Andreas “Andrew” Ziegler 1852-1916 – My 1st Cousin 4x Removed – The Person Who Found Gottlieb’s Body

I stumbled upon a blog challenge called ’52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks.’ If I put aside perfectionism and take 15 minutes here and there to write things up during the week, I think I can get it done. Here’s my first post of the 52.

I was interested in learning more about this cousin of mine, Andrew Ziegler, because I often see him mentioned in social-event newspaper articles with the Mayers, and he also lived with them all his life– listed as a nephew of my 3rd-great-grandparents on the Federal censuses. Here’s what I’ve able to learn about him so far.

When Andreas “Andrew” Ziegler was born in December 1852 in Ulm, Germany, his father, Johann Friedrich Ziegler, was 37 and his mother, Anna Elisabeta Maier, was 37. His parents lived and married in Nattheim, but later moved to Ulm. He had three siblings that I know of, two who also emigrated to Pennsylvania from Germany.

-Johann “Michael” Ziegler (1847– ?) Not yet sure if he left Germany
-Anna “Mary” Ziegler (1848–1908) Emigrated from Germany to Scranton, PA
-Frederick “Fritz” Ziegler, Sr (1859–1941) Emigrated from Germany to Scranton, PA.

Andrew arrived in the United States in 1869, when he was 16 years old. He lived in the Scranton home of his uncle and aunt Gottlieb Mayer and Susan (Cunningham) Mayer. In 1885, Andrew was the person who first discovered Gottlieb’s body when Gottlieb died at home at 925 Cedar Ave in Scranton, according to news articles.

Andrew worked as a stone mason and lived with family all of his life. He was always present at family gatherings, and the family also gathered to celebrate his birthdays. He seems to have been popular with everyone.

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Andrew Ziegler – Dec 6, 1900 News Article

Andrew never married, had children or lived on his own. He was always listed as living with family members. After his aunt Susan Mayer passed away, he went to live with his niece and nephew Cornelius Hartman and Alice Mayer Barnikel in Ransom, PA.

Andrew died on October 25, 1916, at the Hillside Home (now Clark Summit State Hospital) in Lackawanna, Pennsylvania, at the age of 63. He had been in the hospital for 10 months and 24 days before dying of complications related to heart disease. His body was donated to science.

Andrew Ziegler is my 1st cousin, 4x’s removed.

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