Putnam County


January - December 2003

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

Send your Defiance County related queries to Cindy Heisler at jetj@bright.net. 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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Mary Helen, BRINDELLS@aol.com, Jan. 3 2003 - BRINDLE, RAFT

Seeking information on the Raft and Brindle families of Defiance Co. Richland Twsp.1880-1900. Elizabeth Howe Raft Brindle wife of Melcra Brindle or their daughter Laura Brindle, Granddaughter Nellie Brindle Whitney or her daughters. Possible American Indian connection through Elizabeth. Any information on any member of this family would be appreciated. 

Dan Hebert, dan@danhebert.com, Jan. 15, 2003 - TIPPEN

I am looking for information on a man named Guy Tippen. His Obiturary located in the Sandusky Register Weds, May 3, 1916 page 5 col 5 reads "Defiance -- Guy Tippen, formerly of this city, died at Tiffin." Any additional Informaiton would be helpful.

Charles A. McMillen, Cmcmill475@aol.com, Jan. 29, 2003 - ROTHAR

I was a Sherwood resident fom 1942 until 1960. Is the article (below) the Emma Rothar that taught at Sherwood-Deleware High School for years and years and lived across the street from the school? I am also interested in an incident in 1945 where a family of five died and are now buried in the Sherwood cemetery. Any information you could provide would be helpful.

From The Sherwood Chronicle, 1934, WEDDINGS - TOOLEY - ROTHHAR
Last Thursday morning, June 7, at 10:30 o'clock, Erma Marie ROTHHAR, daughter of Mr. and Mrs William ROTHHAR, became the bride of Clayton D. TOOLEY, son of Mr. and Mrs. William TOOLEY, Rawson, Ohio. The marriage was so emgized in the ROTHHAR country home north of town with Rev. Alfred GRETHER, pastor of the local Zion Reformed church, officiating, in the presence of the immediate families. The bride was attired in a white crepe ensemble with matching accessories.

Clara Kruetzman, ccgray111@aol.com, Feb. 5, 2003 - BODIKER

Need to find Daniel Bodiker ' s Children. Daniel died 6/16/1893 in Defiance ,Ohio and is buried in Forest Home Cemetery. Trying to make contact with any of his descendant's.

AWALLAC@aol.com, Feb 5, 2003 - ANGELO

Are you interested in updating the cemetery records? My husband was buried at Zion on May 2, 2001 beside Marie Noffsinger (his mother-in-law). The tombstone reads Wallace Angelo (8-7-37 to 4-28-01) Mary P. (blank).

Jerry L.Johnston, Feb. 2003, JosiahJ1@aol.com - HYOTT

Hi- let me give you more info on my great-grandparents- Thomas was born about 1832 in Maine and died 7 April, 1883 in Tiffin Twp, Defiance Co, Ohio. His parents were Lance ? Hyott and Pauline Sears. They were both born in Maine. Thomas Hyott married Catherine (Bauer) Diemer 22 Feb, 1870 in Defiance, Ohio. Catherine's parents were John Bauer (Bower) and Barbara Shama. They were both born in Germany in 1794. Catherine was married twice before. On 23 Sept, 1858 she married Mathias Diemer and had two sons. In 1866 she married George Neff and had one daughter. By Thomas Hyott they had seven children, including my grandmother Viola Ann Hyott. Viola was born in Tiffin Twp, Defiance Co, Ohio on 9 Dec, 1875 and died 15 Dec, 1957 in Toledo, Ohio. In 1904 she married Frederick Johnston. He was born 30 June, 1872 in Rushville, Illinois and died 20 May, 1939 in Toledo, Ohio His parents were Finley Johnston and Catherine Yates. Finley was born in 1834 in Tennessee and died in 1877 in Rushville, Illinois. Catherine was born 30 Oct, 1836 in N.C. and died 27 Aug, 1913 in Rushville, Illinois.

