Ziebell family burials
Westgarthtown Lutheran Cemetery
Four generations of the Ziebell family are buried in Plot 7. The most notable grave, surrounded by an ornamental iron fence, is that of Christian and Sophia Ziebell who built Ziebell’s farmhouse. Their memorial, inscribed in both German and English (Hier Ruhet in Frieden — Here rest in peace), records the dates and places of their births in Mecklenburg as well as their deaths at Westgarthtown. Included in this grave are Christian and Sophia’s grandson Carl Alfred Ziebell and his wife Dorothea (nee Unmack). Other descendants are buried nearby.
Christian Levin Ziebell (1796 – 1882)
Christian Ziebell’s birthdate on his headstone is incorrect. It appears the monumental masons who inscribed his headstone made the mistake. His correct birth year according to German baptism record should be 1799, not 1796. The place given for Christian’s birth in Mecklenburg is also incorrect - he was born at Brühl, not Pruhl.