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Zetteler Family Coat of Arms



Zonyx Report Photo:  Mandolin & Guitar Band with Chas. E.G. & Frederick Tobias Zetteler  Mandolin & Guitar Novelty Band
Great-Grandfather Charles G.E. Zetteler [left]
& his brother
Frederik Tobias Zetteler [center]

Zonyx Report Photo: Mike Zetteler At Bugle-American Office, 1977
Cathy Gubin 1977 Photo

The Editor at Bugle-American Office
Michael L. Zetteler
b. Nov. 21, 1939 in
Madison, Wisconsin to
Frederick C. Zetteler (1916-1966) of
Milwaukee &
the former Alice A. R. Mickle
of Gotham, WI.
Susan M. Shippee of Milwaukee, 1966.
Divorced in 1968.  No children.
Attended North Division & Washington
High Schools &
University of
Newspaper Library Clerk,
Social Worker, Reporter, Longshoreman, Freelance Writer
& Editor.
Resident of
End of the line

Zonyx Report Photo: Peter A. Mickle (1829-1895) & Youngest Son
Maternal Great-Grandfather
Peter A. Mickle
b. 1829 in Kinderhook, NY
d. 1895 in Sextonville, WI

Family (Mickel) came
 from Holland, settled
 in Columbia Co., NY.
  Not a Zetteler, but
 notable for being the
 first mail carrier
Richland Center &
a route he traveled
 on foot.  Family lore
 has it that he was a
 giant for his time,
 about 6-foot-8.

Zonyx Report Photo:  Chas. Zetteler As Manly Gymnast
Charles Gabriel E. Zetteler
b. Milwaukee, to Charles G. E. Zetteler
 (1846-1920) of Vlissingen,
The Netherlands, & Anna (nee) Wahlfort
 (1845-1931) of Switzerland
d. Milwaukee, WI

Father of Frederick C. Zetteler & daughters
Audrey Buchholz & Arlene Hawver, both deceased -- most recently of Tucson, AZ -- & Marion Witte Stephen [deceased].
Pose is characteristic of Milwaukee Turners (Turnverein) gymnastic club, of which he was a member.

Zonyx Report Photo:  Insurance Executive Chas. Zetteler in Later Years
Charles Gabriel Elias Zetteler
He died before I was born.  My Aunt
Marion said she always remembered
his muscular forearms, & passed along
to me his stamp collection -- acquired
through his work at Northwestern
 Mutual Life Insurance -- in junior high school.  I always regretted selling it for
almost nothing during a long slow
 spell on the docks in the 1980s.
My grandmother, who never remarried,
kept the brick duplex Zonyx Report Photo:  Zetteler Home on Sherman Blvd., Milwaukee.  Click to enlarge. near Washington
Park, home of the County
 Zoo at the time.  [
For an
 earlier view,
click  here It was famous for
 Monkey  Island & Old Joe,  King of the Rhesus Monkeys. No doubt that's what made me think of a monkey when my Grandma undressed to put on her nightgown for bed & forgot to tell me to look away.
I could hear the lions roar in the
 morning when I went down to the front
steps near the sidewalk to talk to the bus
drivers who parked at the curb on the boulevard during layovers.  Some of
 them remembered me for years, &
used to ask my relatives what happened
to that little boy that waited for them.
Something I often wondered myself.
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Some Zettelers & Prasils smile for the lens c.1950:
Zettelers & Prasils Gather
[clockwise] Dorothy Zetteler, Bonnie Buchholz, Grandma Christine, Uncle Joe Prasil, Arlene Hawver, Mr. Hands, Aunt Nellie, Mike Zetteler, Aunt Marion, Judy Hawver

Zonyx Report Photo:  Christine Tesarek Zetteler

Christine Tesarek Zetteler
b. Tobar, Hungary
(Krytabor, Czechoslovakia)
d. Milwaukee, WI

Her birthplace (Bohemia) became part of Czechoslovakia, created in 1918, & she moved to

Two children, Dorothy & Charles, did not survive through childhood.
She died of cancer in 1952
Zonyx Report:  Christine (Grandma) Zetteler
Christine Tesarek Zetteler
My primary care-giver
(as the term is today)
following my parents'
separation while my
mother, frozen in her
job as a nurse's aide by WW II, lived on
the County Institutions
grounds far to the west
in Wauwatosa.  Notably frugal (she made her own brown lye soap from old grease), though wonderful  to me, there are photos of her cleaning her daughters' formal gowns
in the back yard in tubs
of benzene, a known carcinogenic.

