Defiance County


January - December 2001

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

Send your Defiance County related queries to Cindy Heisler at I can not answer them or provide a look up service but the queries will be posted here for others researching this area to see.

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**The more specific the query the better result you will get. **

Walter M. Bolinger,, Jan. 1, 2001 - BOLINGER, BROWN, SNIDER
My g grandfather,Nicholas Bolinger, lived in Defiance during the last years of his life. I have a copy of his probate dated August 1855. There seems to be no record of his death or burial. Though in going through cemetery records I find that some stones are unreadable.My grandfather, Peter was the executor. Nicholas's first wife, Margaret Snider, died in 1848 and is buried in Crawford County.In a little note book that my father wrote a brief history of the Bolinger family. He mentions Nicholas first marriage and then makes a short statement"Nicholas later married xxxx" On Peter's death certificate it states that his mother was "Lydia Brown" This probably was the name of Nicholas's second wife. Is there any record of this marriage that would have been 1851-54? Thank you.

Mike Petty,, Jan. 1, 2001 - HAMMER
I am looking for any information with the HAMMER surname.
Specifically, I'm looking for any information on Frederick William Hammer (1876-1934) and/or his father Phillip Hammer (dates unknown). Any information would be wonderful.

Jim,, Jan. 1, 2001 - MILLER
I am researching the Benjamin F. MILLER family of Evansport. Appears on 1850 and 1860 census'. Benjamin born approx 1825. Appears that father may have died while family was in Evansport. They apparently moved to Wauseon for 1870 census. Possible brother, William, on 1860 census, same page. William born approx 1809. Don't see any Millers in 1840 census. Does anyone have a record of cemetery inscriptions in that area? I see two females in Evansport in 1860 census, possible widows Anna and Florence. Florence is also the name of Benjamin's daughter who was born in 1859. She was my gg grandmother. Any and all information that would help me trace back will be appreciated. According to census, Benjamin was born in VA; William born in PA., Jan. 2, 2001 - CLOUSE, ENGEMAN
I am looking for information on Charles Clouse, b. abt 1844 in Ohio to George and Catherine Clouse, and his wife Mary Engeman, b. abt. 1846 in New York. They were married on May 5, 1868 in Seneca Co., OH., and had at least 5 children Charley, Barney, George, Adeline and Leo. Charles and Mary moved from Seneca Co. to Defiance Co., OH between 1870 and 1880. We have lost track of them after 1880 in Defiance Co.

Kerry Paul,, Jan. 2, 2001- RICHMOND, KELLERMAN
Looking for information on Richmond family settled in Hicksville/Butler area. Hazel Kellerman immigrated to Ohio from Missouri in a covered wagon and married Mac Jesse Richmond in or around Hickville. Any info on them would be appreciated.

Janice Hall,, Jan. 7, 2001- HALL, etc.
The following are HALLs that resided in Tiffin Township at one point or another. I believe that Henry B. HALL (b. 1814), George HALL (b. around 1804), and Jacob HALL (b. 1/15/1803) might be brothers, but I'm not entirely sure. George and Jacob were born in Pennsylvania, and Henry was born in New Jersey. I *do* know that Jacob HALL and Susanna(h) had 10 kids; 8 were male and 2 were female. The children's names and birth/death days are included if I have the info John (d. May 4,1845 @ age of 20y, 6m, 2d) Sarah Ann (b. Feb 24, 1828) m. William CHURCHMAN, had 3 sons George (b. 6/23/1832) m. Mary Ann, had 7 kids Jacob (b. 8/30/1832) m. Margaret, had 3 kids (Emma, Freddy, Maggie) Jessie (b. 6/17/1835) m. Christiana GARBER, had 7 kids Oliver (b. 2/7/1838, d. 1887) m. Amaria GARBER (had 7 kids) Christiana Stephanie (b. ?) Adam (b. ?) William (b. 4/10/1843) m. ?, had son George F. who married Cora RETHMEL Frank/Franklin (b. 11/16/1845) m. ?, had two sons. Charles married Della BOCK. Other son was James.

Jim Rigel,, Jan. 7, 2001 - STOODY, RIGEL
Looking for information on surnames STOODY and RIGEL. Mainly Jeremiah and Barbara (Stoody) RIGEL 1860 and older. Birth and death date for Barbara Rigel maybe buried in Forest Home Cemetery. Some of their children Jeremiah (Jerry), Isaac, Jacob may also be buried there.

Floyd Chio,, Jan. 10, 2001 - CAPPER, LERCH
I know my g-grandparents Luther Phillip Lerch and Mary Elizabeth Capper were married in Defiance 29 Dec 1874. Luther died Toledo, OH 16 Jan 1927 and per his obit was buried in Defiance. Do not know where, would appreciate any help if someone has a cemetery listing. Also would love to know if anyone has any other info on either Luther or Mary's families. I know Luther was born PA ca 1848 and Mary was born Van Wert Co,OH ca 1854, but have been unable to find either set of parents or any siblings. Their son, Wayne Adam Lerch was born Edon, Williams Co, OH, 4 Dec 1892, so not sure if their families lived in Defiance or Williams counties at the time. Any help would be greatly appreciated and am more than happy to share info on what I do have.

Gary Tustison,, Jan. 12, 2001 - TUSTISON
Does anyone have access to the 1860 Census for Defiance? I am looking for John Tustison, born 1855. I believe he was the son of Nelson Tustison who lived near Hicksville 1844-1861. I know there are no Defiance birth records back that far and hoped the census would show John. Thanks in advance for your help.

James C. Robertson,, Jan. 13, 2001 - LINGLE, MIZER
I just found out that my great grandmother was born in Defiance, Ohio on 10 June 1871 to John H. Lingle and Elizabeth (M)izer. This is the first I've heard of a Ohio conection. I would love to find out more about the Ohio side of the family.

Beverly Domer,, Jan. 15, 2001 - SNYDER
I am interested in information on Abraham L. Snyder b. abt 1840 and his wife Lanah who left Fayette Co., Pennsylvania in 1863 for Hicksville, Defiance Co., Ohio. I found Lanah Snyder age 63 living alone on the 1910 census, for Definance Co., Ohio. Abraham was in the Civil War and there is a file for him listed on The widow Lanah applied for her pension in 1906. So I believe that is when he died. Abraham was the brother of 2 of my ggggrandmothers from Fayette Co., Pennsylvania. Thank you for any help you can give me.
See additional information on Feb. 15 query.

I am looking for information on Allie Heilshorn daughter of John W. Heilshorn ( this man had a club foot)and Lucy William. And on her parents. She was married to John W. Povenmire, he was the son of Luther Povenmire and Lyda Barringer. Would like any kind of help you can give me on this.

Judie (Koehl) Shaw,, Jan. 16, 2001 - KUMMERANT, KOEHL, etc.
A member of your society, Jeananne Steingass, is researching the Kummerants from Defiance. Frank Adam Kummerant was my g-grandmother's brother. Her name was Anna Maria (Kummerant) Koehl. She married Michael Koehl III. Anna was a spiritual name given at birth so she went by Mary. She also had a sister, Gertrude, that married my g-grandfather's brother, Jacob Koehl. Frank Adam, Mary and Gertrude was born in a small village named Ober Roden, Hessen, Germany. It is now called Rödermark. Their parents were Johann and Maria Anna (Weber) Kummerant.
I was in contact with an Ann Anderson who was a daughter of Frank Adam but I believe she passed away a few years ago in Defiance. Her daughter was going to help her search amoung her papers to see what she could find out about her father's family but we never connected after that. Now it's too late. I don't know what her daughter's name is.

