Van Wert County, Ohio

Queries Posted for 2000

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Researcher: Beverly A. DePoy  Email:
Date posted: Saturday, January 1, 2000

Am interested in contacting anyone with an EXLINE background. Have a genealogy printed in the mid- 1950's AXLINE-EXLINE Family and would like to help anyone I can.

Researcher: Virginia B. Fox   Email:
Date posted: Monday, January 3, 2000

The elusive SCHINDLERS. All indications are that they were from Delphos and vicinity. William b 14 Aug 1857,d 23 Jul 1932 - Married Alice HICKS b 19 Sep 1862, d 3 Mar 1927. Three children Mary, Frances and Tillman. Were they in Van Wert or Allen?

Researcher: Steve Leslie   Email:
Date posted: Sunday, January 9, 2000

Looking for anybody who has connections with this family or any interest in this family.
George LESLEy born August 24, 1815 in Washington Co., PA died November 4, 1897 in Van Wert Co., OH. Married Nancy HENDERSON on January 12, 1843 in Perry Co., Ohio. She was born June 24, 1820 in Perry Co., Ohio and she died January 5, 1878 in Van Wert Co., Ohio. They are both buried in the Baptist Harrison Cemetery in Van Wert Co., OH. They had 7 children:
1. Francis "Frank" Wyatt Lesley/Leslie born April 10, 1844 in Perry Co., Ohio. Died February 17, 1911 in Toledo, Ohio. Buried at Woodland Union Cemetery, Van Wert, Ohio. Married 4 times. First, Catherine HULL married Oct 8, 1865 in Van Wert Ohio. They had 5 children: Frank Leslie Jr., Cora Leslie Ensminger, Orange Leslie, Conover Leslie, Lovewell Leslie. Second, Cora DAVISON married May 14, 1887 in Defiance Ohio and divorced on Oct 16, 1888 in Van Wert Ohio. Third, married Jennie Mae ANIBA on December 9, 1890 in Grand Rapids, MI. She was born Sept 10, 1869 in Kalamazoo, MI and she died on January 24, 1893 in Van Wert Ohio. She is buried at Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert Ohio. They had 2 children: Gerald Leslie, baby name unknown. Fourth marriage was to Lydia STEUERNAGEL on July 9, 1894 in Ontario Canada. They had 5 children: Royal Conrad Leslie, Grace Leslie, Emanual Leslie, Theodore Leslie, Edith Leslie.
2. James Gibson LESLEY was born June 14, 1846 in Perry Co., Ohio. Died March 18, 1911 in Van Wert Ohio and is buried at The Baptist Harrison Cemetery in Van Wert Ohio.
3. Joseph M. LESLEY was born May 4, 1848 in Perry Co., Ohio. Died Sept 7, 1924 in Van Wert Co., Ohio. Married Drusilla DIX on May 4, 1876 and they are both buried at the Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert Co., Ohio. They had at least one child, Harry LESLEY.
4. William D. LESLEY was born Oct 4, 1851 in Perry Co., Ohio and died March 21, 1865 in Van Wert Ohio. Buried at The Baptist Harrison Cemetery in Van Wert Co., Ohio.
5. Orpha Alice LESLEY was born June 3, 1853 in Perry Co., Ohio and died July 14, 1932 in Willshire, Van Wert Co., Ohio. Married to Joseph M. HOOK on December 7, 1876 in Van Wert Co., Ohio. He was born May 15, 1842 in Van Wert Co., Ohio. Died February 10, 1922 in Willshire, Van Wert Co., Ohio. Both are buried in the Willshire Cemetery, Willshire, Van Wert Co., Ohio. They had 5 children: Roy HOOK, Goldie E. HOOK (FIGLEY), Nelson HOOK, Nora HOOk, Gaylord HOOK.
6. Ettie Ellen LESLEY was born May 24, 1856 in Van Wert Co., Ohio and died December 19, 1926 in Pittsburgh Kansas. Married to Wilson R. HARR, marriage date is unknown. He was born in 1853 and died in 1909 in Parsons, Kansas. Both are buried in the Oakwood Cemetery in Parsons, Kansas.
7. Mary Olivia LESLEY was born January 19, 1858 in Van Wert Co., Ohio and died April 9, 1933 in Van Wert Co., Ohio. Married to Samuel Judson BALYEAT on March 21, 1878. He was born July 27, 1851 in Ashland Co., Ohio and died January 31, 1930 in Van Wert Co., Ohio. Both are buried in The Baptist Harrison Cemetery in Van Wert Co., Ohio. They had 5 children: Carl BALYEAT, Vernon BALYEAT, Clyde BALYEAT, Georgia BALYEAT, and Ladoit BALYEAT.
Researcher: Joanie Thorburn   Email:
Date posted: Tuesday, January 11, 2000

Searching for information on the following families:
Gabriel & Anna (BOCHMAN) LEHMANN with children: Henry G (b. 1842 d. 1929), Charles Leopold (b. 1844 d. 1917), Frederick Harman (b. 1846 d. 1876), Matilda Louisa (b. 1847 d. 1874). Henry G LEHMANN married an Elizabeth Jane (Jennie) ZIMMERMAN. Frederick Harman LEHMANN married a Moranda CONTERMAN. Matild Louisa LEHMANN married a G.H. PRIDDY.
Henry G & Elizabeth Jane (Jennie) (ZIMMERMAN) LEHMANN with children: William Abraham (b. 1867), Anna Laura (b. 1868), Mary Ella (b. 1870 d. 1871), Rosa Bell (b. 1872), Levi Frederick (b. 1874 d. 1874), Minnie Pearl (b. 1875 d. 1926), John Leopold (b. 1877 d. 1877), Alice Amarilla (Rilla) (b. 1878 d. 1971) and Henrietta Gabriella (b. 1880 d. 1979).
Researcher: Kay Woodruff   Email:
Date posted: Friday, January 14, 2000

Seeking information on family of HARRIS, Don who married SHOOP, Edna in Van Wert around 1900 to 1903. His mother married a SCOTT. He also had brothers that lived in Van Wert and a niece, Barbara HARRIS.
Researcher: Shelly Derrow Justice   Email:
Date posted: Wednesday, January 19, 2000

I am actively seeking any info on my family of yesterday. My grandmother was Sarah GRUNDEN DERROW. She was born either Nov. 17, 1888 or Dec.5,1888 in Willshire Ohio. Her mother's name was Priscilla HARRIS GRUNDEN & her father's name was Enoch GRUNDEN. I have no other info on her parents except that supposedly Priscilla was full or half Indian. I cannot confirm this. Sarah GRUNDEN married Charles F. DERROW, I believe in Van Wert county as their first child was born in Venedocia OH also in Van Wert Co. His name was Gilbert DERROW. If you can help me in any way! I have no info about the parents of my grandfather, Charles F. DERROW, but I know he was born Aug. 28,1880. I appreciate any and all help!
Researcher: J.S.   Email:
Date posted: Friday, January 21, 2000

I am searching for information on Thelma BRUGH WORTMAN and Ray WORTMAN. I'm researching their family tree. They supposedly lived in Van Wert, Ohio. I think Thelma was born in South Bend, Indiana area and I don't know about Ray WORTMAN. I am researching for a friend who's mother's name was Thelma BRUGH and was put up for adoption in a orphan's home in Mishawaka, Indiana in 1928 or 1929. His name was Donald Eugene BRUGH and he was born in February 19, 1928 in Lafayette, Indiana. I would appreciate any information that can be provided on Thelma BRUGH WORTMAN and any of her family. Thanks.
Researcher: Carol Walkins   Email:
Date posted: Wednesday, January 26, 2000

