Hi, Janice.Well, you've given me an opportunity to spend about an hour viewing some excellent Sask. websites.I have seen "Zenner" on some map and wondered about it, couldn't find it this time.No one has ever mentioned it,(you're the first) but I was curious too.I don't know of any family connection.
First, the specific towns my immediate immigrant Zenner family came from were very close to the German border in Lux.In fact, Reisdorf where Jacob Zenner was born is actually almost on it.These were German speaking people.Other towns were Bigelsbach, Ermsdorf, Hoesdorf...Only a sister of Jacob's is known to have married (2) Luxies.Jacob himself married a Bohemian and all of his children married generic German types.Jacob didn't seem interested in preserving his heritage, just farming and raising a family of diverse people.He even arranged a marriage between his eldest daughter, my ggrandmother, and an Austrian immigrant.
Saskatchewan is important as an opportunity for my early immigrant family to acquire land.In 1902/3, Jacob took 2 sons and traveled by wagon up to St. Peter's Abbey and Rosthern (north of Humboldt), then claimed some land around Lake Lenore.Offspring also moved into Naicam and Spalding.I'm still learning.But they are all up around Humboldt.There is no family history of having a town named after them. The old Zenner graves are located in Lake Lenore.
I notice I mentioned a possible trip to Sask in the original message, and, indeed, I'll be up there the end of July.This whole Sask. thing was very popular in the very early century.Caravans of people left towns in MN and WI to travel up to new wheat country.The Catholic Church was one such organizer, needing settlers to keep churches open.Jacob had a number of sons and needed to acquire farms.He himself returned to Chippewa Co.,WI, leaving me with some very confusing naturalization documents to unravel.Just 2 sons in Sask.and I'm learning about their families this summer.Of the many families that migrated up there, many also returned to the U.S.
Your name connections are very intriguing. There may be a connection prior to the 1830's and I'm interested in what you learn.I'll stay in touch.Perhaps we'll meet up there. Mary