Hello! My name is Kim Michelle Zeller and I am a descendant of the original Zeller family who immigrated to the United States and built Fort Zeller. Here is a small amount of information I have from our family records which have been passed down through the centuries through photographs, chalk drawings, letters, memoirs, family Bibles, and from what many know through history. James Zeller (Sellaire) was born in Zurich, Switzerland in the year of 1660. He married Lady Clothilde de Valois in France in the year of 1682. They had one child together, a boy named J. Hinrich ( Jean Henri) born in France, 1684. James Zeller was the first male settler in America of the Zeller descent. By Act of Parliment he was made a citizen of Great Britian in 1709. He died en route to America in 1709-1710. Jean Henri Zeller and his mother Lady Clothilde de Valios did arrive in NY, America 1710. Jean was active in the campaign of 1711 provision of NY. He eventually settled in Tulpehochen Township, Berks Co. Pennsylvania. He married Anna Maria Berigal. Those two had one child, a son, born in 1732 named George John Zeller. Jean Henri Zeller died in 1756. I have all of the family lineage from this point up until today. Everything is current and our lineage lives on. There is one soul surviving Zeller male, who is my father. My father has two children, both girls. I am married with two children of my own and my sister will be married in June. The Zeller family name will cease to be upon my fathers death. I have so many original documents that I will pass this family album down to my children in hopes that they continue keep the information up to date once I pass on. Even though they do not bear the Zeller Surname they are descendants just the same and my hopes are that they will carry on the Zeller name and history.
The Zeller Coat of Arms
The Shield: the center third of the shield is gold in color and represents generosity, valor, or preserverance. The outer thirds are blue in color and denote loyalty and splendor.
The Charge: The cross which appears in the center third denotes a closeness to the supernatural or that the bearer was a veteran of the Crusades.
The Motto: Mit Freuden Hindurch loosly translated means "with a happy or joyful heart all through the night"
I would love to hear more about your group and why you have such an interest in the Zeller family. I would also love to be of any help to you. I am very proud of my family name and am honored to have come across someone with the interest. Please contact me for anything in regards to the Zeller Family. I currently reside in NY and will be traveling to York, Pennsylvania this Memorial Weekend. If you do not get a prompt response from me that is the reason why. Thanks again! Kim M. Zeller