My gggrandfather, Francis H. REINEMEYER, was a Pioneer in Van Wert Co. Is there anyone who could give me more information on him & his wife, Maria Elizabeth SCHULTE? I would be happy to share what I have on his subsequent family. Thank you.
Researcher: Kelly Smith   Email:
Date posted: Wednesday, January 26, 2000

Looking for info on Sudlow and Nungester families in Van Wert Co. prior to 1900.
Researcher: Randy Palmer   Email:
Date posted: Friday, January 28, 2000

Seeking information for the surname SPAHR or SPARR in the 1800's. John George SPAHR. George Washington SPAHR b. 1855 Van Wert, OH burial - Hillsdale, MI married Lavina C. FREISNER. Charles Orion SPAHR b. 11/30/1888 Van Wert, OH d. 6/2/1955 Hillsdale, MI married Kathryn SMITH
Researcher: Diana Robinson Sherburn   Email:
Date posted: Monday, January 31, 2000

Seeking information for Henry DAVIS. He was born in Van Wert Ohio 1894 to Francis Henry DAVIS and Mary E. ROBINSON, dau of Matthew and Rebecca Speer ROBINSON. The family lived in Delphos, Ohio. I found Henry living with his widowed mother and sister, Mae DAVIS, in the 1920 Census. He was single and working for the Interurban. Mary DAVIS's brother, James ROBINSON was also living with the family at that time. He is listed as a church janitor. James is buried in the Westside Cemetery with his mother and father and died Oct. 14 1939. I have been unable to locate his place of death.

Researcher: Jean Johnson Fitzgerald   Email:
Date posted: Wednesday, February 2, 2000

Looking for any information on Harlow RICHMOND and Roxanna JOHNSON RICHMOND. They were married in Crawford Co. OH in 1857 and moved to Van Wert County and owned several acres of land at the southern edge of Tully Twp in 1870-1880. Moved to Sacramento CA around 1885. Any help greatly appreciated.
Researcher: Jeanne Yoakam   Email:
Date posted: Friday, February 4, 2000

I am searching for info on a Reverend Samuel FAIRFIELD who served a Methodist church in Van Wert county in the 1850-80's era. Does anyone know where I might access info about his years of service, etc.?
Researcher: D. C. F. Davisson   Email:
Date posted: Tuesday, February 8, 2000

Addison D. WHITE (b OH 27 Feb 1839, d Middlepoint, Van Wert Co, OH 18 Jan 1906, bur Kings Cem) m Rebecca M. (1839-05 Dec 1919); farmer in Washington tp, several children incl William A.
William A. WHITE, b ca 1860, m 20 Sep 1882 Van Wert Co to Emma HERBERT, d/o Rev. Lemuel & Sarah (GROVE) HERBERT. W. A. & Emma r Van Wert, OH in 1891, not found in 1900 census, Emma r Muskegon, MI 1909, 1923; is widow res Detroit, MI Dec 1940. Does anyone have more info on William A. WHITE or wife Emma? Any children?
Researcher: Cheryl   Email:
Date posted: Tuesday, February 8, 2000

I am looking for ancestor and sibling information on my great grandfather, John J. HATTERY, who was born in 1850 in Van Wert County, Ohio. The only thing I know about his parents is his mother's first name is Mary.
John J. HATTERY later married Minnie COTTRELL of Marion County, Ohio, and they moved to Colorado.
Surnames: BOROFF, FORD
Researcher: Carol Hale   Email:
Date posted: Tuesday, February 8, 2000

I am looking for information on my Grandmother Verda Hazel BOROFF. Death record shows her born in Van Wert Co. on 19 Jun 1888. Her father was Henry Michael BOROFF, and her mother Anna FORD. Any information about her, her parents, or siblings, would be greatly appreciated.
Surnames: DEPEW, LARGE
Researcher: Ruth Kuohn   Email:
Date posted: Wednesday, February 9, 2000

Looking for any information on John DEPEW and Isabell LARGE DEPEW from Van wert County. John was born 25 Sept 1832 location unknown. Isabell LARGE was born 19 Nov 1836 location also unknown. They lived in Willshire when son Abraham L. DEPEW was born 15 Nov 1864. John and Isabell are buried in Wilshire Cemetery (25 Mar 1869 and 16 Mar 1898). No other information in known. All help is greatly appreciated.
Researcher: Connie Stelzer   Email:
Date posted: Sunday, February 13, 2000

Looking to find parents of Ray SHANER (b.1893 d.1947 from headstone at Ridge Cemetery) and Hazel CONKLE SHANER (b. 1893 d. 1968 from headstone and Ridge Cemetery). These are my Great Grandparents. Also buried near them in the same cemetery. John A. SHANER (b. 1853 d. 1923) and Emilia J. SHANER (b. 1853 d.19?). There was also several of their young children buried next to them. Ray and Hazel CONKLE SHANER had the following children. Henry, Hobart, Mary, Arthur, and Gerald. Any information you could give my would be helpful.
Surnames: STEWART
Researcher: Gerry Lynn Stewart   Email:
Date posted: Tuesday, February 15, 2000

I am looking for any information on the ancestors of John Calvin STEWART born in Van Wert Co, 26-10-1859. He eventually moved to Illinois. His father's name is John STEWART.

Surnames: BEER, COMER
Researcher: Dean Miller   Email:
Date posted: Friday, February 18, 2000

I am looking for information on Willian A. COMER b. September 14, 1863 in Van Wert, Ohio; parents were Willian and Nancy Jane BEER COMER. They moved to Pleasantmills, Adams Co. Indiana. Are there any COMER families living in Van Wert now? Thank you.

Researcher: Judy Price   Email:
Date posted: Saturday, February 19, 2000

Seeking relatives of Earl and Alta BAKER who lived at Ohio City, Van Wert Co, around the 1970s. Alta's maiden name was Williamson. Family has lost touch.

Researcher: Jane Lewis   Email:
Date posted: Thursday, February 24, 2000

On my grt grt grandfather, Frederick WELKER's cemetery stone there is also the name of Joseph LONGANECKER died December 15, 1901 age 51 years 2 months 9 days.
This name could have been spelled LONGACRE at one time. A marriage of Elizabeth WALKER to Daniel LONGACRE took place in Marion County OH on June 6, 1839. Does anyone have information on Joseph or the LONGANECKER/LONGACRE family? They may have come into Van Wert County from Marion County Ohio before 1850.

Surnames: HARVEY
Researcher: Amie (Collins) Johnson   Email:
Date posted: Friday, February 25, 2000

Looking for any info on the Harvey family that lived in Van Wert, Ohio from about 1859 to present.

Researcher: Dawn Hathaway   Email:
Date posted: Saturday, February 26, 2000

Would like any info on Katherine BIGHAM, ROBESON, SUNDAY that you would have. She was married twice. I would also appreciate any info on Levi Wesley BIGHAM, who was married twice. The wives were Ella Mae Shomber, Reigel and Lucinda Barga, Thomas. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thank you,

Researcher: Janis Lahrman   Email:
Date posted: Monday, February 28, 2000

Seeking John LINKHART m. Ann Eliza McCLURE 19AUG1852 at St. Mary's, OH. Moved to Van Wert before 1860. Died 1912 in Celina, OH.

Researcher: Janis Lahrman   Email:
Date posted: Monday, February 28, 2000

Seeking Thomas McGILL m. Rebecca BAXTER 1833. Bought 100 a. Sec. 22 Harrison Twp, V.W. Co. in 1855. Died 1893 at Middlebury, Har.Twp., VW Co.

