Defiance County


January - December 2000

The Defiance County, Ohio, Genealogical Society
P.O. BOX 7006, Defiance, OH 43512-7006

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Cindy Heisler,, March 21, 2000 - WAGSTAFF, WILLIAMS, etc.

Joseph WAGSTAFF (b: 1798 in Alleghany, PA, d: Sept. 17, 1875 in Tiffin Twp., Defiance Co., OH , m. Elizabeth WILLIAMS March 12, 1818 in Harrison Co., OH), lived near Evansport, Defiance Co., OH and wife, Elizabeth, is buried in Old Evansport Cemetery. Joseph's second wife, Sarah PORSON, is mentioned in his will as inheriting the farm in Tiffin Twp.
Joseph and Elizabeth had 8 known children:
1.Charity, b. about 1825, m. Ebenezer DAKEN/DAGEN;
2. Rachael,  b. 1830, m. Ezekial CURTIS;
3. Joseph M., b. March 28, 1831, d. Aug. 28, 1899, m. 1. Ardelia LINDENBERGER, 2. Emily MASON;
4. Isabella, b. June 11, 1834, d. Feb. 19, 1877, m. Ezekial BRACE;
5. Martha, b. about 1834, m. William IRVING;
6. Susan, born 1837, m. Oscar MOTT;
7. Harriet, b. 1841;
8. William Courtney, b. 1845
Possible children with Sarah PORSON: Sarah, m. George McCASLIN; Eliza, m. John BLAIR
Joseph WAGSTAFF's will states heirs as follows:
Eliza Blair, wife of John Blair, Waterloo, IN.
Rachael Curtis, wife of Esie Curtis, Stryker, Wms Co., OH.
Martha Irving, wife of William Irving, Newton, Kansas.
Sarah McCaslen, wife of George McCaslen, Montpelier, Wms. Co., OH.
Joseph Wagstaff, Jr., Stryker, Wms. Co., OH.
Isabel Brace, wife of Esie Brace, Stryker, Wms. Co., OH.
Harriet Wagstaff, Elgin, Illinois.
and Unknown Heirs of Charity Dagin.
I am interested in hearing from anyone researching this line.


Researching the above names in Defiance County early 1800's to now.

Nancy,, March 21, 2000 - McDOWELL, ROWSE

Sarah E. McDOWELL, born Defiance Co. about 1870?, married E. R. ROWSE of Bridgewater Twp., Williams Co, OH in late 1880's/early 1890's. One known child:  Ethyl May, born Aug. 8, 1893 in Bridgewater Twp., Williams Co., OH
Looking for parents and marriage records of Sarah (McDOWELL) ROWSE.

Ben,, March 22, 2000 - BEARE, LEHMAN, MEYER, MYERS, SINDEL

Here is part of my MEYER/MYERS line in Defiance Co. I'd love to coordinate with others researching them. The full line is on my web site at:
The MYERSes lived in Milford Twp for over 50 years.
1. Jacob MYERS (ca1810 - ), b. ca 1810, Baden, Germany
& Catherine LEHMAN (ca1814 - >1880), b. ca 1814, Baden, Germany, d. aft 1880
1.1 Catherine MYERS (ca1838 - ), b. ca 1838, Ohio
1.2 Christina Katherina MYERS (1840 - 1913), b. 28 Jan 1840, Ohio
d. 29 May 1913, Defiance co, Ohio, br. Edgerton, Ohio
& John Mathias SINDEL (ca1836 - 1917), b. ca 1836, Baden, Germany
d. 3 Apr 1917, Defiance co, Ohio, m. 10 Nov 1861, Defiance co, Ohio
1.3 Lina MYERS (ca1845 - ), b. ca 1845, Ohio
1.4 Jacob H. MEYER (1847 - 1883),b. 6 Dec 1847, Ohio,d. 24 Mar 1883, Defiance co, Ohio
& Margaret Jane BEARE (1853 - 1932), b. 28 Nov 1853, Trumbull co, Ohio d. 31 Jul 1932, Angola, Steuben co, Indiana, m. 8 Dec 1872, Williams Co., Ohio
1.5 Mary MYERS (ca1848 - ), b. ca 1848, Ohio
1.6 Eliza MYERS ( ca1867 - ), b. ca 1867, Ohio

Diana McDonald,, March 22, 2000 - MYERS, RAUTH

I am researching RAUTHs (originally from Baden, Germany) and MYERS (I believe they are also from Germany. RAUTHs immigrated approx. 1850 to Defiance Co.

Dave Parker,, March 23, 2000 - PARKER, SCHONOVER, TEEL

I am researching John PARKER, married Amanda SCHONOVER. Lived in Defiance Co. in the mid-1800's. One son is all I have record of, Abel PARKER, who was born in Defiance Co. in 1856. He eventually moved to Hayward, WI. Since he married a Carrie TEEL of Wisconsin about 1886, I don't think he married in Ohio. Thanks in advance.


My gg grandfather was John BRUBAKER b. 10/18/1826 in Chambersburg, PA. His son, Western Forest BRUBAKER, was my great grandfather, brother of Margaret (BRUBAKER) EWING. Also have the names PECHIN/PEACHAM, STONER and KNIER/KINER.


Peter ZELLER born June 21, 1804 in Pennsylvania; d after 1845 in Brunersburg, O., m Catherine LANDIS November 5, 1829 in Germantown, Ohio, lived in Brunersburg, O and was a carpenter and farmer. It is unknown when Peter died but his wife, Catherine, died March 4, 1894 in Toledo, O and is buried in Brunersburg, O. Peter and Catherine had 7 known children: Amanda ZELLER CROCKETT; Mrs Frank MANCHESTER; Peter ZELLER of Belmore, O; Mary Ann ZELLER PARTEE; Catherine ZELLER PARTEE; Sarah Ann ZELLER BRUNER; and and infant son, J.D. I am interested in hearing from anyone researching this line. Thank you.

Mary Weston,, March 29, 2000 - BARNETT

Looking for the parents of William Hudson BARNETT, my grandfather, who may have been born in Defiance County about 1858.

Paige Walk,, March 30, 2000 - WALK, WINTERHALTER

I'm looking for WALK's and WINTERHALTER's, among others, in Defiance County.

Joanne Moore,, March 30, 2000 - FLINT, DAVIS, MOORE

Researching FLINT, DAVIS, MOORE in Defiance County, early to late 1800's.

