Mathias Giovanni Ziller was the fifth son of the Joannes Michael Ziller and Anna Maria Inama. Born in 1825 and a resident of Sanzeno Nr. 21, he suffered the hard conditions of his homeland as a young man. At 30 years of age he married his first wife Marianna Anselmi from Brez. She died a few months after their wedding in April 1855, suffering from dysentery, which was epidemic in the region at that time. A year later he married Catharina Inama . They had nine children,three of which died in childhood.
In a land tortured by diseases and bad harvests, the
living conditions were hard and the resources were scarce. Many branches of
the former aristocratic families had become impoverished and didn't retain their
titles after the intermittent reign of the Bavarians, which ended in
Giovanni and Clementine Andreas and Henriette
Basil and Mary
Due to the difficulty of communication, the brothers didn't keep in touch as they might have liked. The contact of the three family branches broke off in the early twentieth century and led to a independent development of the families.
What is fascinating in this connection is, that despite these facts, the"Ziller-genes"controlled the further evolution of the families. In all three clans music, creativity, diligence,and persistance led to a ,mind you, independant development of professional musicians , who played music together in the family unit. While in America the "Ziller-Sisters" caused quite a stir, the "Trachtenkapelle Ferdl Ziller" from Austria traveled through Europe and the German branch of the family especially four "Ziller-Brothers" earned their daily bread with music. A fascinating parallel of events.
The "Ziller sisters" in America "Trachtenkapelle Ferdl Ziller" in Austria