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Anna __?__
Husband:  Jacob ZILLES / ZILLIS / SILLIS
Birth:  1829/30 or 1832/3, Hesse-Darmstadt or Prussia
Occupation:  gardener
Parents:  born in Prussia
Wife:  Anna "Annie" __?__
Birth:  1835/6/7, Switzerland
Occupation:  homemaker
Parents:  born in Switzerland
born in VA [now WV], presumably in Richland Twp., Ohio Co., WV:
1.  Amelia ZILLES, b. 1860/1
2.  Adam ZILLES, b. 1863
3.  Mary ZILLES, b. Mar 1865/6 
4.  Anna "Annie" ZILLES, b. 1867/8

born in Richland Twp., Ohio Co., WV:
5.  Jacob ZILLES, Jr., b. 1870/1
6.  Clara ZILLES, b. 1875/6
7.  George ZILLES, b. Feb 1880

Keywords for search engines:  genealogy; DEU, Deutschland, FRG, Germany, Preussen;  CH, Schweiz; USA, US, United States, Virginia, West Virginia

Sources (n.b., West Virginia was formed from Virginia in 1863):

1.  Marriage Record:

2.  1860 Census Index/Images (online at Genealogy.com, Image #7 of 15):  Wheeling P.O., Wheeling Creek Valley, Ohio Co., VA [now WV], Roll 1368 (Book 1), p. 534, PN 108, 722/729, enumerated 11 Jul 1860, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1860 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
George Zillis 39 M   Gardiner   300 Germany
Barbara   " 28 F         "
Mary      "  6 F         Va
Casper    "  4 M         "
Mena      "  2 F         "
Amelia    "  2 F         "
A brace indicates Mena and Amelia are twins.  Despite discrepancies with later censuses, given the extreme rarity of the surname, I do suspect these are our subjects.  We need to keep in mind that they were immigrants and may have been speaking with a very limited knowledge of English and, at best, with heavy German accents to an enumerator who spoke only English and there was no other likely candidate for our subject in the census that I could find.  "Anna Barbara" is a very common German given name combination, and while "Jacob George" is less common, it's certainly a "very German" combination.  Germans go by their middle names not by their first names as is the English tradition so you often find Germans being recorded by either of their given names, which is just one thing that makes doing the genealogy of Germans in America difficult. Another problem is that Germans occasionally have three or even four given names (e.g., one favorite is Anna Maria Magdalena), and a person may be recorded under any one of these given names.  It's also possible that Jacob married a second time.

2.  1870 Census Images (online at Genealogy.com; Image #22 of 37):  Wheeling P.O., Richland Twp., Ohio Co., WV, Roll 1696 (Book 1), p. 43B, 138/134, enumerated 17 Aug 1870 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Sillis Jacob 37 M W Gardner 8000 1000 Hesse D.
______ Anna 34 F W Keeps Hse     Switzerland
______ Amelia  9 F W at home     Va
______ Adam  7 M W       "
______ Mary  5 F W       W Va
______ Anna  2 F W       "

3.  1880 Census (indexed at FamilySearch.org; page image online at Ancestry.com, Image #19 of 31):  Richland District, Ohio Co., WV, Roll 1410, p. 469B, PN 2, SD 1, ED 212, enumerated 1 Jun 1880, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1880 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1880:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see
What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 13 24 25 26
21 22 Zilles Jacob W M 50       / Gardener Prussia Prussia Prussia
    ______ Annie W F 43   Wife   / Keeping Hse Switzerland Switzerland Switzerland
    ______ Adam W M 16   Son /   At home West Va Do Do
    ______ Mary W F 14   Dau /   At home West Va Prussia Do
    ______ Annie W F 12   Dau /   A_ home West Va Prussia Do
    ______ Jacob W M  9   Son /   A _____ West Va Prussia Do
    ______ Clara W F  4   Dau /     West Va Prussia Do
    ______ George W M 4/12 Feby Son /     West Va Prussia Do

4.  1890 Census:  the 1890 Census Population Schedules were destroyed.

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