Defiance County

Excerpts from The Defiance Democrat Newspaper - 1863

From the Defiance Democrat 1863

January 3, 1863 – Charles DUNNING, for many years master of a boat on the Wabash Canal, and from 1858 to the spring of 1862, a resident of Delaware township, Defiance county, where he was also a Justice of the Peace, was so injured by the falling of a tree, while out Coon hunting in Paulding county on Wednesday last, that he died on Saturday morning last.

January 10, 1863 – An Attorney of Defiance, in looking over the papers of the late William SEMANS, found many items of interest… We copy one which is historical and of local interest: No. 13, Auditor’s Office, Williams county, Ohio – Defiance, October 7, 1824. To the Treasurer of Williams county: Pay Alex LANTZ out of the Treasury of said county, the sum of Thirty-six Dollars, for services as Commissioner in locating the seat of Justice of Henry county. $36.00. Timothy S. SMITH, County Auditor. The within order not paid for want of funds. Moses RICE, County Treasurer. This must have been issued shortly after the organization of Williams county which, then, included the present Williams, Defiance, Paulding, Putnam, Henry and part of VanWert, Allen, Lucas and Fulton counties. Although this was done in 1824, that county was not organized for several years after.

January 17, 1863 – Aaron CLARK, of Ayersville, a member of the 100th Regiment, died recently at Richmond, Kentucky.

January 31, 1863 – ChristianWINKLER, aged 19 years, son of Christian Winkler of Defiance, was killed at the battle of Murfreesboro. He was shot in the breast, dying almost instantly. He belonged to the 30th Indiana Regiment recruited at Fort Wayne.

Died in the Hospital at Bowling Green, Kentucky, from Defiance county, Melvin J. HILL of Highland township and Decatur STONER of Adams, both of Capt. Southworth’s Company, 111th Regiment.

Died January 17th, Christoph Alexander, son of F. I. WEISMANTEL, aged 10 months and 6 days.

February 14, 1863 – Chas. G.CHASE, of Adams township, died suddenly last week, from apoplexy.

A son of John MINSEL, Richland township, of Captain Moats’ Company, 48th Regiment, died recently.

The new Methodist Episcopal Church, at Independence, will be dedicated with the usual ceremonies on Sunday, February 22d. Sermon by Rev. E. C. GARETT at 11 A.M.

Died in Adams township, February 1st, Mary Elizabeth BECHTOLT, aged 18 years, 11 months and 24 days.

February 21, 1863 – Lieutenant William MARTIN, of the Defiance German Company, serving under SIGEL, died last week in the vicinity of Rappahannock, Va. He will be remembered as a Hardware Clerk in Defiance, and was an estimable young man, whose death will be mourned by many friends.
L. G. BOWKER, a Sergeant in Company F, 111th Regiment, from Milford township, died on the 17th of January of Typhoid Fever, at Bowling Green, Kentucky.

February 28, 1863 – Died on Thursday morning last, February 26th, of Consumption, Erastus H. LELAND, aged 48 years.

March 7, 1863 – Josiah B. COX, of Highland township, died recently at Bowling Green, Kentucky. He was a member of Captain Southworth’s Company, 111th Regiment.

March 7, 1863 – All persons are hereby cautioned not to trust my wife, Catharine on my account. I will pay no debts contracted by her. Matthias SHELLENBERGER

March 14, 1863 – The Rev. John ARNOLD, of Evansport, Defiance county, died last week, of Consumption, after a lingering illness. He was one of the excellent of the earth, of marked purity of character, and universally esteemed by an extensive acquaintance. He was a minister of the German Baptists, of more than ordinary ability. He leaves a widow and six children.

Caution – All persons are cautioned against employing a girl calling herself Elizabeth or Betsy DEUVALL, for I know her to be a thief. Asenath DILS.

Died – On Friday, March 6th, an infant daughter of the late E. H. and Laura A. LELAND, aged 2 months.

