Carl Wilhelm ZERBST Auguste ZERBST Ferdinand ZERBST Henrietta UNKNOWN Mini tree diagram

Carl Friedrich Wilhelm ZERBST1,2,3,4

18001,2,3,4 - UNKNOWN

Life History


Born in Prussia.1,2,3,4

18th Dec 1833

Birth of son Carl Wilhelm ZERBST in Prussia.5,3,2,1

about 1841

Birth of daughter Auguste ZERBST in Prussia.3,2

21st Dec 1850

Arrival in Galveston, Texas.4

about 1852

Birth of son Ferdinand ZERBST in Brazos County, Texas.3

before 1880

Death of son Carl Wilhelm ZERBST in Brazos County, Texas.5


Death of Henrietta UNKNOWN in Texas


Death of daughter Auguste ZERBST


Death of son Ferdinand ZERBST


Died in Texas

Other facts


Married Henrietta UNKNOWN


Departure in Germany.4


  • There are several Passenger list and immigration records that provide information on the Zerbst family's move from Brandenburg Province of Prussia to Brazos County, Texas.  Some of these records are detailed in the Notes for Carl Wilhelm Zerbst (Jr).

    Another Record provides the name of the ship and tells us the Zerbst Family embarked from the European port of Hamburg on 21 December 1850.  We also learn that Carl's occupation in Prussia was Joiner, which matches the report in the 1860 Brazos County, Texas, census that he was a cabinet maker.

    Atlantic Ports, Gulf Coasts, and Great Lakes Passenger Lists, 1846-1871
    Carl Wilh (Wilhelm) Zerbst, December 21, 1850
    Age: 49, Country of Origin: Germany [Prussia]
    Occupation: Joiner
    Ship: Brig John Frederick
    Port of Embarkation: Hamburg, Germany
    Port of Arrival: Galveston, Texas

    One transcription of the Brandenburg Emigration record provides four names for a Carl Zerbst.  This is apparently the father.

    Brandenburg, Prussia Emigration Records (Auswanderungsakten Brandenburg, Preu├čen)
    Carl Friedrich Wilhelm Zerbst, Standing [?]: Tischler
    Place of Origin: Boetzow/Osthavelland
    Destination: Amerika (USA)
    Year: 1850

    In the 1860 census in America Carl becomes the English Charles.

    1860 Federal Census, Brazos County, Texas, 21 July, Precinct 3, PO Wheelock, page 74, Hse/Fam #537
    Charles W Zerbst, 60 M Cabinet Maker $400 Real Estate $920 Personal b Prusia (sic)
    Henrietta Zerbst 52 F Housewife b Prusia (sic)
    Charles W Zerbst 25 F Laborer b Prusia (sic)
    Augusta Zerbst 18 F b Seamstress Prusia (sic)
    Ferdinand Zerbst 8 F b Texas


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