Joanne & Pepito 1937
Joanne & Pepito  1937
Joanne died in 2004,
Santa Ana, CA
See Memo Below Civil War Cannon
Janet (Joanne) Zetteler's
grandfather John W. Zetteler fought in the Civil War.  Author of Memorandum about his life[below]
Click for Large Memo of J.W. Zetteler, Wounded in Civil War
[Buttons from Civil War Uniform]


Milwaukee   Sept. 22nd 1865

     My name is Wynand John Zetteler. I was born in Holland and came to this country with my parents when I was three years old. I grew up to be a stout boy and learnt the shoemaking trade. While I was to work at my trade the rebellion broke out. I was 17 years old then so I and my brother, one year older than myselve enlisted in Comp. C. 24th Regt. Wis. Vol. Inft.

Continued Here . . .

Zonyx Report Photo:  Chas. Zetteler as Full Monty Pythian
Chas. G. E. Zetteler
[Also at far left]
Knights of Pythias
  He was a local
 General in the group,
 founded in
 Washington, DC
 during the Civil War
 as a fraternal order to
 keep alive the
 camaraderie of Union
 officers.  They
drilled in large
encampments in
Waukesha Co.
He was employed in
 the foreign
 department of
 Mutual Life Insurance
 Co. because of his
 knowledge of
 languages.  Died of a
 stroke at 63.

Joanne Perez, b. Margaret Zetteler
Dancer, contortionist & vaudeville performer
Joanne Perez
b. Margaret Zetteler (or Zettler)
(1908) Milwaukee, WI to William J. Zetteler & Janet Falcy. Childhood ballet teacher to Melani Carty, author of book on history of Joanne & Pepito the Clown, from vaudeville to the movies & I Love Lucy show. See website at www.PepitoAndJoanne.com

Granddaughter of Wynand John Zetteler (also known as John William Zetteler or W. John Zetteler). brother of my great-grandfather
 Charles Gabriel Elias  Zetteler
1846-1920) pictured above

Joanne was a dancer who fell in love with a Spanish clown her mother was dating. This was way back in the 1920′s so the clown, Pepito, called upon his pal Charlie Chaplin to have Joanne perform in his film premier “Ballyhoo” @ the Mann Chinese Theater in Hollywood. The invite was such an honor, Joanne’s mother didn’t protest. The dancer played a wind-up doll alongside Pepito and fell madly in love with him. The two began a torrid love-affair that very day. Needing some distance from her jilted mom, the teenage ballerina and her clown beau settled in Orange County, a charming town an hour south of LA.

      Joanne Flexing Above



{Destinations: US, Wisconsin, Milwaukee}

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Zonyx Report Map:  Wisconsin  AnimationZonyx Report Text: Geslacht Zetteler reislustig en ondermend.Zonyx Report Graphic:  Ship Animation
The story so far; text &
translation provided by Willem
Frederik (Wilfred) Zetteler
(1918- )
of Zutphen, The Netherlands:

Nostalgie de l'horizon,
with flying colors

The Zettelers: generations of travellers and entrepreneurs

No needle has points at both ends.  The truth expressed by this eastern saying is like a mirror held up to us by life.  It confronts us with the ceaseless alternation of sunshine and adversity.  A family tree is like a blueprint of that life where it has assumed specific form.

The history of the Zettelers is rich in drama.  For nine generations now a thread has been running, a pattern has developed whose elements are long-lived, even in many cases longer than life itself.