Kim Thompson, Sig20girl@adelphia.net, Feb. 7, 2003 - HUBBARD

In the early 1900's my great grandfather was a police officer for Defiance Police Department and I believe later became the chief. (William Hubbard). I was wondering if there was any history/information on this?

Kerry Ehrhart, tx900@yahoo.com, Feb. 8, 2003 - RAMUS

I would like to hear from anyone interested in the RAMUS family. Charles Ramus was first to immigrate from Baden to Ohio in 1848/9. He was followed by his father, Mathaus, brothers and sister in 1850. They farmed in Adams from the 1850s until 1900 and very probably many of the family were there after that. Charles married Elizabeth Josephine MEYERS in Defiance county though I haven't a clue of her parentage.

Don Huber, geodon@mpks.net, Feb. 13, 2003 - HUBER, COE

Seeking information about Carrie T. Huber from any Anthony Huber's descendents. Carrie T. was born in the Hicksville area, Defiance County, the daughter of Anthony and Franceska Huber. She married in 1892 to Harvey Coe, but was listed as being divorced by 1895-96. Who was Harvey Coe and what happened to him???;

Judy Cassidy, Jamescassidy22@cs.com, Feb. 20, 2003 - REASSER, LANDIS

Seeking information on Daniel Reasser who married Lucinda Landis ca. 1847 and had daughter Harriet age 3 in the 1850 census living in Hicksville Twp.; Harriet Reasser who married James W. Platter 23 December 1858 in Defiance CO Ohio; and Cornelius Reasser married to Jane Tustison 12 November 1863 in Defiance Co Ohio. Parents were Daniel and Sarah Thompson Reassor of Wayne County Ohio

Karin King, 105542.2642@compuserve.com, Feb, 22, 2003 - SPIRES

I'm trying to find a marriage/s record for Frank Spires born Aug 1879. He's listed in 1920 census with a Ruthann (hard to read) He's listed in 1930 census with a Mar G. (should be Mae G.) Children born starting abt 1914, which could make marriage date about 1912/13. I'm not sure if he married once or twice, but would like to have marriage dates.


Cathy Whitcomb, cath55447@usfamily.net, March 6, 2003 - ANDRIST

Looking for the grave of Johannes Andrist born January 16, 1808, died March 8 or 18, 1875 North Georgetown, Ohio May have died in either Defiance or Columbiana County. He was survived by his wife Anna Elizabeth (Holenberg) know Elizabeth He was born in Bolitgen, Canton Berne, Switzerland

Cheryl Deal, cdeal@bigfoot.com, March 19, 2003 - STITES

I am looking for information on a sister of my great-grandfather, Kossuth Stites. Her name was Sarah E. (middle name possibly Ella) Stites, born abt. 1863 to Henry Netwon Stites and Rebecca Clark Stites. I believe she was born in Defiance, Ohio and was living with her parents there from 1860-1880. I believe she may have married and/or died in the Defiance area. Her mother and brothers, Milton, Empire and Kossuth Stites moved on to Grand Traverse County, Michigan. I am hoping to find anyone who might be related to Sarah who might be able to tell me what happened to her or anyone who might be willing to look for her in county/state records.

Mark A. Petty, mark.petty@eds.com, March 30, 2003

I am seeking information on John Ziegler (b.1865, Wurtemburg, Germany) and his siblings Christina Ziegler and Henry Ziegler. John emigrated to Defiance in 1888, married Luisa Sutter in 1895, farmed near Holgate, Henry Co and moved to Michigan in 1907. John Ziegler was my grandfather. My mother, Eleanor Ziegler Petty (b. 1919) is looking for descendants of Christina Ziegler (married Wesley Dirr) and of Henry Ziegler.

Revae Leppanen, phinn@mchsi.com, April 1, 2003 - TANNEHILL, KNIGHT

Gladys M. TANNEHILL born Jan. 1891 - I am seeking a birth record for Gladys M. Tannehill born January 1891, parents Charles V. TANNEHILL and Cora B. KNIGHT. I believe parents were living in Hicksville at the time. Any information will be greatly appreciated.

