Seneca Co., Ohio Families

Seneca County Families

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Last updated October 22, 2009

The LEAHY Family

For almost 165 years, the Leahy's have made Seneca county, Ohio their home. David and Cornelius Leahy were original landowners in Seneca county. They purchased adjoining parcels in Section 24 of Loudon Township, on 29 October 1833. Later, James and Owen Leahy bought bordering property in Louden Township. Between these four brothers, the Leahy's owned 400 continuous acres of land in Loudon Township.

James and Hannah Leahy were both born in Ireland. Their first children Mary (1831-1906) and Johanna "Halley" (1833) were born in Ireland. The family made their home in Loudon in 1834 and had Ellen (1835-1883), Timothy (1836-1905), Catherine (1840-1919), James Cornelius (1841-1890) and Frank David (1845). In 1841, James leased a portion of his land to be used as a temporary schoolhouse. James passed away at home on 4 October 1844. James Cornelius (1841-1890), their son, served in the Union Army during the Civil War from 1862-1865 in Company D of the 123rd Infantry. He was promoted from Private to Sergeant. He received a gunshot wound to the hip, was captured, and later released. Hannah died on 16 July 1867 and is buried in St. Patrick's cemetery near Owen and David Leahy. Their heirs sold the property in 1870.

David Leahy was born in Ireland about 1800. On 1 January 1837, he was united in marriage to Maria Eva Unser, daughter of John Jacob and Maria Theresa Unser (see Unser article) at St. Boniface Catholic Church, New Riegel. Together they had 11 children: Timothy (1837-1866), Mary Ann (1839-1919), Cornelius (1841-1923), James (1843-1919), Anna Rose (1845-1929), Johanna (1847), David J. (1849-1919), Katherine D. (1853-1941) (see Cotter article), Ellen Lena (1856), John (1858-1935), and Charles Eugene (1863-1954). In 1847, David leased a portion of his property to be used temporarily as a schoolhouse. Timothy (1837-1866) went West during the California Gold Rush. He died and is buried in California. David and Maria Eva both passed away in the same home in 1878 and 1909, respectively. With the exception of a portion used to build St. Patrick's Catholic Church, the original property remained in the Leahy family for 130 years. A beautiful monument at St. Patrick's Cemetery remains in memory of David and Maria Eva Leahy.

Cornelius Leahy sponsored Mary Ann Leahy, daughter of David and Eva Maria Leahy, at her baptism in 1840 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Tiffin. In 1850 he sold his parcel of land in Louden Township. No further documentation has been found in Seneca county regarding this brother.

Owen Leahy was born in Ireland about 1814. He purchased 80 acres in Loudon Township in 1850, and 7 years later married Catherine (Francis) Stack, who had two children, Garret and Catherine, from her previous marriage. Together they had Mary (1858), Timothy (1860-1923), and Patrick Thomas (1862-1950). Patrick Thomas Leahy was a teacher in Louden and then went into farming. He was a founding member of Producers Milk Company and its first president before moving to Cleveland. Owen died 12 August 1884 and was buried beside David Leahy in St. Patrick's Cemetery. In 1907, Catherine, 81, leased out the farm and moved to Cleveland, near her sons Timothy and Patrick Leahy. About a year later, she died in Cleveland and was buried there.

Many questions still remain regarding these four brothers, their ancestors, and their city of birth. Distant cousins now work together to preserve the history of the Leahy family. This article is the result of combined research by Shane and Sheila Burke:, Eugene and Mary Catherine Phillips of Tiffin, Ohio: William Cotter, James and Heather Zabel:, and Frances and Bill White: Additional information and queries are appreciated.

The UNSER Family

Our family can currently trace its roots back to Oberhausen, Germany with the birth of John Michael Unser on 30 May 1729, son of Michael and Margaret Unser. His second wife was Maria Eva Kerner, daughter of Martin and Maria Kerner. Both had children from previous marriages but only one child born to this union survived, John Jacob Unser. He was born in Rheinhausen, Baden, Germany on 18 July 1786 and married Maria Theresa Bresthoefer, daughter of John and Rosina (Debat) Bresthoefer on 2 February 1812.

John Jacob and Maria Theresa's sons, Joseph (1813) and Joseph (1815), did not survive. Their other children were: Maria Eva (1816), Johann Frantz (1818), John Benedict (21 January 1820), Catherine (17 March 1822) Johann Adam (1824) died in infancy, Anne Marie (1826), Joseph (1827), and Mary Louisa (1831). Their children were well educated and raised in the Catholic tradition. John Benedict later wrote that Maria Theresa "was one of the best of mothers to her children. She taught them honesty, industry and economy. Also did she always hold up to her children The Golden Rule: To do unto others as they wished others to do unto them."

John Jacob and his family left Germany on 1 April 1833 from Havre, France. They boarded a three mast mail ship for New York named the Logan. Good company made the journey enjoyable for all but John Jacob, who was sea sick for most of the voyage. After 50 days at sea, the Logan arrived in New York. The family arrived in Tiffin on 10 July 1833. Their first home was a log cabin on Perry Street.

John Jacob purchased 80 acres of land along Wolf Creek, 10 miles west of Tiffin. He spent all of his money building a home on this land, and the family moved in on 5 October 1833. The strain of clearing the land and finishing the home was so great on John Jacob that he became very ill. Maria Theresa, his wife, Maria Eva, their daughter, and John Benedict, their son, bore the burden of providing for the family during his illness. There were few supplies to be had and even less money with which to purchase them. Only after years of determination and faith did conditions for the family begin to improve.

John Jacob and Maria Theresa had a daughter, Elizabeth, in 1835. And soon the children went on to have families of their own in Seneca county: Maria Eva married David Leahy (see Leahy article), John Benedict married Regina Shalk, then Catherine Olstein, Catherine married Thomas Welch then Michael Kuntz, Joseph married Johanna O'Brien, Mary Louisa married Marcus Gase, and Elizabeth married his brother, John Gase.

A monument now stands in St. Boniface Cemetery in New Riegel dedicated to the memory of John Jacob and Maria Theresa Unser. Some of their descendants still live in Seneca county.

Descendants now work to research and preserve the history of the Unser family. Among them are Eugene and Mary Catherine Phillips:, William Cotter, Frances and Bill White: and James and Heather Zabel: Additional information and queries are appreciated.


My great great grandfather, Francis Cotter, 1806/1884, came to the United States sometime before 1840. In that year, he applied for citizenship in Paris, Kentucky where it was granted in 1844. In September of 1844 he married Mary MURPHY, 1822/1877, while living in Lexington, Kentucky. Mary's brother, Cornelius, was in Company G, 32nd Ohio Infantry during the Civil War. His enlistment papers stated he was from County Cork, Ireland, so it is assumed Mary was also from there. The family moved to Tiffin, Ohio sometime after 1845. Records show that Francis purchased land 12 January 1846 in Hopewell Township, Seneca county. Additional land was purchased 6 April 1850 and 7 March 18555, for a total of 194 acres. Anecdotal information from my mother, as well as an aunt and uncle, state that the progenitor was James Cotter. His wife's maiden name may have been MAGGUS. In the mid 1700's religious persecution in England brought them to Abbeyfeale, County Limerick. There were a number of children born to this union. The names mentioned were William, James, Nicholas, Julia, and Francis. Nicholas was in the army, probably English, and died in Egypt.

Julia Cotter married Maurice HARTNETT, 1791/1886. His obituary states he was born near Abbeyfeale. The family came to Tiffin from Ireland in 1851.

Thomas LEAHY, 1821/1911, was born near Abbeyfeale and worked on a farm near New Market, Limerick. He married Ellen HARTNETT in 1848 and came to the United States in 1862. From the above information, it is assumed that Francis Cotter came from the Abbeyfeale area. The union of Francis and Mary Cotter produced the following children: Ellen Cecilia, 1846/1931, who became Sr.. Sabistina, Sisters of Charity, Nazareth, Kentucky; James, 1847/1907, became a doctor and moved to Lincoln, Nebraska. Married Minnie HOFFMAN. Anna J. (Nancy), 1850/1917, married John COUGHLIN.

