Hancock County Family Histories and Bios


Biographies, Family Histories and Other Contributions . . .

You are invited to add information to this section of the Hancock County site. Send your submission to Dave Koester - Hancock County Coordinator.  Aside from providing assistance to fellow researchers, submitting information for posting on this page will assist you in making contacts with other researchers who are working on your same lines. Note that a link to your e-mail address will be provided for each submission.

Hancock County Historical Tidbits - These are short historical pieces discussing the daily lives and activities of people in the County.  Information includes births, deaths, marriages, appointments, visitors to the county and more during the 1800's and early 1900's.  This submission has been provided by Penny Papenfus (email) who may or may not have specific information about the "tid-bit" postings.

DAVID K. NEWHOUSE - Civil War letters of David K. Newhouse to Susan (Ebersole) Newhouse.   View here.
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Don't miss these letters contributed by Gail Willett cgwillet@inreach.com

KEEFER family research - submitted by Susan Thompson, St. Paris, Ohio

I am sending pictures of tombstones from the Williamstown cemetery.  I have been working on the Keefer genealogy for some time and have come to a dead end unless I can get my information out for others to see.  Please feel free to post this information that I'm sending.
Note, Whitney Keefer (on tombstone - was Private Co. G 82d Reg OVI Enlisted Jan 1862 Died Stafford CH, 1863) was married to Sarah Musser - 20 Apr 1862 in Hancock County.  William Keefer (father to the 2 children on the tombstones) was married to Palmyra Cameron - 7 Nov 1861 in Hancock County.

ANNA MCKEE & HERBERT OSTRANDER - The murder of Mrs. Anna McKee. Murder took place on the June 6, 1806 in Findlay.  This information was contributed by Rose Gozdowski kingjrus@aol.com    View the article here

Click link under name to view photos of Williard Fremont Lanning and his wife Justina E. (Howard) Lanning, residents of Findlay, Ohio - Hancock County.  They were married in Hancock county April 20, 1882.  They appear in the 1910 census as follows:
Jackson Twp, Hancock Cty, Oh
Willard L.  b. Abt 1858
Tena E.

The photos were purchased in an antique store in Wapakoneta, Ohio.  Kelly Shaw, a researcher owns the originals of the photos and may be contacted at Kelly Shaw jshaw@woh.rr.com

"Programme of the Fort Findlay Centennial Celebration," published in 1912.

View the Index here.

Mary Walser, a Hancock County researcher, has indexed the 96 page "Programme". There are over 1000 names listed (though many are duplicates) and include lists of membership in fraternal organizations, veterans groups, government, etc.