Researcher: Janis Lahrman   Email:
Date posted: Monday, February 28, 2000

Seeking William S. BROWN m. Mary Elizabeth McGILL/CHANNEL 18AUG1880 in Van Wert.

Researcher: Janis Lahrman   Email:
Date posted: Tuesday, February 29, 2000

Seeking information of parents of Lillian J. FOLEY b.1872, d 1936. Her parents: James H. CHANNEL m. Mary Elizbeth MCGILL on 9 Jun 1870. Lillian and her mother appear on 1880 Van Wert census. Her mother m:William S. BROWN 18 Aug 1880. I will share information.

Researcher: Janis Lahrman   Email:
Date posted: Tuesday, February 29, 2000

Seeking info of James H. CHANNEL m. Mary Elizabeth McGILL 9 Jun 1870 in Van Wert. They had one child, Lillian J. Channel, b.22 Sep 1872. Elizabeth and dau Lillian are on 1880 Van Wert Census.

Researcher: Suzy Evert   Email:
Date posted: Tuesday, February 29, 2000

Looking for information on the following: Thomas CLAYTON b. 1804, Richland Co., d. 1852, Van Wert Co., m. Mary E. MYERS, Crawford Co. Any information appreciated. Thank you.

Surnames: ADAIR
Researcher: Marcia Garrett   Email:
Date posted: Wednesday, March 8, 2000

Am looking for information on Joseph Ewing ADAIR. From what we know he was driving cattle form Noble Co., Indiana to Cincinnati and was stricken with the cholera and died in Willshire Ohio on Oct 9, 1849. Could someone please check for a death record and where he might be buried as he is not buried here in Noble Co. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thank you so very much.

Researcher: Bobbi Ware   Email:
Date posted: Wednesday, March 8, 2000

I am looking for any information on a Erastus L. BROWN who was born in Van Wert, OH July 15, 1849. He moved to Michigan around 1870. He married Esther VROOMAN in Michigan, May 14, 1870. If Erastus sounds familiar to you, please email me. I have not been able to find parents or sibs as of yet. Thank you in advance.

Researcher: MaryAnne Roth-Brossman   Email:
Date posted: Friday, March 10, 2000

John K. ROTH and Ida Mary YAHLKEE-ROTH were my great-grandparents. They moved to Ohio City, OH in 1903...John died in 1910. I am trying to find any old newspaper clippings or old photos of John K. or his wife Ida for my genealogy project. Can anyone assist me about how to find these items? Thank you so much.

Researcher: Lois Boyce   Email:
Date posted: Thursday, March 16, 2000

Am looking for parents and siblings of Thomas BOYCE born Van Wert Ohio April 20, 1828. He resided in Illinois in Vermillion County acound Cessna Park as an adult. I understand that he was from a very large family. He married Nancy SMALLEY prior to 1856. Any information will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Researcher: Robert & Kathy Groner   Email:
Date posted: Friday, March 17, 2000

We are looking for William Barber ANDERSON, married to Jane (Jamie) KING.
Their child was Elmyra ANDERSON born May 30, 1930 in York Pa, died in Van Wert - married to Samuel JOBES born 14 Feb 1824 in Westmoreland, PA - died in Van Wert.
Their child was Margaret JOBES born abt 1856 in Blanchleyville, Wayne, Ohio - married to an Albert EBERHART.
Any information greatly appreciated.

Researcher: Shelly Derrow Justice   Email:
Date posted: Sunday, March 19, 2000

I am looking for info on the DERROW & SERREL surnames for Van Wert co. Ohio. I know that Salathiel DERROW & Samantha SERRELS had a child named Bertha on Sept. 10, 1875 in Van Wert county Ohio. Any info on these families appreciated, Also searching for a Lydia M. GOLLIVER or maybe GALAHER or variation there of she married Nathaniel HARRIS on Mar. 3, 1858 in Putnam Co. Ohio, may have been from Van Wert.

Researcher: Lori   Email:
Date posted: Sunday, March 19, 2000

I am researching surnames in the following Ohio counties: Van Wert, Harrison, Fairfield, Carroll, and Henry. In addition I am researching New Castle, PA, and Loudon, VA and ancestors immigrating from Germany, Wales and Ireland. Please contact me, or post a message on my query board, if you think there is a possible connection. Thank you!

Researcher: Janet Fetters   Email:
Date posted: Tuesday, March 21, 2000

JENKINS- Van Wert area 1885-1896 Have group school picture of my grandfather, William S. JENKINS (cauc) taken in 1896 while attending an elementery school in Van Wert. Trying to find his birthplace and parents names. His uncle was Wirt JENKINS who settled first in Ft. Recovery & Burkettsville, then moved to Castine. Thought he was born in Ft. Recovery area. Any connections, please write. William's father would have been brother to Wirt. Originally from Wood County, W. Virginia. If any connection, please write.. His mother's family may have been: PEARSON

Researcher: Jill Jungels   Email:
Date posted: Friday, March 24, 2000

I believe my great grandfather,Bion David Towne b. January 1, 1860 was born in Van Wert, Ohio. His father was Ralph W. Towne and I believe his mother's name was Mary Ellen. Please email with address I can send a search to. Or is someone is willing to do a search I will be more than happy to pay. Thanks, Jill

Researcher: Barry Schinnerer   Email:
Date posted: Friday, March 24, 2000

Interested in Martin or John P. SCHINNERER, who settled in this area in the 1850's Looking for inf on their relatives back in Germany. My great great grandfather was Andrew SCHINNERER who came from Germany in the 1800's. I don't know if their related, but would like to find out. I do know that John Pankratius SCHINNERER was born in Ipsheim, Mittlefranken, Bayern. Martin Schinnerer and John Pankratius Schinnerer came to the USA on the ship Amelia, which arrived from Harve France on 8/26/1852. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

Researcher: Dawn Hathaway   Email:
Date posted: Sunday, April 2, 2000

Looking for info on Catharine or Katharine A BIGHAM. Married first time to James L. ROBISON, Oct. 8, 1874 in Greenville, Darke Co., Ohio. Second time to Frank SUNDAY in 1896. She died November 11, 1943 in Van Wert, Ohio Her Father and Mother were Joseph D. BIGHAM and Elizabeth J. GLASS. Any info would help. Thank you,

Researcher: Sharel   Email:
Date posted: Tuesday, April 4, 2000

My Grandfather was born in Van Wert Co Ohio..(the town of Scott?) His name was Leslie Lee DOMINY..Born around 1891? his Father's name David COOK DOMINY and his grandfather's name Almond DOMINY. Do any of you Van Wert area residents have these names in your family tree? Leslie Dominy's mother was Maryetta Christina CURTIS and his mother's parents were Ackley CURTIS and Mary ROGERS. These records are taken from a Bible record plus my Mom knows her Dad was from VanWert Co. Does anyone know if the name "Almond" Dominy may have been an Indian name? (Dominy is Irish) Which Indian tribes were in your area?

Surnames: BEAM
Researcher: Charles W. Beam   Email:
Date posted: Wednesday, April 5, 2000

Search for William BEAM. I am trying to locate a relative William BEAM, born 1830 Washington Township, Fayette County PA. Page 460A of the 1880 Van Wert County Ohio Census lists a William BEAM in Willshire Township, Van Wert County Ohio. If this William BEAM is my relative William BEAM, he would be 50 years old at the 1880 Census taking. His wife Margaret would be 43 years old in 1880 and siblings Frances BEAM would be 22 years old in 1880 and Sarah BEAM would be 21 years old in 1880. Plaese may I request you to check this William BEAM on page 460A of the Van Wert County 1880 Census to see if he fits the above description. I would like to obtain all information listed for this William BEAM if he is in deed my relative. Thank you for your cooperation and assistance.