Patrick Nelson (my grandfather), 1852/1933, married Katherine D. LEAHY. William B., 1855/1913, moved to San Francisco in 1883 and died there. Wife, Benedicta?. Mary Isabella, 1859/1888, married Timothy LEAHY. Julia Agnes, 1856/1918, married David LEAHY. Francis, 1863/1943. Lifetime resident of Tiffin, never married. The union of Patrick Nelson and Katherine D. Cotter, October 5, 1880, produced the following children: Evelyn Mary, 1881/1969, married John POLLARD in California, no children. Angela, 1883/1885. Ella Mae (my mother), 1886/1975 married Albert Bernard WHITE in Texas, one child. William J., 1891/1967, became a Catholic priest in the Toledo Diocese. Charles F., 1888/1969. Married Louise KIRKLEY, three children, she died 1920. Second marriage to Hilda RIESTERER, three children. Lived in Dayton, Ohio. Hazel, 1894/1990, married Ernest HOFFMAN and lived in Perrysburg, Ohio, two children.

For the interconnection of the Cotter family with the Leahy, Unser and Hartnett families, see their listings in the Seneca County Genealogical Society's publication Seneca County History and Families, 1997.

Submitted by William Cotter White of El Paso, Texas. E-mail address:

The Falter Family of St. Stephen

Philip Johann Falter was born in 1782 in Nack, Grand Duchy of Hessen-Darmstadt, Germany. Philip apprenticed as a shoemaker in another village. He married there and his wife bore four daughters. After his wife's death, Philip returned to Nack and married, second, Christina Körner of nearby Erbes Büdesheim. Christina was the daughter of Jacob Körner, a cabinetmaker, and his wife Maria Eva Jacobs.

Philip and Christina had four children. They, with all eight children, immigrated in November, 1831. From the Port of New York, they took the immigrant road called the "Hudson River Trail" to Albany, and then the "Mohawk Trail," to Buffalo where they wintered. In the spring of 1832 they sailed Lake Erie to Huron, Ohio and traveled the final miles to Venice Township, Seneca County in a wagon.

In February 1834 Philip entered his claim for 80 acres of land. He cleared it, built a log cabin, and made its furniture. The cabin stood for over 150 years, and was finally torn down in 1994. Philip was also one of the founders of the Catholic church at St. Stephen.

Philip became an American citizen in July 1842. He filed for naturalization in Bucyrus, Crawford County rather than Seneca County because "...die Strassen sind besser" ("the roads are better").

Philip died in the Spring of 1849 while building a house to replace his rough cabin. When Christina and the children moved into the house, a walnut corner cabinet made by Philip was left in the cabin. It was restored by Philip's great-grandson Victor and his wife Edna (Scheuler) Falter.

The children of Philip and his first wife are: Angeline who married Frederick W. Gossel, Elizabetha who married Michael Kocher, Barbary Falter who married ____ Frus, and Maria Anne Falter who married ____ Weaver.

The children of Philip's marriage to Christina Körner are: Philip, Johann Baptiste, Maria Eva who married Michael C. Steinmetz, and Margaretha who married John Peter Cassanova.

Philip's oldest son, also named Philip, married Elizabeth Houck in 1850 in Stark County, Ohio. By 1860 they returned to St. Stephen " ...with all of their earthly possessions, $50," and became successful farmers. They had seven children. John F., Mary who married Barnhart Ball, Henry George who married Mary Hannah Wurm, Christina who married Louis Philips, Joseph who married Annie C. Layman, Anna who married Joseph Thoma, and Frank Albert who married Mary Rosa Philips.

Henry George Falter, son of Philip and Elizabeth, inherited his father's farm. His father's will was complicated and Henry said that it left him four thousand dollars in debt, with only the farm and a yearling colt. And the colt died. In Henry's third year of farming, however, he had an excellent crop and his future was assured. Henry and Mary had eleven children; Annie Falter; Philip M. Falter who married Anna E. Studer of New Washington; Lawrence Albert Falter who married Agnes Rose Shank; Edward W. Falter who married Olivia M. Studer (and died a tragic death when he was being operated on for appendicitis, on the kitchen table with his father holding the lantern for the doctor); Joseph Oliver Falter; Anthony L. Falter who married Josephine N. Blum; Peter W. Falter; Clement P. Falter who married Clara Wechter; Philomena Falter who married Frank Glaski; Theresa Falter who married Lewis Dick; and Henry Falter.

Frank Albert Falter, another son of Philip Falter, built and operated the general store at St. Stephen and was the village postmaster. Frank and Mary Rosa had eight children; Flora Falter; William O. Falter; Charles J. Falter who married Philomena Wieshart; Elizabeth Falter; Rosa M. Falter; William Falter; Clemons B. Falter; and Ida Falter.

The youngest son of Philip Falter, the immigrant, was Johann Baptiste Falter. "John B." was born in Germany in 1826 and learned English in the log schoolhouse at St. Stephen. When Philip the immigrant died he willed his farm to John B.'s older brother Philip, but instructed in his will that Philip pay John B. $162.25 for his share of the farm inheritance. John B. bought a farm with that money.

John B. married Marguerette Steinmetz in 1853. Margaret was born in 1832 in Schirrhein, Alsace, France to ethnic German parents, Martin and Elizabeth (Lang) Steinmetz. Martin was the grandson of General Sebastien Steinmetz who was beheaded after the French Revolution. John B. later purchased the farms of his wife's father and grandfather, and bought a farm across Township Road 44 (also known as Falter Road) from the farm homesteaded by his father. John B. farmed and was one of the largest horse breeders in the county.

In August 1873 John B. became a cofounder of Carrothers, Seneca County. He, Henry Einsel, and others laid out the village. One hundred years later, John B.'s great grandson, Vincent Falter, and Henry's great grandson, David Einsel were Major Generals in the U.S. Army, close personal friends, and worked together at the Pentagon in Washington D.C.

John B. and Marguerette had twelve children: Philomena Falter married John Christian Wurm, Francis A. Falter, Martha C. Falter married Matthias Nathan Wurm, Joseph John Falter who married Theresia Kill, Mary Magdalena Falter, Mary Ida Falter, Edward William Falter married Mary Isabel Reinhart, Anna Elizabeth Falter, Aloysius Falter, Cornelius Henry Falter, Helena M. Falter, and Josephina M. Falter.

John B.'s son Joseph John Falter, moved to Landeck in Allen County, Ohio. His son, Rev. (Lieutenant) Clement M. Falter was killed on 8 November 1942 at Fedahla Morocco, Africa during World War II. He was the first Army Chaplain killed in ground combat in WW II. Joseph John's grandson, Reverend John Falter, is today a missionary priest in Chile, South America.

John B.'s son Edward William Falter and his wife Isabel Reinhart lived in Tiffin. When Tiffin was hit by the Easter Flood of 1913 they lost their home and possessions as the Sandusky River crested 29 feet above normal.

John B.'s daughter Anna Elizabeth ("Annie") Falter was still single when Susanna, the wife of Annie's brother Cornelius, died. Annie moved into Neal's home to help him raise his four small children. She never married.

John B.'s son Cornelius Henry ("Neal") Falter was born at St. Stephen on 4 July 1876, but was baptized at St. Bernard Catholic Church at New Washington in Crawford County because his father opposed the planned location of the new St. Stephen Church. St. Stephen had outgrown the old log church and the priest planned to build a new church east of it. John B. favored building next to the original church. He protested the proposed new site by attending church at St. Bernard. He later returned to St. Stephen so he apparently got tired of the long Sunday buggy rides to New Washington.

Cornelius became a schoolteacher in Allen County, Ohio where he met and married Susanna P. Gengler in 1901 at Landeck. Susan's parents, Dominic Gengler and Mary Catherine Ardner, had earlier lived in Seneca County near New Riegel.