Wendy Conrad,, April 2, 2000 (additional info. added July 2006) - The SWINEHART Family

I am researching the SWINEHART family in Defiance. I have Daniel SWINEHART m. Rachel VORIS/VOORHIES/VORHERS in Williams County, 1842. Children:
Sarah Ellen, b. abt. 1843, m. Davis Hannum CLARK
Eli, b. 1844, d. 1864 (Civil War)
Jeremiah, b. abt. 1845, m. AmandaCAMPBELL
Margaret Rebecca, b. May 24, 1849, m. George W. PARTEE
Benjamin Franklin, b. Sept. 20, 1851, m. Elizabeth POTTERF
Elizabeth, b. abt. 1854, m.William FRANCISCO
Layton,b. April 24, 1856, m. Emma C. BRUBAKER (my great grandparents)
Lena, b. Oct. 28, 1858, m. Abram STRAIT
Freeman, b. abt. 1861, m.Adma Elizabeth PALMER
Lyman, b. Oct. 18, 1866 (unmarried)
Priscilla (Celia) b. February 17, 1864 m. Andrew Jackson CLUTTER
Several of these siblings(Sarah, Jeremiah, Elizabeth, Lena, Lyman) moved to Ligonier, Noble County, IN. Sound familiar to anybody? Thanks.

Doreen,, April 5, 2000, - GAUT family

I am searching for GAUT surnames in Defiance OH. Lafayette GAUT, Mildred GAUT, Harry T. GAUT, Caroline GAUT, Fredich GAUT, & Rebacca Luelle GAUT. Please contact me if you have any information on these folks. I have some descendant information to share.

Sherilyn (Cole) Smith,, April 3, 2000 - COLE family

I am searching and looking for information on ancestors and possibly still living family members that was born, married or lived in Defiance County Ohio. I would love to hear from anyone who may have information on the following family members or who may be working the same family lines. Looking for cemetery record on my great, great grandmother, Claraissa (MERCHANT) COLE, who died in Defiance County on August 23, 1911. My great grandfather Albert Jerome COLE married Sarah Annetta STEPLETON in Defiance County on August 31. 1882. Edella Viola COLE, daughter of Willam COLE and Helen TREMAINE was born in Hicksville on December 12, 1883. She married Allen George HATCHER in 1901 in Kansas. Clifford Eugene COLE, son of Charles Cornelius COLE and Arminda KODER, was born in Defiance County on January 1, 1891. He married Merle STAYTON in Missouri in 1903. Betty Allene COOK, daughter of Augusta Berniece COLE and Robert Welty "Doc" COOK was born in Hicksville on February 7, 1926. Garold COOK, son of Augusta B. COLE and Albert J. COLE) was married to Grace CURRIE who died in Hicksville on June 23, 1973. Holly Diane POWELL, daughter of Georgia EAGER and John POWELL, who was born in Hicksville in 1953. Holly married Francia SARRAZINE.

Charlene Romanus Frye,, April 3, 2000 - Charles ROMANUS

I am looking for anything about my grandfather Charles ROMANUS born 1879 July 10, in Defiance Ohio.

Carol Gee Civiello,, April 9, 2000 - GEE - FLICKINGER

My dad's family, the GEEs, lived in Defiance County prior to about 1885. I'm always looking for information about Gee or FLICKINGER families.

Eugene T. Mauk,, May 10, 2000 - MAUK, WARWICK, etc.

Looking for info on Amos Mauk and Sarah E. WARWICK. AmosMAUK born 6 September 1857, in Rohrerstown, Lancaster County, Pa. died 3 April 1941, father John Mauk born Columbia County, Pa. mothers maiden name KUGEL, born in Pa. Sarah E. WARWICK was born approx 1856 in Tennessee, died 3 May 1905. father Arron J. WARWICK married Mary Catherine KOAGLE on 2 March 1854. Amos MAUK married Sarah E. WARWICK on 26 July 1877 in Defiance, Oh. and moved to Toledo Oh. They had 3 sons, Amos G. Mauk, Chester A. Mauk, and Percey Eugene MAUK. Amos Mauk had 2 brothers and one sister, Martin Mauk of Orlando, Fl. C. S. Mauk of Los Angeles, Calif. and Mrs. William, Lizzie MAUK HALL of Bowling Green, Oh. Looking for any info you may have.

Edward Howey,, May 11, 2000


Dan Grammer,, May 12, 2000 - HUGHES, NEWELL

Does anyone know any relationship between Mason Co, WV and Defiance Co, OH? My ancestor, Andrew HUGHES, who was born in Defiance Co in abt 1854 married Flora NEWELL of Mason Co in 1874. The marriage took place in Defiance Co. She died before 1880. Her parents are shown in the Mason Co 1870 and 1880 census. In the 1870 census she is shown with them. In the 1880 census Andrew HUGHES is shown living with them as a widower. In doing research in Defiance Co. I found several locations that look like they may have been named for places in Mason Co, WV. I have been at a brick wall on Andrew HUGHES for years. Maybe Flora's parents moved to Defiance Co, shortly after 1870, did not like it and moved back by 1880. It has always seemed unusual to me that these two families got together. I would love to know how this happened. Maybe it would help me unravel, who Andrew's parents are. There are several Andrew HUGHES in the Defiance County area and I have not been able to determine which one is mine.

Chloie Luckow,, May 18, 2000 - ELSER, MCCAVIT, CURTIS

Looking for any ELSER, McCAVIT or CURTIS information in Defiance Co. My grandmother and other ancestors lived there in the mid to late 1800`s.

Nancy Blevins,, May 21, 2000 - MYERS, ARNOLD, KOENIG

I am looking for ancestors and descendants of A. MYERS b. abt. 1832 in Wutthenburg, Germany and died after 1868. He married Karolina ARNOLD born 1834 in Wutthenburg, Germany. They imigrated to Defiance Co., OH and had six children as follows: Johann "John", Abraham "Abe", Karolina Christina, Wilhelm "William", Louise Katherina, and Karl "Charlie" Ludwig. After A. died Karolina married a Fredrick KOENIG who was a widower with ten children. This marriage probably took place in Defiance Co. Karolina and Fredrick migrated to Butler Co. KS in the 1870's where they are buried. Any information would be appreciated.

