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John S Acus was born in Tiffin Township Defiance County Ohio October 19 1843, one of a family of four children, two sisters and one brother, the brother dieing in infancy. His father died when Mr. Acus was three years old. His mother afterward married J.J. Russel. Six children came to bless this union. Mr Acus being the oldest son he assisted his stepfather ot clear the land and till the soil.

October the 6 1872 he was untied in marriage to Chtherine B Sucher. Three sons were born to them; Frank and Charles of Lockland Ohio, George of the home. About a year after the mariage they moved to Bryan Ohio where they lived a short time when they purchased a farm in Tiffin Township, living on this farm until 1888 when they sold out and moved to Stryker Ohio, where they resided until 1900. Selling this home they moved back to Tiffin Township purchasing their present home farm residing her until he was called to his home in heaven.

Mr. and Mrs Acus spent over a half century in their home life. He was a moral man and an edeal husband and father, a good neighbor and a friend to all who knew him.

He had been in declining health for several years. Saturday night March 13 926, he received the final summons at the age of 82 years 4 month 22 days leaving to mourn three sons, nine grand children, on half brother and many loving relatives and friends. The funeral was held from the house Tuesday March 16 and the body was laid to rest in the Evansport Cemetery.

Submiited by Nancy Sines Schultz,, 1-27-2002

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William Ashton and Malinda (Lambert) Ashton

Malinda E. Lambert, daughter of Valmer and Rebecca Ann Lambert, was born in Clay county, Indiana, July 11, 1851 and departed this life at the home of her daughter, Mrs Edna Bell, May 9, 1927 at the age of 75 years, nine months, and 28 days.

When but a small girl, she came to Defiance county, where she grew to womanhood and spent the rest of her life in the service of God and humankind.

On September 16, 1869 she was united in holy matrimony to William S. Ashton. To this union were born ten children, one of whom, Myrtle E., preceded her in death March 9, 1897, the husband passed to his eternal reward March 10, 1915, two brothers, Jesse W. and Frank Lambert, six grandchildren, and one great-grandchild have crossed over to await her coming on the other shore.

Mother Ashton became a Christian early in life and has for many years been a member of the Ayersville M. E. Church.

Those who survive to await their final summons are nine children, Mrs. Cora A Kleinhenn of Belmer, Delaware, Grant, O. of Morenci, Mich., Clifford of Rimer, O., and Mrs. Florence C. Myers, Frank V., Mrs. Edna Bell, Mrs. Grace March, and Mrs. Vera Browns all of Defiance county, one brother, Walter Lambert of Defiance, 20 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, besides other relatives and a host of friends.

CARD OF THANKS

We desire to thank all the neighbors and friends for the sympathy given, the assistance rendered, and for the beautiful floral offerings in these days of our bereavement, also the pianist, singers, and pall-bearers for the beautiful music and splendid service rendered, and the ministers, Rev. B. F. Gordon and Rev. J. E. McCoy, for the helpful message and comforting words spoken.
The Children.

Submitted May 31, 2001 by Rex Browns

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Lima News, Mar 28, 1920

Henry M. BAKER, 73, for many years an employee of the Lake Erie freight
offices, Lima, died suddenly in Waynesfield last Thursday. For the past year
he had been making his home with his daughter Mrs. Mary Sanders, Waynesfield
where death occurred.
He was born in Defiance. At the age of 16 he enlisted in the Civil war,
serving with the 116th regiment. After the war he was married to Miss Mary
Mehre of that city, who died 23 years ago. a son and two daughters survive.
Funeral services will be held Monday at 9:30 o'clock in the Church of Our
Lady of Perpetual Help, Defiance. Interment will be at Riverside cemetery,
Defiance.
Submitted by Bob Jan. 28, 2005

HENRY M. BAKER OBITUARY

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Obituary of Abe Lincoln Biglow

Bryan Democrat, March 23, 1923, page 7 

Abe Lincoln Biglow was born on a county, Ohio, April 27th, 1861 and was taken from the body at Mark Center, Ohio, March 15th, 1923, after a useful and eventful life of almost sixty-two years.  Mr. Biglow had been in failing health for several months and had been busily arranging his affairs , at Ashland, Wisconsin where he had has his home and work since 1908, so as to take a long rest back in Ohio among the old friends and neighbors but it was not to be.  He had put it off too long and collapsed utterly on Wednesday afternoon while making a friendly call after having been in Hicksville only a few hours.  He only lived until Thursday night about nine of the clock.  His sister, Mrs. Stella Blosser, of Hicksville and brother C. C. Biglow of Latta, were with him until the end.  A daughter, Miss Marvel came from Chicago as soon as word was received but was too late to see her father in the flesh.  Besides herself there are two sisters, Dea and Thelma, both married, Kemp, Craig and Abe L. junior, all married and Terry and Max single yet, of the immediate family.  to miss this kind and indulgent father.  There are also six grandchildren.  The mother and one son, Jute, having gone before to welcome him. 