The lines that we can trace back towards our eldest ancestors -- whether they called themselves Sitler, Van Zetteler or simply Zetteler -- undoubtedly extend even further, into the early Middle Ages.  However, in our quest for these deepest roots we are thwarted by as yet insurmountable obstacles.  It is up to the generations after us to try , with this genealogy in hand, to clear the path further back in time.

We pick up the thread of our history in the United Netherlands halfway through the Seventeen Forties.  No one had heard of Napoleon Bonaparte yet, but already the outline of the Batavian Republic was slowly becoming discernible.  If one is prepared to overlook some of the facts about the true balance of power between Stadtholder William IV and the all-powerful States representing the population, the country might still, with some fantasy, be called a monarchy in those days.

As far as our present knowledge goes it remains a mystery what made our German ancestor Friederich August Zetteler decide to try his fortune in our country.  Born in Darmstadt (Hessen, Germany) around 1720, the then 20 years old Friederich Sitler, his German name at that time, set out on a westward trek.  Most probably he went on foot, his knapsack full of strength and optimism.  Whatever it was, the attraction of the United Netherlands in those days lay not in its sunny economic climate, for the chronicles speak of dire times, certainly for the common people, to which Friederich must have belonged.

At the end we find him in Breda, where he changes his name into Zetteler and where in 1749 he marries 30-year old Willemina Streuyck from Werkendam.  Their marriage starts at a time when William IV tries, unsuccessfully, to break the traditional power of the ruling class and of the all-powerful States.  It is a time in which the well-to-do heartlessly enrich themselves while "the common working people live in misery and sorrow while the homes for the poor are packed full."

The long years of wars the Netherlands had to fight against well-nigh each of the neighbouring countries and in which the national resources were constantly threatened with exhaustion, must have been grueling, also for Friederich.  A common phrase in those years was: "The States without resolve, the people without work, offices without number, selling without sanctions, burdens without end -- and every man without hope!"

But Friederich must have been a real fighter, a man who didn't easily give up. Although his profession is not known, our ancestor could surely boast an enterprising spirit.  As family history develops and the family tree grows two major branches, that spirit will become more and more evident.  But whatever his achievements during his life in our country, a great fortune was not among them.  This must be the conclusion from the registration of his decease at the age of 80 in The Hague, on July 1801, and that of his wife Willemina fourteen years before, both by legal counsel paid from public funds.

Crystal Clear

For lack of crystal clear proof, this genealogy takes as its point of departure that the Zettelers, with Friederich August as first known ancestor and figurehead, came to the Netherlands from the East.  The author of the commemorative volume issued at the occasion of the 125th anniversary of the firm Molyn & Co. of Rotterdam, manufacturers of lacquers, varnishes and paints, may have been overstretching his fantasy a little when he had the Zettelers come to our country from Scotland, without either offering hard proof or quoting reliable sources for this; with this, we prefer to leave that statement as it is.

It should be added that the said author is right when he characterizes the Zettelers as enterprising, eager travellers.  With subtle understatement, he notes that the Zettelers "have always been driven by nostalgie de I'horizon."  It may well be said that this suited the Molyns, the founders of the Rotterdam-based company, extremely well.  The Zettelers' nostalgia proved to be most fruitful, particularly in the geographically mobile and representative segments of the company.  It is not without reason that our coat of arms shows a proud, nervously bristling stag with impressive antlers.  The animal is all thirst for action, eagerness to undertake, drive to discover.  To me the image seems to convey a sense of initiative, as a common trait of the Zettelers.  This does not mean, however, that they were invariably successful.  Indeed, as family history shows, they weren't.

The commemorative volume on the Molyn company history does not mention our family in a cursory way, or in passing, as it were.  Willem Frederik Zetteler, born in Rotterdam in 1820, makes his career in the company all the way up from modest travel assistant to director.  His son Willem Frederik Jr., born in 1860 and identified by the numeral II in the company's records, continues along the lines laid out by his father.  In 1895 he becomes senior partner and director, continuing to lead the company until 1918.

Eagerness to Travel

Eagerness to travel and entrepreneurial drive, therefore, are two continuous threads woven into our family history.  In nautical history, too, the family made their contribution, albeit that the toll was high.