Donna Kennedy, sevensisters@earthlink.net, May 19, 2003 - SWAN/SWANN

I would like to inquire if anyone is researching the Perry Swan/Swann family from Hicksville, Defiance Co. OH. Perry was the son of John Swan/Swann who was the son of Henry and Lamenta Davis Swan/Swann.

Vickie Wagner, grandmagums2003@yahoo.com, May 24, 2003 - BRUBAKER

Someone has the same ancestores as i do. my great grandfather was john brubaker, born in 1826..chambersburg,pa. sometime between 1826 and 1836 the family moved to stark,co-oh. in 1836 a john and jacob brubaker built a hotel in stark,co. then at some time, the family relocated to delaware,twp, defiance,co-oh. would you know what the names of johns parents were? i have no clue. we also have margaret, william, ephriam, ellen, jacob.

Joe Moog, planetmoog@hotmail.com, May 25, 2003 - MOOG

Ihave recently begunmy familygeneology and would like to know if we could share information. Most of my family came from Defiance or Williams counties. Andrew Moog is as far as I've gotten. Hewas a great, great granfather to me. I have most of the information of families between he and I. Any more information would be greatly appreciated.

Dorthy Prough, dojo@communicomm.com, May 31, 2003 - MICHAEL

Seeking information on my Great Grandmother who was Janette Davidson and married David Wesley Michael in Defiance Co., Hicksville, OH around 1867 or 1868. I would like to know about her birth and who her parents were. I believe her mother's first name was Elizabeth but have no idea what her maiden name was. Elizabeth was born in Scotland as far as I know. Any information on Janette or her mother would be appreciated includingwhere and when either of them died.

Dan Fetters, danfetters@yahoo.com, June 5, 2003 - JONES

I'm looking for a Robert Jones and wife Susanna. She was a widow in 1880 census and dead herself in 1887 at Edon. She is not buried there though and I feel that both may be near Defiance as they were there as early as 1855. Susanna was the sister of John Fetter, both formerly of Berkeley County, VA. John is my 3rd great grandfather and was west in Dekalb County, IN earlier than 1838 when he died.

Beverly Hamilton, ebhams@olypen.com, June 5, 2003 - LLOYD, MUSSER/MERCER

I am interested in the Lloyds in Tamarack cemetery. I think they are my great great grandmother Lloyds parents and grandparents. Her name was Harriett [Hattie] Lloyd and she was married at one timeto Calvin Musser [Mercer] who was the son of Abraham and Hannah. If you have any information on the Lloyds and where they were from previously, I would appreciate it.

Eleanor L. Johnson (Mrs. Charles), elliejohn@yahoo.com, June 8, 2003 - FARNSWORTH, KING

Oliver Farnsworth & Edna King - Looking for Bible records and church records, etc. for my 2nd g.grandparents: Oliver Farnsworth b. 18 June 1796,Woodstock,Windsor, Vermont
d. 24 Dec 1882 in Milford Twp., Defiance County, Ohio, a pioneer into Defiance County in 1844. Wife: Edna King b. 11 Apr 1810 Boston, Suffolk Co., Mass., d. 14 Aug 1888 in Milford Twp. In 1880 Census they were living with son in law, Clement Hulbert and daughter, Ellen Farnsworth Hulbert.

Greg Hendershot, gregsr@swfla.rr.com, June 8, 2003 - CHURCH, HENDERSHOT

I am working on my family tree and have learned that my great grt. grandparents (Warren Edward & Catherine [Church] Hendershot are buried in Defiance.  THe information I have found says "Defiance Cemetery". I cannot find a Defiance Cemetery however. As I live in Florida now, I have no way to physically check the cemeteries to see if I can locate them. Any assistance in my quest would be greatly appreciated. Sincerely,

Mary Helen, Brindells@aol.com, June 19, 2003 - RAFT, WHITNEY, BRINDELL/BRINDLE

Brindle/Raft/ Whitney Seeking information on Mel and Elizabeth Raft Brindell, their daughter Elizabeth Brindle, granddaughter Nellie M. Brindle, and her daughters Grace E. Whitney and May P. Whitney all of Defiance circa 1900 to present. I have traced the Brindle line to 1647 would be willing to share. Need help with the Raft family and question of Indian heritage.

