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P.O. BOX 7006, Defiance, OH 43512-7006

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Jan./Feb./March 2002

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

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

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

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B. Kolle,, Jan. 1, 2002 - HEDRICK

Am looking for info on what happened to Emmaline Hedrick, born Oct. 1863, husband William O. Hedrick, born1866. Probably in the year 1910...something happened, as 3 of her children went to the F. J. Manis orphange. Can't fine anything to explain why. Anything would be greatly appreciated. 


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Connie Coy,, 01/03/02 - COY, etc.

COY family History in America continues to be researched and added on my COY Website:

I am looking for the documents to submitt to the Defiance First Families -Defiance County Chapter of OGS.  I hail from John Coy b.1783, and it his widow Mary Polly Jones who brings 20 people to settle Tiffin Twp. in the early 1830's.  I hail from the COY's that had the COY LOG Cabin Church of 1826-per this site.  Other families we married into, and they into the COY line:  Christy, Evans, Fisher, Hall, Coonrad, Kintigh, Koons, Packard, Partee, Replogle, Rethmel, Sullinger, Urquhart.  My oldest relatives can be found throughout OLD EVANSPORT Cem.-can be found on this site too.   I am in hopes of finding even more kindred kin, and some other documents that support my COY's so I can submitt it to the committee.


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Mary J. Chandler,, Jan. 9, 2002 - COLLINS, GROW

I am looking for information on Jesse Leisure Collins and Rachael Grow who were married august 18, 1859 in Defiance county , Ohio.


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David A. Scott,, Jan, 13, 2002 - JOHNSON, SCOTT

Mary Ellen (Johnson) Scott is mother of my grandfather. I wanted to post this on a Defiance site because my grandfather, John Wesley  Scott was born there in Highland Township around 1884 or '85. I want (sound familiar)?...To know the names of her parents. I want to see a  picture of her. I want to know her date and place of her marriage to David   Scott of Gallia Co., OH. Mary is documented as born in KY (where)?...Oct. 14, 1850, just missing  the US Census. She married David Scott and had eighteen children who  included two sets of twins. Most births I found to be in Gallia County. 1880  census has David, Mary and family in Seneca County, co-founding the First  Baptist Church of Fostoria. Mary preceded David in death, Oct. 21, 1902, due  to peritonitis. She is buried with David at Fountain Cemetery, Fostoria, Ohio. There is one tragic story that family speak of in when Mary, David, the   older children and "other Scott's" where working in the fields. An older   daughter stayed home to sit Mary's youngest twins. The home caught fire and   the babies eventually died as a result of their burns. I don't know where this occurred, when or  with whom. Any help out there?

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Ken & Terri Smith,, Jan. 14, 2002 - SCHAFFER, MYERS

Seek descendants of Michael Schaffer and Mary Ellen Myers. Also obituary of Mary Ellen who died 10 April 1953.


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LeRoy L. Fritz, 01/18/02 - MOORE, DODSON, COOLEY

Seeking family of SAMUEL MOORE, son LEVI born
defiance oct 1861 other names DODSON, COOLEY

See website:


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Suzanne Bacome Huffer,, Jan. 19, 2002 - KLEINHENN, SMITH

Need info on Oliver Smith born about 1856, married 24 Oct., 1878, died about 1896. Farmer in Defiance (1880 census shows Defiance, Defiance Co.). Married Adaline (Adeline, Addie) Kleinhenn from Tuscarawas Co. Children Edna Smith Shuey of Tiffin, Asa, Ralph, Alva, Alvin, and Guy Foster (my grandfather). Guy, Alva and Ralph in Orphan Home for about 1 year starting Dec. 11, 1896, then taken to Seneca Co.


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Arthur Hunsberger,, Jan. 23, 2001 - SANDOZ, ENGLISH, PICKERING, BLOCK

My GGGrandfather was Amos Sandoz. He lived at what is now 21656 Bowman Road, Defiance Twp. He and Amanda came to Defiance County from Switzerland about 1846-1848. Amos was a farmer and also builder of houses. He built the house on Bowman Road and also the house at 840 Karnes Avenue. I am interested in finding other houses that he built in the area in the 1880s. I am sure there are others. Amos [1822-1891] and Amanda [1822-1890] are buried in Riverside Cemetary. Their children were all girls......eight ! So there are no Sandoz offspring with the Sandoz name. There are several families remaining the the area that are related, namely English, Pickering, and Block. I have had contact with several. I would be glad to send you a print of the family as I now have recorded. Please let me know. My query......I would like to find other houses built by Amos Sandoz.