Died – On Wednesday, March 4th, Mrs. Elizabeth DEDRICK, daughter of Peter F. BRIDENBAUGH.

March 21, 1863 – Lt. E.S. CRARY, of Milford township, and a member of Captain Hill’s Company, died on the 5th instant at Bowling Green, Kentucky.

March 16, 1863 – Editor of the Democrat: It is with the greatest anguish that I write to perform the last and painful duty which I owe to Brevet Lieutenant E. S. CRARY of Company F, 111th Regiment, O.V.I., who departed this life on the 5th day of March, at Fort Baker, near Bowling Green, Kentucky. Lt. CRARY has left us, “none knew him but to love him.” He was of an amicable disposition and was possessed of as good a heart as ever beat in a human breast… He was endowed with a military genius, and never felt better contented than when drilling the men of the company. He has been taken from us in the bloom of life, in the verge of a promotion, which he truly merited… J.E.H, Bowling Green, Ky.

Job MANSFIELD, of Highland township, died recently in Kentucky. He belonged to the 100th Regiment.

March 28, 1863 – Town Property for Sale! I will sell the House and Lot, at the head of Perry Street, Defiance, corner of Perry and Fifth Streets, next to and above the new Canal Bridge. It consists of a house and shop and will be sold at a bargain and on liberal terms. Apply to J.A. SCHARER.

April 4, 1863 – We are pleased to learn that Captain MOATS has been promoted to be Major of his Regiment, the 48th Ohio. He deserved this. He has seen hard times, hard tramps, and hard usage, and took an active part in two of the bloodiest battles of the war – Shiloh and Vicksburgh – and come out of each, honorable and creditable.

Died – On Monday, March 30th, Stanley, son of Edward H. and Esther J. GLEASON, aged 8 weeks and 2 days.

April 11, 1863 – Died – On Sunday last, April 5th, Dallas, son of Isaac and Maria CORWIN, aged 11 months and 28 days.

Died on Saturday morning last, April 4th, Mrs. Laura A. LELAND, widow of the late E. H. Leland, and daughter of Captain Ira RICHARDSON, aged 30 years.

 April 25, 1863 - On Monday afternoon last, three men, one of them known as Captain JENKINS, called at the house of Linus DOUD, in Washington township about ten miles North-west from Defiance, to arrest his son Albert, whom they claimed as a deserter. Albert, it appears, had been in the three months service in 1861, and in 1862 was drafted, but was suffered to return home not then being fit for duty. He remained at home during the last winter, and as the issue of the President’s order calling on the absentees and deserters to return to their regiments, he made his case know to Adj. General Hill, who authorized him to remain for the present still at home. These circumstances were made known to the arresting party, who still claiming him to be a deserter, ordered him into their buggy, and on resisting, or as some say, running away, the Captain shot at him with a revolver three times, the third shot passing through his body, felled him. These officers then attempted pulling him in the buggy, but on his fainting away, they left him. This occurred at Mr. Doud’s, and is what is reported. The young man, after intense suffering and agony, died on Wednesday evening.

We regard it as a dastardly piece of business. These men we do not understand to be officers or even agents of the military authorities, but merely volunteers who make a business of picking up men absent from their regiments for the standing reward, now, we believe, $26. They had made other arrests in the same neighborhood. They hail from Indiana. These men should not be shielded from punishment by the military authorities, but given over to law to answer for the cold blooded murder committed.
Father and boy both claimed that the papers were sufficient to exempt, at least from the charge of desertion – but expressed entire willingness to obey, if not sufficient. This will not be doubted by any one acquainted with the elder Mr. DOUD, who is an honest, straightforward and peaceable man.
We take the liberty to add that Linus DOUD is a Republican, holding for years anti-Slavery opinions. When the war broke out, two of his boys, Albert being one, volunteered in three months service; and last year two other of his sons went for three years in Captain Southworth’s Company. One of these latter, died this winter in Kentucky. Beside this, one or more of his son-in-laws are or have been in the army. His house has been a kind of recruiting station, and he, while urging sons of others to go, kept not his own back.
There is hardship in his case – but this last affliction is an outrage for which there can be no palliation.