Mary Stoltz, Lexus_12@msn.com, June 22, 2003 - DAVIS

I'm doing research on Davis family. Originated In Pa. Census 1880 has Benj. living in Hicksville Son Cyrus b1851 lived in Florida Married Clara Frederick. Had 4 sons William A b 1886, Samuel b 1885 , Clarence b1891 and Lawrence b1897. There may have been more. If anyone is doing research on any of these names, I would appreciate any help I can get. William Allen was my grandfather. Did Benj. have any brothers or any more children other than Cyrus?

Terri Mulliken Allen, Imacutegal@AOL.com, June 25, 2003 - SHERMAN, TODD

I am looking for ANY information on Myron C. Sherman (no dates known) and his wife, Martha Elizabeth Todd (born circa 1878 in probably Owosso, Shiawassee Co., Michigan). They were living in Defiance, Ohio in 1931 at 209 East High Street. Did the couple have children? I have information on Martha's ancestry and would love to talk to anybody that knows of this family.

R. Kennedy, RKEN38@aol.com, June 30, 2003 - MANSFIELD. KENNEDY

I am looking for family born in Defiance, Ohio? Joseph Mansfield born 15 Feb 1850 Peter Kennedy born 29 Apr 1857

Bob, boblin@bright.net, July 9, 2003 - WAGNER, FREDERICK

Seeking info on George Wagner born abt 1822 in OH per census records, his wife Sarah born about 1836 per census, ancestors and descendants. George and Sarah Wagner's children, all born in Ohio included, Hannah, Elizabeth, Francis, Mary, David, Electa, Andrew, and John Wagner. John, born about 1855, married Christena Frederick. These families located in Defiance and Putnam Counties of Ohio.

Joe Moog, planetmoog@hotmail.com, July 20, 2003 - PORATH

I am looking for info on Christoff and Catherine Porath. Specifically, Catherine's maiden name and parents of both. Both were born in Germany; Christoff around 1817, Catherine around 1825. Theymoved to Delaware Township, Defiance County and had at least five children; John, Charles, Mary, Frank, and Francis.John Porath was my great Grandfather, he was born June 8, 1858.

Terri Whitaker, tmurillo@bianchi-intl.com, Aug. 7, 2003 - KENNER, DUNHAM

I am looking for Anna Mae Kenner and her father Charles W Dunham. Both could be in a cemetery in Cecil or maybe Hicksville. Are these being worked on??

Carole Alden, CLAlden@aol.com , HELTON, LINDAL, EADIE, DAVIDSON

Could anyone look up the death of Grace Pearl HELTON. She was my G grandmother. She married 1st Frank Perry LINDAL 2nd. Mr. EADIE and 3rd. Rev. DAVIDSON who was PENTECOSTAL with roots in Hicksville, OH. It is said that Grace died in Hicksville 1939. I believe their were children from the first two marriages.