Evelyn Chamberlain,, May 25, 2000 - BRATTON, SLATER

There is a Marriage Certificate Fraktur hanging on the wall of Binion's Roadhouse Restaurant, 1565 Four Seasons Blvd., Hendersonville, NC 28792.
Information: Marriage Certificate for: Leonard SLATER and Eleanora F (S?) BRATTON of DEFIANCE COUNTY, of STATE OF OHIO were by me united in Holy Matrimony of the State of Ohio at my Office on the 25th. day of October, One Thousand Eight Hundred and Sixty-Five Witnesses: Cordelia HART and Christopher HOOTMAN
H. C. HOOTMAN, Justice of the Peace
I saw this when my husband & I were dining there. I copied the information. I was told the owner probably bought it at a flea market or estate sale to hang on the wall of the restaurant. Perhaps this is an important piece of information to fill in the gap on someone's family tree. Being a member of DAR and a family genealogist I know how much this can mean to someone researching these families. I will help if I can.

Sandy Baker,, May 27, 2000 - NEADERHAUSER

I am researching my husband's ancestor Hironimus NEADERHAUSER b.1841-d.1920 who lived in Defiance. His obituary indicates that he was one of the pioneer farmers of Northwestern Ohio. During the civil war he served in Co D 57 Regiment of Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He married Catherine HELMICK of Noble Township in 1867. They settled in Tiffin township in the Banner school district. They had seven children. Funeral services for Hironimus were held November 10th, 1920 at the Salem Church., May 29, 2000 - CRAWFORD, PARKS

I am searching and planning a trip in Sept. to Dicks Creek, Defiance Co. I don't know where that is. My GtGt Grdfthr. was George W. CRAWFORD who m. Mary M.PARKS 5 Nov.1839 in Dicks Creek, Oh. Where do I go from here?

Donna (Humphrey) Gyde,, May 30, 2000 - MATTOCK/MADDOX

The name may be spelled MATTOCK / MADDOX / MADDOCK. I am looking for any information on Isaac Mattock b. 11 Dec 1819 in PA per 1880 census. Died 27 Aug 1891 in Adams Twp., Defiance Co., OH Did he have a wife Harriett? and a wife Matilda? His daughter, Clemenza Almina MATTOCK ( 1842 - 1899) is my gr. grandmother. She was born in Coshocton Co. OH. Clemenza mar. Philip Albert CONN. They had daughters Emma, Matilda, Mary, Euphema, Theodosha. I do not know what happened to Philip CONN after 1888, but his wife and girls were poor. Feb. 1892, in Defiance Co., Clemenza married (#2) Jeptha Lindley OGDEN. He took her and the two youngest girls to his home/farm in Carroll Twp., Ottawa County, OH Euphema Conn mar. Henry HUMPHREY (my grandparents). Theodosha mar. Lindley HUMPHREY, first cousin to Henry.

Richard Spurgeon,, May 31, 2000 - SPURGEON

I am looking for Amon or Ester Ann SPURGEON. Thank you.

Ree Attaway,, June 5, 2000 - HEIMLICHER, McCABE, SCHLOZ, ZIEGLER

Would anyone know where I could find out information on Turnbull Wheel Co. - its employees and when it closed its business? Also, would anyone know about a company called Harley and Whittakers operating in Defiance. I have a picture of a number of women lined up in front of the building including my aunt, I believe. Thanks for any help in advance.

Mike,, June 5, 2000 - BALES, DURHAM

I am seeking information on the Durham surname. In my Bales Family line I have 3 Durham men married into the family. I know the Durhams were inDefiance County, Ohio and some lived in Henry County, Ohio. I am trying to find the connections and more information on them. Any help is appreciated. My Bales Family Website is: Sanford Durham married Lilah Brubaker, he was the son of John Durham and Martha Welder. They had 4 known children. Alonzo Durham married Jennie Brubaker, son of Issac Durham and Clara Coon. Ernest Durham married Bertha Bales.

Carol,, June 13, 2000 - PAINTER

I have a obituary I have looked everywhere for these people . Frank PAINTER a native of Defiance County says he was from Bluffton died in Memorial Hospital born on Sept 5 1879 son of Samual and Polly PAINTER (great grandparents to me) at Diller Funeral Home in Bluffton and burial at Hassan Cemetery. I have looked up for the funeral home and cemetary I can not find anything on either on. I don't know if you can help but I thank you for trying.

Phyllis,, June 14, 2000 - KURSO

I am looking for information on a Henry and Kate KURSO. They adopted 2 children Estella and Clyde.

Robert J. Moyle,, June 14, 2000 - CASEY, HOGAN

I am looking for William CASEY married to Mary HOGAN, in the 1840 census. They lived in Tiffin twp., Defiance Co., Ohio.

Gary Tustison,, July 2, 2000 - TUSTISON

On 11 September 1861, at age 22, my ancestor, Martin V. TUSTISON joined the Union Army. Martin lived in Defiance County Ohio at the time. I am wondering if anyone has some hints as to what company, regiment, etc. he might have joined? I started to go thru the entire list of Ohio Regiments anddiscovered that many are in the developmental process. Any leads anyone can provide would be appreciated., July 10, 2000 - GALLAGHER, WELLS

Seeking data on John Thomas GALLAGHER and Martha Latitia WELLS who were married 20 Aug. 1876. Hoping to find a clue on John's parents. May need to hire researcher for Co. records search, if interested please contact me.

David Garrett,, July 14, 2000 - EDGAR

Hello, I hope someone can help me. I have a great-great grandfather named John Edgar born 2/13/1844 and married in Defiance, Ohio 2/13/1861 to a Ellen Kirk.

I am trying to find information on siblings, parents and children. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Mary Sandison Fox,, July 16, 2000 - GUTHRIE, HOLLINSHEAD, etc.

Descescended from early settler James Timothy Guthrie & wife Mary Hollinshead. Have some family data; family moved to Isabella Co., MI. Names are: Barber, Cook, Guthrie, Hollinshead, Kent, Sprague, Strever. Also some misc. Wartenbe data.

Phyllis White,, July 16, 2000 - GEBHARD, TROFFER

Looking for information on Peter TROFFER and Kathryn GEBHARD. Peter d. 3 Jul 1865. Kathryn d. 6 Jan 1865. Peter came from Alsace area of France to the Williams/Defiance County area in 1850.