Surnames: MILLER
Researcher: Sharon Molesworth   Email:
Date posted: Friday, April 7, 2000

Looking for info on George (dob 1816, Germany) and Susan (dob 1824, Saxony) MILLER who lived in Van Wert Co. They had 5 children--George, Charles, John, Mary Mathilda, and Lesdinan. The family stayed there until at least 1878.

Surnames: AYARS
Researcher: Bob Kienzle   Email:
Date posted: Saturday, April 15, 2000

I have a small Ayars Family Photo Album 4-1/2" by 3-1/4" with eight photographs and one tin-type that should be with the Ayars family. Only one person is named and that is Grandpaw's Sister, Lou. Some photos taken by J.F. Rank & Co. Photographic studio in Van Wert, Ohio.

Researcher: Peggy Clark   Email:
Date posted: Saturday, April 15, 2000

Looking for any information on Lucy REDINBO and Israel THORNELL. Both of whom died in Van Wert County.

Researcher: Lisa Bowermaster   Email:
Date posted: Saturday, April 15, 2000

Looking for any informatin about Frank and Viola HARRIS BOWERMASTER, two sons Russell Lee and Cecil, possibly more children? IF any info available e-mail me at Thanks.

Surnames: STEMEN
Researcher: Rhonda Casler   Email:
Date posted: Sunday, April 16, 2000

Looking for a death record and/or an obituary for George STEMEN, who died on or about February 26, 1907 in Van Wert County. Also would like to know where he is buried.

Researcher: Michelle Klouda   Email:
Date posted: Sunday, April 30, 2000

I'm searching for my great grandfather Royal Percival STEWART. He was born in Van Wert in 1893 and died 10-21-1920 while visiting Kansas City and his body was sent back to Van Wert. He married Marie Jeanette POMEROY. He is possibly buried in Woodland Cemetary but I'm not positive. Any help or info would greatly be apprieciated. Thank you.

Researcher: Ruth Kuohn   Email:
Date posted: Wednesday, May 3, 2000

New information on Isabelle LARGE and John DEPEW. They were married on May 24, 1857 possibly in Licking County. Isabelle remarried after John's death to Jacob Tuttle on August 6, 1874 probably in Van Wert County. The only known children of Isabelle from either marriage is Abraham DEPEW. Any other information on Isabelle LARGE, John DEPEW, or Jacob TUTTLE would be greatly appreciated. My main research is on John DEPEW. I don't know where he was born or who his parents were.

Surnames: GANO, VANY
Researcher: Mikki   Email:
Date posted: Wednesday, May 3, 2000

Searching for members of the VANY family. Charles and Isaac VanY.

Researcher: Pam Shelton-Anderson   Email:
Date posted: Sunday, May 7, 2000

I would like to establish the family connections of the MAJOR families that were in Mercer/Van Wert co OH pre-1850. There were at least 4 brothers who were in Montgomery co OH around 1820 and in Fleming co KY before that: William MAJOR born around 1790 in Maryland, married 1. Rachel WATKINS, died in Adams co IN; David MAJOR born c 1781 in Maryland, died Nov 1847 in Van Wert co OH; James MAJOR, born around 1782 in Maryland, died 1858 in Auglaize co OH (formerly Mercer co), married Hannah WATKINS; and probably also Hamilton MAJOR (born 1791 in Maryland, died in Monroe co IA 1849 married Charity OPDYKE in Darke co OH). William, James and David would appear to be the sons of Robert MAJOR of Maryland who was in pre1800 Fleming co KY, but as yet there is no direct proof of this or a good tie in for Hamilton MAJOR. A lot of the children of these MAJORs are difficult to sort out from the Ohio partition records. If you would like to exchange information, please contact me at my email address below. Thanks

Researcher: Amy Leineweber   Email:
Date posted: Wednesday, May 10, 2000

I am looking for any information on my great-grandfather's family. His name was Hartley ASTELL. He married Estella HARTSOCK on Feb. 16, 1914. His parents were James ASTELL and Ida Lee SMITH. Estella's parents were Nathanial HARTSOCK and Barbara ILER.

Researcher: Janis Lahrman   Email:
Date posted: Monday, May 15, 2000

Searching for info re: Mary (Polly) Elizabeth McGILL/CHANNEL/BROWN/SHANYFELT. Born 25 Apr 1842 to Thomas McGILL and Rebecca BAXTER. Died 22 Apr 1919, buried at IOOF Cem., Convoy, Ohio.

Researcher: Bill Shangraw   Email:
Date posted: Wednesday, May 17, 2000

I would like to exchange info on: William STEVENS, born 1843 in Tuscarawas Cnty, Ohio. Married: Ann Mariah STILLWAGON abt. 1867 in Van Wert Cnty, Ohio. Wm. and Ann were divorced in Van Wert in 1874. Children: Charles, Mary, John, and Harry Archer

Researcher: Barbara Roland   Email:
Date posted: Thursday, May 18, 2000

Looking for info on parents of Jacob FORWALTER and his wife Susanna (WERNER) FORWALTER. They were both born in Van Wert Co. Ohio @1854-1856. Both died in late 1920's in TN. Both of Jacob's parents were born in Germany. Mother's name was Christine (OTT) FORWALTER. Susanna's fathers name was Mathias WERNEr, mother's maiden name was BROWN. any help would be greatly appreciated.

Researcher: Connie Stelzer   Email:
Date posted: Friday, May 19, 2000

I am interested in an information on Amelia PRIDDY born May 9,1853 in Van Wert County, Ohio. She married John A. SHANER Feb. 25, 1886 in Van Wert County. They are my Great Great Grandparents. Any information would be helpful.

Surnames: STUMP
Researcher: JaNell   Email:
Date posted: Saturday, May 20, 2000

Is anyone else searching the family of Joseph/Malinda STUMP who were in Van Wert County in 1870? Please contact me if you are in this family. Thank you.

Surnames: KLINGER
Researcher: J.V. Klinger   Email:
Date posted: Monday, May 29, 2000

Seeking information on the Joseph KLINGER family and descendants. Joseph and family arrived in Washington Twp., Van Wert Co. in 1853 from Hocking Co., OH. He and some of his family are buried at Kings Cemetery near Middle Point. Some of his sons were William, John Jackson, Jacob Andrew, Daniel P., Joseph W., and Asa. Also seeking information and location of grave stone for Elizabeth KLINGER that is supposed to be in the Westside Cemetery at Delphos which I believe to be the grave site for Joseph`s mother. Willing to exchange KLINGER family information with anyone interested or doing research on this family. Thanks.

Researcher: Allan Griffith   Email:
Date posted: Wednesday, May 31, 2000

Searching for contacts to share information on family of John W. CHAMBERS, born Ireland 1826-1883 and Ellen COOK. Ten known children in Van Wert Co, OH: William V., Edward E., John T., Mary A., Isabella Jane, Eliza M., Fanny L., Robert Henry, Charles O, & Ida E. - Several descendants have details from various lines. Attempting to determine John's father. His mother was Isabell (Maiden name?) from Knox Co, OH, but both of his parents were originally from Ireland.

Researcher: Diane Humphreys Evano   Email:
Date posted: Friday, June 2, 2000

I am interested in finding information about the Humphreys family from Van Wert. William and Margaret (THOMAS) HUMPHREYS had 2 children (Ralph and Raymond). I have recently discovered that Raymond was married to a woman named Lena, had at least one child, divorced, and then married Hazel (WEAVER) (my grandmother). Ray and Hazel had one son, R.B. (my father). If anyone has any information regarding Lena, I would appreciate hearing from you.