Jerry,, Jan. 19, 2001 - STRAIT/STRAIGHT, JOHNSON
Looking for the parents of Joseph Strait/Straight born in 1839 in Ohio. He married Mary (Polly) Johnson and she was also born in 1839 to Abel Johnson. Any assistance/leads would be appreciated.

Tom,, Jan 19, 2001 - CORWIN, AMES
I am interested in finding out about two Corwin gentlemen from Defiance. The first is M.A. Corwin. He is in the 1876 Defiance Atlas as owning land, most likely a farmer. This is Tiffin township. The second Corwin gentleman is Isaac Corwin. He is listed under biographies section of the 1876 Atlas as a Blacksmith who was from Pennsylvania and came to Defiance in 1850. My 5th great grandfather was Samuel Corwin, his daugther was Susan (my 4th great grandmother) and she was married to John S. Ames. Both John S. Ames and Susan died in Huron county, Ohio. I am curious as to whether M.A. and Isaac Corwin might be any relation to Susan Corwin-Ames. I would appreciate any information that you might be able to offer me.

Shayna Roberts,, Jan. 21, 2001- ROBERTS, LOWERY, BLOOM
I am looking for information on the family of Hannibal Collins Roberts & Almira Lowery.    Hannibal was born in New York 11/13/1834 & moved with his family to Newville, IN. He married Almira Lowery 11/25/1864. They moved to Defiance OH in 1867. They had 5 children William L Roberts, Mrs. Mary Bloom (husband Lewis), Chaney, Lana, and Israel. Hannibal died 11/9/1912 & Almira died 12/30/1888. Any information on this family would be greatly appreciated. 

Glenda Hinkle,, Jan. 22, 2001 - MILLER
I was looking through the Defiance Co Genealogy site trying to find someone that's researching the Millers that lived in Sherwood Ohio. When we remodeled our house a few years ago and tore off the attic I found 5 letters addressed to a Wayne Miller in Sherwood from the 1920's. I'm hoping to be able to find someone that would want these.I would be overjoyed if it were the family I'm researching. Do you have any ideas as to how I can get these to someone who would want them?I can't stand to through them away.

Sidney Keith Koontz,, Jan. 28, 2001 - CLARK
Am researching the Family of Hezekiah Clark b. 23 Aug 1824 d. 15 Jul 1907. Part of his family was born in Defiance Co., OH, Abraham Clark b. 15 Feb 1852, Lafayette Clark b. 10 Jun 1856 (Lima, Allen Co., OH), Mary Elizabeth Clark b. 2 Feb 1858, and Rebecca Jane b. 19 May 1860. He had the following other children Eunice Anne Clark b. abt 1863, Ulyssus Grant Clark b. abt 1869/70, George Ephriam Clark b. 8 Jun 1876.

Joel Lash,, Feb. 6, 2001 - LASH
I'm trying to find information about the "Lash" name in Defiance County. It's my understanding that my Grandfather, Elmer Lash, was born in Hicksville (DOB 1904) and his father (first name unknown) was also from Hicksville and potentially a railroad worker. In addition there is a greatuncle name Earl Lash (DOB 1889) who was a barber in Hicksville. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I currently live in New Mexico which makes research difficult. Thank you.

Lois Durr,, Feb. 6, 2001 - PIERCE, NEEDHAM, HOOTMAN, ARRANTS
I have recently learned that my g.g. grandfather Chas G. Pierce (m. Harriet Needham) is the son of Wm and Ada Pierce. Chas was born in Defiance Cty. His sister Mary A. Pierce m. a John Hootman. Chas. daughter Lizzie in 1948 returned to Hicksville and married Ray Arrants. I would like to make contact with any friends or family.

Les Foss,, Feb. 8, 2001 - SMITH, JANES/JAYNES
Seeking info on Amos Smith and Henrietta Janes (Jaynes) who married 4 Jan 1860 at Defiance, OH. They had a daughter b 1862, son Albert A. born 1871, and son Oliver b 18 Sept 1875 at Holgate, Henry Co, OH. Oliver is my wife's grandfather. Any info greatly appreciated!

Don Shafer,, Feb. 10, 2001 - HORSEY
HORSEY, William and Maragret. They appear in the 1880 C of Defiance Co. Ohio. They died in the late 1890's. Buried in Riverside New Cemetery. Want to correspond with any Horsey family.

Linda Dietz,, Feb. 11, 2001- FICKLE, BRYAN, NEWCOMER
Looking for information on Jessie BRYAN who was married to Isaac FICKLE. On the 1900 Defiance census, Farmer Twp, they are listed:
FICKLE, Isaac b Apr 1866 34y b Ohio
" , Jessie b Apr 1873 27y b Ohio
" , Della M b Apr 1892 8y b Ohio
" , Beulah G b Nov 1896 3y b Ohio
Jessie was the daughter of William BRYAN and Sarah NEWCOMER. Anyone reseaching these families?

Linnette Carrell,, Feb. 11, 2001 - LASH
Seeking information on the Lash family of Defiance County. Franklin B. Lash, Henry Lash, Maurice Lash. Lived in Hicksville.

Nate & Ida,, Feb. 13, 2001 - CARR/KARR
In looking for my gggrandfather whose oldest son was my greatgrandfather and the other children were from Defiance,OH. Wm. H. Carr changed the C to K and we find both Carrs and Karrs. In the Lomax book they have them listed as being fromDefiance and they were married there and could be buried there also. Here is what I have, Robert Sullivan Karr born about 4 Nov 1822? died in Illinois 1 May 1891, buried in Cherry Grove cemeteryy, Abingdon, Illinois. More later. #2 son John Nelson Karr born about ?1827. #3 girl Melisa Jane Karr b-about 1829. married a Frank Clapsaddle and they had two sons. #4Libby - Karr b-about1831. married a _____Whistler. #5 Julia Ann Karr b-about 1833, married 1st John Cook and i guess second a ----? Gordon. #6 James ___ Karr b-about 1835 married a Martha P. Warren on the 8th of Aug.1850. He died and is buried Ottwmwa, IA. in Wapello CO. Iowa. No date. If you need more information I could send you some.

Pat,, Feb. 13, 2001 - SHEETS, EASTERDAY
I am hunting information on, and grave sites of David Wander Sheets and wife, Susanna Easterday. They were born in Darmstadt, Germany, from oral history. Family has him as oldest son of Michael Sheets and wife, Anna Maria "Mary" Unknown, who had 1 or 2 sons in Germany before coming to US. Michael died in 1875. He and spouse are buried in St. Michael's Catholic Church cemetery east of Defiance, along with some of the children. Susanna Easterday Sheets also died in 1875 in Highland Co., after birth of her 12th. child. David Sheets was a private in Civil War, in CO E. of 125th. Reg. of OVI. His date of death is unknown, but he did not die in the war. They are supposed to be buried in Fish Cemetery, Ayersville, Highland Twp. I found what MAY be the cemetery, but stones were mostly illegible, and none were marked for a veteran. Can anyone verify the relationship between Michael and David, and/or give me directions to Fish Cemetery, and tell me who would have a plot map of the site, so that I can find David Sheets. He was my great grandfather. This family has been my "brick wall" for three years and I would truly value any scrap of information on them., Feb. 13, 2001 - HOUCK, SCHMIDT, GROSSELLE, GIER, PARTEE, SCHONDELL
I am looking for Gottlieb Houck and his wife Fredrika (Schmidt) Houck. Gottlieb was born in Wurtenberg, Germany in 1839. Also: Jacob Partee, Caroline (Grosselle) Partee, Henry Partee, Mary (Gier) Partee, Jospeh Grosselle, Mary (Schondell) Grosselle, Samuel Gier, Sarah (?) Gier. Any information would be appreciated.