Sandy Baker,, July 16, 2000 - HELMICK, NEADERHAUSER

I am seeking information on the parents of Catherine Helmick b.1839-d.1930 Catherine was originally from Germany, and was living in the Noble Township. She married Hironimus Neaderhauser in 1867, Defiance,OH. Any information on early Helmick families living in the Defiance,OH region would be greatly appreciated.

Philip Doty, , July 23, 2000 - HOLZWORTH

I am seeking obituaries from local papers for Henry Dale HOLZWORTH, died June 5, 1979 in Hicksville and Opal (Stauffer) HOLZWORTH, died December 11, 1945 in Hickville. They are both buried in Scipio Cemetery in Allen County, IN. Any help for this member of OGS (Ashland) from California would be much appreciated. Thank you.

Tim Hall,, July 24, 2000 - HALL, HART, McCLELLAN

I am looking for info on HALL and MCCLELLAN families in Defiance County OH. Could you give me the persons to contact? I am looking for James Hall who married Minnie Mcclellan in Hicksville, OHin the mid 1890s, I think 1897. They are in the 1900 census for Defiance county, OH. Leander Mcclellan and Barbra Ann Hart were her father and Mother, Samuel Edward Mcclellan was Minnie brother and was born in Hicksville, OH on Oct 10, 1878. Minnie was born on Feb 22, 1881. Minnie had two sisters and six brothers. I am also looking for information on Leander Mcclellan and Barbra Hart.


I am Glen Huffman of Tucson, Az. former resident of Grand Rapids, Wood Co, Ohio, now living in Tucson, Az. Am looking for birth date of my gr grandmother, Elizabeth J. Fleming who married Nathan Zimmerman in Defiance on 12/15/67. Am trying to establish birth date and names of her parents from your area of Ohio. She may have been born in Defiance County area around 1849 or a little earlier. After marrying Nathan Zimmerman, my gr grandfather, they migrated to Linn Co. Kansas, for several years where some of their children were born, and then returned to Ohio - Defiance, Lucas or Wood County. Anyone researching the Fleming family?

Sue Blalock,, July 25, 2000 - BARINGER

I am looking for information concerning Wilson Baringer. He was born in 1854 and lived in Defiance County in 1880. His parents were Absolom Baringer and Sarah (Rakestraw) Baringer. He was married to Elizabeth (Heimforth) Baringer about 1875, but Elizabeth died in 1878. We lost track of him after the 1880 census. Any information would be appreciated., July26, 2000 - SKEES, MADDOX, WEEVER, WILLIAMSON

All in my family tree mid-1800's till now. I was told they originally came from Defiance.1.)William Skees married to Almelia Williamson had son... Clifford Skees 2.)Frank Weever(Weaver) married to Betsy Maddox hada daughter.... Evelyn Weever. Their children would be my great-grandparents. Any help or suggestions on where to look for info would be appreciated.

Rosemarie Beatty,, July 28, 2000 - BEATTY, ROSBOROUGH

Would someone be kind enough to send me the info in a obit for FLORENCE C. ROSBOROUGH BEATTY, that was in The Crescent News, Defiance OH. She died June 29, 2000. Many thanks, Researching: Ferguson/Elliott, Davis/Waugh, Beatty/Duffy, Pickel/Straub and Smithson

Doreen Wright Allen,, July 29, 2000, TONKIN, POWELL, BURT / BERT

Married Oct. 7, 1922 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Pinconning, MI to CLARA WILHELMNE POWELL, she was born April 20, 1894 and died March 9, 1978. Bert or Burt TONKIN was born JULY 29, 1900 in Calumet, MI and died APRIL 26, 1988 in DEFIANCE CO. OH I would very much like to find an obit for him and his death certificate. I live in Las Cruces, NM can anyone help me? I'm also wondering if he remarried? I have additional information available on both the POWELL and Tonkin families, e-mail me or check out my web site at:

Sandy,, Aug. 3, 2000 - CHURCHMAN, HALL

Looking for the children of Urias Vearl Churchman and his wife Anita Marie Hall. Urias V. Churchman was born 5 Sep 1900 in Defiance Co, OH and died Feb 1982 in Williams county, Ohio. I know of only one child: Lester Vearl Churchman, born 11 Dec 1922 in Jackson co, MI and died 1993 in Allen co, IN. Interested in exchanging information on the Churchman family of Defiance county.

Barry A. Cromley,, Aug. 3, 2000 - CROMLEY

I am from Paulding County (Antwerp), but my father (living) tells me my grandfather (who died long before I was born) came from Defiance County in the area of the Cromley Cemetery where a lot are buried. I found no info on "Cromley" in any of the Defiance County databases for "Cromley." There are several Cromley's buried in the big cemetery east of Antwerp. Unfortunately I am living in Louisiana now for 23 years and just can't get back there to chase around the county to trace. Any info or source appreciated. I will be glad to send back to you whatever I can put together; just let me know the preferred software application, format and delivery method.

Roberta (Straub) Regelbrugge,, Aug. 7, 2000 - ALLEN, TRAVIS

I am curious about the Travis or Allen families (descendants of Ethan Allen). Our family has a farm that was a land grant from Gen. George Washington to Ethan Allen that is in Defiance.

Sherri Fabert,, Aug. 8, 2000 - ROSS, SMITH

I am looking for information on William Oscar SMITH b. 15 Feb 1872 at Sadorus, IL. died 5 Dec 1966. Family records state he was buried at Farmer, Ohio. He married Amy ROSS on 4 May 1904. She died 2 Mar 1956. Buried at Farmer, Ohio. Records state that some of their children were born at Farmer, Ohio: Ruth Irene SMITH b 16 Feb. 1921, Betty Kethryn SMITH b 8 Sept 1926, Jay Wendell SMITH b 21 Dec 1928. I would appreciate any help you could give me on this family.

Larry Richards, , Aug. 12, 2000 - ADAMS, BLY

I am researching the Adams surname from Defiance or Williams Co., OH. My Grandfather, Marion Adams, was born31 Mar 1880. Williams Co., His parents are Abraham Adams and Virginia Bly-Adams, births and deaths unknown.

Karen Szabo, , Aug. 14, 2000 - GEIGER, LENHARDT, etc.