Mr. Biglow began teaching school at a very early age and was a success in every instance.  In 1886 when the writer first became his pupil he had built up a school of nearly a hundred which so filled the upper room of the old brick school in Farmer, a table was placed at the front which was surrounded and the three infants of the school placed in the center aisle with globe boxes as desks.  Our ages ranged from eleven to twenty-one (or older). and we studied everything under the sun to be studied at that time.  Those three years of schooling under this man were to me the "beginning of wisdom" and foundation of facts.  he taught us to reason things out for ourselves and express it to him in our own language, subject to expert criticism as to correctness.  During one year we wrote a grammar, each one for himself, choosing our facts from all the "grammar books" then in print.  Three more years of his kindly instruction would have done more for us than all that came after him.
He left here in 1899 for Defiance, thence going to Delta and to Bryan about 1893 when he began work for the Williams County Telephone Company, attending to the building of the county lines. 

In 1905 he was induced to take up teaching agian in Farmer where he secured a state charter for our then third grade high school.  He remained to graduate three classes, when he was offered another telephone position, a state wide one, at Ashland, Wisconsin, when he left Bryan and has made his home in Wisconsin since. 

Two years of this time he spent as assembly man at Madison.  Our friend had been admitted to the bar as a lawyer in Ohio, years ago.  He was wonderful in debates and excelled in oratory.  There is a certificate on record at Columbus, showing 100% in every branch offered in state examination at that time from arithmetic to calculus and the same in every line. 

A wonderful man has gone from earth, a great thinker, a kind and thoughtful father and brother, a friend to all.  If no other evidence were given us of immortality of the real man, the death of one like the man who was always working toward a goal, always happy, always learning, never weary in the work of his life, would be enough to make us sure he shall go on to better things upon the spirit side of the veil teaching others and being taught just as he always did here.  M. B. C. 

Buried in Mount Hope Cemetary, Ashland Wisconsin.

Submitted Aug. 30 2003 by Dansndoll@aol.com

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Obituary and photos of Catherine Browns

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"The following obituary has been transcribed from an unidentified newspaper clipping. Several letters from Mrs. Bostater to her brother, David Conrad Ritenour (he changed the spelling of his surname from Ridenour around the time of his service in the Civil War) were sent from Bryan, Ohio. Since the burial was in Ney, I do not know whether this obituary should be posted in Defiance or Williams County."  -  Lee Cheesbrough

 

MRS. MARY BOSTATER

Mary, daughter of Samuel and Catharine Ridenour, was born in Jefferson County, Ohio, September 13, 1833, and died August 22, 1917, aged 83 years, 11 months and nine days. She leaves one sister, Rachel of Waldron, Mich., a brother David of Otis, Ind., a foster child, Mrs. Lewis Schlotterback of Ligonier, Ind., and many other relatives and friends to mourn her departure.

When a child, she came to Defiance County with her parents. Her mother died in the year 1840. She then returned to her grandparents in Jefferson County, and in 1848 she came to Williams County. She was married to David M. Bostater in 1852, he having passed to the Beyond in 1904. She united with the Church of the Brethren in 1873, and remained a faithful member till Death relieved her suffering.

The funeral was held at the Ney M.E. church Friday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Daniel P. Koch, assisted by G.W. and Arthur Sellers.

The pains of Death are past

Labor and sorrow cease

And life's long warfare closed at last

Her soul is found in Peace.

