although he had been born in Germany, Caroline spent her entire life in the same area of France. There's no way to know if she heard from her two children in the U.S. ever again.

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