Coreena Johnson Arena,, Feb. 13, 2001 - JENNINGS, JOHNSON
I'm looking for info on Levi & Mary (Jennings) Johnson B:2/18/1798 in England. Had 5 children and moved to defiance county,oh in the 1800's. Son Jesse:b:1837 Ruthie,William 2 other children unknown names.

My grandfather was Edward Michael Sheets, born in Defiance Ohio around 1893 or 1894. He married Ada Quigley and lived in Auburn, NY until around 1933. Their son (my father) Joseph Sheets was born in Auburn in 1925. The only information I have is that he left home to go to the store and never returned. My father was about 8 yrs. old at the time. If anyone has any information or knows any relatives in the Defiance area, please contact me.

I live in Fayette Co., PA and am looking for information on 3 brothers of 2 of my gggrandmothers. I knew they went to Ohio and started requesting some lookups. I have contacted the Ohioana room, records department and the Defiance Co. Health Department. From census look ups by volunteers, I have come up with these connections. I know that this is long, but I wanted to be sure to give enough information to make a connection. If anyone has any information that could help me, I would really appreciate it.
They are all found in the records of Hicksville Twp., Defiance Co., Ohio Jacob L. Snyder, died 1881 buried Forest Home Cemetery born in PA his wife Phoebe Davis also died in 1881 buried same place also born in PA. Abraham L. Snyder died 1906 buried Forest Home Cemetery, born PA Lanah Nickelson Snyder died 1918 buried Forest Home, born Pa. >From Lanah's death certificate. Informant was Mattie Smith, who I believe is Martha Jane. Burt Smith could be her husband. She has a sister Allie E. listed on the 1880 census.
There were 4 married daughters with no names in their father's obit. Sarah Dishinger married to John, daughter of Abraham or Jacob. Wesley Snider/Snyder who was living on the 1910 census with his niece, Sarah Dishinger John F. Miller born 1838 in Pa married to Mary Snyder, daughter of Jacob L. Mary Snyder Miller who died in 1870, also in Forest Home cemetery John Peacock died 1908 Forest Home Cemetery Phoebe Peacock died 1921, his wife and daughter of John and Mary Miller There was a Susan Miller age born Feb 1870 living with grandparents, Jacob and Phoebe Sndyer. Ida M. Miller, born 1868, granddaughter living with grandparents, Jacob and Phoebe in 1880 >From Phoebe's obit,  daughters Stella Dowell, Vera Kohler of Boston, Bertha Collins of Dayton.

Vicki Mansfield,,  Feb 16 2001 - MANSFIELD
I am looking for Montie Mansfield born in Defiance County sometime between 1860 and 1885. I know there is a sister Maizie and a brother Arthur. He moved to Indiana at some time but returned to Ashtabula County. He died there in 1945. Any help appreciated.

Julee,, Feb. 18, 2001 - Sigg, Gerst-Garst, Erlsten, McNary, Entenmann, Kapelski, Hanna
I am looking for Lyle and Alvin Sigg or their families in Defiance County Ohio. I have a letter dated 8/1/89 that states Lyle lived in Ney and Alvin lived in Evansport, Ohio. Alvin handled his aunt's, Edna Posey Erlsten, estate sale. I am searching for any pictures or material to copy for the following surnames; Gerst-Garst, Erlsten, McNary, Entenmann, Kapelski, Hanna.
Robert Keezer,, Feb. 22, 2001 - KEEZER, MEYER
Looking for info on George Keezer who married a Fanny Meyer.They lived in the Defiance area in the 30,s-40,s.Ralph, Orville,and Earl were sons..

Carla,, Feb. 22, 2001 - ROSEBROCK
I am interested in contacting these people who are researching the Rosebrock name. My grandmother was a Rosebrock and her Grandfather was herman Heinrich Rosebrock who was born in Germany.

Robert Keezer,, February 28, 2001 - KEEZER
Started researching family who lived in the Defiance area and had trouble finding data on Great Grandparents George & Fanny Keezer. Library was very helpful but would like to get more info.

Judy Wallin,, March 1, 2001 - KORNBAUM
Looking for the family of my ancestor,Rev.Edward Kornbaum who was in Fostoria about 1852. Had a son Edward also a minister, Emanuel, William, daughter Fredericka and perhaps daughters who married Eisenhour and Viebach.

Timothy Sherman,, March 4, 2001 - SHERMAN, RATH, MONINGER
I am looking for any Info on : JOHN H.SHERMAN born around 1879 and died in 1955 he was born in EVANSPORT OH. died in DEFIANCE OH.
had one child KENNETH B. SHERMAN my grandfather. Thank's for any help !!

Nate,, March 5, 2001 - CARR/KARR
Hi, I'm trying to find my great,great,greatgrandfather's family, and we believe they were born and some of them married and died in or around Defiance. The gggrandfarther changed the c in Carr to a K and the children could have used either or some times both. My ggrandfather was the oldest of the 6 children. He was a Robert Sullivan Karr born about 4 Nov 1822 ? and moved to Illinois, is buried in Cherry Grove cemetery with his wife. Next was John Nelson Karr who also moved to Illinois and is buried in Cherry Grove cemetery ? we think he was single ? Next was Melisa Jane Karr/Carr ? she married a Frank Clapsaddle born about 1829. John was born about 1827. Libby Carr/ Karr born about 1831 and Married a -_______ Whistler?. Julia Ann Carr/Karr born about 1833 and married a John Cook & later a ______ Gordon? last was James Carr/Karr born about 1835 married a Martha P. Warren the 8 Aug 1850. They moved to Ottumwa, Iowa and died there.  They probably were farmers in that area. Their dad was a Wm H. Carr but have nothing on the mother other than she was a french lady? I found all of this in my mothers letters,cards & notes.

I would like to find out if anyone has any information on a MATHIAS WROCKLAGE. The only information that I have so far is that he bought land at the Defiance Land Office in 1854. I am currently working on a family tree that will include the Wrocklage families from Germany, the Netherlands, U.S.A., and Canada.

Beverly Domer,, March 7, 2001 - SNYDER, MILLER , DISHINGER, DOWELL, PEACOCK, etc.
From the obituaries I received from the Ohioana room at the Defiance Co. Public Library, I now have found some new connections to the Snyder brothers from Pa. Still searching for Jacob & Phoebe SNYDER, Abraham & Lanah SNYDER, John & Sarah DISHINGER, John F. MILLER, John & Phoeb PEACOCK, Fredereick Sherman & Stella DOWELL  
New names are daughters of John F. MILLER who died Feb. 16, 1930 buried in Forest Home Cemetery in Hicksville. Mrs. George SEIBERT, Mrs Frank GROSSMAN, Mrs. G. L. Willit (probably Lee WILLIT),  Mrs. Eli REX.
Daughters of John and Phoebe Peacock: Bertha COLLINS of Dayton, Ohio (1921), Stella DOWELL of Hicksville (1921), Vera KOHLER of Boston (1921)

Frank Boyd,, March 9, 2001 - BOYD, MONINGER, TRACY
I am Looking for Sandra Sue Moninger (Maiden Name)... She was 22 years old on 11-23-62, the date of my birth... I was adopted shortly thereafter by Paul Joseph Boyd, and Joanne Nancy Tracy (Boyd) They have both passed and I want to find my birth mother and father.

