Postscript to original posting. In 1900 Milwaukee census (at least on Heritage Quest) he was enumerated as Charles Zebel b. Dec 1856, a carpenter, this time saying he emigrated 1880 Household: wife Wilhelmina Frank b July 1880 Paul b Oct 1882 Hedwig b Mar 1886 Meta b Oct 1887 Emil b Feb 1891 Charles b Apr 1894 Flora b. 1897
This wasn't the one I was looking for so he is not related to me and I have no further info. Just thought I'd post it for others.