Johann (Jean) Seither, my third-great grandfather, and his wife, Lucia Gramer, were the parents of John Seither, who immigrated from Alsace Lorraine, Germany to the United States. The origin of the name "Seither" is probably from the French name "Seytier." Following is the family of Johann Seither: Johann Seither (~1803/1828+) and Lucia Gramer (~1803/1828+) John (6-21-1828/5-6-1902) m. Margaret Zimmermann about 1857
John (Johann or Jean), son of Johann, immigrated with his family from the port of Le Havre, France on 1/1/1866 and arrived in New York on 4/11/1866 on the ship named "Cella." They lived in Mothern, Germany, near the very northwest corner of Alsace Lorraine, near the borders of Bavaria and Rhineland, near the Rhine River. The immigration record listed John as being from France and his family from Germany. John's wife was Margaret (Margaretha or Marguerite) Katharina Zimmermann. Her father's name was Louis Zimmermann. A Bernard Zimmermann, aged 40, and a Martin Zimmermann, aged 29, arrived in America on the same ship as she did. They were most likely brothers of hers, but I have no information about what happened to these two after they came to America. The Zimmermann was an old family in Alsace Lorraine and was engaged primarily in blacksmithing and farming. John and his family migrated from New York to Cincinnati, Ohio. I have yet to find where they lived in Cincinnati. Sometime between 1871 and 1876, they moved to Covington, Kentucky, where John operated a farm the rest of his life. They lived on Highland Pike, near the old Latonia horse racing track. This race track no longer exists, and the Ft. Mitchell Kroger grocery store is now located on that site. According to my great Aunt Virginia Kemper Sheehy, all the Seithers, except Mary, spoke with a noticeable German brogue accent. John's son, Edward, moved to Hamilton, Ohio after marrying. I spoke with Jack Seither and Rudy Schwartz two of his grandsons, and second cousins of my mother, about the Seithers. They told me that the Seither men were big and strong, and the Seithers had black hair. Edward Seither was an avid hunter who used to hunt near the present-day Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport. He was also a very strong arm-wrestler. John's son, Anthony worked in the L&N Train Yards in Covington, Kentucky. He died there in an accident three weeks after being the best man in his sister Mary's wedding. John's daughter, Maggie, died of diabetes. Following is a Seither family picture taken around 1925 to 1930 in back of Maggie Heintz’ house. From left to right are Mary, Lizzie, Ed, Maggie, Louis Boh and Katie.
Mary, Lizzie, Ed, Maggie, and Katie Seither and Louis Boh about 1925-1930 John and his family attended St. Augustine Church in Covington. John died of a heart attack, and Margaret died of arteriosclerosis and pneumonia. My great Aunt Virginia Kemper said she vaguely remembered her grandmother in her final bed-ridden years at the home of Benedict Heintz and Maggie Seither Heintz. That home still stands. John and most of his family are buried in Section 4, Lot 25 of St. John Cemetery in Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky. Their gravestones, which are becoming very old and difficult to read, are inscribed in German. Following is the family of John Seither: John Seither (6-21-1828/5-6-1902) m. Margaret Zimmerman (11-5-1833/11-25-1922) about 1857 Katharine (1857/6-1-1950) m. Louis Boh about 1875 Margaret ("Maggie") (11-5-1859/5-25-1937) m. Benedict Heintz Elizabeth ("Lizzie") (7-1864/1915) m. Lawrence Bilz John (1862/?) Edward W. ("Ed") (1868/1958) m. Annie Leisner Anthony (2-1-1871/6-18-1903), single Mary Ann (5-27-1876/10-8-1959) m. William Kemper on 5-26-1903