Researcher: Walter John Kiger   Email:
Date posted: Monday, June 5, 2000

Looking for information on the family of Rufus F. KIGER longtime resident of Van Wert. Rufus had two sons George F. and Omer. Three daughters, Myrtle Dell, who married Charles A. WOOD, Carrie B, who married Lewis W. DICKINSON and Laura A., who married Harry GRANT. I am especially looking for information on George, who married a Florence (nee?) and moved to Jacksonville Florida where he died. Thank you.

Researcher: Carla Fruge'   Email:
Date posted: Saturday, June 10, 2000

Looking for any info on Nick/Nicholas BADIU from ST.Paul MINN who married Sylvia BOLENBAUGH from Van Wert co. OH. had son(s) George BADIU born abt.1920-1924 and Freddie Freeman BADIU born 1925in Tully OH.

Surnames: EBY, KING
Researcher: Edna Miller   Email:
Date posted: Saturday, June 10, 2000

My grandpa was Jacob Henry EBY. He was born in Van Wert County, Ohio. His father was Elias Vandimark EBY. His mom was Mary Ann or Mary Anna KING. He had a twin brother who died at a very young age. Jacob was born in 1876. His mom supposedly died in 1876 or 1877 in Van Wert, OH. That is what I need to know when she died, where she died, where she is buried and who her parents were. I need to know her heritage. Please somebody help me out. I really need a birth record and a probate will on her if possible. I'm willing to pay for these items. A Thomas KING deeded her and Elias land, which leads me to believe he may have been her father. A Willis KING is connected to her someway, but I'm not for sure how. Please contact me with any info at or by writing at Edna Miller P.O. Box 923 Quapaw,OK 74363 Thanks in advance!

Surnames: JOHNSON
Researcher: Bill Johnson   Email:
Date posted: Tuesday, June 13, 2000

Seeking any information regarding my great grandfather, Lutrell JOHNSON and his wife Florence, and/or son Valmer Fremont JOHNSON. Lutrell and Florence married between 1870 and 1880. He was an itinerant farmer and left Van Wert County in approximately 1917. Thanks for whatever help you can do.

Researcher: Jane Smith Grezlik   Email:
Date posted: Friday, June 16, 2000

Am interested in finding the children of Rebecca RAINSBERGER WALLACK and John WALLACK, believe they were married in Tuscarawas Co. Oh, moved to Van Wert Co. after 1850, I think. They are named in the estate dispute of her grandfather, John RAINSBERGER, Sr. as she was an heir of her father John "Adam" RAINSBERGER (dec'd) in 1850. I am trying to fill in the RAINSBERGER lines. Can anyone help? Thank you in advance.

Researcher: Jan Langerveld   Email:
Date posted: Saturday, June 17, 2000

Searching for any information on Carl BEARD, b. 30 Nov 1921, d. 3 Dec 1988. S.S. records show Convoy, OH as last address. Carl may have had 2 sisters, names unknown. Mother was Myrtle LOCKHART, b. abt 1900. She may have died in FL. Her name at time of death may have been Mann. No known info on father. Related family names are: White, Sanders,Odgen, Mills. If someone is from the Convoy area, please contact me about poss. research in library for a copy of obit. Thanks.

Researcher: Bill Ream   Email:
Date posted: Sunday, June 18, 2000

Would be interested in conversing with any of the descendants of John (Jack) STITTSWORTH (1884-1964)and his wife Elva Ann REAM (1886-1946). John & Elva STITTSWORTH's children (several of whom were born in Van Wert Co., Oh.) and their spouses were:
1) Elsie A. Stittsworth (1905-1987) md John SOLDA
2) Audie Raymond Stittsworth (1909-1911)
3) Freeman Henry Stittsworth (1911-) md Ruth Rose MOORE
4) Chester Wallace Stittsworth (1914-) md Madonna Allen JUNE
5) Carrie Marie Stittsworth (1916-) md Donald Ervin DAWSON
6) Ida Mae Stittsworth (1918-) md Anthony MECCA
7) John Harold Stittsworth md Ruth Katheryn CARTER
8) Elva Ann Stittsworth (1921-1921)
9) Herman Lawrence Stittsworth (1922-1994) md Gloria Jean KING
10) Charles Stittsworth (1924-1924)
11) Irene Betty Stittsworth (1928-1928) I have quite a bit more on some branches of this family thanks to other genealogists including Mr. Freeman Stittsworth of Fl. I have also visited the Van Wert Co. library a couple of times and did a bit of research on this family. However, this branch of the Ream & the Altman family trees is not nearly up-to-date! Could someone out there help me? I'd be happy to share what I have. Signed, William (Bill) H. Ream, Jr.

Researcher: Connie Stelzer   Email:
Date posted: Thursday, June 22, 2000

I am looking for the descendents of Thomas Dittmus PRIDDY (born Aug. 6, 1820 in Fayette County, Ohio) married Lucinda COCHRAN PANGLE 1852 in Van Wert County, Ohio. Thomas was first married to Caroline DeCAMP after she died he married Lucinda and after she died he married Julia A. PARKHAM. Lucinda was first married to Nash L. PANGLE Nov. 10, 1846 in Allen County, Ohio.
Thomas Dittmus PRIDDY and Lucinda COCHRAN PANGLE PRIDDY had the following children in Van Wert County, Ohio. Amelia (Millie) J. PRIDDY (born May 9, 1853 died July 15, 1936 in Allen County, Ohio) who married John Alexander SHANER in Van Wert County on February 25, 1886; Ann M. PRIDDY (born 1854); Charles F. PRIDDY (born Dec. 09, 1866), Edward H. PRIDDY (born 1869); Lester Bliss PRIDDY (born Sept. 21, 1870); Margie PRIDDY (born 1872); and Josephine PRIDDY (born 1877). Any information on any of these people would be helpful.

Researcher: Sherry Morell Shelts   Email:
Date posted: Thursday, June 22, 2000

Robert ADAMS and his wife Elizabeth (RUPERT) moved to VanWert Co, Ohio from Mercer Co. Their children were named:
1. George W., born ca 1841
2. Robert Jr., born 1843
3. William H, born 1846
4. Margaret Jane born 1847, married Alexander WILLIAMS.
5. Thomas born 1850, married Arvilla Jane, last name listed as COYT, but can find "no one" with that surname.
6. Sarah H. born 1852, married Isaac MILLER
7. Morrison born 1857 in Iowa
8. Levi born 1861, family had returned to the Delphos area of Ohio.
9. John born 1862, married a Della< Robert and Elizabeth are buried at the West Side Cemetery, some of the children are at the Wright Cemetery, and John is at the Ridge Cemetery. Would like contact with anyone who can help me with the "children's lines", as I have been unable to find any Records of Death or Estate Papers for Robert and Elizabeth.

Researcher: Janet A. Nelson   Email:
Date posted: Saturday, June 24, 2000

Need names of parents and siblings of James E. STEPHENS / STEVENS who was born 1812 somewhere in Pennsylvania. He married Sarah H. [maiden name?] circa 1830 somewhere in Pennsylvania. They lived in Fairfield Twp., Westmoreland Co., Pennsylvania and then in 1847 - 1848 they migrated to Union Twp., Adams Co., Indiana. They also lived in Van Wert Co., Ohio at some point. They were the parents of twelve children: Louisa, Jane, Mary A., John McQuarter, George William, Hugh, William, Hannah, Arron (Aaron), Harriet, James and Tillie. Descendants live in Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Nevada, California, Arkansas, North Carolina and elsewhere.
Also researching the Bussert, Melchi, Stein and Winn families.