Submitted by Lee Cheesbrough , May 5, 2001

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This is a shortened obit of the child of Lewis and Catherine Kuszmaul Roehrig

EMMA BRUNNER Dec 7 1924 Emma wife of Warren died at her home in Delaware Twp. Defiance Co Ohio. Church services held at Oak Grove Chuch on the Hicksvill Pike and burial at Brunersburg Cemetery. She leaves five children, Mrs Charles Beindorf, Highland Twp, Mrs William Corwin, Richland Twp, Warren Bruner Jr Toldod, and Charles Bruner and Miss Pearl Bruner at home. Seven brother and four sister are surviving John Roehrig, William, James and Elmer all of Defiance, Amos of Brookville, and Lyman of Malinta. Albert Roehrig who had not been located, sisters are Mrs Mary Lang Delaware Twp, Mrs Ada Leaders, Mrs Estella (George) Gibler, both of Defiance and Mrs Lulu Speiser also of Delaware Twp.

Submitted by Nancy Sines Schultz, 2-6-2002

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John CAREY

Newspaper and date unknown;

John CAREY was born in England,Dec.29,1839.Died at   Ft.Wayne,Ind.,Jan.22,1916,aged 76 yrs. and 26 days.He was a Civil war veteran.The surviving relatives are sons Sherman, Daniel, and George, all in the west, 4 brothers, Orvill of Nebr., Charles of South Dakota, George and Thomas F., of Hicksville, one sister Ruth BUBB of Toledo. His wife died 24 years ago and one son Charles 15 years ago. He joined the M.E. church when a young man in Wayne county,but was not identified with any church at time of death.Funeral service was conducted by Rev.W.E. Strete at the Hosack funeral parlor and interment in Forest Home cemetery.

Submitted Aug. 14, 2002 by RHKB253@aol.com

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DEFIANCE CRESCENT NEWS, MAY 24, 1924

MRS. JULIA CATON DIES HERE TODAY

Came From Ireland When Eight Years Old, Moved Here 20 Years Ago Mrs. Julia Ann Caton, 78, widow of the late Richard Caton, died this morning at 510 o'clock at her home, 136 East High street, having taken sick six weeks ago. Anaemia caused death. Mrs. Caton, who was born in Dublin, Ireland, sailed to America when eight years old, going to Ottawa where she resided with her parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. Bernard (Bryan) Kavenaugh. Mrs. Caton lived in Ottawa 50 years, and then moved to Defiance 20 years ago. Her husband died three years after they came to Defiance and Mrs. Caton continued to live here. Mrs. Caton was the mother of six children Mrs. Edward Dangler, Ottawa; Mrs. Harley Hale, Defiance; Mrs. Isaac DeVeaux, Defiance; John Caton, Detroit; Phillip Caton, Ottawa, and James Caton, Toledo. There are 15 grandchildren and 14 (great?) grandchildren. Fr. George H. Lang will solemnize the requiem mass Tuesday morning at 9 o'clock at St. John's Catholic church, internment following in Riverside cemetery.

Submitted March 20, 2001 by Charlene Bauer

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DAILY CRESCENT NEWS

MONDAY, AUGUST 20, 1906

NORTH DEFIANCE RESIDENT DIES

Richard Caton, aged 70 years, who for three years has been confined to his home on North High street with paralysis, died early Monday morning from a stroke suffered Friday morning. Mr. Caton was born in Franklin County, near Columbus, 1835. In 1862 he was married to Miss Julia Kovener (Kavanaugh) of Franklin County. A few years later they moved to Putnam county where Mr. Caton was engaged in the manufacturing business for a number of years. Three years ago the family moved to Defiance from Putnam. He has since been confined to his home with paralysis. The deceased is survived by his wife and six children Mrs. Isaac DeVeaux, Philip Caton, Mrs. Dangler, and Miss Emma Caton, of this city, and John Caton, who lives at Toledo, and James Caton, a resident of Ottawa. Two sisters and thirteen granchildren are also living. Mr. Caton held the office of Justice of the Peace in Putnam county several terms. The funeral will occur from St. Mary's Catholic church at 9 o'clock Wednesday morning. Rev. Frances Collens will officiate. Burial in Riverside cemetery.