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Janet Moll-Chrisman,, 01/24/02  - HARMINGER, HAWK, MILLER, MOLL

Looking for additional information on the following families: Moll, Harmening, Miller, Hawk. My grandparents Carl Henry and Lottie Christbelle (Hawk) Moll were both born in Defiance on 6 October 1898. Carl's parents were William E Moll of Napoleon, Ohio and Lydia Harmening of Defiance. Lottie Hawks' parents were Hiram Hawk and Caroline Miller.

Lydia Harmening graduated from Defiance College, June, 1888. She married William E. Moll in December 1888. Her Father J.F. Harmening (known as Frederick) was born in Germany. He came to America in 1855, at the age of seventeen. In 1866 he married Johanna Barbara Hecht- Three children were born of which Lydia and William survived. His wife passed away in September, 1871. He then married her sister, Amelia Hecht, in 1873. They lived at 804 Holgate Avenue where their two sons, Carl and Fred, were born.
The Defiance Democrat notice of his death said, "He was a prominent citizen, successful in business and amassed quite a fortune. He owned large tracts of land in Defiance County and laid out the village of Mark Center in 1875, after the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad had been built." He also had a large tract of land about 1200 acres near the Hay's farm - Whit's Mills and six miles west of Defiance at Ashwood. Before our grandfather's death October 29th, 1883, he had purchased three store rooms at 315 Clinton Street in Defiance. This was one of the sources of income for our grandmother for the rest of her life. After her death, our mother sold the store rooms to the Meek Pastry Shop. An item in the Crescent News at the time of the sale, said these store rooms had been in the same family the longest of any property on Clinton Street: by Elizabeth Moll.

If anyone else is working on these lines or has additional information please contact me.


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David Scott,, 01/25/02 - SCOTT

I don't know where David and Mary Scott lived in 1890, but I wondered if son, John Wesley Scott or siblings were schooled in Highland Twp., Defiance, OH, 1885-1890s. Any one have ideas?

Looking for info (and pictures) of Mary Ellen Scott (Nee, Johnson). Mary and David Scott had my grandfather, John W. Scott in Highland Twp.,1884. Other families; Hockaday, Carter, Mumford, Anderson and Bunch. Any help is welcome.


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A. Vollmer,, Jan. 26, 2002 - DAVIS

I just recently found an 1870 US Census that shows an Orange DAVIS, age 73, B/P New York, of Defiance County, Farmer Twp. Is anybody researching this DAVIS line? I would like to share information.


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Steve Bishop,, Jan. 27, 2002 - BISHOP

I am interested in learning more about the Bishop's from Defiance. I believe that my great grandfather is from that area. His name was George B. Bishop. From the 1870 census, I believe that his mother Mary re-married to a Solomon Shaw and was originally married to William Bishop.


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Cecelia Brown,, Jan. 29, 2002 - VON BEHREN

I am looking for information on Christian Von Behren who lived in Defiance County Tiffin Township from the 1840's to 1870's. He was born in Prussia in 1795 He may have some relation to Frederick Von Behren who also lived in Tiffin Twp. Def. Co., OH. Would like info on any Von Behren from Defiance County.


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Cecelia Brown,, 01/29/02

I have many surnames I am researching in Defiance County. They are Wisda, Hvezda, Batt, Boff, Pahl, Cantleberry, Haley, Heffner, Schindler, Shindler, Kupelik, Scherer,Walz, Peterson, Brown, Bauer, Behne, Bertram, Clady, Bordner, Von Behren, Moninger, Hahn, Spitler, Froelich, Shields

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David Scott,, Feb. 1, 2002 - SCOTT, HOCKADAY, etc.

Married poss.1870 (+or-). Son of Jefferson and Caroline (Hockaday) Scott Born 1848, Gallia Co., Had 18 Kids starting 1871 , (George Scott Gallia Co.) Family traveled Gallia, Jackson, Seneca, Hancock, Defiance, Lorain and David  died in Cuyahoga, St. Vincent's Charity Hosp. on 01-20-25. Buried in Fostoria, OH Question Who were Mary Ellen's parents? She b. 1850 KY. Died & buried in  Fostoria, Seneca Co., OH Question: Where did David and Mary get Married? When? Families Douglas, Beeler, Booth, Andrew Jackson Johnson, Haynes, Anderson,   Mumford, Carter and more. I need Mary real bad!