Before we set out to recount this voyage, though, we must make another excursion and explain why during a certain period the name Zetteler was dropped in favour of the French name De Bourghelles.  The explanation why that name came into use is, in fact, quite plausible.  The name first occurs in our genealogy in 1790, when the third child of our ancestor Friederich August and his wife Willemina, their son Frederik Tobias, marries Anna Judina de Bourghelles de la Vacquerie, from Waalwijk.  She may have come from a Huguenot family. Although people usually married within their own circles, this was not always the case, of course.  This is also true of the marriage of Frederik Tobias and Anna Judina.  Her distinguished name tickled the imagination of one of Frederik Tobias' sons, Wijnand Johannes, who decided to add "De Bourghelles" to his name, putting it in front of his own family name.  For a shopkeeper trading in drapery, first in Vlissingen (Flushing) and later in Rotterdam,  this must have been quite impressive, especially in a time when it was the French who were calling the shots in the United Netherlands.

An additional, but by no means unimportant, reason may have been that a French name such as that could have a favourable effect on the attitude of the French authorities.  Because the family counted many small businessmen, tailors, drapers and suchlike among its members, a French name meant a measure of safety and was considered an asset.

Towards the end of the eighteenth century the Seven United Dutch Provinces had to face another French invasion, the beginning of two decades of French rule that was to leave Napoleon Bonaparte's indelible mark upon the country.  The creation of a strict and well-organized Registry of BDM [Bureau of Deaths & Marriages] put an end to the existing chaotic practices with regard to family names.
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Zonyx Report Map:  Wisconsin Region [Click for Info]
Above: Wisconsin, where first Zettelers (Frederik
& the former Anna Jacoba Smith of Vlissingen)
settled in
Milwaukee, in 1848.   Brother of Charles G.E.
, who followed  (with wife Anna); uncle of
Charles G.E. Zetteler
[above right.]

Zonyx Report Photo:  Wisconsin Home in Winter
Above: Typical Wisconsin home in winter.

Below:  Wisconsin farm girl in traditional garb used
to sneak up on the Holstein herd for twice-daily
milking in America's Dairyland.

Zonyx Report Photo:  Wisconsin Milker

The Mickle Connection:
This exercise in origins should include some
mention of my mother's ancestors.  Shown here is
grandfather, PeterMickle [also top of page], her
Zonyx Report Photo:  The Mickles of Sextonville, WI father, Scudder
Mickle (1870-1944)
[standing], his
daughter Madge
(1872-1957), & son
Charles.  Her mother,
Alvina (1884-1925),
died when she was
four.  She was a Stroschine
(Stroschein), born in
Germany.  Scudder
was a cheesemaker in Gotham, Wisconsin, where
my mother was born near Taliesin, the Spring
Green home of Frank Lloyd Wright.

Below: Mike Zetteler, Alice (Mickle) Zetteler & Fred
on farm in Sun Prairie, Wis. in 1940.  Known
also as birthplace of painter Georgia O'Keeffe.

Zonyx Report Photo:  Mike, Alice & Fred in the Land of Georgia O'Keeffe  Fred tried his one good
hand at raising chickens, but
soon gave up & we moved to Milwaukee.
   He had contracted polio as
a child, leaving his right
arm -- which only my
ever saw -- withered &
   Though he had some artistic
talent (& even worked in the
advertising department of
 the old
Wisconsin Daily
), & tried a variety of jobs, including factory
work -- generally gotten through friends & relatives --
his major pastime was drinking; he took a fifth of
whiskey to bed every night & smoked two packs of
Camels daily, no doubt leading to his death at age 49
from esophageal cancer as a charity patient at County
General Hospital.
   But he had survived 10 years after being diagnosed
with cirrhosis of the liver. It's an old joke, but
apparently true: my mother didn't know how much he
drank until they were married because she never saw
him sober.