"Neal" inherited his father's farm, and became an excellent farmer. He won many awards at the Attica, Seneca County, and Ohio State fairs for his Percheron horses. He also bred horses from the bloodline of the famous harness racing horse, Dan Patch. Neal's grandchildren always enjoyed seeing the farm animals at the fourth of July picnics which celebrated both Independence Day and Neal's birthday.

Neal and Susan had four children; Armella Mary Falter who married Victor F. Krebs, Alois Sylvester Falter who married Nell B. Scharf, Victor Falter who married Edna Schueler, and Marguerite Falter who married Arthur D. Kalb. In 1911 Susan died in childbirth with their fifth child. Neal died in 1963 and his son Victor inherited the farm.

Armella Mary Falter married Victor F. Krebs and lived in New Washington where Victor owned a garage. Some descendants live in Seneca County.

Victor Falter worked on his father's farm as well as for his brother-in-law Art Kalb's telephone company. After his father's death, "Vic" leased the farm and worked at the telephone company until it was sold. He then worked at the St. Stephen tile and brick yard. Upon Vic's death his widow, Edna, inherited it and made many improvements to the farmhouse while retaining its old-fashion charm.

Marguerite Falter married Arthur David Kalb on 2 May 1926 at St. Stephen. Art owned the local telephone company until it was bought out by the Ohio Bell System as a part of their consolidation of locally-owned telephone systems.

Alois Sylvester Falter was born on 23 July 1903 at St. Stephen. "Allie" worked on the family farm and was later a Fordson tractor mechanic in Attica. He married Nell Scharf in Bellevue and moved to Akron, Ohio. He worked there for Borden's Dairy, and as an independent truck broker and driver.

Well over 200 descendants of Philip Falter, the immigrant, still live in Seneca County. Family historians and genealogists include Marguerita (Buchman) Bryner, Alberta (Falter) Kowpak, Dorothy (Falter) Sterling, Father John Falter, Ann (Kalb) Beaston, and General Vincent Falter.

Submitted by Vincent Falter

Newspaper article about early Seneca Co. resident, Enos NEIBLE

PERSONAL. SYCAMORE Friday, the children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren of ENOS NEIBLE helped him celebrate his ninety-fifth birthday anniversary at the home of his son, A. A. Neible. Mr. Neible is hale and hearty, reads the daily papers, walks to the barber shop each weeek and is in no sense a care to those about him. He was born in Union co., Pa., in 1813, and came to Ohio in 1840, settling in the vicinity of Sycamore, where he has since resided. He is the father of eleven children, eight of whom are still living, five of them in this immediate vicinity. He was at the polls to vote for Taft, making eighteen presidents of the United States for whom he has voted. His memory is good and he often corrects younger people when referring to some incident in the past. The day was a delightul one, not only to Mr. Neible but to the children and grandchildren who helped him enjoy it so much. Many congratulatory messages were sent to him.


"Mr. and Mrs. O. J. NEIBLE entertained a party of relatives at dinner, Sunday. Mrs. Emma Neible, of Gasport, Indiana was the out-of-town guest.

[source: Daily Tribune, Monday Dec. 28, 1906]

Submitted by Heather Zabel

The following was published in the new Seneca County History, copyright1998.

The Reuben Hartzell Family By Stephen J. Hartzell

The Reuben Hartzell family arrived in Seneca County in 1848 from Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. Reuben's great grandfather had settled in that area about 100 years prior. Reuben, his wife Sarah (Shiffert), sons James, Harrison and Hiram located in section 31 of Clinton Township on land owned by Solomon Litzenberger, who with his wife Judith (Cook) had also come from Lehigh County at about the same time. Reuben along with several other Lehigh families were among the founding members of the Second Reformed Church of Tiffin in 1850.

Sarah Hartzell died on August 17, 1851 and Hiram died April 7, 1852. Both were buried at Rock Run Cemetery, located near the old Rock Creek Methodist Episcopal Church, a short ride down Old Attica Road from the homestead. Reuben then married Leanda Strauss, daughter of Isaac & Judah (Steinberger) Strauss, also from Lehigh County, on December 13, 1854. After giving birth to a son, Israel Franklin Hartzell on December 1, 1854, she too died July 18, 1855. Reuben then married Ruth Taylor on October 31, 1861 and they had a daughter, Mary Loretta Hartzell.

With the outbreak of the Civil War Harrison enlisted in the 8th OVI and James in the 123rd. Harrison was wounded in the Battle of Antietem, receiving a gunshot wound to the left cheek. He was first sent to the field hospital near Keedysville, then to Philadelphia where he spent the ensuing year in several different hospitals before being returned to duty. He was discharged near Burkesville, Virginia April 24, 1865. James was killed at the Battle of Opequan (3rd Winchester) on August 19, 1864 and was buried at Winchester National Cemetery.

The family relocated to Noblesville, Hamilton County, Indiana in 1868. There Reuben and Harrison were working as mason and plasterer respectively. In Noblesville on December 26, 1872 Harrison married Ellen Clark. They had a son, Harrison Jr. in 1873, and a son, Thomas at Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio before returning to Tiffin in 1876. Ellen died of complications in childbirth at the Seneca County Infirmary in February 1878. Harrison Jr. had died of diphtheria in January at the same location. The newborn, John Michael Hartzell was adopted by Michael & Adilaide Breidenbach in May.

Thomas was taken in by a man named Martin before being returned to the Infirmary. There at the age of 7 he had his left leg cut off by a mowing machine. Shortly thereafter he was taken in and raised at the St. Francis Orphanage. He left the Orphanage in 1894, and married Rosalie Reiniche in 1907. Tom was a shoemaker and barber by trade and Rose a housekeeper at the Ursuline Convent. Their children were Victor, Harry, Eugene, Paul, Mary, Robert, Ellen and Regina. Thomas died in 1955 and Rosalie in 1984.

Robert Joseph Hartzell married Marie Anna Kirian on June 12, 1948. Their children are Joseph, Agnes, Clara, Dorothy, Peter, Helen, Stephen and Barbara. Their great grandchildren represent the seventh generation of the family in Tiffin.

Contributed by Stephen J. Hartzell

Found in Kane Co. Illinois Biographical Record.
More information is available, will do look up for interested researchers.

George BAKER, born 1845 in Mansfield, Seneca Co., Ohio, was the son of Peter Baker, born near Harrisburg, Penn. Peter was raised by an uncle near Greensprings, Ohio. Peter's father moved to Ohio some years later. Peter married Magdalene COOK of Richland Co. Ohio, the dau. of George COOK. In 1845, Peter moved to Kane Co. Ill, and in 1869, went back to Ohio, where he married in 1871 to Caroline DEUCHLER. She was the 3rd of 11 Children born? in Alsace, France in 1845 and sailed to America in 1851 from La Havre, France. She was the dau. of Peter DEUCHLER, who was married to Elizabeth Long, dau. of Peter LONG.

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The Luzaders of Seneca Co. OH

John Luzader was born 17 Oct. 1814, in Ross Co. OH to Thomas and Margaret (Berry) Luzader of Monongalia/Taylor Co. WV. This family is directly descended from Jacob De Lousada, a Sephardic Jew (Spanish Jew), who came to the United States before the Revolutionary War.

John's father Thomas died when he was 6, and his mother, when he was 9. When John was about 13, he made his way to Crawford Twp. Wyandot Co. Then Crawford Co.) OH.. According to John's obituary he came with relatives, but have been unable to find out who they were.

Elijah Brayton, along with his family were pioneers of Wyandot Co. (Then Crawford Co.), living there since 1816. In 1826 his son Matthew disappeared, and was thought to be kidnapped by the Seneca Indians of Canada, to raise as their own. Soon after, Elijah took John in and raised him with his children. In 1833 Elijah brought his entire family to Big Spring Twp., Seneca Co. OH.

John married Sarah Latta on 10 Jan 1839 in Seneca Co. Sarah was born on 21 July 1819 in PA. to Ephraim and Christiana (McFadden) Latta. Her sister Mary L. Latta, married John Jenkins, who along with his brother Ben , were the first white settlers in Springville.

