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Anna Farney (Zehr)

Birthdate: (90)
Birthplace: Belgrade, Bistroff, France
Death: June 01, 1909 (90)
Naumburg, New York
Place of Burial: Croghan, Lewis County, New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Rev. Michael Zehr and Anna Zehr
Wife of John Farney
Mother of Joseph J. Farney; Michael S. Farney; Catherine Bronson; John C. Farney; Jacob Farney and 4 others
Sister of Michael J. Zehr; Christian Zehr; Johannes Zehr; Joseph Zehr; Pierre Zehr and 7 others

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Anna Farney's Timeline

February 26, 1819
Belgrade, Bistroff, France
June 19, 1833
Age 14
New York, NY, United States

In 1833, Michael migrated to America with his entire family intending to settle in Ohio. He wanted to escape the military service laws which went against his Mennonite beliefs and to take advantage of the opportunity to own his own land. The Zehrs were very poor when they left France and it was quite an adventure for them. But they thought that if they could only reach here they would be able to get along nicely.

The Zehr's ship, the Barque Statera with 112 passengers, arrived at New York City on June 19th. Agent of Comte LeRay de Chamont, John Keiffer, who had been searching for colonists to settle the lands of Chamont in New York, persuaded Michael to settle here. In fact Michael got the impression that work was to be had almost anywhere in America and that money could almost be picked up in the streets. They heard the speculation that Lewis Co. would become the wine producing center of the world, since it was at the same latitude as the Mediteranean. This influenced them to head for Lewis County, which they expected to find quite near at hand, instead of Ohio, the destination listed for the Zehrs on the ship's manifest.

The ship manifest of the Statera lists Michael Zehr (44), his wife Anna (40), sons Michael (19), Christian (16), Georges (12), Jean (10), and Joseph (8) and daughters Anna (14), Barbe (5), Catherine (4) and Susanna (1). By the 1840 census, Susanna was no longer listed, and is presumed to have died.

Mrs. Michael Zehr (nee Anna Jantzi) had two sisters who also emigrated with the Zehrs with their families on the Statera in 1833 - the Christian and Marie (Jantzi) Nafziger family and the Christoph and Magdalena (Jantzi) Kennel family.

March 16, 1842
Age 23
New Bremen, NY, United States
June 18, 1843
Age 24
New Bremen, Lewis, New York, United States
November 25, 1845
Age 26
New Bremen, NY, United States
December 3, 1848
Age 29
New Bremen, Lewis County, New York
March 20, 1852
Age 33
New Bremen, Lewis, New York, United States
February 11, 1854
Age 34
New Bremen, Lewis, New York, United States