Maureen,, March 9, 2001 - Langdon, Knisely, Nicely, Snyder, Balmer, Montague, Weller, McCully
Looking for information on Maria (Mariah) Lucia LANGDON b. Ohio about 1846. Her parents were John LANGDON, (may also be known as Sheldon LANGDON, but this is unproved) b. NY and Nancy b. Ohio. Maria's siblings are Sarah, John S., Willis T., and Charles. They resided in Defiance county, Ohio.
Maria married Henry KNISELY (spelling later changed to NICELY) and had at least seven children with him, possibly eight. I have quite a bit on these children. Maria divorced Henry in about 1894. She next shows up as Maria SNYDER in the legal papers for the settlement of her father's estate in 1904. The 1910 Miracode index shows a "Enavia" living with her husband Adam SNYDER in Defiance, Ohio. Also in the home are a grandson, John NICELY age 12, and a granddaughter Myrtle WELLER. I know Maria had a grandson named John about the age of the John listed. The WELLER name is not familiar to me and I am assuming she is a granddaughter of Adam's.
Sarah LANGDON is not listed on her father's (John) court papers, and I assume she died before 1904. Three grandsons are listed which I assume are Sarah's children. They are Frank MONTAGUE of Chicago Junction, Ohio, Austin BALMER of Paulding, Ohio and John BALMER of Paulding, Ohio.
John S. LANGDON (son of John and Nancy) is living in Alma, Michigan in 1904.
Willis T. and Charles LANGDON (sons of John and Nancy) are living in Defiance, Ohio.
I am trying to find the parents of John LANGDON and his wife Nancy. John was born in New York ( according to the 1850 census) and it has been speculated that he is the "Sheldon" Langdon listed in the Langdon family bible as the son of Cornelius LANGDON and Eunice WYMAN. Does anyone have any information to help solve this?
Nancy, wife of John and mother of Maria, was born in Ohio. The 1850 census shows that her father was born in PA and her mother in Ireland. If Nancy sounds familiar to anyone, I would love to hear from you.
The 1860 census shows a James MCCULLY, (or could be James M. CULLY) age 14, living with John and Nancy LANGDON. He is shown as attending school in the past year. Is he a clue to Nancy's maiden name or is he just boarding there and helping on the farm? If anyone can shed some light on this it would be very much appreciated.
If anyone has any connections to this family or knows what happened to them, I would love to hear from you. I have lots on Maria and Henry's children and the NICELY family, but only what I have posted on the LANGDONS.

Charlene Bauer,, March 10, 2001 - CATON, KAVVNAUGH
I am researching Richard and Julia Kavanaugh Caton. I do not know when they moved to Defiance County, but speculate the late 1880's, early 1900's. They had family in Putnam County. Julia passed away May 24, 1924. I would like to know about their children, which church they belonged to (probably Catholic).

Carol Schad,, March 11, 2001 - MEYER, LEHMAN, SINDEL, etc.
Does anyone have any information on the following family? Jacob MEYER was born 18-Jan-1811, and died 10-Oct-1878. He married Eva or Catherine LEHMAN. They had the following children 
1. Mary MEYER, d. Bet. 1873 - 1922; m. ? RUMMELL.
2. Unknown MEYER, d. Bef. 1922.
3. Unknown MEYER, d. Bef. 1922.
4. Unknown MEYER, d. Bef. 1922.
5. Catherine MEYER, b. ca. 1838; d. Bet. 1873 - 1922; m. ?? WAINSIGH.
6. Christina (aka Lottie) LOTTIE Katherina MEYER, b. 28-Jan-1840, Sandusky, Ohio; d. 29-May-1913, Defiance County, Ohio; m. John Matthias SINDEL, 10-Nov-1861, Milford Township, Defiance County, Ohio.
7. Louisa (aka Maggie) Magdalena MEYER, (My direct decendant) b. 24-Sep-1844, Sandusky, Ohio; d. 01-Jan-1922, Defiance County, Ohio; m. Andrew SINDEL, 04-May-1862, Defiance County, Ohio.
8. Jacob H. MEYER, b. ca. 1847; d. 24-Mar-1883, Milford Township, Defiance County, Ohio; m. Margaret Jane BEARE, 08-Dec-1872, Williams County, Ohio. (have info that this Jacob & family were in Stouten County, Indiana after marriage) 

Jerry Dowd,, March 12, 2001 - GAFFENY, NICHOLS
Researching Gaffeny Family who were from Ney,Defiance or Williams county,John Gaffeny
married Clara Nichols abt. 1880 and 5 of there cvhildren were born there .There son was a
congressional medal of honor recipient in the 1st World War ,his name was Frank Gaffeny,
children were born between 1881 to 1888.

Wellman (Larry) Keener,, March 16, 2001 - KEENER, FRALIE?, FROELICH
Im lookingfor information on Clem and Ann Keener,my great grand parents.etc. they were the parents of clarence augustus keener my grandfather, He also had a sister named Dena who lived in Hicksville in the 40s &50s. Her married name was Fralie? or something sounding like that.
UPDATE: I believe Ive found the right name for {spelling} my grandfathers sister .Dena Keener Froelich ,Not Frallie .Her husbands name was Ed Froelich. IF anyone has any information I would appricate it.

I am looking for any information on "my" John NICELY/KNISLEY/KNISELY. John was born in PA in the late 1700's and is first positively identified in Holmes County, Ohio in 1837. From there he and his family moved to Wood county, OH as they show up in the 1850 census, then to Defiance county OH by 1860, where he remained until his death. "My" John was married at least twice.
According to papers filed in Defiance, John had the following children with the unknown wife or wives
Elizabeth, born PA about 1820. She married Jacob KRONTZ.
John, born PA about 1821. He married Rachel. He may have been married to Ariana before Rachel.
Jacob, born OH about 1822. He married Harriet FROST.
Henry, born Holmes Co. OH 1837 according to his Civil War discharge papers. He married Maria Lucia LANGDON. These are my great grandparents.
George Washington, born about 1839. He married Anna (Dorothy Ann) KLEINHENN. Washington died in Georgia during the Civil War. He is listed as "Jacob" in some family history articles.
Aaron, born Hancock co. OH March 4, 1843 according to his Civil War discharge papers. He married Margaret Almira MOORE. Died in Defiance, OH.
Sophia, born unknown and died before 1860. She married a KEARNS/KERNS. Sophia predeceased her father and left only one child, Sophia KEARNS/KERNS. This child was living with Jacob and Harriet in 1860 and later married Robert MARIHUGH, then married William N. NOLAN.
Lavinia, born unknown and died before 1872, also predeceasing her father. She married Hiram BUTTON and left one son, Willis BUTTON. He married Huldah LEWIS.
Margaret, born about 1843. She married Silas (John) CONKRIGHT.
By 1850, John was married to Margaret MILLER from Baden, Germany. With her he had the following two children
Valentine, born OH July 24, 1854. He married Edith WELLS and Sarah Ellen Miller DREW.
Wesley, born about 1855. He married Nancy SPONSELOR.
I would like to find John's wife or wives before he married Margaret MILLER. (After John's death, Margaret married Jacob SPONSELOR) I would also like to find parents and siblings of "my" John NICELY/KNISELY/KNISLEY or those of his first wife. (or maybe wives) I have more information on his descendants to share and would like to hear from anyone who has a connection., March 17, 2001 - NOLAN, McWILLIAMS
Nolan, Francis Ludlow
b-17 Mar 1835
d-29 Feb 1884
Married to Marium McWilliams
b-20 Sept 1840
d-17 Jul 1873
I have not been able to find out where my great great grandfather, Francis Ludlow Nolan is buried in Defiance County. His wife and children were buried in Battenberg Catholic Cemetary. He served in the Civil War

Andrea Meine,, March 17, 2001 - MEINE,    BOSTELMAN
I'm looking for information on Henry Meine. All I know about Henry Meine is that he married Dorthea Bostelman in Defiance, Ohio in July 1871. I'm looking for information on Henry Meines birthplace, the name of his parents, and his birth date.

