Ursula Stähle

b. 19 December 1834, d. 5 January 1917
  • Ursula Stähle was born on 19 December 1834 in Sondheim, Württemberg.
  • She was known as Lucy.
  • She married Marcus Zeifang, son of (?) Zeifang and Unknown (?), circa 1860.
  • Ursula Stähle arrived circa 1861, according to the 1900 census.
  • Marcus Zeifang and Ursula Stähle, appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1870 in Suspension Bridge PO, Niagara County, New York. Other members of the household included Friedrich Stähle, Catherine Zeifang, Ursula Zeifang and Rosina Zeifang.
  • She was a sponsor at the baptism/christening of Anna Stahle on 28 September 1873 at Zion Lutheran Church in Niagara Falls, Niagara County, New York.
  • She was a sponsor at the baptism/christening of Robert Deveaux Williams on 16 September 1877 at Zion Lutheran Church in Niagara Falls, New York.
  • Marcus Zeifang and Ursula Stähle appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1900 in Niagara Falls, Niagara County, New York, at 737 Pierce Avenue. Other members of the household included Melchior Zeifang and John Frederick Zeifang.
  • The following appeared on 16 January 1903 in the Niagara Falls Gazette: Mr. and Mrs. Leo Stevens, who have been in town since Christmas visiting Mrs. Stevens' parents, Mr. and Mrs. M. Zeifang of Pierce Avenue, returned to their home in New York this morning.
  • The following appeared on 9 October 1908 in The Niagara Falls Gazette: A very pleasant gathering was that at the home of Mrs. Margaret Weber of Willow avenue, on Wednesday, when occurred the reunion of the family of Mrs. Ursula Stahle. The only drawback of the full enjoyment of the occasion was the absence of two of Mrs. Stahle's sons, the eldest, Mr. Conrad Stahle of Cleveland avenue, being seriously ill. The house was beautifully decorated with ferns and flowers, the color scheme throughout the entire house being red and green. The time passed most pleasantly in meeting and greeting relatives and friends, old and new, many of whom met for the first time. A most bountiful dinner was served, after which Mrs. Daniel Behe sang several beautiful solos, and Miss Ursula Stahle rendered some instrumental music. Among the out-of-town guests were: Mr. and Mrs. James Hollenbeck and daughter Hazel, of Lockport; Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Behe, of Gasport; Mrs. Herman Gaertner and Miss Edna Williams, of Petersburg, Mich; Mrs. John Cleghorn and son Robert, of Cuba; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Fitzgerald and Mr. and Mrs. Fred Weber and daughter, of Buffalo.

    Many of those attending the reunion appear in the accompanying photograph.
  • Ursula Stähle became a widow at the 17 March 1913 death of her husband Marcus Zeifang.
  • The following appeared on 17 March 1913 in The Niagara Falls Gazette: After an illness of several months, Marcus Zeifang, one of the city's oldest and most respected German residents, passed away at his home, No. 737 Pierce avenue, at 10 o'clock this morning, at the advanced age of 79 years. Death was due to pneumonia and a complication of diseases from which he had been a long and patient sufferer.
         Born in Wurtemburg, Germany, August 27, 1833, Mr. Zeifang came to this country with his wife, June 12, 1860, and settled in the then village of Suspension Bridge. For more than 30 years he was a flagman at the Cleveland avenue crossing of the Erie, being retired about two years ago.
         In 1864, he became an Odd Fellow, affiliating with Niagra Falls Lodge No. 81, I. O. O. F., and was next to the oldest member of the order, in Niagara Falls, the oldest being Matthew Fink. He was also a devout member of the Zion Lutheran church.
         Mr. and Mrs. Zeifang had been married about a year when they arrived in this country, and throughout the fifty-four years of their wedded life, had never been separated longer than twenty-four house. Mrs. Zeifang has been ill for the past several weeks, and her death is now almost momentarily expected.
         Seven children, three sons and four daughters survive, besides the widow. They are Bernard, Fred and Patrolman Melchior Zeifang, Mrts. John Mumford and Mrs. Rose Seitz, of this city, and Mrs. Julia Stevens, wife of the aviator, now in Porto Rico, and Mrs. Charles J. Evans, of Buffalo. A brother, Bernard Zeifang, an attache of the German government, also survives. Arrangements for the funeral have not been completed.
  • The following appeared on 20 December 1915 in The Niagara Falls Gazette: Mrs. J. Mumford of 737 Pierce avenue delightfully entertained a number of friends yesterday afternoon in honor of the 81st birthday anniversary of her mother, Mrs. M. Zeifang. The afternoon was spent singing German hymns and songs, and a number of selections were given on the Victrola. Luncheon was served, the table being centered with a large birthday cake, lighted with eighty-one candles. Just as the guests were about to be seated, Mrs. Zeifang received a telegram from her son and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Leo Stevens of New York, congratulating her on this anniversary and regretting that they were unable to be present. Mrs. Zeifang received many lovely gifts. The out-of-town guest was Mrs. C. J. Evans of Buffalo. 
  • Ursula Stähle died on 5 January 1917 at age 82 in Niagara Falls, Niagara County, New York.
  • The following appeared on 6 January 1932 in The Niagara Falls Gazette: Fifteen Years Ago Today (January 6, 1917) Mrs. Ursula Zeifang, well known resident of this city, dies at her home, on Pierce avenue, following several weeks illness.
  • Last Edited: 14 Mar 2014

Family 1:

Family 2: Marcus Zeifang b. 27 August 1833, d. 17 March 1913