John and Sarah had 10 children, Thomas J., Alonzo, William Ephraim (died in Civil War), Charles Fremont, Loweka, Alvin Dull, Margaret Ann, Mary Jane, John Franklin, and Sarah Rachel. Sarah died 9 Jun. 1860, 3 months after Sarah Rachel was born. Sarah was buried, alongside 4 children, in Springville Cemetery.

John then married the "Girl next door", Cynthia Dible, daughter of Frederick and Frederica Dible, on 1 Jan 1862. John and Cynthia's children were Walter Dible Luzader, and Etta Viola Luzader.

John was a constable, and clerk of Big Spring Twp., and a prosperous farmer. He lived close to his foster family, the Braytons, and his in laws, the Jenkins for many years. John died 29 Oct. 1902, and is buried by his first wife Sarah. The Braytons, and the Jenkins are also buried there.

Charles Fremont Luzader was born 7 Oct. 1854 in Big Spring Twp. He married Mary Elizabeth (Molly) Greer on 17 Sep. 1877 in Seneca Co. Charles and Moll's children were Forest, Viola, Myrtle May, William E., Harrison O., Anne E., and Ada. Mary Elizabeth was born 4 Apr. 1854 to Adam R. and Catherine (Rial) Greer in Washington Co. PA. She was the 2nd of 6 children, Daniel R., Thomas R., Allfree E., Nevada (Bacher), and Gertrude (Duraine). Adam's family, Robert and Susan (Rice) Greer were born in Ireland. They settled as what became known as Greer Junction, Washington Co.PA. Adam's sister, Mary I. Greer, married Catherine's brother Allfree H. Rial.

Charles was a stonemason and a farmer. He often helped neighbors with farming and building, as was the custom in those days. Mary Elizabeth was a homemaker, and, by accident, a family historian, clipping and keeping articles about the many family members. They were poor, but rich in family and friends.

In August of 191, Charles and Molly were visiting her brother Daniel in Findlay in their horse and buggy, a car went out of control and crushed the buggy, injuring Charles, but fatally wounding Molly. Charles died in Jan 1929, buried by Molly in Spring Grove Cemetery, Carey, OH. There are many descendants of the family. Some still live in Seneca Co., but many have scattered coast to coast. They have grown and prospered, giving credit to their ancestors.

Copyright 1998 by Krismarie Fetter

James Hanna 1804 - 1890

Retired farmer, P. O. St. Stephen, prominent among the early pioneers of Seneca County, Ohio. Was born in Cumberland Co., Penn., Jan 28, 1804, son of Hugh and Elizabeth (Orr) Hanna, natives of Ireland. His father, a weaver by trade, immigrated to America in 1799 and settled in Cumberland County, Penn. Our subject is the third born and the only survivor in a family of 4 children.

His early means for obtaining an education were limited by his location in a newly settled county. In 1834 he came to this county, entered land, and although the country then abounded with wild game, never turned attention to hunting, but devoted his time exclusively to farming. He has been very successful and owns 219 acres of land on which he resides.

He was married in 1829, to Sarah, daughter of Samuel and Ellen (Crooks) McClelland, natives of Penn, and of Scotch descent and to this union were born Hugh R., residing at Fostoria: Samuel McClelland: Wm., married and farming in Ill.: Sylvanis, married and farming in Paulding County, Ohio: Thomas S., previously in business at Bloomville, is now taking charge of the home farm: John, farming in Wood County, Ohio: Martha E., wife of George Hull of Fostoria: Sarah, wife of Frank Free, a farmer: and Elizabeth, wife of Thomas Webster.

Mr. and Mrs. Hanna have together borne the hardships and privations of pioneer life, and by industry and prudent management of their resources have accumulated a handsome competency which will enable them to pass the residence of their lives in ease and comfort. They are members of the Presbyterian Church, in which Mr. Hanna has been deacon for many years. He has served his township as school director and assessor. Politically, he is a Democrat.

Source: Taken from History of Seneca County, Ohio Illustrated 1886 -- Chicago; Warner, Beers & Co., 1886

Contributed by Mike & Tena Hanna

Theobald WAGNER

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1/M Theobald WAGNER
Birth: 19 Mar 1821 Civil, Dittweiler, Bayern.
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2/M Christian WAGNER
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4/F Catharina WAGNER
Birth: 14 Mar 1830 _______________, Civil, Pfalz Bayern.
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5/F Elisabetha WAGNER
Birth: 11 Nov 1831 Civil, Dittweiler, Bayern
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?/M Daniel WAGNER
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?/F Charlott WAGNER
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?/M George WAGNER
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?/F Nancy WAGNER
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?/F Eliza WAGNER
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Contributed by: Mrs. Jacquelyn Youse Whetro, 10533 State Route 107, Montpelier OH 43543-9726, (, 16 Feb 2000

Rev. Father Louis Motry


JUNE 6, 1949

During his recent visit to the Pontifical College Josephinum at Worthington, Ohio, to ordain 12 men to the priesthood, the Most Rev. A.G. Cicognani, D.D., Apostolic Delegate to the United States, publicized to the faculty and the student body of the Josephinum and the visiting clergy and laymen the elevation of the Rev. Fr. Louis Motry, S.T.D., J.C.D., to the rank of Right Reverend Monsignor by Pope Pius XII.

Msgr. Motry preached the Golden Jubliee sermon at Monsignor Nicholas Pinter's solemn anniversay High Mass in the St. Turibius chapel at the Joesphinum on Sunday.  Immediately following the Mass, the Apostolic Delegate invested Msgr. Motry with the robes of his new dignity.

Members of the Motry family attending the service were Mr. and Mrs. George Schwezler, of Cleveland; Mr. and Mrs. Otto J. Motry, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Motry, Miss Regina Motry and Samuel Motry, of this city.

Msgr. Motry was born in Tiffin in 1884.  He received his schooling in St. Joseph's parochial school under the Ursuline Sisters.  His high school, college, and seminary studies were made at the Josephinum, where he was ordained priest in 1909.  He attended the Catholic University Washington, D.C., where he received the degree of doctor of theology and later the degree of canon law, after a five year course of research.  He has been associated with the school of Canon Law at this university for 25 years, during which time he has published two works on theological subjects and collaborated in the publication of several hundred works on ecclesiastical-legal subjects.  He initiated the Canon Law Society of America and likewise the review, "The Jurist."

Following his investiture with the robes of a monsignor by the Apostolic Delegate Sunday morning he received many telegrams, one of which, from Governor Frank J. Lausche, stated that, "It is a great satisfaction that your signal recognition was received while you were in Ohio.  I congratulate you and your University on the honor the Holy Father has accorded you."

Contributed by Charlene Bauer

Nathan Kimble


I have transcribed the following probate record of Nathan Kimble, who was born in New Jersey in 1795; married in Seneca county, 9 May 1827 to Mary Ann Bogart; lived in Crawford, Crawford county, in 1830, 1840; Crawford, Wyandot county, 1850, 1860; Big Spring, Seneca county, 1880, and died 29 April 1881, outside Adrian, Seneca county; buried in Spring Grove Cemetery, Carey, Wyandot county. He served in the War of 1812 from Chili, Monroe co., New York, and is probably the brother of my third great grandmother, Martha "Patty" (Kimble) Franklin (b.27 April 1797, New Jersey), of Chili, Monroe county, NY, and Leon, Cattaraugus co., NY; and brother of Hannah (Kimble) Pomeroy (b.30 May 1801, Genessee county, NY), of Thompson, Geauga county, Ohio, and Elba, Dodge county, Wisconsin.

Terry Olson, Minneapolis.