April 25, 1863 – The bodies of Henry MILLER, of Defiance, a Shoemaker, and ___ MAYER, a BARBER from Fort Wayne, were found in the level below WILHELM’s Lock, Defiance on Thursday last. The last seen of these men was on Tuesday night previous, when Miller started from down town to accompany Mayer to the depot, who intended to return to Fort Wayne. It is supposed that they fell, the night being very dark, from the lock crossing into the canal; and from the appearance of the bodies, it is probable that they were arm in arm, one carrying the other over, falling head foremost on the stones and timber below. Miller’s absence was not noticed, as it was supposed that he had accompanied Mayer to Fort Wayne. Both were Germans and young unmarried men.

May 2, 1863 – The Universalist Society of this end of the county, are erecting a church at Brunersburg, to be completed this summer.

May 9, 1863 – A new Catholic cemetery was opened, with religious services on Thursday. It is situated about half a mile above Defiance, on the South bank of the Maumee. The other was abandoned on account of the unfit nature of the ground and want of road access being in a round about way.
Died on the 21st day of April, in Noble township, Alonzo, son of GeorgeBUCKMASTER, aged 1 year, 10 months and 6 days.

Died May 2d, Edward HOPKINS, son of Henry C. and Juliet BOUTON, aged 2 years, 3 months and 5 days.

May 16, 1863 – Col. MEYER of the 107th Ohio (German) Regiment, is a prisoner at Richmond – taken at a recent battle. His son, Capt. Meyer, who succeeded Capt. VIEBACH, in the command of the Defiance Company, was killed in the same battle.
AVOID THE DRAFT – By calling at the Recruiting Office, Russell House, and enrolling your names among those those Brave Ohio Boys, who are now fighting for their country. The Banks of the Ohio Regiments must be fired up immediately. $100 Bounty and twenty-nine advance, with Clothing and Rations. For further particulars, call at the Office. C. W. HOWE, Captain 42d O.V.I. Recruiting Officer.

Caution – All persons are hereby notified not to trust my wife, Elmira RELYEA, on my account for I will pay no debts contracted by her, she having left me without any just cause or provocation. William RELYEA, May 11, 1863

May 23, 1863 – Captain L. E.BREWSTER of the 21st Regiment, has resigned and returned home to Defiance.

May 30, 1863 – General MITCHEL sent out a party into Georgia in 1862 to destroy Railroads, run off trains &c. They were captured by the rebels, a part of them were hung and the balance kept a long while at Richmond as prisoners. Eight of these, recently exchanged, have been presented by the Secretary of War with 4100 and a gold medal each. Of these, William KNIGHT, Co. E, 21st Ohio Regiment, of Farmer township, is one. Similar presents for the families of those of the party who were executed.

June 6, 1863 – John GEISELMAN, of Noble township, a member of Captain Bishop’s company, 100th Regiment, died recently at Mt. Vernon, Kentucky.

June 13, 1863 – Major MOATS, Captain GUNSAULLUS, and other wounded at Vicksburg of the 48th, arrived at Memphis on Thursday of last week, on their way North. Maj. Moats’ wound is in the left leg just below the knee, which he writes, may at the worst give him a stiff leg. Capt. Gunsaullus’ was a flesh wound, in the left leg, above the knee.

William ACKERMAN, of Defiance county, was among the wounded at the recent Vicksburg battles. He was a member of Co. G, 37th (German) Ohio Regiment.

