Many Syskas in the US descended from my 2nd great grandparents: Johnann Adolph Szyzska and Anna Carolina Petroll. They came from part of Prussia, originally Poland. My great grandmothers family, Zimmermans (Sheboygan WI) and Keupers are German, while my grandmothers family, Scofields and Sellecks descended from early English colonists. You can follow blog via email or check back often for updates. Please share by comments or email.
Gottfried Friedrich Zimmermann (1799-1873) & Dorothee Leceraline 'Caroline' (Thieme) Zimmermann (1806-1885)
Gottfried & Caroline Zimmermann came to America in 1848 with their 8 children and settled in Wilson, WI where Gottfried purchased a large farm.
Son of Gottfried & Caroline:
Michael Friedrich 'Emil' Zimmermann (1838-1919) & Elizabetha (Keuper) Zimmermann (1841-1935)
Prior to 1880, Emil & Elizabeth moved to Chicago, IL. In 1880 Emil was working as an Agent for a Brewery. They had five children- Emil Jr. (12), Carl (10), Lizzie (8), Otto (7), Paul (4), Clara (2).
As noted above, this is also the census of William & Lizzie Syska who were residing at 6354 Rhodes Ave, Chicago, IL with their 4 children a in the home of Lizzie's parents, Emil & Elizabeth Zimmermann, along with Lizzie's siblings Paul, Clara, Carl, Carl's wife Mary and his daughter Corrinne, and sister in law, Bertha Wordelmann. Emil Zimmermann owned the home at this address and lists his occupation as carpenter. He and Elizabeth had been married for 34 years. She indicates that she is the mother of 6 children, 5 of whom are still living.