Monday, September 3, 2012

Their Name was ZIEGENFUSS - part of my German heritage

I have always had a special place in my
heart for my German ancestors.  Mainly because
I grew up near my Great-grandmother whom we 
called Bum-Bum.  She was born at (or near) Magdeburg
and came to Texas as a child.  

Her parents were Friedrika Sophie Louisa Trenkmann/Frankmann
(or other various spellings) and Gottlieb a/k/a Lee Ziegenfuss.

To this day we are still searching for Friedrika and
Gottlieb's parents.  Though with the help of Y-DNA
testing (Ziegenfuss Surname Project) we know that 
Gottlieb is kin to the Ziegenfuss lines that come from
Odenwald and Eichsfeld.  Gottlieb's line is the 3rd "Z"
line known as the North German line.  One line remains in Germany; one came to PA in the 1700's; and  the North German line to TX in 1885 on the Ship Moravia.  Genealogist
Marco Born of Germany has extensive "Z" research.
Somewhere within his research we feel sure are the
parents or grandparents of Gottlieb.  Now Friedrika is
another story.  Who is she?  Where did she come from?
Family records show "Trenkmann" and "Frankman"
for her maiden name.  

Friedrika Sophie Louise Trenkmann Ziegenfuss 
b. ca. 1846-probably Prussia

 Gottlieb "Lee" Ziegenfuss
 Gottlieb was born 1819-1821 at or near Leipzig, Prussia.
d. 20 Jan 1890-Tarrant Co., TX.

He probably served as a jaeger-hunter and was then a 
"forester" - either Royal or Civil.  We know that the Cauble family
knew he was in the military and the Ziegenfuss double-cousins stated he was in the forestry service.  In order to be a forester, young men had to serve as a jaeger-hunter first 
(from what I'm told).  

Here is Gottlieb once more:

And another picture in his old age. 

Daughters of Gottlieb & Friedrika
Helena, Mathilde and Louisa Ziegenfuss

More on the Z's in my next post. 

Happy Hunting (for Ancestors)!



  1. Hallo, on my website:

    are a lot of Tren(c)kmanns ...maybe its helpful.

    greetings from Duisburg, Germany

  2. I will check your website out. Thank you very much! Greetings from Texas! - Revis

  3. Please contact me ---- a lot of ziegenfuss from texas ...... ..greetings from krefeld germany