Three Cents Reward – Ran away from the subscriber, June 6th, 1863, Jerome SCHAMP, a bound boy, aged 16 years. The above reward will be paid for his return, but no thanks. All persons are cautioned not to harbor or trust him on my account. Chas. F. FRITZ, Washington township, June 10th, 1863
June 20, 1863 – A Lieutenant BRUNER, an officer of a Black Regiment, was killed at the recent Battle at Milliken’s Bend. As Jacob BRUNER, of Antwerp, and formerly of Mark township, Defiance county, a member of 68th Regiment, was appointed Lieutenant in a Negro company, in that region, we may presume this to be him.

June 27, 1863 – Colonel Scott, in a communication to the Toledo Commercial, gives a corrected list of the casualties in the 68th Regiment, at the battle of Champion Hills, Mississippi, May 16th, from which we take Co. B., Captain SPRAGUE: Sergeant William PALMER, severely; Privates Martin HOLTZENTHAL, mortally, since dead; Joshua ANKNEY 2d, mortally, since died; August HINEMAN, mortally, since died; Andrew J. ICE, severely; Joshua ANKNEY 1st, severely; John B. ETCHEN, severely; Louis P. DERBEY, severely; David SHOEMAKER, slightly; Henry FOSS,
slightly; Peter MOOG, slightly; John G. PARRY (Hospital Steward), slightly; and at the Battle of Raymond, Mississippi, May 12th in Co. B. – Jacob MILLER, slightly in the face.

Jos. M. BLUE, of Ayersville, Defiance county, in 100th Regiment, has resigned on account of failing health and returned home.

On last Saturday, twenty Negroes, recruited in Defiance and Paulding counties, left here on the cars to join the Massachusetts Negro Brigade.

July 4, 1863 – Joseph KIBBLE, of Noble township, died on the passage up the Mississippi from Memphis. He had been on Hospital list since the Battle of Arkansas past.

Henry HECKLER, a German, of Captain Sprague’s Company, 68th Regiment, died near Vicksburg.

Farmer, June 24, 1863 – My son, Emery D. LLOYD, having left his parental home, and absconded to parts unknown, all persons are hereby notified not to trust or harbor him on my account, as I shall pay no debts contracted by; and also all persons employing him are hereby notified that I shall hold them responsible for his wages from now until 25th day of July 1866. Thomas E. Lloyd.

Died in Adams township, on Friday, June 26th, Amos STODDARD, one of the early settlers on the Maumee, aged 77 years.

July 11, 1863 – A. H. HOLGATE, of Defiance, for four years past a Cadet at West Point, recently graduated at that institution, and received the appointment of First Lieutenant in the Engineer Corps, and ordered to Louisiana under General Banks.

Died – On Sunday morning last July 5th, Benjamin MYERS, a native of Pennsylvania, and for many years a highly respected resident of Defiance, in the 65th year of his age.

July 18, 1863 – Major V. H. MOATS, 48th Ohio Regiment, late Sheriff of Defiance county, died at Cincinnati, on Saturday last, from wounds received at Vicksburg. His wounds, at first, was not considered dangerous, but want of proper treatment in season made it fatal. While at Cincinnati, he was in the house of his aunt, attended by his wife, father, mother and sister, and received all possible attention. He was in his 37th year. He leaves a wife and several small children, hosts of friends and no enemies. Major Moats served in a cavalry company recruited in Licking county in the Mexican War, and has been since 1849 a citizen of Defiance county, of which he was for four years the Sheriff. In 1861, he recruited a company in this section for the 48th Regiment and has been in active, hard, fatiguing service ever since. He was in the battle of Pittsburgh Landing, the occupation of Memphis, the attack on Vicksburg under General Sherman last summer, at the taking of Arkansas Post, and in all the recent operations against Vicksburg up to May 22d, when he was wounded. His funeral took place at Brunersburg on Wednesday last.

Sol. McCULLOUGH, for many years a resident on Powell’s Creek, was drowned in the Maumee at Defiance on Wednesday. He had been intoxicated.