Submitted March 20, 2001 by Charlene Bauer

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FOREST R. CLARK  World War Veteran's Burial Sunday. Forest R. Clark, Former Hicksville Resident, Dies at Dayton Hospital

Funeral services for Forest R. Clark, aged 64, of Newville, overseas veteran in the World War who died Thursday in the veteran's hospital at Dayton, were held Sunday at 3 p. m. in the Perkins & Reed funeral here. Rev. William Nice, pastor of the Church of Christ at Newville, officiated, and burial was made in Forest Home cemetery.
Mr. Clark had been ill for a number years with tuberculosis.
He was born September 5, 1876, a son of Charles and Sarah Hull Clark of Newville, and when a boy located with his parents in Hicksville. When 15 years old he accompanied his parents to Chicago, where he resided and where he was married to Anna Wallie on August 17, 1897. In 1902 he returned to Hicksville, employed as a lineman.
Shortly after returning to Hicksville, January 11, 1904, he enlisted in the Ohio National Guard, Company E, Second Infantry, and served until May 9, 1909, when he resigned holding the rank of a Captain.
On September 23rd, 1918, he sailed for France for overseas duty as First Sergeant, and returned to the homeland May 19th, 1919, broken in health and unable to serve longer.
He received honorable discharge June 2nd, 1919, at Camp Sherman, Chillicothe, Ohio.
He was one of the organizers of Edward C. Smart Post No. 223, a member of the St. Joe, Ind., Legion Post, and also a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Hicksville.
During the last ten years, the family had resided at Newville.
Surviving are the widow; daughters, Mrs. Florence Fox of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Mrs. Ethel Davies of Chicago; sons, Carl Clark of Newville, and Thomas Clark of Edgerton; and ten grandchildren.

Submitted Dec 20, 2003 by Ponybet@aol.com,

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Defiance Crescent News, May 23, 1929

Mrs. Catherine Clouse

The funeral of Mrs. Catherine Clouse, 94, who died Tuesday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Jonas Mack on the Ney road, will be held Friday at 930 a. m. at Marysdale Catholic church with Rev. Father William Armitage of Delaware Bend officiating. Burial will be made in the Marysdale cemetery.

Submitted March 29, 2001 by Lynn A. Thomas

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DAILY CRESCENT NEWS

MAY 4, 1911

George Clous

George Clous, aged 80 years 8 months and 26 days, died at 1.50 this morning at his home in Washington township. He is survived by the widow, two sons and four daughters. Benjamin and Joseph of the state of Kansas and Marguerite Mack of Washington township. The funeral will be held Monday morning at nine o'clock from the Marysdale (Mud Creek) Catholic church, Rev. Theis officiating. Burial in the Marysdale cemetery.

Submitted March 29, 2001 by Lynn A. Thomas

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DEFIANCE CRESCENT NEWS, Monday, 19 January 1959, p.2,c.5

Mrs. Anna M. Corcellious

Mrs. Anna M. Corcellious, 79, died Saturday at 8:15 pm. in Defiance City Hospital where she had been a patient since Jan. 5 when she fell in her home, 226 Jackson Ave., and fractured a wrist. Death was attributed to a stroke. She was born near Defiance on Nov. 21, 1879, a daughter of Henry and Julia Marihugh. She was reared here, lived in Toledo a number of years and then returned to Defiance where she had resided for a time. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Andrew B. Jeffers; her second husband, Louis Corcellious, and 11 brothers and sisters.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Fred (Nora) Knopp, and a grandson, William, both of Toledo. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxilliary, and a past president of the Spanish War Veterans Auxilliary. The funeral will be conducted Tuesday at 2 pm. at the Morris - _ick Mortuary by the Rev. Samuel Sedziol, First Baptist minister, burial will be in Riverside cemetery.

Submitted by Elizabeth Montgomery, Feb. 13, 2002

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Roxey Rossetta (GRANDY) CAREY

Newspaper and date unknown;

Roxey Rossetta,daughter of Ezra and Jane GRANDY,was born in Milford township,Defiance county,Ohio,Jan.8,1847.With her parents she removed to Illinois for a short time;with this exception her residence has been in Milford.She was united in marriage with Daniel CAREY,April 14,1867.To them was born three children,two sons and one daughter.The husband died Jan.8,1881,and the daughter June 30,1913. In her youth she joined the Church of the United Bretheren in Christ at Milford Center and never was forgetful of the one who alone hath the words of eternal life.She knew something of the pioneer life of the community and left with the three fatherless children increased her responsibility and care.Faithfully she performed her part and was always ready to aid others as opportunity presented.She departed this life Oct.17,1916,aged 69 years 9 months 9 days. She is survived by two sons,Horatio of Findlay,O.,Henry P., of Milford, two brothers, Henry GRANDY of Milford, Albert GRANDY of Terry, Mont., seven grandchildren and many friends who deplore their loss. Funeral services from the West Milford U.B., Friday, conducted by Rev. J.W. LILLY.

