Portrait and Biographical History of
Guernsey County, Ohio
Published: Chicago: C. O. Owen & Co.,
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JOHN A. ZEEB has
conducted a large grocery business in New Philadelphia for many
years, and has long been numbered among the enterprising
commercial men of this city. His tore is centrally located
on Broadway Street, and among his customers are the bet families
of the place. Mr. Zeeb is a veteran of the late
Civil War, his services having extended over three years.
A son of Andrew Zeeb, our subject was born May
1, 1844, in Lawrence Township, Tuscarawas County, Andrew Zeeb
was a native of Wurbemburg, where he lived until reaching man's
estate. He married a friend and schoolmate, Fredericka
Maser, and together they crossed the Atlantic about 1822,
landing in Baltimore. From that city they came to
Tuscarawas County, settling near Zoar, in Lawrence Township.
The father died in 1844, but his wife survived him some thirty
years, her death occurring in 1874. Of their five
children, Sarah is the wife of Frederick Hide, of
Zoar; Christina and Emanuel are deceased, as is also
Elizabeth, who died in childhood; and John A. is the
youngest of the family.
The boyhood days of John A. Zeeb were passed
quietly on a farm, in the vicinity of which he attended the
district schools. For a short time he lived in Stark
County, and from there enlisted in defense of the Old Flag in
August, 1862. He was made a member of Company I, One
Hundred and Seventh Ohio Infantry, and on August 26, was
mustered into the service at Cleveland, Ohio. From there
the regiment was sent to the front, and for three weeks was in
camp near Covington, Ky. For the next four weeks they were
located in Camp Delaware, Ohio, from which point they were
ordered on to Washington. Being sent to Fairfax Court
House, they proceeded to the assistance of Burnside, and
arrived at Fredericksburg Dec. 8, 1862, but too late to enter
the battle. Returning to Brooks Station, they then went
into winter quarters, at this time being in the Second Brigade,
First Division, of the Eleventh Army Corps, commanded by
General Sigel. In the spring of 1863 Mr. Zeeb
took part in the Burnside campaign, and May 23, was
present at the battle of Chancellorsville. After the
regiment had been re-organized, it set forth, June 1, 1863, on
the Gettysburg campaign, under General Howard. Our
subject went on the march in pursuit of General Lee, and
was in the second day's battle on the field at Gettysburg.
At this time he was on detached service, and after the regular
army changed position on the fourth day of the engagement, his
command was sent after Lee on his retreat, and at
Hagerstown the opposing forces had a slight skirmish.
After pursuing Lee to the Potomac, our subject's
regiment went into camp at Warrenton Junction. The corps
was then divided, and the One Hundred and Seventh was assigned
to the First Separate Brigade, Department of the South.
Mr. Zeeb was detailed at headquarters under Gen. J. P.
Hatch, where he served with honor until he was mustered out,
July 10, 1865. In addition to the engagements previously
mentioned, his regiment was in the battle at John's Island, Feb.
10 and 12, 1863, and after going on an expedition to Savannah,
took part in the action at Pocotaligo in January, 1865, and the
following mouths in that of Salkehatchie.
On his return from the South, after his short time of
necessary rest and recuperation our subject engaged in farming
near Zoar until 1869. He then entered the service of the
Cumberland & Pennsylvania Railroad as brakeman, being thus
employed for the next four years. In 1873 he went to
California and was there engaged in railroading for four years.
On the expiration of that period he returned to Ohio and was
again employed by the Cumberland & Pennsylvania Railroad.
In 1882 he embarked in the mercantile business in Columbiana
County, Ohio, but sold out at the end of six months. About
this time he came to New Philadelphia and went into partnership
with Jacob Wise in the grocery business. After nine
years the partnership was dissolved by mutual consent.
Mr. Zeeb retiring from the firm. When a year had
elapsed he bought the stock of Jacob Miller on Broadway
Street, and to the conduct of his business has since devoted
John A. Zeeb was married in this city to Mary
E., daughter of Daniel and Margaret Kniseley.
Three daughters have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Zeeb,
namely: Florence, Stella and Clara. Mrs. Zeeb,
who is a devoted wife and mother, is a member of the United
On questions of politics our subject is identified with
the Democratic party and is now serving as Township Treasurer.
He belongs to Andrew Crawford Post, No. 6, G. A. R., in
which he holds the office of Junior Vice, and has also served on
the Relief Committee. In teh Masonic order he is connected
with Bolivar Lodge, A. F. & A. M., and with Chapter No. 38, of
the place. For a man who served three years in the great
Rebellion, Mr. Zeeb holds his age well and is able to
give close attention to his business interests.
Source: Portrait and Biographical History of Guernsey County,
Ohio - Published: Chicago: C. O. Owen & Co., 1895 -