Seneca County Probate Court, Will Book 5, pages 169-173

   Nathan Kimble Will

Be it remembered that on the 5th day of May 1881 the Last Will and Testament of Nathan Kimble was left in this Office for Probate and Record which reads as follows:
  In the name of the benevolent Father of All, I Nathan Kimble do make and publish this my Last Will and Testament
Item 1st
  I do hereby nominate and appoint my son John Kimble Executor of this my Last Will and Testament- hereby authorizing and empowering him to compromise, adjust, release and discharge in such manner as he me may deem proper the debts and claims due me. I do also authorize and
empower him to sell by private sale, or in such manner upon such terms of credit, or otherwise as he may think proper all of my estate- both Real and personal except as hereinafter bounded and deed to purchasers to except acknowledge and deliver in fee simple
Item 2nd
  I desire, and do hereby give and devise to my beloved wife in lieu of her dower- Three Thousand dollars $300 in cash to be paid to her by my executor- out of the first moneys or moneys that comes into his hands as
such Executor after paying all my first debts their due and my funeral expenses- out of the sale of my property also that my beloved wife have all of such part of my household furniture as she may select for her own use- and goods and provissions- which may be on my said farm at my death - one sow and one horse and buggy any of the last mentioned articles or all of them to be subject to the selection of my said wife-
item 3rd
I devise and bequeath to my daughter Hannah Wyers the sum of Seven hundred dollars to be paid to her my said daughter by my executor out of the sale of my property after paying my first debts and funeral expenses and the amount heretofore devised to my beloved wife
Item 4th
  I devise and bequeath to Granddaughter Alice Lutz the sum of Two hundred dollars to be paid to her my granddaughterıs guardian for her use and benefit Which Guardian I hereafter and hereby nominate and
appoint to wit: my beloved friend John Green as Guardian for my said granddaughter- Alice Lutz until the said Alice Lutz arrives at the age of twenty one years- or intermarries- said sum of two hundred dollars to be so paid out of the sale of my property after paying first my past debts and funeral and the amount hereto devised to my beloved wife and also the amount heretofore devised to my daughter Hannah Wyers.
Item 5th
  I devise and bequeath to my son Benjamin Kimble the sum of Two hundred dollars during his life time and and after his death to be paid to the heirs of his body then living- said sum of Two hundred dollars to be so paid out of the sale of my property- after paying my past debts and funeral expenses and the several sums heretofore bequeathed by me to my said wife and also my daughter Hannah Wyers and also my Granddaughter Alice Lutz
Item 6th
  I devise and bequeath to my son Harison Kimble the sum of Two hundred dollars during his life time and after his death to be paid to his heirs of his body then living- Said sum of Two hundred dollars to be so paid out of the sale of my property after paying my first debts and funeral expenses and the several sums heretofore bequeathed by me to my said wife and also my daughter Hannah Wyers and also my Granddaughter Alice Lutz and also my son Benjamin Kimble.
Item 7th
  I do hereby devise and bequeath to each of my following children to wit: Hannah Wyers one seventh part Mary Wonders one seventh part and John Kimble one seventh part of the balance of my Estate after first paying the several sums hereinbefore especially provided to be paid
out of my said Estate- and to the following children to wit: Ezekiel Kimble one seventh part during his lifetime and after his death to the heirs of his body then living - Harison Kimble one seventh part during his lifetime and after his death to the heirs of his body living Benjamin Kimple one seventh part during his lifetime and after his death to the heirs of his body then living Margaret Hockins one seventh part during her lifetime and after her death to the heirs of her body then living of the balance of my estate after paying first the several sums hereinbefore especially provided to be paid out of my Estate.   Provided that said Ezekiel Kimble and Margaret Hockins- shall Select land of the value and not execute the value of said one seventh part of the balance of my Estate each which my Executor shall purchase and convey to each of them during life and after their death to their heirs- out of and as their interest in my said Estate- and that at the death of said Margaret Hockins- There be paid out of said sums so bequeathed to her- to Alice Lutz first- the sum of three hundred dollars and that the balance be equally divided between all of the heirs of said Margaret Hockins including said Alice Lutz-     Provided also that said Harison Kimble and Benjamin Kimble shall each select land of the value of said one seventh part each and also in addition thereto of the value of said two hundred dollars each and not to exceed the value of each one seventh part and the said two hundred dollars each which my Executor shall purchase and convey to them each during their lives. And after their death to their heirs all of said purchasers to be made by my Executor out of the several amounts so bequeathed to such of my heirs for whom purchasers are directed to be made- The Two hundred dollars mentioned in the last item concerning Harison Kimble and Benjamin Kimble having reference to the special bequests made in items. Item 8th
  I do hereby exclude any one of my heirs who goes to law to break my Will from any part or share in my estate.

I do hereby revoke all former wills by me made.
In testimony hereof, I have hereto set my hand and
seal this 25th day of January A.D. 1879.                                                                                                         

      Nathan Kimble    {seal}

Signed and acknowledged by said Nathan Kimble as his last Will and Testament in our presence and signed by us in his presence
                  David Carpenter

Codicile to above Will-
Having given certain items in this Will more full consideration to wit: Item 3rd in which item I have given and bequeathed to my daughter Hannah Wyers certain sums of money- now the said Hannah Wyers being now in possesion of my certain promissary note receiving the amount intended to be devised by me to her in said item 3rd It is my will that said Item 3rd is hereby and by these presents fully canceled so
for as said sums of money so mentioned and bequeathed to said Hannah Wyers and the said Item is from now on & forever canceled- Done and witnessed this
18th day of February A.D. 1879    Nathan Kimble.
Attest- David Carpenter  M.B.Smith
And there upon on said 5th day of May 1881 the testimony relative to the execution of said Last Will and Testament was taken and reduced to writing in words following:
Probate of Will

The State of Ohio
Seneca County            Probate Court

              Personally appeared in open Court M.B.Smith and David Carpenter the subscribing witnesses to the Last Will and Testament and Codicile of Nathan Kimble, now deceased, who being duly sworn according to law to speak the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth, in relation to the execution of said Will and Codicile, depose and say that the paper before them purporting to be the Last Will and Testament and Codicile of Nathan Kimble now deceased is the Will of said deceased: that they were present at the execution of said Will and Codicile, at the request of the Testator, subscribed their names to the same as witnesses, in his presence, and that they saw the said Nathan Kimble now deceased sign and seal said Will and Codicile, and heard him acknowledge the same to be his Last Will and Testament; that the said Nathan Kimble, now deceased, at the time of of making, signing and sealing said Will, was of legal age and of sound and disposing mind and memory, and under no undue or unlawful restraint whatsoever.
                      David Carpenter
Sworn to and subscribed in open Court this 5th day
of May A.D. 1881


To the Probate Court of Seneca County, Ohio
  I Mary Kimble widow of Nathan Kimble, deceased, hereby accept and agree to take the provisions of the Will of said Nathan Kimble deceased, in lieu of dower in the Estate of said decedent.

Attest J.C. Royer                Mary her x mark Kimble

And thereupon on said 5th day of May the orders and findings of the Court in relation to the execution of said Will were made in words following:

In the matter of            May 5th 1881
Nathan Kimble Estate        This day was produced in Court a
Probate of Will            certain paper writing purporting
                  to be the Last Will and Testament of
Nathan Kimble, late of this County, now deceased, and at the same time came M.B.Smith and David Carpenter the subscribing witnesses to said paper writing, who were duly sworn and examined in open Court and their Testimony reduced to writing and filed. And the Court being advised in the premises find that such Will was duly executed and filed attested and that the Testator at the time of executing the same was of full
age and of sound mind and memory and not under any restraint.
  It is therefore ordered by the Court that said Will be admitted to probate and filed and that the same together with the testimony so taken and reduced to writing as aforesaid be recorded according to law.
And thereupon came also Mary Kimble, widow of said deceased, and the Court having explained to her as the law directs the provisions of the said husband and her rights under it and by law in the event of her refusal to take under said Will, she did elect to take under the Will of her said husband.

 Will of Silas Skeels

I Silas Skeels of the county of Seneca in the state of Ohio do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner from following (?) that is to say.

First I give and devise to my oldest son Nelson D. Skeels two hundred dollars.

Second I give and devise to my eldest daughter Nancy Jennett Tabor one hundred and twenty five dollars.

Third I give and devise to my daughter Jane Caroline Scott one hundred and twenty five dollars.

Fourth I give and devise to my daughter Hepsey Skeels four hundred and fifty dollars and one ... (?) to have her choice.

Fifth I give and devise to my daughter Sally Sarah two hundred and twenty five dollars.

