I have information on Albert FICHT, born 1910, the son of Michael Ficht and Zazilia (Cecilia) Huber Ficht.Albert was born on the family farm on the Madison County - Newton County, Arkansas, line.
I have a lot of information on this family plus I have photos of Michael and Zazilia and their children.Let me know if you are interested.
I am attaching family information as follows.Albert is shown listed as the youngest child of Michael and Zazilia.
Joy Russell of Madison County, Arkansas:firstname.lastname@example.org
Descendants of Unknown Ficht
Generation No. 1
Children of Unknown Ficht are:
+ 2 i. Michael2 Ficht, born 04 October 1867 in Nardrach Offenburg, Baden, Germany; died 24 May 1922 in Kingston, Madison County, Arkansas, buried Mt. Olive Cemetery near Kingston.
3 ii. Fridolin "Fred" Ficht, born 06 July 1865 in Nordrach, Germany; died 26 May 1922 in Kingston, Madison County, Arkansas, buried Mt. Olive Cemetery near Kingston.He married Katherine Gelesberger; born in Tattendorf, Austria.
Notes for Fridolin "Fred" Ficht:
Fred arrived atthe Port of New York on 13 June 1911 on a vessel called "Prinz Friedrick Wilhelm" and landed on Ellis Island.His naturalization papers show that he was 5'6", 150 pounds, fair complexion; brown hair, blue eyes, and emigrated from Bremen, Haffer, Germany.He was naturalized in Madison County, Arkansas, on 7 March 1922.His obituary appeared in the Madison County Record on 1 June 1922.
From "A Bit of History" by Emil Ficht:Fred stayed with his brother, Michael, until he bought another man's claim, located about two miles from Michaels.He sent for his first wife in Germany, but unfortunately she fell overboard on the ship and drowned.Her body was not recovered, but Fred received her baggage trunks.Fred couldn't speak English and there weren't many unmarried women in the country.After a while, Fred put an advertisement for correspondence with women in a German paper called the Lincoln Free Press.He got dozens of replies and corresponded with a few.He finally picked one, she lived in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, and was a widow.She was an immigrant from Austria, their language was about the same as German.So they were married, she was a nice person.
4 iii. Barnabus Ficht, born 20 November 1871 in Germany; died 11 December 1941 in Near St. Louis, Missouri.
Notes for Barnabus Ficht:
Came to America in 1890.He learned to be a baker and later bought into a bakery business of his own in St. Louis.He stayed in the bakery business until he retired.(From:A Bit of History written by Emil Ficht)
Generation No. 2
2.Michael2 Ficht (Unknown1) was born 04 October 1867 in Nardrach Offenburg, Baden, Germany, and died 24 May 1922 in Kingston, Madison County, Arkansas, buried Mt. Olive Cemetery near Kingston.He married Zazilia Huber 18 June 1892 in St. Louis, Missouri.She was born 13 November 1865 in Baden, Germany, and died 16 December 1947 in Kingston, Madison County, Arkansas, buried Mt. Olive Cemetery near Kingston.
Notes for Michael Ficht:
From "A Bit of History" by Emil Ficht:To the best of my recollection, at that time St. Louis was very hard hit and financially depressed as times were hard.My father, Michael Ficht, being raised as a farmer, with no other trade, made it very difficult to support a family.So in 1899 he and a man by the name of Mr. Maier, also from St. Louis, started out to look for Homestead Land.They went by train to Eureka Springs, Arkansas, and there got in contact with a man by the name of George Yates, who was a freighter by team and wagon for a merchant at Kingston, Madison County, Arkansas.The freighter told them to come with him, he would take them to lots of Homestead Land.So they did, he took them over to Kingston, which was forty miles.So they each took a full claim of 160 acres about 9 miles south of Kingston.Well, that's where the work begins,all in timber, a real wilderness, lots of real good virgin hardwood timber, white oak, black oak, hickory, or what have you.But as you can imagine absolutely worthless as far as real value was concerned.So there was no money to be had out of the timber.My father had to start from scratch with only an ax and mattock as tools to work with, therefore it was very difficult to clear off the land for cultivation as you can imagine, it took forever to clear off a garden spot.Well, we could raise more vegetables and truck garden, and such when more land was cleared in a few years even some corn for cornmeal to make cornbread.However, my father had to work out for the local farmers and wages were small as he only got 50 cents per day and they were long days from sun up to sun set.Therefore he did not make money fast.When he first filed on the claim he built a small log house.So then in a few months he sent for his wife in St. Louis.It was winter time, they must have had a real hard time, with hardly any money and a family to support.In those days there wasn't such a thing as public assistance like we have nowadays, you had to make it or you didn't have it.
Michael Ficht received a Land Patent, dated 22 March 1906, which was a Homestead entry, to the following lands:The Southeast Quarter of the Southwest Quarter of Section 7, Township 15, Range 23, Newton County, Arkansas;and the East Half of the Northwest Quarter of Section 18, Township 15, Range 23, Madison County, Arkansas;and the Northeast Quarter of the Southwest Quarter of Section 18, Township 15, Range 23, Madison County, Arkansas.His homestead was part in Newton County and part in Madison County.
Notes for Zazilia Huber:
Zazilia's name also appears as "Lizalia" and "Cecilia".She came to America in 1892 as a "bound girl" to the people who owned Anheuser-Busch Beer Company in St. Louis, Missouri.Being a "bound girl" meant that she had to work for these people for about for a certain length of time in order to pay them back for the money they spent on her ship passage to America.She worked for them for two years, and then Michael bought her contract by paying what was still owed on it, and they were married.Her maiden name was "Huber", which is also the name of the man who shot and killed Michael and Fred Ficht near Kingston.It is not known if this man was related to Zazilia.
