Zilling, France was the home of our Reichheld Ancestors.  A small village of less than 300 inhabitants in Lorraine, it is a small community of families all related to one another by a bond of cousins.  These families almost all shared the same religion, Lutheran and reformed.  They spoke Alsatian, a derivative of the German language. 

The primary occupations related to agriculture, farming the land and breeding livestock. Others worked in trades that addressed different needs of the families, such as blacksmiths, carpenters, cartwrights, wet coopers, cutlers, weavers, tailors, and shoe-makers. 

Pancratius Reichheld, a weaver, came to Zilling from Switzerland at the end of the 17th  or the beginning of the 18th century.  Reichheld descendants still live in or near this village today.

Click on the map inset below if you would like to view a 
map showing some specific areas in France where our ancestors lived.