I am looking for information on my GEIGER & LENHARDT lines. My Great-Grandfather was George GEIGER, he married Anna GLANZ (from Henry County). His father (my Great-Great Grandfather) was August GEIGER, born 1846 & died 1935. His mother (my Great-Great Grandmother) was Caroline LENHARDT, BORN 1844 & died 1928. Her parents were Philipp Peter LENHARDT, born 29 January 1839 in Steinwenden, Germany & died 9 November 1895 and Carolina CLEMENS died 5 January 1900. My Grandmother and her 2 sisters were all born in Tiffin Twp., Defiance County. Valeria (Valera) Anna GEIGER born 9 October 1902, Frances A GEIGER born 30 June 1905, and Marie Estella GEIGER born 13 November 1907. They were all the daughters of George & Anna GLANZ GEIGER.

Carole Gregory,, Aug. 16, 2000 - ROSE, etc.

Defiance Co OH marriage records show that: James Rose m Orpha Wood 9 Sept 1848. Roxy Rose m John Dillon 7 Sept 1846. Louisa Rose m William H. Hollinger 10 Feb 1848. Rhoda Jane Rose m William Higbee 4 Mar 1860. Freeman Rose m Sally Lloyd 9 Mar 1854. Stillman Rose m Amy Hively 24 July 1859. I would like to exchange any information with researchers of these Defiance County families.

Kim Featherstun,, Aug. 16, 2000 - SHOOK

I am researching my grandmother's father, Harry SHOOK (Born in 1886). According to his obituary he was born in Defiance but my grandmother believes it was actually Hicksville. At a young age he was put into an orphanage with his brothers and sisters because his mom passed away and his dad could not handle it. Supposedly he was raised by a family and took on their name but he was not formally adopted. Any ideas on where to go with this information?

Doreen,, Aug. 23, 2000 - POWELL, TONKIN

I recently learned that one of my ancestors BERT TONKIN died in Defiance County on April 26, 1988. I would like to learn if he remarried. He was married to Clara Wilhelmine POWELL on Oct. 7, 1922 in Piconning, MI. She died March 9, 1978 in Flint MI. On the death certificate for BERT it says his spouse's name is Alka (Unknown). I would like to find more information about his spouse. Can anyone help me locate an obit for him, that might have the information I'm looking for????

Gai LaMarche,, Aug. 23, 2000 - BALL

I am sending you this in hopes you can help me or guide me to someone who can. I have a copy of the Defiance Crescent News dated 1967 with an article and photo about a small cemetery where George Ball was buried in 1866. The photo shows the grave stone and says it is in the Foster Family Cemetery. According to the book "Ohio Cemeteries" this cemetery is located in "Defiance Township NE 1/4, S36, T4, R4. Was on south side of Carter Rd. 1/4 mi west of SR66; 2 1/2 mi south of Defiance. Abandoned." I was just visiting in Defiance, and drove along Carter Rd., but there are a lot of woods, and I had my 95 year-old grandfather, Virgil Ball, in the car with me, so I couldn't stop and go stomping around the woods like I would have liked, looking for the stone. Gramps lives in Tiffin, and at his age is not able to do any searching. Now I am back in Houston, TX and it will be quite a while before I can get up that way again. Do you know of anyone who might be willing to locate this cemeter and the stone for me? I have other Ball relatives in Defiance, but they really aren't interested in genealogy. George was an ancestor of mine, obviously. He and his family emigrated from Alsace in 1830, I have the ship's passenger list. Thank you for any assistance you can give me.

Dawn Pontious,, Aug. 26, 2000 - BENDER

I was wondering if someone would be willing to do a look-up for me. I need to know if their were any BENDERs in the Defiance county area around 1880 or 1878. Possibly a city directory look up for now. Thanks

Tom & Lucy,, Aug. 30, 2000 - BICE, FRANKS

Aaron E. Franks, married to Maggie Bice. He may have moved to Defiance County around the year 1900 or 1901. His daughter Mae (May) Leone Franks was born February 13, 1901 in Hicksville, Defiance County, Ohio. Mae (May) is my aunt.

Jay Ingalls,, Aug. 30, 2000 - LAWYER
Trying to find info on family members of O. Lawyer, listed in 1860 Census. We
have not done a census look up yet, may get that far tomorrow.

Rita Yoder-Kehren ,, Sept. 2, 2000 - HARBISON/HARTMAN, SALZMAN, YODER
I am looking for the family of Christain Yoder (Christopher) and (Sarah Harbison )Yoder. They had children George, David, Jacob, Ida Belle, Jeremiah, probably born 1850,s. They had 3 children whom died. Would there be any records. Also, looking for the parents of Sarah, last name seems to be Harbison, but on marriage says Hartman. Any Harbison or Hartman families in Ohio. This Harbison /Hartman family also has the names of Margaret and Louis Salzman/Saaltzman.

Dottie Lewis,, Sept. 2, 2000 - FARRAH, GREENWOOD
Searching for any information of the Farrah family living in Hicksville in 1870. I have a Mary Alice Farrah, b. there in 1870. One source says her parents were Hazard Farrah and Sarah Greenwood. Another source claims her parents as William Farrah and Mary Greenwood. Any help out there?

Nancy Miller,, Sept. 3, 2000 - GRIFFITH, WELLS
Looking for the family-parents of Hiram Griffith b. 1815 believed in Williams Co. OH, married 8 Dec 1836 Elizabeth Wells in Williams Co. OH. She was born 1817 in OH. They moved to Defiance where all their children were born. Josiah Mathew b. 1839, George Washington b. 9 Nov 1841, Charlotte b. 1844, William Henry b. 1846, America b. 1848, Victoria Ann b. 22 Oct 1850, James Monroe b. 1853, Francis M. b. 1858. Some time after 1860 they moved to Wakeda, Carroll Co. MO. If you can connect to this family in any way please contact me.

Lucinda Osborne,, Sept. 6, 2000 - OSBORN
Thank you for this site. I am researching my gg grandfather Elijah Osborn b.1795-d.1870 settled in Richland township, Defiance county. Looking for any info on Elijah and decendants-any help appreciated.