July 25, 1863 – In the German company from Defiance, 107th Regiment, the casualties of members for this vicinity during the battles about Gettysburg, are reported as follows: Christian BEHNFELDT, North Ridge, killed; and Ch. BODENSCHATZ, Defiance, wounded.

August 15, 1863 – Hiram CONKLE, a young man for some time in our employ in 1860 and 1861, was killed at the battle of Gettysburg, aged about 21 years. The following letter received by his sister, Miss Amelia Conkle, from the commanding officer, of his company, will be read with interest: (not given in its entirety here)
Hagerstown, Maryland, July 13, 1863 – Miss A. Conkle – Having a very painful duty to perform, in writing to you as I do…you have my heartfelt sympathy, knowing as I do, the excellent qualities of your brother, his never failing generosity and universal kindness and cheerfulness, in all cases, endeared him to me as a brother and , I hope true friend… He fell on Wednesday, the first day of July, when our regiment lost over three fourths of its number. The rebels were driving us slowly back, by overpowering numbers, though they had to fight for every inch of ground gained by them. I was close by him when he fell and talked with him when he was down; he was not badly wounded at first, or not mortally at least, only having a leg broke, and I proposed carrying him off the field, but he would not consent. He told me to never mind him, but to do what I could for the rebels (just like his noble self.) He received his death shot while lying on the field and was buried where he fell. His was a true soldier’s death on the field of battle with his feet to the foe… Our company lost 32 in killed, wounded, and missing, out of 39 engaged. Our commissioned officers were all wounded or taken prisoner, so I am left in command. Respectfully yours, Serg’t Edwin O. BURT

August 22, 1863 – Isaac CUMMINGS will no longer pay debts of wife Lydia, as she has left him without just cause. John MOCHIMER will no longer pay debts of wife Mary, as she has left him without just cause. James KEESBURY will no longer pay debts of wife Emma, as she has left him without just cause.

August 29, 1863 – At the School Election, for or against, a New School House, in Defiance, held on Saturday, the vote was very light, but decisive. The figures were 85 in favor, to 20 opposed, to the measure.

September 5, 1863 – Died, August 25th, STUBY, son of Joel and Asenath DILS, aged 4 years and 8 months.

September 12, 1863 – 200 in Defiance county have paid the commutation fees and are exempt from military duty this year – a much larger number than we had supposed would have availed themselves of this cut off. A draft for 12,500 men is ordered in Ohio, Defiance county to furnish about 120.
Caution – all persons notified not to trust or harbor my step-son, Henry BREMER on my account. Peter DITTMER. I will not pay any debts or charges contracted by or for him.

Died – at her residence near Evansport, Defiance county, Ohio, September 1st, 1863, Mrs. Evalina LINDENBERGER, in the 64th year of her age.

Died – Thursday morning, September 10th, Christian C. GRAPER, aged 36 (?) years.

September 19, 1863 – Died August 27th, 1863, at his residence in Farmer township, Defiance county, Ohio, Abraham BERCAW, aged 62 years, 1 month and 29 days. He was an early settler in this township, and all who knew him could but respect him as a moral man, a worthy citizen and true patriot. He leaves numerous friends to mourn their loss; yet we trust our loss is his gain.

October 3, 1863 – Died – at his residence in Georgetown, Defiance county, September 28th, of Typhoid Fever, John GARLOCH, aged 68 years and 4 months. “Died – knowing all was well.”

October 10, 1863 – The Casualties in the Defiance county, of 14th Ohio Regiment, in the recent battle near Chattanooga, are reported as follows:
Killed: John CAIN, William GRAHAM, and Samuel A. KEEZER. Wounded: Lieut. W. T. BENNETT; Sergeants David METLER, James S. ECKLES, David TRINE, Aquilla MASTERS; Corporals John B. PARTEE and Johnson MILLER; Privates David _?_, William C. ADAIR, Joseph E. BRENDLE, Jacob HOELTZEL, Oliver I. KRATT, George MURPHY, Bernard O’CALLAGAN, Henry B. RANDALL, Jacob B. SPEAKER, William C. SPONSLER, Samuel ?_oops and John WAGONER. Missing – John M. CRIST, Alvaro PARTEE, Emanuel POTTERF.

