When Anna Mary Zent was born on 28 October 1888, in Odesa, Ukraine, her father, Peter Zent, was 50 and her mother, Anna Mary Wetzstein, was 25. She married Joseph Schaff on 19 April 1911, in Stark, North Dakota, United States. They were the parents of at least 9 sons and 3 daughters. She lived in Cash Township, Slope, North Dakota, United States for about 10 years and Bowman, Bowman, North Dakota, United States in 1950. She died on 2 February 1969, in Bowman Township, Bowman, North Dakota, United States, at the age of 80, and was buried in Bowman, Bowman, North Dakota, United States.
German: unexplained. At least in part it originates from the former German settlements in Bessarabia in southern Russia (now in Ukraine) and may be an altered form of an unidentified German (reportedly Alsatian) surname.