Sixth I give and devise to my daughter Samantha two hundred dollars.

Seveneth I give and devise to my daughter Amelia two hundred and fifty dollars.

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Ninth (?) I give and devise to my grandson Burton Skeels fourty acres of land that I own in Fulton County.

Tenth it is my will that my executors sell my (?) property and pay my just debts and expenses and the aforesaid sums of money and if my my (?) property will not pay the aforesaid sums then the balance must be paid out of my real estate.

Eleventh I give and devise the balance of my estate to my four sons Benjamin, Orace, Silas B., George P. Skeels.

And lastly I do hereby nominate and appoint Benjamin Skeels and John Hall executors of this my last will and testament and do hereby revoke all former wills by me made. In testimony ...... (?) I have .....(?) set my hand and seal this eighth day of October AD 1860. Signed and acknowledged.

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[first lines unreadable] and testament in our presence and Silas Skeels [signed and sealed] signed by us in his presence.

  David W. Hall [signed]

John Potes [signed]

The above will was contibuted by Fred Taber

History of Seneca County, Ohio, p.989

Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co.,1886

Henry Davidson, farmer, P.O. Tiffin, was born in Pickaway County, Ohio, October 18, 1818, a son of John and Mary A. Davidson, of Irish descent.(note: his brother's bio on same page says Scotch) The ceremony which made our subject's parents husband and wife was performed in Ireland, and in 1812 they immigrated to America, and to Pennsylvania, where they remained but a short time, however, then moved to Pickaway County, Ohio, and from there to this county, in March, 1834, and here they lived and died. Our subject was united in marriage, December 7, 1843, with Rachel A. Morrison, born in Pennsylvania, October 10, 1823, a daughter of John H. and Charlotte Morrison, also natives of Pennsylvania, where they were married, thence moved to Seneca County, Ohio, in 1837, and here remained the balance of their lives. Mr. Morrison died November 17, 1857 (note: his will 1854). And his widow August 16, 1883. To Mr. And Mrs. Davidson were born six children, of whom five are now living: Mary A., wife of Thomas Hedges; Sarah C., Arthur J., Henry C. and George W.; an infant is deceased. Our subject came to Ohio with his parents in March, 1834, and in 1843 settled on his present farm comprising 106 acres improved land. Mr. Davidson was real estate appraiser in 1870. He is a member of the United Brethren Church.

Contributed by Roger Ball

History of Seneca County, Ohio, p.989/990.

Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co., 1886


William Davidson, farmer, P.O. Tiffin, was born in Pickaway County, Ohio, September 15, 1821, son of John and Mary A. Davidson, of Scotch descent, (note: bio of bro, same page says 'Irish') and who were married in Ireland. They immigrated to America in 1812, bringing one child with them. They first lived a short time in Pennsylvania, then moved to Pickaway County, Ohio, and from there, in 1834, to this county, where they remained until death. Our subject was united in marriage, in December, 1843, with Maria Morrison, who was born in Pennsylvania November 1, 1819, daughter of Alexander and Mary Morrison, natives of Maryland, and who moved to Pennsylvania, and from there to Seneca County, Ohio, about 1825, and here lived and died. To our subject and wife have been born nine children, six now living: Mary J., wife of Rev. Hiram Shumaker; John A.; James; William H.; Margaret A., wife of Austen C. Littler; and Ira L. Robert M. C., born January 2, 1851, died August 10, 1862; Thomas M., born May 20, 1859, died March 4, 1860; and Walter S., born October 14, 1853, died July 14, 1883. Our subject, who owns 180 acres of land, mostly improved, settled on his present farm in 1843. He and his wife are members of the First Presbyterian Church at Tiffin, Ohio.

Contributed by Roger Ball

Michael Kuntz  & Family  1820-1902

Michael Kuntz, is believed to have entered this country sometime shortly after his father Stephen and brother Nicholas in late 1833 or early 1834. I have found earlier research that suggests he accompanied his mother Catherine (Reckannett) and sisters Magdalena & Margaret on the voyage from Germany to Seneca County but I have no verifying records. According to his headstone, in Greenlawn cemetery, Michael was born 1 Jan 1820 and died 11 August 1902. I have many documents that conflict with this age by a year or two but all are very close. If Michael was indeed 13 when he entered this country it then had to be by the end of December 1833. This would be consistent with other information I have, though I am still determined to verify his entry into this country. I have found that the ages of individuals on passenger lists and census forms are oft times quite inaccurate, especially in the early record keeping years or where transcriptions of hard to read documents has occurred.

According to research conducted by professional genealogists for Carl Karcher in 1982, Michael had apprenticed as a shoemaker in Germany before coming to America. Carl Karcher was the son of Leo & Anna Marie (Kuntz) Karcher.  Anna Marie was a granddaughter of Michael & Catherine Kuntz and the daughter of Michael J. Kuntz Jr., who will be discussed later.

About 1836, at the age of 16,  Michael went to work for the Cincinnati -Toledo Canal Co. digging and constructing a series of canals between Piqua and Dayton Ohio, as part of the larger project linking Lake Erie to the Ohio River. Initially he worked hauling dirt in wheelbarrows making about 50 cents per day. Michael's aggressive attitude, initiative and eagerness to learn new things caught the attention of the company who made him the overseer of one of the locks at the early age of 17. He worked as an overseer for the next 3 years, sending cash home to his family and saving the rest. He returned home to the farm in 1840 at about age 20. 

Around the time that his father deeded him half the farm in  June 1843, Michael met a young widow named Catherine (Unser) Welsh.  Catherine's husband, Thomas Welsh, had been killed in Feb 1843 by a falling tree or tree limb on his farm in Hopewell Twp. Thomas Welsh & Catherine had one infant child, Theresa Welsh,  who was born in Ohio on 2 Oct 1842. I have found references that indicate Catherine's brother John Benedict Unser may have worked with Michael on the canal project, so Michael may have known Catherine or been aware of her through that connection. Michael married Catherine on 7 April 1844 in St Boniface Church, New Riegel, Ohio by the Reverend Brunner. 

John Benedict Unser, Catherine's brother,  was named the administrator of Thomas Welsh estate on 24 Feb 1843. On 6 Nov 1844 , after inventorying and selling the non-property assets, John Unser petitioned the probate court to sell 60 of  80 acres of the Thomas Welsh farm since the sale of the other assets did not meet the estates debts. (I have a list of these assets, their valuation to whom and for what price they were sold). According to the laws of that time, Catherine retained a dower right to 20 acres, house and barn. Michael sold the 40+acres in Section 4 of Big Springs township, he had received from his father Stephen,to a John Vail  on 6 March 1845 then purchased and was deeded the entire 80 acres of the old Thomas Welsh farm for $510 on 11 June 1845. On 22 December 1855 Michael purchased an adjacent 10 acres from Daniel Miller in section 27, twp 2N, 14e, northwest corner, just north of the New Riegel Road. This is where the original Kuntz house was constructed. Then on 3 May 1864 Michael purchased an additional adjacent 74+ acres from the Daniel Miller estate consisting of the north part, southeast 1/4 of section 27, 2N, 14E which now gave him 160 adjoining acres. This land is  located in Hopewell Township Section 27, on both sides of the New Riegel Rd (CR 591) just south of Rt. 224, beginning immediately west of the intersection of CR 591 and Smith Rd. The original house still stands though it had been refurbished and moved closer to the road. The house and a few surrounding acres are still occupied by the descendants of Michael & Catherine but most of the farm has been spilt up and sold. On 19 February 1853 Michael purchased 160 acres from Philip Stoehr for $1300. This land was in the northeast quarter of Section 2, 13 east and twp 1N and just two sections east of his original 40 acre farm. It is bounded by Healy Rd on the north and Ranch Rd on the east.