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Rick E. Goodwin,, Feb. 2, 2002 - LINN, GOODWIN, OATENKIRK, ODENKIRK, STARR

Looking for info on Keziah (STARR) LINN born 1826 Ohio, died 1870 Michigan. Keziah married Robert LINN 1844 in Seneca, Ohio. Especially interested in Keziah's parents (Thomas (b.1792, d. 1851) and Anne (b. 1794)) and Keziah's siblings (Margaret, John, Anne, Mariah, Hannah, Isaac, Elizabeth Jane, Franklin and Lovinia). Keziah's mothers maiden name may have been OATENKIRK/ODENKIRK. I believe some of the family made stops in Pennsylvania, Seneca County, Ohio, Kosciusko County, Indiana, Defiance County, Ohio and Allegan County, Michigan.


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SAMUEL MOORE, b.11/13/1817 Ohio > d.4/25/1900,Sandusky Co. home,Fremont,Oh.>married 9/20/1838,Hancock co.,Oh., to MARY ANN MILLER, b. 4/13/1817 Ohio, d. 5/27/1898,Sandusky Co. home,Fremont,Oh.> daughter of PETER and ELLEN ( ??) MILLER

PETER b.1784 d. 10/19/1858> ELLEN b. ? d.1840


EPHRIAM, b.2/3/1842,West Independance,Hancock Co.,Oh. married 6/15/1864 MARY JANE KISSELL, Dundee,Mi.

ELENORA, b.6/10/1840 Hancock Co.,Oh. d.1/28/1921,Clyde,Oh. married 4/8/1860,Ottawa Co.,Oh. to. GEORGE DREW

LEVINA ,b. c 1846 >>MARY ANN,b.c1842 married someone last name of COOLEY >> FRANKLIN,b. c1851>>HANNAH E.,b.c1853>>

VINCENT, b. c1855>> SAMUEL, b. c1857>> LEVI N. b.10/14/1861, Defiance,Mich. d.1/11/1939,Belluve,Oh.>married 11/22/1885 to MARY JANE CLAVIN,>>DEBBIE, b. ?? ,married someone with last name of EASTWOOD,>> JOHN, b.5/16/1845>>SIMON P. b.8/31/1839>>GEORGE W., b.10/19/1840


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Mary Collins Chandler,,  02/14/02 - COLLINS, GROW

Looking for Ancesters married hereI am looking for information for Jesse Leisure Collins and Rachel Grow who were married August 18, 1859 in Defiance County, Ohio


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Lou Henkel,, Feb. 22, 2002 - LANTOW, METELMAN

I am looking for information regarding my gg-grandparents, Johann George Carl Lantow and his wife Anna Metelman. Johan was born 4 Jun 1813 in Germany, died 9 Jan 1880 in Defiance. They were married in 1847 in Germany.


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Wellman Laird [Larry] Keener,, Feb. 28, 2002 - KEENER, SCHROLL

I'm searching my ancestery and have hit some brick walls. Ive learned we have a number of kin at forest home cemetary at Hicksville,Ohio.I am looking for info about Clement and Anne Hilbert Keener and relatives.James and Mary Ann Schroll Keener .William Keener and Nancy A. Keener, I would appreciate any info.

I have been told many KEENERs are buried at FOREST HOME CEMETARY.Hicksville. as far back as I've gotten is my great,great,great,grandfather.

WILLIAM KEENER married NANCY A. born 1808 Penn born1810 Ohio died Oct,29,1886 died Jan,30,1880 defiance Co.Ohio Defiance Co. Ohio occp. farmer occp. homemaker Both burried in Forest Home Cemetary. eight children

1.WILLIAM C. Crawford Co.Ohio occ.carpenter.

2.BARBARA KEENER bnJan 1835 Crawford Co.OHIO DIED sept.2,1885 Defiance Co.Ohio burried FOREST Home CEM.

3.MARTHA KEENER married CYRUS S .GRAHAM bn.Aug.29,1836 crawford Co./[bn.June 15,1834 Marrow Co. Had 7 children




4.AMOS KEENER married SARAH C.LOVELAND Dec.22,1864 bn,July29,1841 Crawford Co, / bn Oct.27,1846 Defiance Co. 3 children born in Hicksville Twp.Defiance Co. Ohio

ALICE KEENER bornDec.12,1865 married a Mccormick

EMMA KEENER bn.May12,1871 married A SNYDER

MARY BLANCH KEENER married FRED CLARK   BN.1878/DIED1962 BN 6/1877/DIED 1957



5 LOVINA KEENER married ALFRED J.BABB bn.Dec.22,1844 [APRIL29,1869] SEPT.26.1846 DEFIANCE CO.OHIO 2 children  1.LULU 1871 2.CORA 1873

