Bertha Michael

15 August 1893–19 November 1983 (Age 90)
Tūlā, Mount Lebanon, Lebanon

The Life of Bertha

When Bertha Michael was born on 15 August 1893, in Tūlā, Mount Lebanon, Lebanon, her father, Nicholas Michael Faris, was 42 and her mother, Anna Michael George Nackley, was 42. She married Joseph Elias Zennie on 1 April 1911, in Toûla, North Lebanon, Lebanon. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 3 daughters. She died on 19 November 1983, in Dayton, Montgomery, Ohio, United States, at the age of 90, and was buried in Kettering, Montgomery, Ohio, United States.

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Family Time Line

Joseph Elias Zennie
Bertha Michael
Marriage: 1 April 1911
Helen Zennie
Albert Joseph Zennie
Dorothy Zennie
Martha Zennie
Elias Zennie

Spouse and Children

1 April 1911
Toûla, North Lebanon, Lebanon


    Helen Zennie



    Dorothy Zennie


    Martha Zennie


    Elias Zennie


Parents and Siblings

    Nicholas Michael Faris


    Anna Michael George Nackley




World Events (8)

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 3

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.
1898 · War with the Spanish

Age 5

After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.

Age 24

U.S. intervenes in World War I, rejects membership of League of Nations.

Name Meaning

English, German, Dutch, and Jewish: from the personal name Michael, ultimately from Hebrew Micha-el ‘Who is like God?’. This was borne by various minor Biblical characters and by one of the archangels, the protector of Israel (Daniel 10:13, 12:1; Rev. 12:7). In Christian tradition, Michael was regarded as the warrior archangel, conqueror of Satan, and the personal name was correspondingly popular throughout Europe, especially in knightly and military families. In English-speaking countries, this surname is also found as an Anglicized form of several Greek surnames having Michael as their root, for example Papamichaelis ‘Michael the priest’ and patronymics such as Michaelopoulos.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Bertha Zennie in household of Joseph E Zennie, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Bertha Michael in entry for Albert J Zennie and Lila C Attalla, "Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013"
  • Bertha Zennie, "Ohio Death Index, 1908-1932, 1938-1944, and 1958-2007"

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