Catherine and Michael bore 13 children over their long marriage, only 6 of whom survived infancy. Margaret Ann b. 4 Nov 1846, Joseph William b. 10 Dec 1848,  Michael J. b. 11 Oct 1855,  Julius (my great-grandfather)  b. 1 Jun 1858,  Henry A. b. 10 April 1863, and Frank John b. 12 Feb 1867. Michael was also awarded guardianship of Theresa Welsh on 14 May 1856. Theresa Welsh entered the Ursuline convent in Tiffin, Ohio, professing her vows on 27 Jun 1868 as Mother Assumption. She died 13 Aug 1933 at the age of 90 at the convent and is buried in St Joseph's Catholic Cemetery in Section 6. 

On 4 May 1872 Michael purchased the lot and home, for $4800, where they eventually retired to, at 282 South Washington St. in Tiffin  just across from St Joseph's Catholic Church, where they were active members of the church for many years. He also purchased 160 acres in Reed Twp near Republic, Ohio in the 1880s. Michael had obviously worked very hard and prospered over the years. Upon leaving his farm for retirement in 1874 he left his sons Julius and Michael J in charge, with Michael J. overseeing the day to day management. His daughter Margaret had married Lewis Bork by this time and moved to Fowler, Indiana. Joseph had married Elizabeth Eschenbrenner on July 1, 1873 and moved to her parents farm near Fostoria to work. Frank John & Henry A. moved with their parents to Tiffin. Julius married my great grandmother Theresa ZIESER in 1880. He constructed a frame home on the northeastern part of the KUNTZ farm for his new wife and coming family.

About 1900 Michael  J. Jr. decided to move the original farm house closer to New Riegel Rd. where the barn was located. Michael Sr. found out about this and became enraged. He ordered Michael J. off the farm.  Michael J. then purchased a farm in Wyandot County, south of Kirby Ohio, and moved his family. My great grandfather Julius was left in charge of the Hopewell Twp. farm. with brother Henry joining him with his family and taking up residence in the original home. Henry & Julius moved the house back to its original location.

Michael & Catherine remained in their 282 South Washington St home until their deaths. Michael had servants attend to Catherine and somewhere around 1900 their granddaughter Clara , age 16,  (daughter of  Julius & Theresa)  moved in to help care for her.  It was one of Clara's son's who related that Michael had a falling out with the church over a pew tax. Either Michael had forgotten to pay the tax one year and thus lost the pew he had occupied for many years or the church had sold it to someone else because he was late in paying the annual fee. In any event. Michael quit attending St Joseph's church and upon his death on 11 Aug 1902 was buried in the non-Catholic Greenlawn Cemetery off  Coe St. There is a very large headstone there, a duplicate of that of his wife Catherine's, though she continued attending St Joseph Church and was buried in the parish cemetery upon her death on 27 Dec 1906.

Michael's estate was distributed amongst his children. Julius, Henry and Joseph were each willed 80 acres of the 240 acre Hopewell Twp farm. Margaret received the Tiffin property plus $1,000 from Henry and $500 from Joseph. Frank John received the farm north of New Riegel in section 2 of Big Springs Twp. Michael J. received no property but was paid $1,000 from Julius, $1,000 from Frank John, plus $100 from the executors of Michael's estate who were his son's Joseph and Julius. Upon Catherine's death, Michael J received an additional $250, Sister Mother Assumption (daughter Theresa) $100, her granddaughter Clara $25. Additionally the Reed Twp farm was sold and proceeds divided equally among the 6 children she had with Michael.

Submitted by David A Kuntz

Researching KUNTZ, UNSER, LORENTZ, ZEISER and their families.


Julius Kuntz was born on the Hopewell Twp. farm on 1 June 1858. Along with his brothers and father he worked on the farm, clearing and cultivating it in his developing years. The major crops of the farm were corn and wheat, and with 240 acres to tend it was a large and tedious undertaking, especially with the lack of modern day farm machinery.

Julius married Theresa Zieser , daughter of Andrew and Theresa (Derr) Zieser, on Oct 1888 in Bascom, Ohio. Though I do not have specific records I presume they were married at St. Patrick's Church in Bascom, as her mother, Theresa, was buried there in 1864 at the early age of 44, so great grandmother was likely a member of that church. Theresa was one of nine children born by Andrew & Theresa. She also had 5 step brothers and sisters from Andrews 2nd marriage to Elizabeth Williams after Theresa's death.  Julius constructed a farm house on the northeast section of the KUNTZ farm for his new family.

Upon his fathers death in 1902 Julius inherited 80 acres of the farm  This consisted of 70 acres on the east quarter of the property south of New Riegel Rd and another 10 acres just west of that property and north of New Riegel Rd. Fortunately this was also where he had built his farm house. Julius remained on the farm until sometime after 1910 when he moved to Tiffin, purchasing a lot and home on 328 South Washington St. also just across from St Joseph's Church.

Theresa and Julius had 6 children. Four daughters and two sons.  Catherine I. b. 7 Jul 1881, Clara E. b. 2 Mar 1884,  Esther Evangeline b. 19 Sep 1886, Ralph A. b. 11 Jul 1889,  Corrine 'Cora' b. 19 Jan 1892 and died as an infant, and finally my grandfather Raymond J. b. 15 Jul 1896.

After moving to Tiffin Julius went to work as a laborer in the glass factory, retiring finally in 1924 at age 66. The 1920 census has him owning his home without mortgage with Raymond and Ralph still residing with them on S. Washington St. Julius passed away on 7 May 1936 of Hodgkin's disease and is buried in St Joseph's Catholic Cemetery beside his wife Theresa who died on 19 Nov 1943 of heart disease at age 86.

I do not know specifically how or to whom Julius had disposed of his 80 acre farm so that research is continuing.

Submitted by David A Kuntz


Stephen Kuntz Family 

My ggg-grandfather Stephen Kuntz arrived in New York harbor from Germany aboard "The Formosa" on 12 August, 1833 with his son Nicholas Kuntz. Also on board and apparently accompanying him were Jacob (age 24), Barbanna (age 30), and Mary (age 2) Kuntz. I have yet to identify Stephen's relationship to these three. Stephen (age 44 ?) and Nicholas (age 11) made there way to Seneca County by barge from Albany, New York thru the Erie Canal to Cleveland, Ohio and then by wagon to the county. I do not know exactly where they first took shelter when they arrived in Seneca County but suspect they rented a place or stall in one of the livery stables. I also do not know why or how they chose Seneca County but suspect that earlier friends or relatives of theirs in Germany had settled in Seneca County and sent word back to Stephen about the living conditions and opportunities there. I assume they decided to leave Germany for the same reason's most other German's of that time decided to emigrate. Lack of hope for a better life. It was the custom in Germany at the time to divide the farm equally between male heirs upon the death of the father. This resulted in farms getting increasingly smaller and unable to sustain the families who inherited them. Trade occupations outside farming were also decreasing, with demand falling, so there was little opportunity or hope within Germany or other European countries. The Formosa passenger lists identified Stephen and the others as farmer's from Prussia although later census's listed Stephen and family from the State of Baden. I have not yet traced this family to a specific village in Germany. My next quest.

On 6 May, 1835 Stephen purchased 81 acres of land in Big Springs township from the Federal government for a little over $1 per acre. This land was located in the north half, of northeast corner, section 4,  town 1N, Range 13E. It is in an area just south of current Rt. 224 and west of state hwy 587. It is bounded on the East by Duffy Rd and on the north by Healy Rd. north north west of New Riegel, Ohio.  From reading other history books of the area in that time frame this 80 acres was almost surely very wooded and swampy with many wolves and Indians in the immediate vicinity. It is said that while clearing the land and building a cabin that the usual practice was to build some kind of sleeping area in the trees for the women and children and to keep a fire burning in the middle of the clearing to keep wolves away.

At some point, Stephen's son Michael (my great great grandfather) arrived in Seneca County from Germany with his mother Catherine (Reckannett) and his sisters Margaret and Magdalena. Michael was approximately 13 years old then so I am assuming he arrived later in 1833 or in early 1834. I have been unable to find any records of Atlantic passage for Michael, his mother or his sisters.  Stephen and his sons then went about the business of building a home and clearing the land to farm.