Shirley Robinette,, March 22, 2001 - HOLLINGER
Searching for info on the following Hollinger family who lived in Defiance Co area in the 1800's
William Wesley-wife Elizabeth
ChAhymin, John, William, Wesley, Mary, Smithton
Would appreciate any info (census,cemetery, death, marriage, etc)

Sherril Erfurth,, March 25, 2001 - GARDNER
I am looking for the parents and ANY additional information the the following person. John W. {probably Wentworth] Gardner was born in Defiance, Ohio on August 1871 or 1872. The 1900 census says 1871 and his 1924 Colorado death cert. says 1872. In 1899 he filed for homestead property in Nelson County, North Dakota. The 1900 ND census states he is a single man, born in Ohio, father & mother born in Wurttenburg [Germany]. I have spotty information for him from 1900 forward.  As a birthday present I am putting together report on him for his daughter who will be turing 80 years old on April 26th.

Martha Johnston,, March 26, 2001 - JOHNSTON, SPENCER
My father Roger Washington Johnston was born in Hicksville on June 1, 1903. I have found 1910 census records of him and his sister and his mom in a "poor home" in Defiance County. I would like help finding birth, marriage and death records of his father Washington Johnston who died in May 1903 and his mom Faye Irish (Spencer) who I cannot find info about after the 1910 census. Any help is appreciated.

Carol Sorden Watson,, April 2, 2001 DICKSON, PERKEY
I am researching the DICKSON family of Columbiana, Williams, Defiance co OHIO and Steuben CO. Indiana. Joseph DICKSON married SUSANNA PERKEY, and later married Magdalena. Last found 1880 Defiance , Hicksville TWP. Ohio. Any help appreciated very much.

Pat Gardner,, April 8, 2001 - LARORIN, BOWMAN, JOHNSON
We are looking for any information on the Larorin Family, they moved to Defiance in the late 1800' or early 1900's, father was Joseph, mother Emma Bowman. They came from Sweden and changed their name from Johnson.

Rita Addison,, April 9, 2001 - PICKETT, DIFFENBAUGH
Am seeking information on Lavina Pickett Died 1877 in Hicksville, Oh. Married Benjamin Franklin Diffenbaugh., April 12, 2001 - WEBER, CLOUSE
I am looking for any information on the family of George WEBER in Defiance Co. He married Margaret CLOUSE (b. abt 1867) and there son Herbert WEBER (b. late 1890's).

Faye Gilmore,, April 13, 2001 - COCHRAN, McDOWELL
I am researching a William COCHRAN, married to a S. Matilda McDowell. William Cochran died March 6, 1915 in Petoskey, Emmet County, Michigan. His death certificate lists his father as Andrew Cochran. William was in the Civil War.

Richard J.(Dick) Campbell,, April 15, 2001 - HOY
I am trying to find information on Mary Elizabeth Hoy born in 1869 in "Delaware Bend" OH. The area I am sure was not far from Dekalb county, IN. Have not found any mention or anything on that town. I suppose it was possible to be "The Bend" in Delaware Twp, Defiance County.

Janice Hill,, April 15, 2001 - BREININGER, BLAIR
Am researching Breininger and Blair families of Defiance County, Ohio. Would particularly like to know Aaron Kimble Blair's wife's maiden name.

Max Fribley,, April 15, 2001 - FRIBLEY, KERN, HALL, PETTYMAN, MASON, COLE
Seeking decendants of DANIEL D. FRIBLEY born Starl Co. Ohio on 24 Apr 1824 and died on 15 Feb 1901 at Holgate, Defiance Co, Ohio. Known children were; CAROLINE (mar. Hugh Kern), FRANK C., ISSAC A., MARY A. (mar. Robert Hall), ELSIE B. (mar. E. Pettyman), Loe Ella (mar. C. Mason), Bessie G. (mar, Allen Cole) and DOLLIE L.. I thank you for any help.

Ronald Lee Otis,, April 18, 2001 - OTIS, DAVY, SABIN
I'm pretty well set for Otis family from Jesse Otis & Charlotte Davy back to Robert Otis & Margaret Sabin. I would like to expand my database to include more recent additions to the Otis family in Ohio. Will gladly exchange info.

Shelly Groves,, April 20, 2001 - HUFFMAN, BABINGER
I am doing research on my family surnames and have hit a snag. My GreatGrandfather John A Huffman married Anna Sophia Babinger I believe both from Willaims county.I know my mother and her mother were born in Bryan. I can not find anything at all on the Babinger's in Ohio. Can you give me any info on Anna Babinger her Father Louis who I know came from Germany/France and her Mother Magdalena (I believe Louis and Magdalena married here in the US). Any help on the Babinger name would be greatly appreciated.

Carmencita Marshaus Landuyt,, April 20, 2001- MARSHAUS, BADEN, KINGSEED
I am looking for "any and all" information on the MARSHAUS family. My father was Edwin Marshaus, my Grandparents were Frederick William Marshaus and Mary Elizabeth Baden Marshaus and my Great Grandparents were Carl Marshaus and Elizabeth Kingseed Marshaus. ANY HELP would certainly be welcome and greatly appreicated.

Carl S. Van Wagenen,, April 25, 2001 - HITE,    MILLER, VAN WAGNER
MOSES VAN WAGNER, b 1818 NY, m REBECCA MILLER, b 1810 PA. In 1880c of Tiffin Twsp, he was age 72 and she age 70, married for 40 years with 5 children. Census shows her father born in Ohio, her mother in Virginia. Their only identified child was
CONRAD MILLER VAN WAGNER, b 8/16/1837 Ohio, d 9/1/1914 age 77 at Archbold, m. 9/23/1860 Sandusky to MARY JANE HITE, b 1/18/1839 Ohio, d 12/26/1916 Village of Archbold age 77. He apparently was sometimes known as MILLER VAN WAGNER.

Floyd B. Bennett, and, April 25, 2001 - OLDS
We are researching the THOMAS OLDS, SR family. He died in 1849. His widow MARGARET is listed in the 1850 Census, Defiance Co, OH, Milford Twp, page 080.
Karen Rinnert Parsons,, April 29, 2001 - BRACE, SPRAGUE, KING, STUBBS, STRONG, PRETTYMAN, BRILL
I'm looking for the Luther BRACE and Elizabeth (Betsey) SPRAGUE BRACE marriage.... Have found that there was a Lewis King in (near Ballston Spa and South Greenfield)) North Milton, Saratoga County, NY. He born about 1795 (so of the same generation as Betsey). He died Jan 26, 1858 age 63 years, and buried in same place as wife Cynthia. He married Cynthia --b. 1796, died 1868, and buried same place as Lewis King. They had two children who died young: Sally King, b. 1827, and d. 1838, Calvin King, b 1830 d 1831, age 1 year, 2 mos.
They also evidently had another daughter....Frances. Frances m. in Feb 1860 John J. Brill b WIlton, NY 15 May 1827 ...The reference says Frances, daughter of Lewis King, who was one of the earliest settlers of the town of Greenfield, in Saratoga County, NY"....married John J. Brill in 1860...It doesn't mention any other Lewis King at these times, in this least that I have been able to find. Wilton, by the way isn't too far from Milton, in Saratoga Co, NY.....I don't have any of my files right in front of me, but this area is the same place where the Strong and Sprague families were. I believe somehow the Brace's were involved here for a short time.
1790- Strong, Sprague and King families were in Saratoga Co, near Ballston Spa and Saratoga at this time.
- need to check these next 3 time frames for who was where and when...1800  1810   1820
1830 - Luther Brace was here, with Solomon Sprague in Deleware Co, Porter Twp, Ohio. So was Lindenberger family. Solomon's sister, Phoebe Sprague Barber was here, as was Solomon's brother Festus Sprague, before he left to go to Utah with the Mormons.
Children living with Luther and Betsey Sprague King Brace
---Mary Ann Brace b. ca 1824....Married John Stubbs.
---Ezeke Issac (or known as E C, or Issac ) born 10 October 1828, North of Albany
--Ebenezer - born ca 1831 (this is what I believe to be my line...)
--James b ca 1832 OH and died 1867
1834 Solomon goes with grandson Lewis King Jr to Williams Co, Ohio.
5 Dec 1835 Luther and Betsey married before Solomon's death , as they were named in Solomon's will as married.
NOTE: Lewis King, Jr. married Jane Prettyman in Williams Co., OH (buried in Boynton Cemetery, Springfield Twp.   Solomon and Deliverance SPRAGUE and other SPRAGUE relatives buried in Old Evansport Cemetery, Tiffin Twp, Defiance Co., OH)

Chris Brake,, April 30, 2001 - BRAKE
I am looking for my ancestor George W. Brake (1830 Licking County). He may have had a brother in Defiance area in the 1850s.

