I am Valentina Bairit, a grandchild of Emilia Zent, born 1902 in Speier/Russia. She is a daughter of Johannes Zent and Helene Meichel, born in Sulz/Russia. Emilias grandfather was Peter Zent, born 1838 in Speier. Her grandmother, the mother of Johannes Zent was, so far i know Maria Gerhardt. I found some Information about Peter Zent on the myHeritage.com homepage. There i found out, that Peter Zent had three wives but none of them was Maria Gerhardt.
Maybe anybody knows, if one of Peters wife was Maria Gerhardt, or the three names of them? One name was Anna Mary Wetzstein...
Johannes Zent, son of Peter, also tried to emigrate to his relatives in the United States in 1914, but because of the beginning of World War I he and his Family must stay in Russia. There he died in 1921. Did anybody heared about Johannes Zent and that Peter had a son, who stayed behind in Russia ?
Meanwhile, the descendents of Johannes Zent and I too, live in Germany. So far I am able to conclude, we are far relatives and maybe we could exchange some information about the big family Zent.
I would be glad to hear from you Maybe anyone of you has retained the German language and is able to answer in German ?