6.NANCY KEENER bn.1848 died Oct.27,1894 Hicksville Twp Defiance Co. Ohio

7..MARY KEENER married GEORGE TUSTISON bn.1849 died 1936 bn.1850 died 1916


8.JAMES R.KEENER married MARY ANN SCHROLL bn,1842 Crawford CO.ohio] bn.1846 Crawford Co,Ohio died in Defiance,Co.Ohio died Defiance Co.Ohio father born in Penn. mother born in Penn. Had 7 children



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Pat Nicely,, March 8, 2002 - ZACHRICH

I am new at researching and hoped she knew of my family. My grandfather was Walter Zachrich, born February 16, 1891 in Henry County Defiance and died in 1967. He married Ruth Frederick in 1915 in Defiance. Walters father was Henry J. Zachrich,1858-1921. Henry J.'s father was  Henry C. Zachrich, 1819 in Prussia and died 1895 in Defiance. That is about all I have.


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Gerald Kisabeth,, 03/11/02 - KISABETH

Seeking anyone who is related to the old Kisabeth families of Defiance County & Mark Township. We are in the process of completing our Family History Book. Several interrelated families; Wonderly, Huber, Balser, Strain, Sholl, Breininger etc..... Please see our Web Site & comment on our Guestpage. All questions answered. Seeking old pictures. Looking for an old picture of the Lost Creek Lutheran Church.


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Carl Van Wagenen,, March 12, 2002  -VAN WAGNER



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Gary Tustison,, March 23, 2002 - MEEK, TUSTISON

I am searching for relatives I believe are buried in Forest Home Cemetery. George Washington Tustison(d 1915) & wife Mary (d 1936), David C Meek (d 1948) & wife Mabel (d1945). Any help or guidance is appreciated.


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Kelley Westenhoff,, 25 March 2002 - JOHNSON, MCKINNEY

Looking for info on Jacob JOHNSON, wife Zilpah, daughters Sylvia and Henrietta all show up in 1880 Defiance Co Census in Defiance Twp. Also shows granddaughter, Frances MCKINNEY age 6. Looking for any clues as to Frances, she is my ggrandmother.


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Rex Browns,, March 27, 2002 - ASHTON, BROWNS

I have information on the BROWNS family history that started about 1860 in Defiance County and information on the ASHTON family from Defiance County for anyone interested. Also, pictures of some of the family members is available and can be emailed.


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Mary,, March 31, 2002 - WEAVER

I am looking for for grandfather's family. John "Arthur" Weaver, Sr. B 1893 Pennsylvania D 1965 Allegheny County, PA M Dorothy May Fergus Weaver B 1898 Colorado D 1936 Dauphin County, PA I have picture of Arthur with a Anna May Weaver Kopera. (Defiance, OH) The picture was taken in 1951 and all of the people in it are deceased.


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Robert BCrist,, 03/31/02 - DELARBER

I would like to add some people to your web site that are from Defiance. Their surname is Delarber. This is what I have found out . John Delarber came from Bavaria Germany, which is now Ramstein Germany. He was born 1839 in Germany. He had two brothers Christopher and Jacob , that along with John serverd in the Civil War from1861 to 1863. John Delarber married Cathraine Whener in 1867. They had 8 children Elizabeth, Mary Eva b:1870, Anna, Kathryn b Jan. 6 1873,Francis b: 1873, Thresea b:1867 Tracy b: Aug1, 1877, John D b:June 15 1882. Catherine (Whener) Delarber passed away Dec. 20, 1882 at the age of 38. John then remarried to Anna Zeh , they had 2 children Joesph and Margaret. Joe Delarber was born in Nobles Township, Defiance County on Feb. 17 1894. He married Ruth Kleinhein on Nov. 5 ,1923. They lived on the farm stead all there lives and had 11 children. Paul B:11/16/1924,Margaret J b:2/17/1926 d:2/21/1926,Bob b: 2 /2/1927, Mary b:12/29/1928, Virginia b:1 1/11/1930, Francis b:7/14/1931, Dan b:12/14/1933, anna b:12/23/1934,Gertrude b:8/22/1936, Larry b:10/18/1938, Madonna b:6/18/1945.
Joe Delarber was a member of St. Johns Catholic Church and the Holy Names Society. Joes father also helped build St Johns, there is a staine glass window in the church with his name on it. Joe Delarber raised Polled Herford cattle, for 27 years he exhibited Polled Herford cattle . He was the only Polled Herford breeder that exhibited at the Ohio State Fair for this length of time and was presented a gold medallion by the State Fair Manager. His wife Ruth Kleinhen was born 2/6/1899 in Defiance County, the daughter of George and Laura (Brenner)Kleinhen. She had 4 sisters and 3 brothers: Her sisters are: Nellie, Hester, Lottie, Nora.Brothers: Fred, John, Chauncey.


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