Hello! I'm seeking information on my Newell family. May Augusta Newell (b. Jan 22, 1903 in Defiance County, OH, d. Jun 3, 1970 in Webberville, MI) married Charles Hugenot, Sr. on October 15, 1919 in Flint, MI. May's father was Nathaniel Adelbert Newell who died in 1942, and her mother was Margaret Elizabeth Hull (daughter of Noah Hull and Elizabeth Shosteen) who died in 1920. Her siblings were Elizabeth (m. Harry Symons), Bessie Regina (m. Whiton Clement), Marguerite (m. Harold Hammer), and Robert G. I'm especially interested in May's parents, who I have nothing on aside from death dates. I don't know where they were born or died or were married, but I know that their daughter was born in Defiance County. Sound familiar to anyone? I would appreciate any help that anyone could lend. Thanks!

Rita Addison,, May 3, 2001 - STEELE WARNER
Am looking for information on Sylvester Steele born abt. 1840, married Melinda Warner, born abt. 1842 in Hicksville area.

Joyce Long,, May 13, 2001 - MILLER
My great grandfather is listed on a 1850 Defiance county census. He was born 23 June 1839. On the 1850 census I found a eleven year old male with the name of Fenelon G. MILLER listed. The father's name is Abijah and his occupation is listed as a teacher. Fenelon is an unusual name and I wonder if Fenelon could be my great grandfather and Abijah is his father. This is just a long shot, but thought I would try it. Thank you.

Daniel,, May 15, 2001 - EWERS, SCHINDLER
Looking for information on Jacob, Matthias, Anna Schindler, and what years they came to America. And from where in Bohemia/ Czech.
Any information on Clarkson Ewers, his father Jesse, etc.... would be appreciated.

S. Bauman,, May 21, 2001 - BAUMAN, RATH
Looking for information on Wendlin Bauman and his wife Elizabeth Rath married Oct. 28 1849 Defiance Co. They had the following children in Defiance Co.
John or Joannes abt. 1852
James abt. 1858
Marinda abt. 1855
Mary abt. 1851
Anna abt. 1860
They are said to be on the 1850 Defiance Co. Ohio City of Defiance line 54,   1860 Defiance Co. Ohio Tiffin Twp. line 104.      Any help would be appreciated!

Lee Wingard, , May 22, 2001 - BECHEL, KRUM/KROM, SMITH
George W Bechel (Jun 13, 1838, Stark co, OH-bef 1915) married Catherine Smith (Sep 23, 1837, Ohio-Apr 29, 1922, Defiance, OH) and they had 8 children born between 1862 and 1877. The children were William, Susan Elizabeth, Frank, Frederick, Della Karene, John A, Lucy, and George W Jr. The family lived in Defiance county in the 1870's and probably some of them until 1950's. George Bechel had a pharmacy. I am interested in more information about this family, particularly the Smith ancestors, William and Susannah (Krum/Krom) Smith of Lancaster PA and Akron OH.

Elaine /Fred Reinhold,, May 28, 2001 - BYERS,  MULLICAN/MULLIKIN ,EHLINGER/AHELINGER
Benjamin MULLICAN, Conrad Byers MULLICAN, Mathias EHLINGER. Mullican's came from Ross County and Ehlinger came from Seneca County Ohio. All died in Defiance County. I have information on descendants of both lines which I will share with those connected. Especially looking for parents of Benjamin MULLICAN, who is the father of CB. Benjamin married Sarah BYERS in Shepherdstown, Jefferson Co. Virginia.

Carl Adcock,, May 30, 2001 - ADCOCK, BAUER
I am seeking information regarding the family of Jack and Trudy ADCOCK. I know a daughter Robin married Ronnie BAUER in November 1995 in Hicksville. This is all I have. Any assistance would be appreciated. Thank you.

Kris & Robin Morcombe,, June 1, 2001 - SWITZER
Looking for information on Joy Switzer, who died in Defiance, Defiance Co on March 26, 1959. Would anyone have her obit or know anything about her? She may be my husband's long lost Great Aunt., June 2, 2001 - SCHACKOW, RENOLLET
My grandmother was Augusta SCHACKOW, youngest child of Carl Phillip Schackow and Ann Marie Guilliam. Ann Marie was the daughter of Phillip Guilliam and Catherine Barbara RENOLLET of Emerald Twp, Paulding Co Ohio I know the SCHACKOW surname emigrated to Defiance Co Ohio from the environs of Berlin ,Germany sometime in the last century.

Shirley Thompson,, June 2, 2001 - SLOUGH, RIDENOUR, CUNNINGHAM
I have the name of Slough in my research. Defiance Co. OH In particular Elias SLOUGH who was b. Trumbull Co. OH but is found in the 1900,1910 Census for Defiance Co. OH. I have located Elias's obit which states that he was a Veterinarian during the Civil War and was a Veterinarian/Surgeon during his life in Defiance, Defiance Co. OH. Elias m 2nd Amy Cunningham about 1894 and had a daughter Fay Bernice Slough who m John Ridenour in 1912. I do not know how Elias connects to the other Slough's that are in Defiance and Defiance Co. OH. It is my thought that Elias does not connect. Would like to hear from any one related to John and Fay Ridenour from Defiance Co. OH

Michael G. Moon,, June 18, 2001 - MOON, SPENSER
I'm looking for any information concerning this line of the Moons.
My line: John Moon born 1812 in Maryland.--His parents were born in Virginia. John's wife Mary Spenser was born 1814 in Maryland -- her parents were born in Pennsylvania. Their children:
William born about 1839-- Preston County West Virginia
Jacob R. born in 1843-- Preston County West Virginia
Frances T. or, Thomas F. in 1845-Preston County West Virginia
David Syrus in 1847-- Preston County West Virginia
Elizabeth in 1849-- Preston County West Virginia
Sarah Susan in 1854 -- Defiance County OH
They moved from Preston County West Virginia to Defiance County between 1850 and 1854. They were listed in the Preston County census and 1850 and the Defiance census of 1860.

Quinta Scott,, June 18, 2001 - RICE, SALES, SEELY
I am looking for information on Ephraim Seely who purchased land from the government in Delaware Township in Defiance County on August 9, 1824. His neighbor was Hiram Sales. Both Hiram and Ephraim came from Ontario County, New York where they appear in the Ontario County 1820 census. I think Ephraim was born in Rutland County, Vermont in the 1790's. What I am trying to learn is if his sister was the Nancy/Electa Sales, Hiram's wife who was born in Rutland County, in 1799 or 1974.
Moses Rice purchased land from the government in Delaware Township in Defiance County on August 2, 1824. His neighbor was Hiram Sales who purchased land on the same day. I find a Moses Rice in Oxford County, Ontario, at the same time Hiram lived there before 1815 when Hiram moved on to Ontario County, New York. I am trying to learn if Hiram's wife, Nancy/Electa Sales who was born in Rutland County, Vermont in 1794 or 1799, is Moses's sister or daughter. I find an Electa Rice, born in Rutland County in 1799.
I am looking for the maiden name of Nancy/Electa Sales. She was born in Rutland County, Vermont in 1794 or 1799 (her tombstone says 1794, but is difficult to read). Her tombstone also lists her name as Electa, but she signed deeds in Jones County, Iowa as Nancy, and researchers know her as Nancy A. Sales. She also appears in census records as Nancy A. Sales. Her husband, Hiram Sales, purchased land in Delaware Township, Defiance County on Augst 9, 1824, the same day that Moses Rice and Ephraim Seely purchased in the same township. Both Hiram and Ephraim appear in the 1820 Ontario County, New York census. Both Hiram and Moses lived in Oxford County, Ontario before 1815. Is Nancy/Electa related to either Moses Rice or Ephraim Seely?