John L. Metcalf, jlmetcalf@earthlink.net, Aug. 22, 2003 - TRUBY/TRUBEY

My great great great grandfather, Daniel Truby (later spelled Trubey), moved to Stark County, Ohio about 1834, along with his wife, Mary (Stoner) Trubey. They moved there from Franklin County, Pennsylvania, where they were both born. They had a total of 11 children, and I am descended from their 4th child, also named Daniel. Daniel and Mary moved on to Huntington County, Indiana, about 1847, and then back to Defiance County, Ohio, about 1866 where he and Mary lived with their son, John Trubey. Daniel died in Defiance and is buried in Independence Cemetery, Richland Township, Defiance County. Mary then went to live with her daughter in Richardson County, Nebraska, where she died 3 months later. In addition to Daniel, his brother Jacob Truby also moved to Stark County, Ohio, where Jacob was a Justice of the Peace, and Jacob died in 1835. Both Jacob and Daniel are mentioned in the History of Stark County, though Jacob and his son Jacob Mobley Trubey were more prominent. On September 21, 1825, Daniel Truby was one of the sureties on the estate of his father-in-law, David Stoner (Franklin Co., PA, Will Book C, Page 756). Daniel signed as one of the heirs of David Stoner, and Mary "Polly" Stoner Truby marked as another heir (Franklin Co., PA, Deed Book 14, pages 197 and 327). Daniel Truby was also mentioned as an heir to his brother Jacob's estate in 1835 (Stark Co., OH, Administration Dockets Book E, pages 95 to 102).

My original information came from "History of the Trubey Family" by B. A. Trubey, copied and expanded by Clarence O. Trubey. Barevius Augustus (B. A.) Trubey, 1860-1944, was the grandson of Daniel Truby and personally knew him. B.A. Trubey identified Daniel and Jacob (and their siblings David and Nancy) as the children of Jacob Trubey and his wife "Miss Mawk" who lived in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. This elder Jacob was identified as a former Hessian soldier. However, what records are in Franklin County only identify yet another Daniel Trubey (who died about 1806-07), and we now know that his wife was Margaret Mack, great granddaughter of Alexander Mack, Sr., founder of the Church of the Brethren. Later, Daniel Truby is listed as son of Margaret (Mack) Truby on a division of part of her father's estate, Jacob Mack -- "Deed of Sale from the Executors of Jacob Mack [viz. Samuel Royer and John benedict] to Samuel Needy," 2 April 1835 (recorded 14 January 1836), Franklin County, Pennsylvania, Deed Book 17:34.
Note that the first Daniel Truby may, repeat MAY, have been a Hessian soldier named Johann Daniel Drübe, but we may never know for sure.

My other major source, other than documents I obtained from various microfilm sources, is "Daniel Trubey of Franklin County, Pennsylvania, The First Four Generations" First Edition, compiled by Alycon Trubey Pierce, ©2000, Willow Bend Books, Westminster, Maryland, ISBN 1-58549-626-X. You may be able to order the book directly from the publisher if you want, (800) 876-6103, or http://www.WillowBendBooks.com. I don't know what the current price is, or if it is still in print. If you have a connection to these individuals, please contact me.

Carole Gregory, caroleg@prodigy.net, Aug. 28, 2003 - KELLS

I have purchased the Tombstone Inscriptions Index for Cemeteries of Defiance Co., OH but now I need to know the dates of the burials that I have found, in particular: FA 31 is Kemp or Kent Cemetery; in Vol 3, pg 3 are listedKells, Dorcas and Kells, Lavina. I would appreciate it if anyone can assist me in finding the dates and any other info inscribed on the tombstones of the above Kells.

Dansndoll@aol.com, Aug. 30, 2003 - BIGLOW/BIGELOW

I am from NJ, and researching my g-g-go-grandfather, Andrew Craig Bigelow. His son, Samuel Smith Bigelow, and also Abraham Lincoln Bigelow (somewhere along the line, the family changed the name from Bigelow to Biglow, and we think it was the Ohio branch...not sure). I have an excerpt copy of Abraham Biglow's Obit. (he had moved to Wisconsin, but died visiting family & friends). I was wondering if you could point me in the right direction for finding information on this branch of the Bigelows. I'd appreciate any help you can offer. My Ancestor, Andrew Craig Bigelow (or Biglow) Born July 2, 1805, in Ticonderoga, NY, died March 27, 1875 in Farmer Defiance, OH. Married to Eliza Margaret HYDE who was born June 23, 1803 in Ticonderoga, NY, died March 27, 1875 in Farmer Defiance, OH. They were married in 1827 Ticonderoga, NY and they moved to Farmer between 1838 and 1841.