Researcher: Herb Hill   Email:
Date posted: Friday, June 30, 2000

Looking for any descendants of James WELLS and Esther HOLFORD. They were married about 1859, place unknown. They were living in Van Wert Co. on the 1880 census. I think they may have had a daughter Lottie who married a George W. HILL. George and Lottie lived in Brown Co., OH. Known children of James and Esther are: George b. abt 1860, James b. abt 1863, Sofronia b. abt 1869 , Anna b. abt 1871, Charlie b. Sept 15, 1876, possibly Lottie b. April 1, 1881, and maybe Ethel, b. ?? Thanks for any help.

Researcher: Sheri Shonk   Email:
Date posted: Friday, July 7, 2000

I am researching the SHONK line. Harmon H. SHONK was born in Holmes county, Ohio on October 15, 1863. Parents unknown at this point. He married Etta EMERSON in Paulding, Ohio on May 11, 1890. We have no known sibs for Harmon, and are unsure of his parentage. There are two male Shonks over the age of 21 in the 1882 Enumeration in Holmes county. They are Jacob and Joseph. Any info would be very helpful.

Researcher: Elaine Booth   Email:
Date posted: Saturday, July 8, 2000

John Jacob "Uncle Jake" AUGUSTINE born 1820/30 in Maryland. Parents unknown. Has brother Benjamin born 1831. Family moved from Maryland to Ohio about 1835/40. Have picture of John taken in Van Wert Ohio as an adult (date unknown). Looking for any information. Willing to share information on family of his brother Benjamin.

Surnames: MADDUX
Researcher: Marilyn Doll   Email:
Date posted: Saturday, July 15, 2000

I am trying to locate family members by the name of Maddux that resided in Van Wert County area around 1840. Specifically, a James T. MADDUX who is reported to have died there on May 2, 1840. His wife was named Sarah.

Researcher: Keith Dull   Email:
Date posted: Saturday, July 15, 2000

Looking for information regarding the ancestry of the Shaffer and Snyder (Snider) family. George Shaffer was born in Bavaria in 1798, married Margaretta Snyder (b. 1809) in 1832, and immigrated to Columbus, OH that year along with Jacob Snyder (b. 1805). They moved to Madison County, Lafayette, Ohio in 1836, and in the fall of 1838 moved to Van Wert Co. Liberty Township, OH (the farm was partially in Mercer Co. Dublin Township). Jacob Snyder followed the Shaffers to Van Wert County in 1852.

Researcher: Terry Kleczinski   Email:
Date posted: Wednesday, July 19, 2000

I am interested in info on Kleczinski, Bradshaw, Harris, Bowermaster, Williams (Clay Co. Ky), Tripplet, Houck, Manning (Ky).

Surnames: HEATH, HINES
Researcher: Don Hines   Email:
Date posted: Monday, July 24, 2000

Seeking parents of Mary M. HEATH, b:ca1824. Married to James M. HINES in 1844 in Harrison Co, OH. James and Mary found in Willshire Twp in 1850 census in Van Wert Co. Family known to be in Ionia Co, MI in 1870 census, where James is buried (died:1886). Date and location of Mary's death unknown (not found in Ionia Co, MI).

Surnames: CARY, WIMER
Researcher: Pam   Email:
Date posted: Tuesday, July 25, 2000

I'm searching for parents/siblings of Henry CARY who married Rebecca WIMER abt 1862 in Van Wert County. Appreciate any information anyone may have.

Researcher: M. Carter   Email:
Date posted: Thursday, July 27, 2000

Hermann Heinrich and Anna Margaretha AUMANN TEGENKAMP immigrated from Bakum, Oldenburg, Germany to Green Creek, Effingham County, Illinois with 4 of their children in 1864. Another 3 children were born in Effingham County. Within 2 years, Clemens TEGENKAMP, age 17 immigrated, traveling on the Ship Hermann, stating his occupation as "laborer". There were also Aumanns on the ship so he may have been traveling with relatives. He also settled in Effingham County where he married Mary CLAUSING/KLAUSING/CLOSSING on August 23, 1860. Later, I have found Clemens in Van Wert County, Ohio where two of his daughters were born. I believe Clemens is buried in Allen County, Ohio. In 1878, Antony John TEGENKAMP, son of Herman and Anna, married Mary Clara DUST in Effingham County, IL. A Clemens TEGENKAMP was a witness to the wedding. The 1880 Shelby County, Illinois census (near Effingham County) lists a young Clemens TEGENKAMP as a boarder. He is making railroad ties at the time. I don't know, but suspect that this Clemens was the witness to my great grandparents wedding, just two years prior. In 1877, a Clemens TEGENKAMP married a Margaretha VONHELD in St. Clair County, Illinois. I do not know which Clemens this would be, but think it is the younger. Obviously, Clemens is the link between the Green Creek Tegenkamps and the Van Wert/Allen County Ohio Tegenkamps. Might anyone know how Clemens, the older, is connected to my great great grandparents? Also, is the young Clemens the son of Clemens and Mary CLAUSING? Any Tegenkamp information is greatly appreciated. I understand that all Tegenkamps in the US and Canada are related. Thank you.

Researcher: Janet Weatherman   Email:
Date posted: Friday, July 28, 2000

I am seeking info on my husband's maternal grandmother, Ethel Ramona MOORE, born in Venedocia around 1901. Married Mark Adrian WETMORE. Gave birth to Beverly Ann WETMORE on 4/13/24 in Columbus. Supposedly died when Beverly was a child.

Researcher: Charles Sharp   Email:
Date posted: Sunday, July 30, 2000

Looking for death record on George Washington CLINE.We think he was born about 1832.He married Catherine MAGNER (daughter of John MAGNER & Nancy WOOD) in Van Wert,Ohio on Nov. 12,1857. She was buried in Monroeville,Ind. but no location or date found for his death.George & Catherine had a daughter Ida Lucritce CLINE on Nov. 2,1865.She died in 1946. Ida married Hillery H. HOOVER. Hillery & Ida had at least three daughters,Elsie Pearl (b.1891);Cornelia J.(b.1885);Bertha Irene(b.?) Elsie Pearl HOOVER married Wheeler Freeman BLAKLEY. Cornelia HOOVER married Jacob M. FUNK. Any help appreciated.

Researcher: Ben Burns   Email:
Date posted: Monday, July 31, 2000

HINTON, Walter, born Nov. 10, 1888, on a farm on Lincoln Hwy near Van Wert, OH., died Oct. 30, 1981, Pompano Beach, FL. pilot of first successful Trans-Atlantic flight. May have lived in Convoy area at one time. Parents Millard Madison HINTON and Effie GARRISON HINTON. She taught singing classes. Had cousin named Vetka SINNBOGEN and nephew John Francis MAKARA HINTON had unidentifed sister, who married and lived in Michigan. Only living heir mentioned in will a Marjorie TUBBS. Looking for any details of his growing up years in Van Wert or elsewhere and anything else about personal life for book on him.

Researcher: M. Carter   Email:
Date posted: Wednesday, August 2, 2000

From the 1850 Effingham County, Illinois census I found the Tegenkamp family. The name started with a "D" with illegible letters following. They had been in the US for only 4 years. Clemens TEGENKAMP was listed on this 1850 census as 3 years old, son of my great great grandfather. Thus, it seems, that he is the younger of the two Tegenkamps and probably the Clemens that witnessed his younger brother's marriage. He is probably also the one making railroad ties in Shelby County, Illinois in 1880. I am speculating that it was he who married the Von Hold woman who must have shortly died. I am still trying to find a connection between Clemens TEGENKAMP, the older, and the family of Hermann Heinrich TEGENKAMP of Green Creek, Effingham County, Illinois. Thank you.