Card of Thanks;

We wish to express our appreciation,and extend our thanks to the neighbors and friends for their sympathy and assistance in this time of bereavement in the death and burial of our mother.Also to the choir,and minister. - The Children.

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John Franklin Culler

John Franklin Culler The Chronicle May 31 1912. John was son of Jacob and Leah Culler was born Feb. 26 1849 near Massillion Stark Co Ohio departed this life May 21 1912 near mark Center Defiance Co Oh. He was the youngest of eight children. Was united in Marriage Sept 20 1874 to Charlotte Wold and to this union were born two children one son Silas P and on daughter who died in 1878. His wife also died in 1878. He then married in 1879 to Sarah Elizabeth Sword. To them was born one son Howard who died in 1888, then in 1904 his second wife died.. He had moved from Stark Co to Defiance co. i 1883 on to the farm where he resided when death claimed him. He was a member of the Reformed Church in Sherwood and burial was in Sherwood Cemetery

Submitted by Nancy Sines Schultz,, 1-27-2002

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Elizabeth Jane Shutt Davis

Elizabeth Jane Shutt Davis, daughter of John and Elizabeth Shutt, was born in De Kalb County near Spencerville, Ind., Nov. 9, 1853, and fell, asleep in Jesus at her home in Defiance County, Hicksville, Ohio, Aug. 16, 1928, at the age or 74 years, 9 months, and 7 days.

On October 24, 1875 she was united in marriage with William H. Davis. To this union were born 3 sons and 2 daughters Lewis M. of Spencerville, Ind., Clarence of Elkhart, Ind., William, who preceded mother to the glory land when five years of age, Inez Wagner of Auburn, Ind., and Vernus Doub of Elkhart, Ind.

In 1872 she was converted and in 1882 united with the United Brethren Church at the Sharon Class, Hicksville Circuit, of which she remained a member until her decease. For 56 years she lived a consistent Christian life ever mindful of her duty to her loving Savior and ready and willing to help those who were in need of sympathy and help. The highest aim in her life was to so live, that when the summons came, it would be well with her soul, only waiting for the call to come home. The day preceding her death she raised her arms and exclaimed, "Better land, Better land." Oh, the blessedness of knowing that all is well with the soul. She leaves to mourn her departure, an aged companion, two sons, two daughters, seven grandchildren, one great grandchild, one sister, Mrs. Martin Waters, and many other relatives and friends. In her departure we sense our loss but realize it is her eternal gain.

The funeral services were held at the Methodist Church, conducted by Rev. C. L. Smith, assisted by the pastor, Rev. B. S. Nichols, also Rev. Arnold Schleisher, pastor of the United Brethren Church. Interment was made in the White City Cemetery near Spencerville, Ind.

Submitted July 13, 2001 by Keith Wagner

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William H. H. Davis

William H. H. Davis, who was 89 years old last Sunday died at 925 a.m. on Wednesday, July 31, 1929 at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Arthur L. Doub, 2140 Morton Avenue, Elkhart, Indiana. He had been at the Doub home since July 7, when he came from his own home in Defiance County, Hicksville, Ohio.

William Henry Harrison Davis, son of David Conner and Rhoda Cracraft Davis was born July 28, 1840 near New Castle, (then Beaver County, now Lawrence County), Pennsylvania. His early life was spent in the vicinity where he was born, until the call came for volunteers for his country.

He enlisted June 8, 1861, at Mt. Jackson, Pennsylvania. From there he was sent to Alexandria, when a few months later he was sent to Harrisburg, Pa., and there enlisted in the 1st Pennsylvania Light Artillery, Battery B, under Captain Cooper, who paid him the tribute of being a faithful, fearless, and dutiful soldier. He served in the following battles; Mechanicsville, June 26, 27, 1862; Gaines Mill, June 28, 29, 30. During this battle he was wounded, but by firm determination and courage he stayed at his post of duty and fought faithfully in the New Market Cross Roads, Bull Run, second battle South Mountain, Maryland, and Anteitam, which ended the seven day battles. He fought at Fredericksburg, Virginia, December, 1862, and again in the second battle April 30 and May 1, 1863, United States Ford, May 6, 1863, Battle of Gettysburg, July 2, 3, 1863 and Mine Run Nov. 28, 30, 1863. He was honorably discharged June 8, 1864, returning to Lawrence County, New Castle, Pennsylvania.