Joey,, Sept. 12, 2000 - MEYER, PANNING
My great grandmother, Anna Meyer Panning, came from Germany to America in 1872 with her mother, sister Mary Meyer, brothers Heinrich Frederick, Henry, and Herman Meyer. In the 1880 Census I can find Anna married to Henry Panning in Henry County and her brother Fred is with them. Also, in Defiance County I found her sister Mary Meyer married to Fred Meyer and her brother Herman is with them. Henry Meyer is listed as a laborer in Defiance County. But I can't find their mother. I have three possible names for her from the ship passanger lists and from biographies. They are Sophia, Magdalena, and Helen. I found her son Heinrich Frederick in the St. Mark's Cemetery in Adams Township of Defiance County. Next to him is a Meta Meyer, formerly wife of Herman, who died in Oct, 1899. The age and the death date fit, but not the name. Does anyone know anything about Meta Meyer in St. Mark's Cemetery? In the Okolona Bethlehem Cemetery, I found her son Herman and his wife Caroline. There is a Sophia M. Meyer there, but the death date of 1908 seems a little late from the other info I have gathered. Does anyone know anything about Sopia M. Meyer in Okolona Bethlehem Cemetery in Adams Township? Then I found a marriage record of Magdalina Meyer to John G. Stockman. Does anyone have info on John and Magdalina Stockman? I would appreciate anything that could help me piece the Meyer family together. Even info on other Meyer families in the area could help me.

William Slager,, Sept, 14, 2000 - BRUBAKER, NOBLE
NOBLE, Calvin Lee(b.13 Oct 1813 in Trumbull Co.) married Anna Brubacher 22 Feb 1842 in Williams county and later lived in Defiance and Paulding counties. Want info on their children.

Art Lumb, ArtLumb@Prodigy.Net, Sept. 30, 2000 - PERIARD
My greatgrandparents, Alfred Periard and Elizabeth Barbeau Periard were married in Defiance in the early 1870's. My grandmother Sarah Chlotilde Periard, and presumably her siblings, including Louis Periard and Ovola (sp?), were born in Defiance. I am not sure of the birthplaces of Alfred and Elizabeth, but the French language was spoken in the home. About 1900, the family moved to Saginaw, MI, but their relatives remained in Defiance and Hicksville, as the families visited back and forth. There may still be descendants of these relatives in the Defiance/Hicksville area today. Any information taht can be provided about these ancestors and their families would be much appreciated.

Elaine Koppany, KoppanyE@POM-EMH1.ARMY.MIL, Oct. 4, 2000 - HERMANN

I am looking for any information on a relative from Defiance, Ohio during
the Civil War. I am not sure what side he fought. We have a picture of him.
This is all that is written on the photo "Capt. Hermann"

Jack Walter,, Oct. 6, 2000 - WALTER

Seeking origion in Germany, descendents, graves of Isaac WALTER and Peter WALTER, brothers who emigrated from Germany during Civil War. They arrived Charlston or Savannah, were impressed into Confederate Army, deserted to Union lines, were impressed into Union Army, finally released and made their way to Ohio where they settled near Hicksville, according to my grandfather Wm. Walter of LaGrange Co., Ind. whose father John WALTER was an older brother of Isaac and Peter who had migrated to LaGrange Co. in 1859. Jack Walter.

Linda Lacich,, Sept. 6, 2000 - ANKNEY, GARY

A post card was found on elm street, Toledo, Ohio of a Jennie Gary. Her picture was on the front and on the back she had written this to a Student of hers a Donnie Ankney. The mailing date was May 24,1912. The picture was taken at a photograper in Defiance, Ohio. Woulld any one on the site, have any idea who the sender or the receiver would be. I am a Gary and we also have Ankneys in our line. She was a very beautiful girl.

Barbara Treaster,, Oct. 6, 2000 - TREASTER

Looking for info on John Treaster (Triester, Trester, etc.), married to Eve (Eprecious). Bought land in Defiance county in 1851. Children named: Henry, Mary, Abram, Thomas, Andrew Jackson, John & Barbara.

Dan Fetters,, Oct. 7, 2000 - MILLER

I have 2 different lines in the area, one is across the border in DeKalb County, IN.
Michael Miller who is the 1850 census as being born in (approx) 1795 PA. This is in Concord Township. I do find some coincidences and leads in Knox, but wondered if anything was here in Defiance, OH.
The other is my sister's (DiAnn Fetters Bunting, who lives in Pioneer, OH) husband's family.Larry Bunting, son of Dora (Miller) Bunting. Dora is of ill health and Larry has been taking care of her along with his 2 brothers. But they have been unable to provide any names or locations. Larry has thought his grandfather was Gary Miller.

Regina Stein,, Oct. 16, 2000 - CLAUS/KLAUS/CLOUS(E)

I am looking for relatives of George, Mathias or William Claus/Klaus/Clous/Clouse who settled in Ney and Mud Creek., Oct. 22, 2000 - OSBORN
Requesting information on Joseph Miles OSBORN, born Conn. Oct 25, 1824 and died at the battle of Chickamauga Sept. 20, 1863. Was he married? Any children? What Ohio unit did he serve in?, Oct. 24, 2000 - STEINGASS
Looking for Johann STEINGASS who emigrated from Germany in Oct. 1883.

Debbie Funk,, Oct. 26, 2000 - BALL, etc.
Searching for information pertaining to the family lines below. Descendants of Joseph W. Ball
Generation No. 1
1. JOSEPH W.1 BALL was born Abt. 1805 in VA/PA ????, and died 1875 in Defiance, Ohio. He married CATHERINE HOLLENBACH.

2. i. JOSEPH W. JR.2 BALL, b. 1833, PA/VA ????.

Generation No. 2
2. JOSEPH W. JR.2 BALL (JOSEPH W.1) was born 1833 in PA/VA ????. He married MARY E. SHRUM 1857 in Defiance, Ohio.

Children of JOSEPH BALL and MARY SHRUM are
i. MARY ANN3 BALL, b. January 14, 1879, Defiance, Defiance County, OH; d. November 17, 1915, Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio; m. (1) ?; m. (2) WILLIAM LOWER; m. (3) PHARIS KEEZER, May 16, 1897, Paulding County, Ohio.

Descendants of Mary Ann Ball
Generation No. 1
1. MARY ANN3 BALL (JOSEPH W. JR.2, JOSEPH W.1) was born January 14, 1879 in Defiance, Defiance County, OH, and died November 17, 1915 in Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio. She married (1) ?. She married (2) WILLIAM LOWER. She married (3) PHARIS KEEZER May 16, 1897 in Paulding County, Ohio, son of GEORGE KEEZER and PELINA GRAHAM.