A. L. Biglow Obituary

John L. Metcalf, jlmetcalf@earthlink.net, Sept. 1, 2003 - TRUBY

I am looking for my 3rd great grandfather, Daniel Truby. According to a family history, he died in Defiance County, Ohio, on October 08, 1875, and was buried in Independence Cemetery, Richland Township. I am descended from his son, also named Daniel Trubey (note changed spelling), who died September 10, 1910, in Glen Elder, Kansas, but was also buried in Independence Cemetery. The younger Daniel was married to Esther Druscilla Heath on November 14, 1852, in nearby Henry County, Ohio. Esther died in 1903 in Glen Elder, Kansas, but was buried in Nebraska. I would appreciate any documentation I can find to confirm my data.

Barbara Bradley, Splash777@webtv.net, Sept. 2, 2003 - WATERSTON

Alexander WATERSTON m. Janet FORREST, Simon WATERSTON m. Cyrena Ann LINDSAY, George Tough WATERSTON m. Emma Jane WALLETT

Robin P., Nuts4DVC@aol.com, Sept. 7, 2003 - EMERY

I am looking for information on Edna Emery born in Hicksville, Ohio in 1879. I can't find her in the 1880 census.

Karen, McMamabear6@aol.com, Sept. 12, 2003 - KRIEGER

Searching for any information on John & Mary Louise Krieger, who lived in Defiance. John died in 1947 and Mary Louise died in 1950 at age 86. Mary's obit said she was survived by nieces and nephews (no children). She's my gg-aunt - would love to find out more info about this couple. My mother remembers her Great-Aunt Mary smoked a pipe.

Susie Strobel, strobel@locl.net, Sept. 16, 2003 - LIROT/LERO/LEROT

I've traced my Lirot's to Defiance and have found that they had some land dealings with Lero. My grandmother told me the Lero's changed their names for easier spelling. I do have the Lirot's back to France and my proofings. So if anyone is interested in contacting me I'm all for it.

Gladys Morehead Day rfd1@innernet.net, Sept. 17, 2003 - MOREHEAD, PALMERTON

Looking for information on: Marsh or Samuel Morehead (went by name Marsh but believe true first name Samuel) married April 07, 1896 Defiance Co. to Elva Belle Palmerton, born June 08, 1872 Defiance Co. OH Any and all information appreciated. Are they on the 1900 census?

May, MRockinEC@aol.com, Sept. 20, 2003 - ZEIGLER

I just found your site and I am interested in the above family. Ina Hutchinson is a researcher for this family, but there's no address to e-mail her. I wonder if she has ever heard of LEVI ZEIGLER, who was born in Pa., but moved to Defiane County and was a farmer. He was born 21 August 1827. He married CLARINDA LARRY, and later married CATHERINE VAN VELEER.

Allen Pollock, polloe@earthlink.net, Nov. 18, 2003 - LEWIS

My husbands MaternalGrandfather was Stanley Lewis. I know he was a Prof at the College. I believe in the 1920 to early 1930's. I think he taught Chemistry, but I'm not positive. I also believe he died fairly early in life. My husbands Mother was still young when he passed.

Stanley's wife's name was Gertrude. I believe she stayed in Defiance after his death, but I'm not sure of that. I think she was a school teacher. Possibly a principal. If she was not in the local school department, then I seem to recall she may have been a Librarian. Probably locally.

Stanley and Gertrude had three daughters; Jeannie ( I think), Mineola, "Minnie", and Mary Ella.

Above is all I know. I did find Stanley and Gertrude Lewis on the local 1920 and 1930 census. But I have know idea of either of their parents names, so I'm having a difficult time going further back in the generations. I believe Minnie's Mothers maiden name was Corbin. That's it!!

Send your Defiance County related queries to DCGS at defiancegenealogy2002@yahoo.com 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.

IMPORTANT: In the subject line of your E-mail put, "Defiance County Query".

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

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