Wilhelmine Ottilie Zabel

16 August 1871–31 January 1953 (Age 81)
Rehden, Graudenz, West Prussia, Prussia, Germany

The Life of Wilhelmine Ottilie

When Wilhelmine Ottilie Zabel was born on 16 August 1871, in Rehden, Graudenz, West Prussia, Prussia, Germany, her father, Christian Fredrich Zabel, was 53 and her mother, Wilhelmine Boesler, was 40. She married Friedrich Wilhelm Wessel on 4 March 1893, in Hancock, Houghton, Michigan, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 3 daughters. She lived in Osceola Township, Houghton, Michigan, United States in 1900. She died on 31 January 1953, in San Bernardino, San Bernardino, California, United States, at the age of 81, and was buried in San Bernardino, California, United States.

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Family Time Line

Friedrich Wilhelm Wessel
Wilhelmine Ottilie Zabel
Marriage: 4 March 1893
Robert Edward Wessel
Bertha Earnestine Wessel
Caroline Wilhelmina Wessel
Gertrude Elizebeth Wessel

Spouse and Children

4 March 1893
Hancock, Houghton, Michigan, United States


Parents and Siblings



    Carl August Zaabel



    Caroline Wilhelmine Zaabel


    Pauline Zabel


    Frederick William Zabel


+8 More Children

World Events (8)

1872 · The Modoc War

Age 1

Hostilities between Modoc Indians and white settlers resulted in the Modoc War during 1872-1873. A Modoc band of nearly 200 people, led by Captain Jack Kintpuash, was fleeing a forced relocation to a reservation occupied by their enemies, the Klamaths. The band had returned to their former land on Lost River, which now had white settlers occupying the area. The conflict erupted on November 29, 1872, when 40 troops were sent to move the Modocs back to the reservation. An argument erupted and shots were fired. Several were killed and the Modocs fled to “The Stronghold,” a large, cavernous lava bed. The holdout went on for months with several clashes. On April 11, 1873, General Edward Richard Sprigg Canby and Reverend Eleazar Thomas were killed by the Modocs during a negotiation. The Modocs lacked resources and supplies and eventually surrendered on July 4. In total, 2 Modocs and 71 enlisted military men lost their lives.

Age 19

Young William (Wilhelm) II dismisses Bismarck.
1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 25

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.

Name Meaning

1 German: from a personal name of Slavic origin.2 Alternatively, perhaps, from Middle High German zabel ‘board game’ (Latin tabula), hence perhaps a nickname for an inveterate game player.3 North German: variant of Zobel .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Minnie Wessel, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Minnie Wessel in household of Fred Wessel, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Minnie Vessel in entry for Caroline Vessel, "Michigan, County Births, 1867-1917"

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