Shelby County, Indiana
John H. Zauss was born in Hanover, Germany, July 27, 18 19. He attended school
until fourteen years old and then worked at the shoemaker's trade. In August, 1847, he started for America, landing at New Orleans,
and went from there to Cincinnati by boat, where he landed December 30, 1847. He then went to Louisville, Kentucky, where
he remained until 1853, and then located in Decatur County, Indiana. Here he bought land and this taking all his means, he
depended on his hands for support. In 1866, he purchased his present farm of ninety acres. He abandoned his trade
many years ago and now gives exclusive attention to farming. He was married February 11, 1848, at Cincinnati, to Miss
Mary Miller, who was born in Hanover, Germany, in 1822. By this marriage seven children were born, of whom six are now living.
Mary, wife of George Scherrer, of Howard County, Indiana; John a farmer in this State;
Emma, wife of Mr. Litziner [Letsinger], of Shelbyville, Indiana; Elizabeth, wife of John Ridgeway,
of Syracuse, Nebraska; Frederick, carpenter, of Syracuse, Nebraska; Amelia, wife of William Weaver.
Mr. Zauss by hard work has made himself a good home. He and his wife are worthy members of the Lutheran Church.
John H. Zauss
History of Shelby County, Indiana, Chicago: Brant & Fuller, 1887.
Contributed by Steve Kellar
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