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ZEAL, Philip
Prairie Township - Philip Zeal, merchant at Papinville, was born at Geottingen, Hanover, Germany, May 19, 1823, and was the son of Augustus F. Zeal, once a first lieutenant in the British army, and also a revenue collector. He married Miss Minnie Schulenburg, of Hanover. Philip received his education at the noted school at Goettingen, going through the fifth class, and having translated the Vicar of Wakefield before he was fifteen years old. In 1839, he immigrated to America, and after stopping in Baltimore for some time, came to Bates County in 1840, and here he has since made his home. During the Mexican War he enlisted as a private, and was promoted to quartermaster and was then in the commissary department. He served through the war with credit, when he obtained an honorable discharge. Mr. Zeal has been selling goods for many years, and is the oldest merchant in Papinville. He purchased the old court house of the county, and distinctly remembers seeing the first steamboats which came up the Marais des Cygnes River, as far as Papinville, in 1844. He has been successful in his business undertakings and is now in possession of a good property. He has read a great deal, and has an extensive knowledge of the world's history and the commerce of the nations. He married Miss Mary Irvin, of Bates County, in 1846. They have five children: Philip A., William H., Mattie J., Albert M., and Eddie L. In his political views he is Democratic, and religiously a Protestant Lutheran. He belongs to the Masonic fraternity. (Bates County, Missouri History 1883)