Child of MARY BALL and ? is
i. ETHEL4 ?.

Children of MARY BALL and WILLIAM LOWER are

Children of MARY BALL and PHARIS KEEZER are
vii. CLARA VIOLA KEEZER, b. September 11, 1902, Defiance, Ohio; d. August 1990, Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio; m. GEORGE LEO DECHANT, 1925, Ohio.
~~~~~~~Have more on the family line of Clara Viola KEEZER.

Lois Durr,, Oct, 26, 2000 - NEEDHAM, GRANDY, PIERCE, ARRANDT, HOOTMAN, etc.
I am looking for info on my g. grandmother Harriet (Hattie) Needham. I believe she lived in Defiance Cty in about 1860. She was b. in New York. Her parents were Truman and Miranda Needham. Her brother Edwin Needham m. a Esther Grandy of Defiance Ohio. They all moved to Hartford, Van Buren Cty, MI where they appear on the 1870 census. Truman and Miranda Needham were b. in VT. Hattie m. Chas. G. Pierce of Greene Cty Ohio. His people were from Vt and possible NH and NY. Hope we can connect.

Nov. 1, 2000 - Thanks to a response by the helpful people at the Defiance Cty Library I made a phone call and learned this is the correct spelling of my g.aunt's husband. My mothers mother was Jennie Pierce, she had a sister Elizabeth (Lizzie) b. in Ohio in abt. 1874 [source population schedule-US census 1880-Hartford, Van Buren Cty, MI]. Lizzie was married to a Frank Traver until at least 1916. Later she married (Ray?) Arrandt of Hicksville Ohio. I remember visiting them. So Ray and Lizzie probably died in the 1950's or after. I learned today that the Arrandts may also be related to the Pierces through their mother.
I am looking for Esther Grandy and her family. Her parents were N. Grandy and Anna Grandy. She was born in Ohio. She died in 1894 in Hartford, Van Buren Cty, MI --Her husband Edwin Needham died in 1929 in Hartford, Van Buren Cty, MI. His obituary sd. his wife came from Defiance Ohio. He was b. in 1848. His parents were Maranda and Truman Needham.
I am looking for my g.grandfather Chas. G. Pierce b. in Ohio and m. to Harriet Needham dau. of Trauman and Maranda Needham. Harriet's brother Edwin m. Esther Needham of Defiance Cty. All moved to Hartford, Van Buren Cty, MI in the 1870's. My g. aunt Elizabeth Pierce was b. in Ohio and later married a Ray (?) Arrandt of Hicksville. I believe "Lizzie" died in Hicksville OH in abt the 1950's. She was born in 1874. His parents came from N.H. and VT and possibly New York. Family history says we were at that time (1900) 4th or 6th cousins of Franklin Pierce. I learned today there are connections to the Arrandts through the Hootmans to the Pierces.
Update - Jan. 27, 2001
Hello-I have learned so much more! Chas G. Pierce (m.Harriet Needham-1868) is most likely the brother of Mary A. Pierce (m. John A. Hootman-1863). They are the children of William G. (b. VT)and Ada Pierce (b. NY). Both were born in Milford Twnship and married in Defiance County, Ohio. My g. aunt Lizzie m. Ray Arrants in 1948 and lived and died in Hicksville in 1955. Hope to hear from you.

Sue Lumb,, Oct. 27, 2000 - SWILLEY, PERIARD

Gusta Swilley, died April, 1900 in Hicksville. She was a cousin of my grandmother, Sara Periard, who was born and lived in the area until about 1900. Any info on Gusta Swilley, or her family?

Larry Gaston,, Oct. 29, 2000 - GASTON
I am interested in any information I can find on the surname of Gaston. My father was Wayne Gaston (passed away in 1980), the son of David Gaston who lived in Defiance County, he died in 1972, His father was Wilson Gaston and he died in 1916 and is buried in Antwerp, Ohio. I don't know anything further back than that. I would like to find our more information on this subject.

Nina Stirlen,, Oct. 31, 2000 - HARRINGTON
My gggrandfather Michael Harrington of Toledo, OH died in 1905 his obit
states he was survived by a brother JEREMIAH HARRINGTON of Defiance, OH.
Would like more info on Jeremiah if possible.

Mike Marsh,, Nov. 2, 2000 - GOFF, SCHOOLEY, etc.

I'm in possession of a book of limericks/poems writing by cousins/sisters/friends of Amanda Belle Goff (Schooley) - my gg grandmother. Most of these the entries were between 1884-1890, and most of the persons were from Defiance county. The surnames of the persons who wrote these 'diddies' to my gg grandmother are - Schooley, Warner, Wentworth, Coward, Dunlap, Lybarger, Dixson, Wish, Ogilivie, McCartney, Leynde, Goff, Harris, Keener, McCormick, Elliot, Williams, Strong, Aston, Clark, and Erter. I have done my best to read the handwriting and some of the above names are guesses, so it is possible that I have not read the writing correctly. There are over 50 entries from locals of Defiance and surrounding counties to Amanda. If you have any of these names in your research, and you are interested in having me look up poems authored by individuals which are connected to these names. I'm happy to do so. Just let me know.

Frank Durham,, Nov. 5, 2000 - DURHAM, TEEPLE, WRIGHT, etc.

My GGGrandfather James Durham settled in Milford in 1840 and lived there until 1884 at his death. He and his 1st wife Zelindah Wright Durham were married in Columbiana Co. Ohio. They had 8 children. His second wife had 4 boys, last name Teeple, then she, Julia Ann Mock Teeple Durham married James in 1853. They then had 5 children. Family consisted of these members. Isabella and Dr. William Snook, Angeline and Levi Vanniman, Melissa and Elias Bassett, Lucetta and Lewis Chaney, Druzilla Durham , Oliver and Ida Walton Durham, Philena and Henry Kniss, Edgar and Nancy Jane McGaffick, Elizabeth and Reuben Sellers, James W. Durham and Sarah??, Asa and Clara Shott, Soloman and Alice Worthington, Daniel and Christena Sindel. The four Teeple children males three identified. Almond and Mary Hanline, Ephraim and Anna Maria Swank, and Ira and Nancy Jane Darr. Probate record mentions pictures and family Bible would like to find them. Have many researching family members looking for further documentation and relatives.

Ken Writtenhouse,, Nov. 7, 2000 - SILVERS, PATTON
Looking for info on Lester Silvers born 1861 Darke Co., OH married 1881 Emma Belle Patton in Darke Co., OH, they had 11 children, 3 living in 1910 in Hicksville, OH.
