Children of Carl and Ernstine Zwig:
Beckie b. 22 October 1869 Pirow North Germany
Emma b. 16 March 1873 Delrey, Iroquois County, Illinois
In 1997 I responded to an ad in the Gilman Star:
I need your help. I am attempting to contact relatives and friends of my great-grandparents who lived in the Gilman/Roberts/Melvin area through 1959.
My great-grandfather, Henry Wagner, was married to Emma Zwig who was born in March of 1873 in Delrey. They had two children, Alice Wagner was born in December 1891, and Charles or Charley Wagner was born in October, 1896. Alice married her cousin, William Wagner and had three children, Wayne, Verleda, and Maynard. Charles Wagner married Bess Kelso and had two children, Kelso and Mary Beth (my mother). Emma (Zwig) Wagner died in 1940 and Henry remarried a woman named Della or Delia Snyder in 1943. Henry died in October, 1959 and I believe Della or Delia died in 1962. Henry was a long time member of the Gilman Methodist church.
My great-granduncle, John Wagner, was married to a woman named Elizabeth and had eight children: George, William, Albert, Louis, Edward, John, Marie and Lillian. John Wagner died in 1924 and I believe Elizabeth died in 1944.
Many of these people are buried in the Lyman cemetery.
I would like very much to correspond with anyone who is either a relative or was a friend of this family. Please feel free to contact me.
Thank you for your help in my search.
Patti C. Belden
I contacted Patti and we corresponded via snail mail for quite a while. Patti and her husband came to Illinois to visit Lyman Cemetery in 1997.
She sent this picture to me with the following note:
Just a quick note to send you these pictures. I think the lady with the glasses is Emma (Zwigg) Wagner - don't know for sure. Nor do I know any of the other folks except Henry (man on the right). Let me know if you can identify any of them. These are the only pictures I have that might be Emma.
Looking foward to hearing from you.
Ernstine Zwig 1839 - 1907
Mrs. Carl Swig died at her home in Lake Shore, Thursday, and the funeral occurred from the M.E. church here on Friday. She was the mother of Mrs. Johnson Arnold. Mr. and Mrs. Swig were pioneers of this vicinity. Mr. Swig is still living.
--Paxton Record. 29 August 1907.
Carl Zwig 1837-1909
Carl Zwig was born near Piro, North Germany, January 2, 1837 and died at his home near Roberts, Thursday, May 20, 1909, aged 72 years, 4 months and 18 days. He came to America about 36 years ago and has lived near here most of the time since. About two years ago his wife died and he went to Melvin to live with his daughter Mrs. Emma Wagner, then visted a sister in Nebraska. Two weeks ago he returned and went to his old home at his daughter's, Mrs. Johnson Arnold, and died suddenly Thursday morning, May 20 as stated last week. He leaves to mourn his loss two daughters Mrs. Johnson Arnold of Roberts and Mrs. Emma Wagner of Melvin besides a host of friends who will remember the many favors he has done for them.