Died on Saturday morning last, Shuerman TRAVIS, aged 70 years.

Died at the residence of her son, Judge M. R. WILLETT, on Thursday, September 24th, 1863, Mrs. Anna WILLETT, aged nearly 72 years.

October 17, 1863 – The Casualties at the Battle of Chattanooga in the Defiance company E in the 21st Regiment are as follows: Killed – Simon FIGLEY, Solomon SMITH. Wounded – Miran L. COREY, John W. DOTY, George FRY, George GILBERT, John KAUFMAN, Nathan WARTENBEE. Missing – Samuel HULL, Isaac DONAFIN, James M. BROWN, P. L. GINGERY, Samuel MARSHALL, Asa CARY, Rinaldo KIMMELL, James KNIGHT, Henry MORE, Alexander McKENLEY, A. P. McKENLEY, Charles P. PALMER, John P. SPEARS, Newton VAN IMMONS. Of the Field Officers, Lt. Col. STOUGHTON is severely wounded. Major McMAHAN, missing. Adjutant SPAFFORD wounded and missing. Sergeant Major BLAKESLEE killed.

October 17, 1863 – Peter DILS, a son of Mr. Joel Dils, of this township, age 18 years and 3 months, was so badly injured by a runaway team, that he died on Friday morning, October 9th. He had been driving the farm team on a road near his father’s farm, and was thrown from the wagon while going down hill, falling on his head, fracturing the skull. He was a boy of kind disposition and industrious habits.

Died – On Friday, October 2d, at midnight, Mr. Charles V. ROYCE, of Typhoid Fever, in the 54thyear of his age. Mr. Royce had been with the Clerk’s Office here for ten years, and at the time of his death was Clerk of the District and Common Pleas Courts of Miami county. His loss will be deeply felt by the bar of Judicial District. He was remarkable for the energy, decision and promptness with which he performed all his duties, both official and private. Mr. Royce was a communicant of the Protestant Episcopal Church and one of its main supports. He died as he had lived, a firm believer in the Gospel of the Son of God, and in good hope of the resurrection into eternal life. His funeral was attended by a large concourse of citizens at which the Rev. Mr. CUMMINGS officiated. All feel that a good man has passed away from earth and that he is now at rest.

October 24, 1863 – The house of Matthais FLANAGAN in Defiance township, on Saturday night last, was burnt up. All efforts to put the fire out, or save the household furniture &c. proved unavailing.

14th Regiment – Of those mentioned in our paper three weeks ago as wounded in the Defiance company, in this regiment, we see in a late list that Barney O’CALLAGHAN, J. P. PARTEE and J. SPEAKER have since died.

A Broom Factory has been established in Defiance, by Mr. STEELSMITH, formerly of Ayersville, who will purchase the Broom Corn or manufacture on the shares. He makes a good article.

Died – On Saturday last, October 17th, John G. FREDERICK, aged 52 years.

October 31, 1863 – A Wolf was killed in our village last week. As the near approach of the wild beasts of the forest to a town of such a size is remarkable, it has created quite a stir, and we note the particulars. As Napoleon PECHEN and Jackson CORWIN were returning from over the Auglaize at a late hour on Friday evening of last week, they saw the wolf in the road before them at this end of the Bridge. As they came near it, it made a spring for Pechin, aiming for his throat; he caught it tightly by the shoulders, and for the want of a weapon, fell to kicking the wolf briskly in the flanks, while Corwin with a club belabored him across the back – such vigorous treatment soon dispatched the animal: the victors brought him to town, skinned him and have him, stuffed, on exhibition at Pechin’s Grocery. It was fortunate that men who had nerve and some sportsman’s skills were attacked; a child, woman or timid man would have been killed doubtless. Why a wolf would have ventured in town is a mystery. It may be starvation forced him in, or possibly, once been domesticated, and afterwards took to the woods, he had lost the dread of human habitation. There are symptoms that another is in the neighborhood, so that persons out at night, or even in daytime, should be on their guard.

