Following is a short history of the Zabst family, read recently at the family reunion.
John Zabst was the second child of John and Margaret Lance Zabst, and was born in Germany, March 24, 1817. When but 14 years of age, he and his sister came to America. He earned a living by driving a horse on a canal running between Massillon and Cleveland. The following year, his parents cane to America and with them settled on a farm in Crawford County, Ohio, working at whatever he could find to do.
Over 60 years have passed since the subjects of this sketch were united in marriage at the home of her mother. The began their life together in a little log house situated in a deep forest in Crawford County, Ohio. They lived here four years, then sold their farm and with their two children, George and Amanda, and what household goods that were of a necessity, started out, driving overland in a large covered wagon in search of a more favorable location, having no idea as to how far, where or what their destination might, getting nights lodging at private houses and doing their cooking along the road. The end of ten days found them at Angola. The trip was made without mishaps or incidents
|Catherine Weaver Zabst|
Steuben Republican November 11, 1903