Zonyx Report Photo:  Alice on the Grass   Alice, married at
18 in 1939, divorced
Fred in 1944 after
we lived on Welfare
when he couldn't
hold a job with the
WPA (a government
make-work project).
   Rent was paid by voucher (when the landlord  would
accept  them) &  bulk food was hauled by coaster from a
warehouse.  After they separated & reconciled (he did
have some romantic talents, she told me, though he was
given to repeatedly pawning household items, like our
toaster) she found work at the County Home For
Dependent Children during WW II & left him for good.

Above: Alice Mickle, about 1937, when she lived with
her sister Alta Salisbury in Milwaukee & attended
Washington High School.  After graduation, she was a
nurse's aide & worked while a housewife as a salad girl,
pastry chef & cleaning lady.  Her fondness for antiques -- especially dolls -- led to a financially rewarding hobby
collecting & selling them.  She became a world traveler,
visiting China, Russia, India, & much of Europe & South
America.  As a widow she moved to Milwaukee's East
Side -- Riverview Apartments -- from West Milwaukee in 1991.  A smoker most of her life (though she claimed not
to inhale) she died of pancreatic cancer, to which tobacco
is said to be linked.

Right: Alice Kingsley, shortly before entering nursing
home.  She remarried in 1946 inZonyx Report Photo:  Alice Kingsley At Home in Riverview Apartments
Frankfort, KY.  Daughter Kathleen
Anne Kingsley (b. 1950), now Mrs.
Melvyn Mclaren, works for the
Internal Revenue Service & lives in
Chicago, Ill.

Below: Beloved family pet, Blackie Zetteler, after a hard
day mousing on the Sun Prairie farm.  Not just a cat, but
an early influence, from whom I learned a lot about
dealing with stress in the Zetteler
Zonyx Report Photo:  Drinking Man's Pet

Below: Alice (Mickle) Zetteler Kingsley & second
husband Kenneth W. Kingsley (1910-1990) in April
1949.  Also his second marriage.

Zonyx Report Photo:  Happy Wanderers Ken & AliceThe photo shows
them  as the typical
postwar tourists they
were, about to leave
in one of  their new
used cars [usually
Oldsmobiles] on one
of many vacation trips.
   Ken was a WW II
veteran with the largest wrists in his regiment & an avid
bowler who once had a high-scoring series in the local
   A country schoolteacher with two years of State
Teacher's College, he was turned into a chef by the Army.
He worked at, among other places, Wulff's Island in
Mequon, where we all lived for a while, 1957-58.
father's family -- most recently of Madison &
Adams-Friendship, Wisconsin -- hailed from England.
   Following a stroke & suffering from complications of
diabetes, he died at the Veteran's Hospital at
Wood, Wisconsin (West Milwaukee).

Zonyx Report Photo:  Marion Zetteler Witte Stephen in Witte's House of Flowers
Above: Marion (Zetteler) Witte Stephen, Fred's sister &
my favorite Aunt, about 1949, in her flower shop near
Sherman Blvd. & North Ave. in
Milwaukee.  The
longest-surviving Zetteler daughter, she was an
Alzheimer's patient in Tucson, Arizona.  Died at 92
in Feb. 2003.

Below:+ Milwaukee & Great Lakes Region.
Zonyx Report Map:  Milwaukee & Great Lakes [Click for Port Info]

Below: Milwaukee with Flemish Renaissance City Hall
in Center.
Zonyx Report Todd Elert Photo:  Milwaukee & Lake Michigan [Click for More Photos]Lake
Michigan in






Below: Milwaukee's Lower East Side.
Center of Map:

Brady Street Area.
Marks Mike Zetteler's Home.
Zonyx Report Map:  Brady St. Area

Fred Zetteler & ChristineAnother view of
Fred Zetteler, with daughter
 Tune for Chris of the 'HoodChristine.  She remembers: 
. . .  very clearly the time my Play Living Years (Mike & The Mechanics)Dad taught me how to pound in a nail into the old staircase to fix the back porch where we lived on Broadway and Ogden in downtown Milwaukee. I felt so proud to be working with my daddy. He was so strong and so smart.  He used to build and repair TVs and radios too. Back then only a handful of people had a TV although almost everyone had a radio. Our apartment was filed with boxes of old tubes and parts of all sorts and I remember holding electrical manuals open for him as he read how to repair something.  I also remember sticking my finger in the round sockets that he told me would give me a terrible shock. It did and I never tried that again.
     But my father only had one arm. Actually, he had two but one was completely unusable. He developed polio when he was about 8 years old and his arm never really grew after that.
  He always wore long sleeves so he could tuck in his arm with the sleeve into his pants pocket. . . .
Occupations of the Family]