Susie Mae Silvers 1885- John C Silvers 1888- Alvin V. Silvers 1896-
Would like info on deaths of Lester and Emma Silvers, she died 4-12-1923 in Defiance co., OH. Looking for marriage for kids too.

Mary L Wolverton,, Nov. 8, 2000 - SUTTON, PATTEN
I am looking for anyone connected with Hazel Ferne Sutton married Glen Patten b 1902. Hazel and Glen Patten had children Betty Rose Patten b 1927, and Norma Jean Patten b 1931.

Fahren Grissom,, Nov. 11, 2000 - BEEBE, FIZTENBER
I am looking for information about Richard and Denise Fiztenber Beebe who lived in Defiance Co. about the late 1950s. Thanks.

Mary Huhman,, Nov. 12, 2000 - LICHTY
I found a birth record in Washington Twp., Defiance Co., Oh for (no name) LICHTY, (b) 23 Jan 1882 (Ill in column) with mother listed as Mary Ellen LICHTY. Mary Ellen supposedly born Paulding Co., Oh. Does anyone have any knowledge of this birth or how I might find out more?

Karen,, Nov. 12, 2000 - WILLIAMSON
Am looking for information on the Williamson's in Defiance. My great-grandfather George Williamson, was born in Pennsylvania but lived most his life in Defiance, his children were born there. If anyone can help me, I'm at a road block. Thanks for your help.

Mary Ann Phillips,, Nov. 13, 2000 - GEIGER

This family lived in Defiance country, Ohio, and Toledo around the turn of the century. I inherited photos of 4 generations of Geigers because the owner didn't know if she had any Geiger relatives remaining. She is since deceased at the age of 95+. I would love to share them with the Geiger family.

Kathie Talbot,, Nov. 21, 2000 - BULLOCK, CRARY, PALMER

Researching Frances C. Bullock who married Osgood S. Crary 11 May 1851, Defiance. Osgood died 20 July 1864 of wounds received in Civil War. They were Farmer twp in 1860. Looking for date of death for Frances and cemetery where they are buried. Did she remarry and remain in Defiance Co?. Believe she is sister to my 2nd gr grandmother, Nancy R. Palmer who was in Hicksville at that time. Looking for links to their parents in NY.

Gary Tustison,, Nov. 28, 2000 - TUSTISON

I am looking for the existence of a John Tustison- I believe he was born in Defiance County- Hicksville area around 1855. Does anyone have access to a detailed 1860 census listing that could determine that Nelson Tustison of Defiance County had a son named John? Or can someone point me to a site that might have the information?

Sue Chism,, Dec. 6, 2000 - DAVIS, MOYER
Would like to find additional information on the marriage of Refina (Ruffina) Moyer and James Davis. The marriage took place on July 31, 1883 in Defiance Co., Ohio. Ruffina would have been 21 years of age at this time. Would marriage records have given her birthplace? Her parents were Daniel and Mary Ann Ranes Moyer. Three of her siblings were born in Allen County (William, Elizabeth, Sarah Jane). I am trying to locate Samuel ( another brother) and Ruffina's birthplaces. Did James and Ruffina live in Defiance County? Were there children? I also have a marriage for Ruffina listed as taking place September 1, 1891 to E. K. Burnett, but taking place in Henry County, Ohio. This marriage is a matter of court record. Was she actually married twice? If so, what happened to James Davis?

Donel Stanley,, Dec. 7, 2000 - HUBERT, SCHILLINGER
I am researching my family roots in and around Defiance, Ohio. I have relatives currently living there now. I am trying to locate more information on the HUBERT and SCHILLINGER surname. If anyone can add any information to what I have, that would be most appreciative. I have a website that may help someone else. I know some of my family was buried in Blue Creek Cemetary, but I believe that is in Paulding Cty. I am trying to get information when Augustus Hubert first came over to the Ohio Region, what part of Germany was he from and to go back from that.

Mary Huhman,, Dec. 7, 2000 - LICHTY, LINTZ, DULL, MOON

I am searching for a birth/christening record for Mary Ellen LICHTY, = born Paulding Co., Oh. 22 July 1862 who married an Amos M. MOON ca = 1864. Parents are Joseph LICHTY (b) ca 1830 in Pa.& Sarah LINTZ (b) 14 = Oct. 1833 possibly in Stark Co., Oh. Parents possibly Benjamin LINTZ & = Rebecca DULL. Mary Ellen may have had brothers, Orville B. LICHTY born 8 Sept. 1853 = in Cecil, Paulding Co., Oh & md. Fanny A. Sallinger 26 May 1889 in Def. = Co., Oh. Benjamin ca 1854. =20 1860 Census Index for Paulding Co. has a Joseph LICHTY listed. Is there = anyone who has access to this census that would be able to check please? There is also a Joseph LICHTY listed in the 1850 census Index for = Defiance Co., Oh at Richland Twp. I will appreciate any info. that someone might have to share.

Searching for information on this family-John Wilhelm of Defiance Ohio married Agnes Marantette b. 17 Nov 1856 Mendon Michigan. Aware of these children Frances Harley, Carl G., Donald, Edmund, D'nelle and Captain Walter. Would appreciate any assistance. Thank you.

Laura Edwards,, Dec. 18, 2000 - HOOTMAN
Christopher Hootman native of Hicksville, Oh died Dec. 2, 1900 at his home at the age of 83 y/o source Christian Standard, December 15, 1900 edition, page 1610, an announcement written by his son, Addison Monroe Hootman. I have more to send but I'm out of time for now. BTW- Barbara Brown Hootman that is quoted on the web page is my mother. The both of us are so grateful to the very kind and helpful souls we've encounted in our search for information on family members! http//

Julianne Fishell,, Dec. 20, 2000 - ADAMS, CARPENTER
I am researching an N.B. ADAMS from Lisbon, New London County, Connecticut who came to Defiance with his wife, Mary CARPENTER in 1836. They had one child who survived infancy, Ellen Elizabeth ADAMS. He died in August 1843. Family tradition has it that the family was related to President Adams. I'm not counting on that, but I am interested to find out more about the mysterious N.B. (like his name!!).

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