US GenWeb

Family Sketches

Surnames Beginning with "Z"

These family sketches are from Landmarks of Albany County, New York, edited by Amasa J. Parker of Albany, N. Y., Syracuse, N. Y.; D. Mason & Co. Publishers, 1897.

Zeilman, Charles H., was born in Albany, N. Y., September 25, 1839. He received a common school education and later went into the employ of Steele & King, where he learned the paper hanging business and subsequently served as an apprentice at the carpenter's trade, at which he was employed at the breaking out of the Rebellion. August 8, 1861, he enlisted in the 44th N. Y. Vols, and was successively promoted from the ranks to first sergeant, second and first lieutenant and captain; and commanded Company F, the Albany company, from the Peninsula campaign until the company was mustered out of service in Albany, October 11, 1864. He participated in most of the battles in which the regiment was engaged, was severely wounded in the side at Gettysburg, and was slightly wounded in the left arm in the battle of the Wilderness. He has been a prominent member of the G. A. R. since 1867. January 1, 1865, when the free delivery system was put in operation in Albany, Postmaster Dawson appointed him as a letter carrier andsubsequently to a clerkship in the distributing department, from which he resigned in the September following, to accept the position of chief clerk and property clerk of the Capital police force. He remained in that position until September, 1870, and on the fifteenth of that month he re-entered the postal service under Postmaster Smyth and for nineteen years was clerk at the stamp window. When Gen. James M. Warner was appointed postmaster in 1889, Mr. Zeilman was appointed assistant postmaster and has held that position ever since, having been reappointed by the present incumbent, Hon. Francis H. Woods. He was a member and secretary of the Board of Civil Service Examiners for the Albany post office from its establishment to the time he became assistant postmaster.

Zeller, A., is a son of John Zeller, who came from Germany and settled at Indian Fields in the town of Coeymans in 1853. Mr. A. Zeller married Henrietta, daughter of Egbert Stanton, who was a grandson of Reuben Stanton, one of the early settlers of Westerlo, who had four sons, David, Benjamin, Joseph and Reuben. Reuben Stanton, Jr., had three sons, Egbert, Luman and Reuben W. Egbert Stanton in early life came to Coeymans, where he married Jane, daughter of Dr. Moses Clement; and after carrying on a store for some years, he was engaged the last thirty years of his life as bookkeeper and salesman of the various freighting firms of Coeymans. He died in 1880, leaving a widow, one daughter and a large circle of friends. Mr. Stanton was a representative man of the town.

Send comments or suggestions to:
Debby Masterson

Go Back to Albany County Biographies
Go Back to Home Page