Betty Daley,, June 26, 2001 - DOWDEN, EITNIEAR
Looking for family and obit of George Dowden d Dec. 14 1939. Geo. married Grace Eitniear and she died March 31 1937. Believe Grace had a bro Frances and a sis Mary. I appreciate any info on the families.

Mary,, June 27, 2001 - HOUCK
I am looking for information on Henry Houck born in Ohio 1853, the records say Pleasant, Ohio, We know almost nothing else about his back ground. He lived and died in Coldwater, MI.

Lynne Spurgeon-Williams,, July 1, 2001 - WIT(T)MER, YANSER, YENSER
Am looking for background on my grandparents and greatgrandparents. Victor and Una (Yenser) Wittmer, Sam and Ruby Yenser [maddin name unknown], it  may be Yanser. The Witmer's lived in Defiance,Ohio and the Yensers in Junction at or during their final years.
Gregory A. and Lynne M. (Borton) Sims,, July 2, 2001 - SIMS, PENDLETON, VITEK
Also researching are my parents, William A. and Karen J. Sims, and my brother and sister in law Kevin and Holly (Scranton) Sims, From Scott Rd., Washington Twp. Paternal Grandparents from Defiance County are from the Sims and Pendleton families. My maternal Grandparents are Viteks (Williams Co. C'slovokian) and ? (German).

Carolyn,, July 18, 2001 - ANKNEY
I am interested in talking to any of my mothers relatives. Her name was Betty Ankney, sister of Jimmy Ankney, who had 7 children.

David Bickford,,  July 19, 2001 -    May, Williams, Mercer, Dilworth, Smith
I'm researching this May line and corresponding lines for ancestors and decendants. If anybody is researching these line please contact me at my email address. See: Michael O. May Descendants

Martha Patriarca,,  July 30, 2001 - LEE, BLOSSER  
I have a Kenneth LEE, b 8 Oct 1914 in Continental, Ohio. Parents were Harry LEE and Laura BLOSSER. Does anyone have any information on this family? I would appreciate any information., Aug, 1, 2001 - DROWLEY
I am looking for information for James Drowley listed in 1850 Defiance Co. census in Hicksville on page 087. Is there anyone who can help me?

Charlene Bauer,, Aug. 9, 2001 - CATON, DANGLER, DEVEAUX, HALE
Parents of the following are Richard and Julia (Cavanaugh) CATON. Looking for family members of the following Columbus Edward and Margaret (CATON) DANGLER and their daughter, Josephine. Isaac J. DEVEAUX, Jr and wife, Maime A.(CATON), son Donald C. Mrs. DeVeaux ran the Wayne Inn in Defiance. Harley and Emma E. (CATON) Hale. James CATON and wife, Alma. Children; Nellie, Oscar, Richard, Riley, and Phillip. Phillip CATON John CATON I would appreciate any help with this family. Several of them are buried in the New Riverside Cemetery., Aug. 12, 2001 - TUTTLE, DEITRICH
I am trying to locate any record of my Gt Grandmother, ELLEN TUTTLE DEITRICH, wife of LEVI DEITRICH. The last record I can find of her is in the 1880 census of Defiance County, Richland Twp, in the city of Independence. I have found my Gt Grandfather LEVI DEITRICH through his civil war pension records and he died in Clayton, Mi, Lenawee County, Dover Twp, and is buried in the So. Dover Cemetary there. His death cert says "widowed" witnessed by a son VERNAL DEITRICH, and his date of death is Dec 21, 1915..I checked with the Courthouse in Adrian, Mi and was told they have no record of a death for ELLEN TUTTLE DEITRICH. I'm hoping that someone can find a record of her in the census at Ohio for 1900 or 1910 since I understand the 1890 census was destroyed.

Searching for members of the above named families. Julia Caton, was the daughter of Bryan and Mary Kavanagh, who arrived in the US from Ireland in 1858. The KAVANAGH daughters were all born in Ireland, probably in County Kilkenny, near New Ross in County Wexford. Also searching for the maiden name of Mary KAVANAGH, possibly HART. Originally settled in Franklin County, Ohio and moving to Putnam County. Julia had sister, Mary, who married Patrick NOON, Catherine, who married James WELCH. Julia and Richard CATON, moved to Defiance in early 1900's. NOON'S and WELCH's remained in Putnam County from what we know. The Welch's died early and their children resided with the Kavanagh grandparents. Mr. Kavanagh purchased farms for each of his daughter's and sons-in-law in Putnam County, Liberty Twp.

Lori N. Davies,, Aug. 12, 2001 - MOSHER, MEEK, WALDEN, NEIDHARDT, YACKEE
I am looking for a possible connection to my husband's Moshers that were in Wood County in 1910 and then in Defiance County in 1920. Lucy Mosher was living with sons John (13 yo) and Venson C (10 yo) in 1910, however by 1920 both sons were living in Defiance County and both married. John married Edith WALDEN, and Vincent (Venson) married Hazel MEEK. Hazel and her family lived in Williams County in 1910, so the boys may have come to Defiance by way of Williams Co., but they did live close to the Neidhardt family and Edward Yackee, so I am hoping that Nellie was related to those Moshers. I know very little else at this point. Lucy's husband may have been Wesley Mosher.

Walter D. SCOTT,, Aug. 22, 2001 - SCOTT, DILLWORTH
My SCOTT and DILLWORTH line has a connection to HICKSVILLE from the time frame of 1850 until 1912 when Grandmother Charlotte (Lottie) moved the family, by B&O Railroad to Oregon in the Lane County area. Decedents still live in that area. Grandfather Jesse Ellsworth SCOTT died 18th Dec 1907, Dec in Hicksville. He is buried in Hicksville as are the DILLWORTH's. They were owners of drygoods stores there and Jesse was an original member of the first Saving & Loan establishment in Hicksville. My Father, Leo Emerson SCOTT, was born July 18th 1892 north of Hicksville, but no birth certificate was recorded, he was a member if The Hart Band from Hicksville which was nationally known and joined The Army Band at Jefferson Barracks at 17 after his father Jesse died. If others are doing any research on this line I would be glad to network with them.

Kathy DIEHL High,, Sept. 2, 2001 - DIEHL
I am researching Henry DIEHL (b ca 1847, Hesse Darmstadt) who settled in Oshkosh, Winnebago Co, WI in 1866. He had siblings (sex & names unknown) who settled " out east (of WI)". His parents' names were listed as "Henry & Martha DIEHL" on Henry's 1874 MC. Henry (Sr) was said to have worked/ owned a vineyard in Hesse-Darmstadt. Did Henry's siblings settle in or near Defiance Co.? Possibly connected with the DIEHL Brewery?