Researcher: Sheri Snow   Email:
Date posted: Friday, August 4, 2000

Percy Elgin MCGOUGH, born 11 JUL 1882 in Convoy, Van Wert County. Son of Colbert Alpheus MCGOUGH (b 1851) and Arabella SHAFFER (b 1859). Colbert's parents: Henry MCGOUGH and Margaret ARNOLD. Arabella's parents: John SHAFFER and Lucinda BREY. Looking for verifying info on these ancestors.

Researcher: Lena Hopkins   Email:
Date posted: Saturday, August 5, 2000

Looking for the family of Dallas WHITAKER.This family in the early fifties came to Virginia for the annual Armbrister Reunion. Dallas's mother was Margaret ARMBRISTER.The reunion is held the 3rd.Sunday in Aug.this year its the 20th.His children are Thomas, Kenneth, Gladys, Jerry, Cathy, David and another son name unknown. Last known address was in the Englewood area of Dayton. Appreciate any help in locating as we are tracing the family.

Researcher: Marcia (Geiger) Boggs   Email:
Date posted: Tuesday, August 22, 2000

Seeking information concerning ancestors of Richard Martin Geiger, b. 1/25/1869, m. Maude Virginia VanGundy (b. 3/28/1871, d. 1938), d. 7/22/1941 in Ft. Wayne IN; lived for a time in VanWert OH where two children were born, Glenn Arden Geiger b. 10/27/1892 and Ivor Martin Geiger b. 11/21/1898. Parents believed to be Joseph and Mary Jane (Sisco) Geiger and two known siblings, Frank and Mary Catherine. Any leads much appreciated. Thank you.

Researcher: Bobbi Ware   Email:
Date posted: Monday, August 28, 2000

Looking for any information concerning Erastus BROWN. He was born July 15, 1849 in Van Wert, OH. He was married to Esther VROOMAN. They were married May 14th 1871, in Branch Co., MI. This is my great-great grandfather. Any information on his parents or sibs would be very much appreciated. Thank you in advance for any help.

Researcher: Jeffrey B. Slater   Email:
Date posted: Saturday, September 9, 2000

Seeking info on Ezra FAULKNER, B: 1851, married Rose Ann (MURPHY?) 16 Dec 1882 in Van Wert, OH.

Surnames: LONG
Researcher: Marge Counterman   Email:
Date posted: Sunday, September 17, 2000

I am looking for any information on Jacob LONG and his wife Clarissa LONG who lived in Van Wert County before 1880.

Researcher: Susan Lindsey   Email:
Date posted: Monday, September 18, 2000

Looking for info about--John M. KENNEDY b- July 1859 PA. Married Lillian MILLER 01-15-1885 Van Wert Co. Children- James, Charles, Miller, Mary, Freda, Leroy, Clifton, and Lillie. Any info would be appreciated. Thank You.

Surnames: VANWART
Researcher: Jennifer McCann   Email:
Date posted: Tuesday, September 19, 2000

Does anyone have any information on the descendents of Isaac Van Wart? The county was named for him. He was in the Revolutionary War. Thank you, Jen

Researcher: Jim Hunter   Email:
Date posted: Wednesday, September 20, 2000

I am looking for information on Samuel and Sarah DUNCAN HIPSHERE and family. They were in Van Wert County very early on (1819-1854). The family ended up in Mills County, Iowa. Thanks.

Researcher: Marti Timple   Email:
Date posted: Wednesday, September 20, 2000

I am looking for information on the ancestors of Lawrence O. WALBORN. His parents were John Maurice WALBORN and Susan Melissa RIDENOUR. Please let me know if you have any info in them.

Researcher: Marti Timple   Email:
Date posted: Wednesday, September 20, 2000

I am looking for ancestors of my grandmother, Eunice Hazel FAWCETT, who married Lawrence O. WALBORN in Middlepoint on December 6, 1913. She was born to a Robert FAWCETT and Maggie RARICK on November 6th, 1892 in Middlepoint. I have no ancestral information on Robert or Maggie, but would appreciate anything you might be able to find.

Researcher: Sherri (Gilbert) Chekal   Email:
Date posted: Wednesday, September 20, 2000

Looking for references to my surnames, GILBERT, LHAMON, BYERS, GOOD & EDSALL. In the areas of Tully Twp., and also Monroeville, IN. We are related to Eleazer GILBERT, father of James W., grandfather to our Martin Jackson GILBERT/and his wife Rosantha LHAMON, parents of Carl/Orval/Roy GILBERT in Convoy/Dixon OH. Please look me up!!!

Researcher: Janis Lahrman   Email:
Date posted: Wednesday, September 27, 2000

Seeking children of James Calvin FOLEY, b. 1866, d. 1936 in Dixon,OH. In 1888 James m: Lilian J. CHANNEL, b.1872, died 1936.

Surnames: MAXWELL
Researcher: Ruama Roper   Email:
Date posted: Friday, September 29, 2000

Researching James MAXWELL, a Cherokee Indian, living in Van Wert County in 1934. Believe he had two children, James and Bertha. Seek any info on him and his family. If you can help, it would be most appreciated.

Researcher: Kent Dorr   Email:
Date posted: Saturday, September 30, 2000

Seeking descendants of Civil War soldiers who served in Co F, 64th Ohio Volunteer Infantry which was raised primarily in Van Wert County. Looking for burials to add to 64th burial records. Also photos, letters, diaries etc to add to regimental history. Will share.

Surnames: JOHNSON
Researcher: Dave Johnson   Email:
Date posted: Sunday, October 1, 2000

Joseph JOHNSON, living near Wren mid 1800s. Possibly related to Rev. David D. JOHNSON of Wren / Wilshire area.

Researcher: Wm S. Hubbartt   Email:
Date posted: Thursday, October 5, 2000

Looking for information on Eri LAMB, b. ?? m. Sarah Eliz. BENTLEY (d. 1825). Their son Isom LAMB was b. 1823 in Clinton Co. OH. He m. Harriet EVERHARDT and d. in MO or IA.

Researcher: Gale Hammond Jentzsch   Email:
Date posted: Monday, October 9, 2000

The 1870 census for Van Wert Co. reveals at least 15 Physician or Doctors. Can anyone tell me if there was a hospital or long term care facility at Celina or anywhere else in the County at that time. Thank you.

Researcher: C. J. Watrous   Email:
Date posted: Monday, October 9, 2000

I have several Carte d'Visite pic's in my possession which I picked up of Ebay recently. Thought a fellow geneologist might find these people in their family and want copies. They are Id'd as: 1 - Uncle Will SMITH, mothers brother
2 - Will & Rutti/Puttie SNYDER (sitting down) Minda SNYDER standing
3 - Will SMITH
4 - John SHOCKEY
5 - Jasper COLLINS
6 - Perry COLLINS
7 - Jasper COLLINS (20 yrs old - hauling logs)
8 - Isaac COLLINS
9 - Rev. JONES
10 - Mary COLLINS
11 - Will SMITH
12 - May ORTON
13 - male ORTON
14 - Cora FEASTER
These photos are all taken at either J.I.Ream or Rank Studios. All look to be about 1880.

Researcher: Ena Caldwell   Email:
Date posted: Monday, October 9, 2000

Seeking information of children of William G McKEDDIE - his son Harry - who had an electrical appliance and refrigeration and heating business at 109 East Main street Van Wert, Ohio in 1962. William was the grandson of Thomas McKEDDIE who emigrated to Renfrew, Lake Ontario circa 1855 from Cromarty Scotland. My family were the same McKeddie/Cameron family.