After Frederik Tobias, the son of our oldest ancestor, who started a business
in drapery in
Rotterdam, there comes
a basic division in the genealogy.  From Frederik Tobias onward, the trunk
splits up into two major branches,
which we shall refer to as
Branch A
and Branch B.

In all, Frederik and Anna Judina had six children.  One child was stillborn, while a son,  Frederik August, born in 1794, only lived for a month.  But two other sons, Wijnand Johannes (1791) and Willem Frederik (1797), both drapers like their father, were the progenitors of two family branches that were blessed with many children.  Today, in 1998, we see a numerous ninth generation.

Both branches are characterized by the pronounced nostalgic de I'horizon that we have seen before, the yearning to explore unknown countries and new worlds.  In Branch B this resulted from reasons of commerce or trade, while in Branch A it was often inspired by a love for the sea.

Two of Wijnand Johannes' sons (Branch A) set out to sea to become captains in the merchant fleet.  They were Wijnand Johannes Bourghelles Zetteler (1823-1901) and his younger brother Jan David Peters Zetteler (1831-1876).  The latter, who died in Probolingo (East Java) at the early age of 45, was shipwrecked off Cape of Good Hope in 1866 with his barque Johannes.
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Zonyx Report Photo:  Brady Street Toys [Click for Photo Site]
Above:  Brady Street after 1998 rally featuring
Harley-Davidson motorcycles, a famous local
product, looking east toward Lake Michigan.
Former heart of counterculture, still hip & now
gentrifying rapidly.

Below:  Another view of Brady Street, looking
south from corner of Arlington Place, site of
Hi-Hat Lounge [right].  Tower in background is
city housing, similar to the Editor's building
one block north.

Zonyx Report Photo from Milwaukee Magazine:  View of Brady St. [Click for Magazine Site]
                                            Tom Bamberger Photo


{The Origins: Darmstadt, Germany; Rotterdam, The Netherlands}

Captain Zetteler was under way from Bassein with destination Falmouth, when his ship was caught in a raging storm and wrecked off the Cape.  He and his crew of 13 survived after many days at sea full of hardship.  The papers of the day are full of the blood-curdling story of the first mate, in charge of one of the lifeboats.  For sixteen days the men are adrift, hovering between life and death, before they are picked up by passing ships.  Our story would not be complete without some quotes from the mate's account of how he and his seven men were aimlessly drifting around:

"... From that moment onward we drifted around for 17 days in that lifeboat, in utter misery, as we had nothing to eat other than a few small orange pumpkins, of which we took only one each day, so that our forces waned from day to day ... On the seventeenth day hunger was biting so sharply that we started talking about slaughtering one of us, to keep ourselves alive by eating his flesh ... Some had already cut the buttons from their clothes to have something to chew on ..."

Eventually both lifeboats were found and on 22 September 1866 Jan David Peters Zetteler could again set foot on Dutch soil, at Nieuwendiep.  Only to put out to sea undaunted shortly afterward, in true Zetteler spirit.

Zonyx Report Map:  Europe with Green Germany
Other motives prompted Frederik Tobias, born in 1812 as the eldest son of Wijnand Johannes, to explore new frontiers.  He set up business as a tailor and a shopkeeper in Vlissingen in 1832.  However, the business failed and he went bankrupt.  In 1848, probably to escape from his creditors, he emigrated to America, land of unlimited possibilities. This was an enormous step, for Frederik and his second wife Sara Jacoba Smith from Vlissingen went on board with ten children, from both their previous marriages.  In Milwaukee they started a new life.