Judy Hanna Green, Sept, 9, 2001 - ALLEN, JUDE, RICE
Looking for any information about Robert JUDE who was born about 1820 in England and lived in Defiance County and his wife Emma ALLEN. Children William T. b 1858, Mary Jane b 1868, Joseph b 1862, Annie b 1863, Robert Jr. b 1865. All lived in Defiance County. Robert was in Civil War (although 45 at the time the war started). William married Lora Esther RICE and had children Gladys, Ethel, William Earl, and Leland.

Diane Bennett,, Sept. 10, 2001 -    ETCHEN, WAGNER
I am searching the family of John Wagner who was born circa 1836 in Germany. He first appears in the 1860 Delaware Twp. Census, occupation farmer with wife Margaret, same age, maiden name, Etchen, also born in Germany with daughter, Mary age 3 born in Ohio. They owned property at the Delaware Bend. Other children later included John Peter Wagner born 1860, Mary Jane born 1862, wm. 1866, Henry N. 1869, and Maggie E. 1876.
Margaret was a widow in the 1900 Delaware Twp. Census, so John must have died between 1880 and 1900. The Defiance Co. Record Ctr. cannot locate a death record for John.
Margaret was buried at Riverside Cemetery on Jan 20, 1917.  Perhaps I can find John buried with Margaret there.

Telytha Cox,, Sept. 20, 2001 - COE
I am in search of any information about Gerald ("Sleepy") Franklin Coe, b. 4/1/1912. I was told he was in Evergreen Lane Care Center. He died June, 1995. Any information would be very much appreciated.

Michelle Sucher Safirstein,, Oct. 19, 2001 - SUCHER
I am doing research in the Sucher Family in Defiance Cty. My Grandfather Lewis Matthew Sucher was from Defiance Cty and I have just about exhausted my list of resources for information. However I did find some information and it is the first bit of evidence that Suchers did live in Defiance. DEFIANCE COUNTY OHIO - Old Evansport Cemetery Headstone Inscriptions SUCHER, Sarah (MILLER), wife of Lewis, 1842 - 1877, 35years. If anyone has any info about the Sucher Family in Defiance I sure would appreciate it.

Rita,, Oct. 22, 2001 - HARBISON, YODER
I am looking for the family of Sarah Harbison, she was born sep. 1844, Wayne co. married C. Yoder 1866. Her father was T or I harbison possibly from Ireland, or both her parents could have been from Pa. Anyone check census for the birthplace of Sarahs parents. Sarah and C. Yoder lived in Defiance co. for at least 10 years, 1870-1880. Some of their children were George, Jeremiah, Ida, Jacob and David. PLEASE HELP.

William Ankney,, Oct. 23, 2001 - ANKNEY, STEINMAN
I am looking for information on brothers and sisters of George C. Ankney who is buried in Riverside Cemetery in Defiance. His father was Christian Ankney and mother was Mary Ankney who died when he was a young man. His mother is buried in York Township, Tuscarwas County, Ohio. Christian remarried and the second wife was Elizabeth Steinman, therefor half brothers and sisters are in this family. I am the grandson of William Henry Ankney, Georges son. I have a tracing going Christian, Henry, Christian, to Dewalt Ankney. Any information would be appreciated.

As is often the case, I have the above name variations, and am seeking to clarify. I have a death certificate for Susan DUMONT SCHUMAKER, 29 July 1927 was issued in Defiance County. Her obituary states that she was visiting her niece, Mrs. Joseph PRESSMAN, in Defiance, when she died. Other family obits(this one dated 1 July 1935) list niece Mrs. Joseph CRESSMAN, of Defiance , and again, niece, Mrs. Joseph BRESSMAN, of efiance( also dated July 1, 1935 from another paper. I have ideas of a given name for this woman of possibly Caroline, Louise or Justine, but can't be certain as I cannot find out which of the above surnames is correct to check census, marriage, etc. The DUMONT line was in Fostoria, or rather Kansas area of Ohio at the time of Susan DUMONT SCHUMAKER's death. I would so appreciate it if someone could help me determine the proper surname, from directories, or possibly 1920 census or? as I do not know which surname to work with, so have no idea of obituaries, church (probably Catholic) to search. Other than possibly an obit for Joseph *RESSMAN. Thank you so much for any direction you might give.

Rob Felix,, Oct. 30, 2001 - WASHBURN
I'm looking for any historical details on James E. Washburn who is listed in the 1850 Census (Defiance County, Evansport Township).

Connie Ganz,, Nov. 4, 2001 - BLACKBURN, SARVIS
Researching BLACKBURN and SARVIS families from Mark Center, OH 1850-1900.
Specifically, Laura Viola BLACKBURN, b.Dec. 10, 1857, m. John Alfred
SARVIS in Defiance, OH, and at least five of their seven children
(Dudley, Nelle, George, Paul, Loise) were born in Mark Center 1887-1899.
Laura Viola BLACKBURN was the daughter of Moses Blackburn, descendant of
John Blackburn and Rebecca Harlan of Pennsylvania.

September Bates,, Nov. 9, 2001 - SCANTLON, TRAXLER
I am looking for my great-great   grandparents, all I know is their names and that they lived there. Felix Scantlon b.1848, d. 1926, Mary Catherine Traxler-Scantlon Married 1869 in Defiance Co. Ohio.   Their last name could have been spelled Scantlen or   Scantlin.

Kim,, Nov. 13, 2001 - FAIR, SANDERS
I am looking for my gr. grandfather his name was Frank Sanders he married Martha Fair and they had 7 sons and 2 daughters , most of them ended up in Oceana County in Michigan, but I have heard that they were born in Defiance, Ohio. Any info would be greatly appr.

Michelle Sutton,, Nov. 17, 2001 - WILSON, STEWARD
I am trying to locate the parents names of my gggrandfather Lewis Wallace Wilson. He is the father of my ggrandmother Marjorie Leone Wilson who was born in Hicksville on April 5, 1904.Her mothers name was Rosella Steward. So I am assuming that he was from that area also. He was born in 1863 and died in 1950. What I do know of him is that he had at least two brothers and his father might have died in the civil war, because his mother was a widow and raised the boys on her own. If anyone could help me with this, I would really appreciate it. Thank you.

Lynn Venafro,, Dec, 1, 2001 - NEWTON, HANKINS, GULLICK
I am searching for info on the death of Jennie (Eliza Jane Hankins) NEWTON. She was b. Oct. 1849 in Paulding Co. She is the daughter of Samuel & Ann (Gullick) Hankins. She married Lester Daniel Newton on 13 Jul 1868 in Paulding Co. The moved to Defiance Co. in 1900. Lester died 13 Oct 1915 & is buried in Cromley Cemetery. Jennie died in 1940 & is also buried in Cromley. I am interested in an obituary or any other info on the date of her death. Are there any records for the burials in Cromley cemetery & is so who can I contact?

Glenn Carlson,, Dec. 3, 2001 - WOLFE
Looking for information about Peter Wolfe who lived in Hicksville, OH around 1809.

Sharon McCook,, Dec. 9, 2001 - MICHAELS/MICHAELIS, WAHL
I am looking for any information on my great grandfather whose name I've been told is Adolph Henry Michaelis and I know there could be a variety of spellings such as Adolphus Heinrich Michaelis or Michaels, etc. He was married to Catherine E. Wahl and they had three children. One child, my grandfather, was born in Defiance in 1882. His name is Benjamin Henry Michaelis, he was a Spanish American War veteran. We believe he died in Defiance and may have been born in Germany. He either died or divorced Catherine because she went on to marry a Samuel Whetstone at I believe the age of 60. Would love any information anyone can provide., Dec. 27, 2001 - SCHWEITZER, CLOUSE
I am looking for information on a Frank Schweitzer, possibly living in Defiance Co. in 1929. He was the informant on my g-g-grandmother's [Catherine Clouse} death certificate and would like to know how he connects to our family.

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