Died – In Evansport, Defiance county, on the 27th day of October, Mrs. Martha, wife of John B. MURRAY, formerly of Defiance, aged 41 years, 4 months and 27 days.

Died – In Richland township, October 16th, Clara Bell, daughter of John and Julia A. ELLIOTT, aged 26 months.

Died – In Richland township, October 21st, Noah E., son of James and Margaret RAMSEY, aged 17 years and 7 months.

November 7, 1863 – Died - On the 30th of October, in Highland township, Henry BRECHBILL, aged 67 years.

The wife of Thomas E. LLOYD, Esq., of Farmer township, eloped last summer with a Dr. TANEY, of Williams Centre. Mr. Lloyd has been on the lookout for the fugitives ever since, and but recently discovered their whereabouts. He shot Taney, killing him instantly and surrendered himself to officers. This occurred in Iowa, where he is at present in jail. We shall be pained to learn that Esq. Lloyd gets into any serious trouble, as he had ever been a peaceable, civil man, and good citizen, and as must be admitted, had provocation sufficient for the deed.

Follow up to Nov. 7, 1863 – Thomas LLOYD was eventually convicted of manslaughter in a court of law for killing Dr. Henry L. TAWNEY. He was sentenced to two years in the Penitentiary in Wisconsin. By April 1864, a notice to divorce his wife, Jane, appeared in the Defiance Democrat on charges of adultery. The Governor of Wisconsin in the same month granted him an unconditional pardon based on the requests of the jurors and Judge of his case.

November 14, 1863 – The County is about to rebuild the Bridge across the Tiffin River, on Evansport Road, above Lyman LANGDON’s.

Died – On Monday evening last, in Noble township, Ephraim WEBB, aged 57 years.

Died – At her residence in Brunersburg, November 6th of Consumption, Eleanor, wife of William BRIDENBAUGH, aged 58 years, 4 months, 26 days. She was beloved and respected by all who knew her. She leaves a husband, four children and a large circle of friends and neighbors who mourn her loss. Although at the time of her death, not a member of any church, she was a firm believer in the goodness of God and the final restitution of all things.

November 21, 1863 – Phillip DORIDER, formerly of this place, but for a few months past residing at Fort Wayne, was killed in that place on Wednesday of last week. He was employed in a boat-yard, whip-sawing, and in adjusting the timber it fell and crushed the unfortunate man, instantly killing him. His remains were brought to this place for interment. He leaves a wife and four small children. He was an industrious, upright citizen.

November 28, 1863 – The dwelling of Joseph BAUER was entered on Thursday night, after midnight, and $150 and a gold watch taken from his pockets. The thief escaped without causing any alarm – no clue being afforded as to whom. Bauer was perhaps watched, the thief knowing he had money on him.
The Slaughter House of E. SHIPLEY on the north bank of the Maumee was destroyed by fire on Sunday night last. It is not probable that the fire was accidental. The loss was about $300 – no insurance.

December 12, 1863 – The new Universalist Church of Brunersburg, Defiance county, Ohio, will be dedicated to the service of the One, True and Living God, who will have all men to be saved… Sunday, December 20, 1863. Preaching by Rev. G. L.DEMAREST, Editor of the “Star in the West.” All are invited.
Henry MARCELLUS, oldest son of Hugh J. Marcellus of this place, a member of the 26th Ohio Regiment, was killed at the recent battles in front of Chattanooga.
John YOUNG, a boy aged 12 years, was drowned at Brunersburg, on Tuesday last, while skating on the Tiffin River.

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