Children of Michael Ficht and Zazilia Huber are:
5 i. Ella3 Ficht, born Bet. 1893 - 1896 in St. Louis, Missouri; died Bet. 1893 - 1896 in St. Louis, Missouri.
6 ii. Sophie Ficht, born Bet. 1893 - 1896 in St. Louis, Missouri; died Bet. 1893 - 1896 in St. Louis, Missouri.
+ 7 iii. Sophie Emila Ficht, born 23 August 1897 in St. Louis, Missouri; died 28 October 1974.
8 iv. Ella Olivia Ficht, born 21 October 1898 in St. Louis, Missouri.
9 v. Emil Ludwig Ficht, born 09 February 1900 in Fichtenburg, Newton County, Arkansas.He married Dollie Carter 22 November 1925 in Madison County, Arkansas.
+ 10 vi. Lillie Cecelia Ficht, born 27 April 1901 in Fichtenburg, Newton County, Arkansas.
11 vii. Lena Maria Ficht, born 14 September 1902 in Fichtenburg, Newton County, Arkansas.She married Theodore Davis 1921.
12 viii. Roosevelt Barny Ficht, born 12 January 1904 in Fichtenburg, Newton County, Arkansas.He married (1) Madge Yates.He married (2) Myrtle Wilkerson.
13 ix. Garfield Michael Ficht, born 01 April 1905 in Fichtenburg, Newton County, Arkansas; died 23 September 1972.He married Helen Snyder.
+ 14 x. Rosie Maggie Ficht, born 13 July 1906 in Fichtenburg, Newton County, Arkansas; died 27 January 1990 in Huntsville, Madison County, Arkansas.
+ 15 xi. Flora Ida Ficht, born 04 May 1908 in Fichtenburg, Newton County, Arkansas.
16 xii. Albert Adolph Ficht, born 23 October 1910 in Fichtenburg, Newton County, Arkansas.He married Virgie Norris 29 October 1935.
Generation No. 3
7.Sophie Emila3 Ficht (Michael2, Unknown1) was born 23 August 1897 in St. Louis, Missouri, and died 28 October 1974.She married Ziriak Heitzmann 03 May 1914 in Fichtenburg, Madison County, Arkansas.He was born 26 April 1883 in Hasselbach, Germany.
Notes for Ziriak Heitzmann:
Zirach Heitzmann was a brother to Ludwig Heitzmann, and they married sisters, Lillieand Sophia Ficht
Zirach emigrated from Germany on 29 June 1912, and landed at Ellis Island, New York, on 8 July 1912, on the vessel, George Washington.His naturalization papers are found in Madison County, Arkansas, and show that he was 5'2" tall, 130 pounds, light brown hair, blue eyes and fair complexion.His naturalization was approved 7 September 1926.
Children of Sophie Ficht and Ziriak Heitzmann are:
17 i. Carl Adolph4 Heitzmann, born 28 April 1916.
18 ii. Clara Wilma Heitzmann, born 02 February 1919.
19 iii. Theodore Joe Heitzmann, born 28 December 1922.
10.Lillie Cecelia3 Ficht (Michael2, Unknown1) was born 27 April 1901 in Fichtenburg, Newton County, Arkansas.She married Ludwig Heitzmann 01 November 1914 in Fichtenburg, Madison County, Arkansas.He was born 08 August 1889 in Hasselbach, Germany.
Notes for Ludwig Heitzmann:
Ludwig's naturalization papers are filed in Madison County, Arkansas and were approved 7 September 1926.He came from Brennen, Germany, on 12 May 1913, arrived at Ellis Island, New York, on the vessel, George Washington.He is listed as a farmer, 5'4" tall, 142 pounds, light brown hair, blue eyes and fair complexion.
Children of Lillie Ficht and Ludwig Heitzmann are:
20 i. Louisa4 Heitzmann, born 28 December 1915.
21 ii. Leo Heitzmann, born 14 December 1919.
22 iii. Bertha Heitzmann, born 23 February 1922.
23 iv. Dixen Heitzmann, born 26 April 1924.
14.Rosie Maggie3 Ficht (Michael2, Unknown1) was born 13 July 1906 in Fichtenburg, Newton County, Arkansas, and died 27 January 1990 in Huntsville, Madison County, Arkansas.She married Clarence Burton 28 October 1928.
Children of Rosie Ficht and Clarence Burton are:
24 i. Edward4 Burton, born 16 June 1929; died 11 August 1986.He married Della Walker; born 05 July 1933 in Boxley, Newton County, Arkansas; died 25 March 1991.
25 ii. Alice Burton.She married Sammy Smith.
26 iii. Kenneth Burton.
27 iv. Mary Burton.
28 v. Cecilia Burton.
15.Flora Ida3 Ficht (Michael2, Unknown1) was born 04 May 1908 in Fichtenburg, Newton County, Arkansas.She married Charlie Johnson 30 September 1928.
Children of Flora Ficht and Charlie Johnson are:
29 i. Verma Lee4 Johnson, born 01 April 1933 in Madison County, Arkansas.She married Virgil Inman 29 January 1952; born 15 October 1923.
30 ii. Wayne Johnson, born 02 March 1940 in Madison County, Arkansas.