Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Homes of Our Ancestors

I'm going to try to post some of the pictures I have of the homes my ancestors lived in.

The first is a really neat place. My Great Great Grandparents, Jacob and Annabelle Ziegler lived in the house. I'm not sure if the house is still there or but people were still living in it in the early 1990's. The house is somewhere near Athens, Tn. I went there once in the 1970's. But don't remember how to get there. My mother doesn't remember how to get there either. Jacob and Annabelle died in 1917 and 1918. As far as I know they lived in this house when they died. Jacob had a mill and operated a store and post office.
One story I remember was that my Great Grandparents Will and Sally Ziegler lived in the store building when their daughter Christian was born in 1906. Sometime after that they moved to Chattanooga and Will ran a store in North Chattanooga (Hill City as it was called then).

Jacob was in the Union Army during the Civil War. His father Joram Ziegler was very mad at him when he joined the Union Army. Jacob would not let his first born son be named after Joram. In the 1970's some people who lived in the house discovered letters that Jacob and Annabelle wrote to each other during the Civil War. I plan to write more about these letters in another post.

My husband ran into some men from the area at work last fall. He told them about the Ziegler Mill and they told him how to get there. We went and found where they were talking about but it was not this house. My mother said that Jacob had a brother who also had a mill in the area. I showed her a picture of the house which she remembered going to but it was Jacob's bother's place. He told the men there were two Ziegler Mill's and they gave him directions to another place that might be our Ziegler Mill. We haven't had a chance to go back to look for it.

The mill has been gone for a long time. I would love to find the house again.


Becky Jamison said...

Can you find an address on a census page and then use Google maps to track it down? That would be fun to find wouldn't it! You have great pictures---I enjoyed looking at them.

Harriet said...

Thanks so much Becky! I'll try this. It would be so much fun to find this place and take my children to see it. And also record directions so they can find it again.