Note on the drum reads "Org'd Aug '1st' or '14'
Thought you might be interested in this picture. It
was taken in 1880s, Sherman Texas. The only name I have is the person
on the 2nd row far right, above the drum. He is my Great-Grandfather,
Christian Zell. This is the story as told in writing by his
sister and daughter, written in 1941.
More about John Christian Zell
Born in 1866 in Mecklenburn, Schwerin, Germany. He came to
in 1884 with his father, stepmother, sister Minnie and Aunt Mary
The family disembarked at Baltimore, Maryland. They settled on
Tom Bean Ranch in the
vicinity of the town of Tom Bean, Farmington, Texas. Mr. Tom Bean
sponsored them. When they worked long enough to pay for their
over here to America, they were free to work where they pleased.
best I remember it took two years to pay for their passage.
Zell and wife stayed and worked for Mr. Bean for a number of years
his death. He was buried in the Old Cottonwood Cemetery.
Zells also left one daughter and sister of John C Zell ~ Marie, who was
married to Frederick (Fritz) Koym, who also was in the Army and the
would not let him leave until he served two years . Fritz brought
wife and son to America in 1886. His son was Herman. He
two years later and was buried in Cottonwood
Cemetery. He then married John C's sister, Minnie, the younger
sister of Marie. They had a farm north of Sherman.
I assume the other members of the band were from Germany.
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