In 1837 Stephen helped to erect St Boniface church in New Riegel, Ohio. Then they started construction of a convent and chapel for the missionaries of the Precious Blood Order.

Sometime in early 1843 Stephen decided to retire from farming,  so he divided and deeded his 81 acres proportionately to his two sons on June 28, 1843. In return an agreement was drawn up for Michael and Nicholas to provide for substantial commodities to Stephen and Catherine, on an annual basis, until their death. These included wheat, corn, potato's, pork, coffee, sugar, salt, tobacco, wool, cash and a garden spot. They were also given the right to live in the house with adequate firewood and tin plate stove. Stephen & Catherine shortly departed the farm and took up residence with a son of his wife Catherine's previous marriage (John Adam Meyer) on a farm near Tiffin where Stephen did manual labor until about 1850. He then purportedly purchased a house and lot from John Meyer in Tiffin where the July 1850 census shows him living alone in Enumeration District 135, owning real estate valued at $250. I therefore assume that his wife Catherine had already moved to live with their son Michael on his farm. Other research indicates that Stephen may have sold that house and lot in 1852 and moved into a rooming house but I have no records to indicate that. I next find Stephen being admitted into the Seneca County Poor House, listed as a pauper, on 3 April 1857. One can only speculate why Stephen would not or could not move into his son Michaels home as his wife had. Stephen was discharged from the Poor House in May 1861 with the notation that he left to live with his son, who I presume to be Michael as Nicholas had disappeared from the area by now. I have yet to find a date of death or burial site for Stephen but it is possible one reason he was taken into Michaels home in 1861 was that he was very ill and died shortly thereafter. His wife Catherine was confirmed to be living with her son Michael in the 1860 and 1870 census and died in May 1875 on the Hopewell Township farm of Michaels. I have not yet found her burial site either but suspect she is buried with her husband.

Submitted by David A Kuntz


Agreen C. & Lydia Ingraham

Agreen Crabtree Ingraham was born at Attleborough, Massachusetts on May 27, 1787. His parents were Remember and Zimmode (Bicknell) Ingraham. Before 1810, he married Lydia Mason in Seneca County, Ohio. They had nine children, including: Isaac P. (born 1810), Remember, Adaline, Mason, Zimroude, Nancy, Henrietta, and Eliza Ann (sometimes called Eliza Jane). Eliza married William Russell.

1812 - Fought in the War of 1812 from New York.

1813 -1820 - Extensive landowner at Semprenus Township in Cayuga County, New York.

1821 - Moved to Tiffin area of Seneca County, Ohio. The Early Seneca County Settlers writes: "One of the first cabins on the Fort Ball side of the river was occupied by Agreen Crabtree Ingraham at Miami and Jackson Streets. Mr. Ingraham became a judge. Later he and his family including six children moved to the South Sandusky road and he kept a tavern there." Agreen is first amongst a list of early settlers in the area. He sold land to brother Pardon and later to two other individuals in Seneca County.

There is a story that Mr. and Mrs. Childs moved from Auburn, New York to a cabin on what later became Sandusky Street in Tiffin. Mr. Childs had been in the mercantile business. The History of Seneca County describes the couple as "well dressed, and both very handsome . . . . He was then about twenty-five years old, when he took sick and died in the cabin. Soon after his death Mrs. Childs was delivered of a child, and the neighbors took her and the babe to Judge Ingraham's, who then lived near neighbor to Mr. Bowe, where, after suffering about nine days, she also died. The widow Orr . . . took the child to raise and kept it one year, when a sister of Mrs. Childs came out here, and took it back to Auburn with her. Somebody had named the child Nancy. Childs and his wife were both buried in the old grave yard, near the B & O depot."

1822 - Listed in tax list for Seneca Township, Seneca County.

1823 -- In the History of Seneca County, Agreen is noted as having built and owned a cabin in Tiffin during 1823 that "was up on the hill where the aristocracy afterwards settled, around about McNeal's store, after Mr. Spencer laid out Fort Ball." Another History of Seneca County writes: "Up the hill, near where McNeal's store now stands, there was an old Indian cabin, into which Mr. Agreen Ingraham soon after moved. Close by this cabin Mr. Milton McNeal soon after built his store, and he was the first merchant on that side of the river."

1824-In a special election held on April 1, 1824, Agreen received 19 votes and was elected as the first sheriff of Seneca County. On June 15, he rented a "cabin and under-brushed a road on his land on Wolf Creek" to Joseph Ogle.

1825 - Listed on the Seneca County tax lists.

1826 - He was re-elected Sheriff of Seneca County. Listed on the Seneca County Tax List for 1826.

1827 - Agreen was selected County Treasurer of Seneca County on June 5, 1827. He "was required by the board to give bond in the sum of $3,000." Became the owner of a tavern. On January 12 he made a land deed of "e. 1/2 s. w. 1/4 sec. 35."

1831 - Appointed Associate Judge of Seneca County.

1832 -- Elected Trustee of Seneca County.

1833 - Re-eected Trustee of Seneca County.

1837 - Agreen appears first on a list of early settlers of Hopewell Township.

1840 - The History of Seneca County notes that "In 1830, its population was 549. In 1840 it had augmented to 913. Since that time it has rapidly increased in population and wealth; numbering among its enterprising farmers, A. C. Ingraham, Jacob S. Jennings, John Sleeper, David Cover, James Mathews, John A. Rosenberger, George Shaul, John Kimes, Henry Creager, Abraham Miller, Christian Mussetter, Andrew Wolf, William Rickets, William Kimes, John Mowser, John Baughman, A. R. Bachtel, John Anderson, Aaron Ruse, S. Watson, Solomon Ruse, Thomas Elder, John Briner, Philip King, Peter Weaver, Hiram Hart, Peter Young, and others." In December, Agreen participated in a meeting establishing the Seneca County Agriculture Society.

1841 -- On January 1, 1981, he was elected Vice President of the Seneca County Agriculture Society to promote agricultural development at Tiffin.

1842 - Among the charter members of the "Free and Accepted Masons, Sandusky Lodge, Chapter 77" organized at Tiffin (the Seneca County Seat) on October 19, 1842.

1843 - Became President of the Seneca County Agriculture Society.

1864 - Died on May 11 at Old Fort. Buried Pleasant Union Cemetery at Old Fort.


 The above information was donated by Martin Skubinna

Theressa Veronica Aulbach

Theressa Veronica Aulbach was b 07 Oct 1850 in Tiffin, Seneca Co., OH and was baptized in St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Tiffin. She was the daughter of Peter Aulbach and Theressia Bullinger who lived on Jefferson Street in Tiffin.
Theressa married Anthony Houk on 16 Sep 1872 in Massillon, Stark Co., OH. They had eight children all born in Massillon, OH.
Theressa died on 15 Sep 1915 in Barberton, Summit Co., OH and is buried next to her husband in St. Augustine Catholic Cemetery in Barberton.
Contributed by Shirley Houk
(A photograph of Theressa Aulbach Houk appears in the Seneca County Gallery.)

Family Reunion - Kopp, Koch, Prinzing Families

Tiffin Daily Tribune:
8-8-1932 (page 3, column 7)

Tri-Family Picnic: Relatives from Michigan and Ohio were present Sunday when the sixth annual reunion of the Kopp, Koch and Prinzing families was held at Oak Grove recreation center on Union street. Dinner was served at noon to 50 members of the three families from Detroit, Chelsea, Dexter, Waterloo and Lima, Mich., and Tiffin and other cities in this section of Ohio. Emanuel Bristle of Chelsea, Mich., was elected president of the reunion body during a brief business session at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Kopp and family after dinner. Other officers are: Vice-president, Edward Koch, Dexter, Mich., secretary George Fox, Detroit, treasurer, Frank Dard, Detroit. An interesting address concerning the family tree was given by the Rev. Joel C. Krumlauf of Petersburg, O., during the informal program consisting of songs, recitations and short talks A swimming and chewing contest was conducted for the children after which the majority enjoyed the Oak Grove pool. The 1933 reunion will be held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Emanuel Bristle at Lima, Mich.

Contributed by Sonja Hunter

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