Elsewhere on Branch B we find the draper Willem Frederik (1797), whom we met before, and his energetic son and grandson, both also called Willem Frederik.  As we have seen, the latter two both left their marks on the varnish factory, originally a small business developed from the house-painter's workshop established by Francois Adriaan Molyn Danielszoon in Kralingen (Rotterdam) on the sixth of May 1828.  Subsequently, the third, fourth and fifth generations following Willem Frederik (Branch B) all produced family members who contributed to that business.

Rotterdam was the base from which the Zettelers developed their activities.  Unlike today, there used to be frequent contact between the two branches.  In 1849 W. F. Zetteler, office clerk, moved to more rural surroundings. The reason probably lay in the state of health of his eldest son Willem Frederik, born in 1820, the one who later became "travel assistant" at Molyn.  At the age of sixteen Willem Frederik the son left home, handing the key to his cousin, the later Captain Jan David Peters (Petrus), son of Wynand Johannes (Branch A).

But the lure of the sea was also felt in Branch B.  The fourth child of Willem Frederik and Jannetje Cornelia van der Tak, Bonifacius Johannes (1825), completed a study of medicine and then decided, after a brief spell as a pharmacist, to go to sea as a ship's doctor.  However, he met an untimely death sailing on the merchant vessel Amboina.  He drowned on the roads [sic] of Besuki (East Java), only 24 years old.

Surely, from time to time in Rotterdam the "seafarers" in our family, Wijnand Johannes (1823), Jan David Peters (1831) and Bonifacius must have spoken to each other of their love for the sea, though sadly enough their tales have not survived.  Their names, however, are known and recorded for posterity.

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Below: Ad for Rotterdam's Molyn & Co. varnish & coatings factory, founded in 1828, a Zetteler family employer for generations.

Zonyx Report Photo:  Varnished Truth About Molyn & Co.

Zonyx Report Photo:  Zettelers' Darmstadt Schloss

Zonyx Report RedBall BulletDarmstadt, Hessen, 
Germany, birthplace
of Friederich August
Zetteler (Sitler) ca. 1720.
Family Home
built ca. 1718-1722.

"Brevity is the soul of wit," but the consequence is that many names are not to be found in this family tree.  One only needs to think of the women, without whom there would not be a family tree in the first place.  Women, after all, form half the world's population and are inseparably linked to any family history.

And yet, every family tree in the world is constructed along the lines connecting the male family members.  In the present state of affairs this is something we shall have to accept, taking our consolation from Pythagoras, who wrote: "Do not strive to put your stamp on history: those of whom one seldom speaks live happiest."          Zonyx Report Globe Spinner:  End of Zetteler History Text

Zetteler FamilyZetteler Family Ttree, Netherlands to America Tree:
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Zonyx Report RedBall BulletRotterdam,  
Netherlands, settlement of the Dutch branch of the Zettelers
More Views of Wisconsin Zetteler & Kingsley Descendants:  
Zonyx Report Photo:  Kathy & Mervyn Courthouse Wedding
Kathy Kingsley [rt] & Mervyn Mclaren, formerly of New Delhi, India, at 1981 wedding in Milwaukee Co. Courthouse.
Zonyx Report Photo:   Mike & Susie Try It For the First Time.  CLICK for Fugs .mp3 Wedding Music
Mike Zetteler & Susan Shippee, (now
Roberts), at 1966 wedding in
Milwaukee, with helpful marriage gift
Morgan & Barbara Gibson of the
UWM faculty.
Livija Dunis Johnson is
on the left. 
[click Here for .MP3 sound]
Zonyx Report Photo: Christine  Zetteler.  Contact Her Genealogy Site.
Christine Zetteler (b. 1951),
daughter of Fred Zetteler &
Dorothy (Lord), Fred's second
wife.  Now Christine Hakala of
Milwaukee & a technical
writer for Miller Brewing Co.
   She has one son, David, from
a previous marriage.
For information on the Dutch Zettelers contact:  

Jop Planje:
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