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Michael Zittle, Sr
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Birth: Apr. 21, 1769, Germany
Death: Jan. 7, 1850
Washington County
Maryland, USA

Brothers Michael, Daniel, and Conrad Zittle, according to family oral tradition, emigrated with their parents from Germany to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Their father may have been the Daniel "Zittel" who arrived in 1774 in Philadelphia on the Sally, and appears on the ship's passenger list.

Michael Zittle and Mary Magdalena Hiestand were married on 8 April 1794 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The couple, with their two eldest children, moved to western Maryland between 1796 and 1798. Eight more children were born in Maryland.

Michael Zittle was probably a farmer who also dealt in real estate. He purchased initially in 1811 two tracts of land on the western slope of South Mountain, below Turner's Gap: the 72-acre "Foxes Last Shift" on 1 April, and the 35-acre "Partnership" on 14 October. He later subdivided and sold lots from "Foxes Last Shift," establishing the village of Zittlestown, Washington County, Maryland. Michael Zittle reportedly donated land near the summit of South Mountain for the construction of first monument to George Washington to be completed (in 1827).

Children of Michael Zittle and Mary Magdalena Hiestand:
• Nancy Zittle Miller (1795 - before 1852)
• Jacob Zittle (1796 - 1868)
• Michael Zittle, Jr. (1798 - 1877)
• Daniel Zittle (1804 - 1875)
• Samuel Zittle (1804 - 1884)
• John Zittle (? - before 1850)
• Joseph Zittle (? - before 1852)
• Peter H. Zittle (1809 - 1885)
• Susan Zittle Poffenberger (1813 - 1867)
• Elizabeth Zittle Hutzell (1814 - 1894)


Michael Zittle, Sr., may be Johann Michael Zittel, son of Daniel Zittel and Susanna Ritzer, born 22 April 1769 in Göllheim, Pfalz, Bayern—now in Germany's Rhineland-Palatinate state. ("Germany, Births and Baptisms, 1558-1898," index, FamilySearch ( accessed 4 April 2012), Johann Michael Zittel (1769).) Elizabeth Jayne Blair and Leona Miller Hart, in The Descendants of Michael Zittle, Sr. (Anchorage, Alaska: n.p., 1995), p. 1, noted that each of the three Zittle brothers named a son Daniel and named a daughter Susan or Susanna, and speculated that these were the names of their parents.

The 1794 marriage record is the earliest certain record of Michael Zittle (indexed as "Littel").

The date range for migration from Pennsylvania to western Maryland is derived from the 1796 birth of son Jacob in Pennsylvania, and the 1798 birth of son Michael, junior, in Maryland.

Not found in the 1800 U.S. Census, Michael Zittle was enumerated in the 1810 through 1840 U.S. Censuses in Washington County, Maryland.

Michael Zittle's date of death—7 January 1850—is found in records of Salem Evangelical Church, Boonsboro, Maryland (John H. Bast, A brief history of Boonsboro and records of Salem Evangelical Luther[a]n Church, Boonsboro, Maryland, 1835-1867 (N.p., n.p., 1973), p. 96), and of the Circuit Court of Washington County.

Great-great-great-great-grandfather of submitter.
Family links: 
  Mary Magdalena Hiestand Zittle (1771 - 1848)
  Jacob Zittle (1796 - 1868)*
  Michael Zittle (1798 - 1871)*
  Peter H. Zittle (1809 - 1885)*
*Calculated relationship
Boonsboro Cemetery
Boonsboro (Washington County)
Washington County
Maryland, USA
Created by: blueheron14
Record added: Mar 31, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 87778440

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