Surnames: BROWN
Researcher: Barbara Kochmit   Email:
Date posted: Friday, October 13, 2000

Seeking parents of Lydia BROWN born in Van Wert, year unknown. She married John MILLBURN. They had a son George in 1887. Thanks for any assistance

Researcher: Herb Williams   Email:
Date posted: Sunday, October 22, 2000

Looking for any information on John A. GEARHART and his wife Emma (SAWYER) GEARHART; moved to Van Wert County in the 1880s. John died in 1897; Emma in 1931 both probably died in Van Wert County. They are both buried in Woodland Cemetery, Van Wert.

Surnames: MAXWELL
Researcher: Ruama Roper   Email:
Date posted: Friday, October 27, 2000

The MAXWELL's I am seeking information on were either full-blooded or partial Cherokee Indians. Carter MAXWELL married Catherine?, date uncertain, probably late 1870's or early 1880's. James MAXWELL settled in Van Wert in this timeframe and had 2 known children, James and Bertha. James and Carter had a brother, Joseph MAXWELL, who may have also settled there. I would appreciate any information anyone can offer me. Thanks so much.

Researcher: Stacie Heyen   Email:
Date posted: Saturday, October 28, 2000

My name is Stacie Heyen and I just found out that my family (my 3rd great grandmother is from that area) She was born 9 Feb 1830 and died 13 Dec 1915. She married John Andrew Stierhoff on 18 Jun 1850. John was born 29 Apr 1811 and died 9 Oct 1899. They had 5 children: Andrew Stierhoff...birth and death date unknown Margaretha Barbara Stierhoff b 30 May 1851 d 1871 Barbara Magdalena Stierhoff b 18 June 1853 d 1877 John Conrad 9 Sep 1856 d unknown John Martin Stierhoff b 2 Sep 1857 d 1 May 1947 m 18 Dec 1884 to Clara Christine Germann I have info on their children and descendants (being one of them) but I have no info on John Martin's partents...If anyone knows I would aprreciate the help. Thank you Stacie Heyen

Researcher: Mike Kohus   Email:
Date posted: Sunday, November 5, 2000

I am researching these surnames in northern Ohio. I have a web site at where you can view my family tree. If you have additional information or corrections, please contact me.

Surnames: CLARK
Researcher: Catherine Vaughn   Email:
Date posted: Sunday, November 5, 2000

Seeking parental and sibling info on Daisy Hazel (poss Hazel Daisy) CLARK. She was born on July 7, 1889 in Van Wert, OH to Allen Henry CLARK & Effie (poss Ollia) unk last name. She had poss sister named Grace.

Researcher: Rosemary Metro   Email:
Date posted: Thursday, November 9, 2000

Seeking information on John Peter GEIERMANN, born ca. 1840 - looking for his parents who lived in Delphos and came from Prussia. John Peter married Catherine KALSCH in Avon, Ohio 1865

Researcher: Kristina L. Kuhn   Email:
Date posted: Wednesday, November 15, 2000

BRICKNER, BALDAUF, STEYER families of the Delphos, Allen and or Van Wert county areas. Please write if you have any information.

Researcher: Dennis Walter Zabel   Email:
Date posted: Saturday, November 18, 2000

HOFFMAN, Otto, who may be my 1/2 great uncle, lived in the town of Van Wert for 21 years. I have his death cert which shows he died on 11 Apr 1958. He died in Toledo, Lucas Co., OH @ Toledo State Hosp. of heart disease @ age 67. The DC says he was never married. He is buried at Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert. He was last treated by Dr. M. Bell. If this is my G uncle, he moved to Toledo around 1920 after divorcing his 2nd wife Nina Katherine Davis and leaving their newborn son. I believe he was employed in the auto industry as a grinder. In his young adulthood he was a tailor in Detroit. He also was missing his left eye. His father was also named Otto and his mother was the former Henriette Kuster. Does anyone remember him?

Researcher: Diane Long   Email:
Date posted: Monday, November 27, 2000

Need info please on the HARVEY family of Van Wert Ohio..My greatgrand Mother was Hulda HARVEY born Dec.25,1861..Her mother and father were from England and died with smallpox, and she was raised by a grandmother Beaty HATHERY . Hulda had brothers Ben,John.. .Would like to find any info or family available. Hulda married a Murphy.This leads on down to the LONG's..Adam LONG is my brickwall on that side,he was also in this area of Ohio. Thanks Diane

Researcher: Ed Miller   Email:
Date posted: Monday, November 27, 2000

TAYLOR--I am looking for George W. TAYLOR born Abt 1838, died abt 1916 lived in Van Wert Co, Ohio. George married to Mary CLEMENT in November 11, 1858. Mary was born Abt 1837, Died Abt 1919. They had a daughter named Ella Malinda TAYLOR who married Eli CLARK. No dates on Ella and Eli. They were my Great Grandparents. Any information would be great. Thanks in advance

Researcher: Janet A. Nelson   Email:
Date posted: Friday, December 1, 2000

Searching for information on James E. STEVENS / STEPHENS and Sarah [-m?-] STEVENS / STEPHENS, his wife (maiden name unknown); my great-great-grandparents.

James E. STEVENS was born in 1812 somewhere in PA; he died in 1877 in either Adams Co., IN or Van Wert Co., OH. Sarah [-m?-] STEVENS was born in 1810 somewhere in PA; she died in 1879 in either Adams Co., IN or Van Wert Co., OH. They were married circa 1829 - 1830 somewhere in PA. Need the names of their birthplaces in PA; marriage place; names of parents; siblings; etc.

They migrated from PA to OH and IN about 1847 - 1848. Several of their children settled in Van Wert Co., OH; Adams Co., IN; and St. Joseph Co., MI.

They were the parents of twelve (12) children: Louisa; Jane; Mary A.; John McQuarter; George W.; Hugh; William; Hannah; Arron (Aaron); Harriet; James and Tillie STEVENS / STEPHENS.

Any information on this STEVENS / STEPHENS family line will be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

Researcher: Pat Sweetman   Email:
Date posted: Tuesday, December 12, 2000

I am looking for any information regarding Catherine Jane KEIRNS born 3 July 1885 and/or James Lorenzo BOWERSOCK born 30 August 1883.

Researcher: Kevin Herring   Email:
Date posted: Wednesday, December 13, 2000

Seeking parents or siblings of Lorenzo Melville HERRING, born in Van Wert abt 1875, married Minnie WARD in Van Wert.

Researcher: Philip David McClure   Email:
Date posted: Thursday, December 21, 2000

Seeking information on John WALTMAN, born in the Delphos, Ohio area around 1912. His father was Fred WALTMAN who travelled around and is buried in Arkansas. John WALTMAN lived with his uncle and aunt whom he called Uncle Christopher and Aunt Mary BLOCKBERGER. The spelling may be BLOUCHBURGER.

Surnames: RICKER
Researcher: Stephen Ricker   Email:
Date posted: Friday, December 22, 2000

Seeking information on the village and people of Wetsel, Ohio in eastern Van Wert Co. Abt. 1840 George RICKER and fam. and his son Herman RICKER and fam. moved there from Putnam Co.

Researcher: Rhonda   Email:
Date posted: Monday, December 25, 2000

I am researching the Tindall family of Van Wert Ohio. My husband's grandmother was Alma TINDALL.

Researcher: Sandra Kay (Nihiser) Zeigler   Email:
Date posted: Wednesday, December 27, 2000

Seeking siblings and death date of Amos NIHISER, who married Rachel SIGMAN in Hocking Co.,OH, moved to Allen CO.,OH, where he married Mary POVERMIRE. Children included Milton NIHISER who married Mary STEMEN, and lived in Van Wert Co., OH.

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