After reaching New Castle on his way home he was walking on a country road towards his parents farm when cries of distress attacked him to a mountain stream into which an eight year old boy had fallen. The child s mother frantically helpless was the only one near. The soldier leaped into the stream and rescued the boy.. Two years ago when Mr. Davis was visiting his boyhood scenes an aged uncle of the boy hunted him up "to shake his hand" and thank him for the deed.

Soon after the close of the war Mr. Davis located on a wooded track near Angola, in Steuben County Indiana and hewed out a home for himself and his parents, whom he induced to follow him from Pennsylvania. Later he came to Coburntown near Spencerville in De Kalb County, Indiana working on a farm. He was superintendent of a Sunday school which was held in a schoolhouse at McCalla s Corners, and was active in church work, serving as superintendent, class leader, Sunday school teacher, trustee, financial board and as delegate for different religious assemblies. He was very active in the welfare of the community, serving in different official capacities in the public school, etc.

About 50 years ago he united with the United Brethren Church, of which he remained a faithful member, also active, until about two years ago, when his health failed and prevented him from attending the services where the Lord met and so woundrously blest him. In his last illness he was heard to say not once but many times, "His will be done, I am ready to go." Mr. Davis had been in failing health for a year afflicted with cancer.

Mr. Davis was married to Elizabeth Jane Shutt at Coburntown on October 24, 1875 and they settled at once on a farm at Jackson Center near Auburn. Four years later they bought a place three miles east of Hicksville, and later, after living near Spencerville in De Kalb County, Indiana 20 years, they retired 14 years ago from farm life and located in Defiance County, Hicksville Ohio. Mrs. Davis died there August 16, last.

Surviving are the daughter, Mrs. Arthur Doub; another daughter, Mrs. Martin Wagner of Auburn two sons, the Rev. L. M. Davis of Huntington and Clarence J. Davis of Milford, and seven grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter. Another son William preceded him in death when about 5 years of age. There are also two sisters; Mrs. Nancy R. Mills, of Waterville, Kansas, and Mrs. Elizabeth Bolejack of Barnes, Kansas and a brother, Wilson Davis of New Castle, Pennsylvania, besides other relatives and friends.

Although a great sufferer, he patiently endured the pain and was only waiting for the Master to come and take him to the eternal home where there is no pain, sickness or death, but one eternal day. So far as known there is only one surviving member of the company in which Mr. Davis served during the Civil War. Services were held in the Presbyterian Church at Hicksville, conducted by his pastor, Rev. H. J. Stahl, with burial at White City Cemetery near Spencerville.

Submitted June 13, 2001 by Keith Wagner

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CRESCENT NEWS, DEFIANCE OHIO, THURSDAY, APRIL 8,1948

MRS. DEVEAUX DEATH VICTIM

Defiance Woman's Funeral Will Be Conducted Saturday Mrs. Mary Elmira DeVeaux,79, widow of Isaac J. DeVeaux and former operator for 30 years of the Wayne Inn in Defiance, died Wednesday at 7 pm in Tiffin tp. Mrs. DeVeaux had been in failing health for sometime but bedfast only a few days because of infirmities of age. She dislocated a shoulder when she fell at Eastertime. The body is at the Morris Mortuary here where it will remain until services Saturday at 930 am in St. Mary's Catholic church. Rev. Gerald F. Connolly will officiate and burial will be in Riverside Cemetery. Mrs. DeVeaux was born in Ottawa on June 24, 1868 a daughter of the late Richard and Julia Cavanaugh Caton. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Goldie Mertz, Defiance, two brothers James Caton, Ottawa and Phillip Caton, McComb and a sister Mrs. Harley Hale, Florida, Ohio. Her husband died Jan. 1, 1926 and her son, Donald, Dec. 14, 1945. Members of St. Mary's Altar Society will say the Rosary at the mortuary Friday at 815 pm.

Submitted by Charlene Bauer, Aug, 15, 2001

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Forest A. Doud

Special to the Telegram

Hudson, June 5--Forest A. Doud, 81 years old, died Tuesday at 9 p.m. in his home at 403 Knowles Road. He was born Oct. 16, 1875, in Ney, Ohio, the son of Pope and Elizabeth Neiswander Doud. Mr. Doud was a farmer and had resided for many years near Pittsford and for 14 years near North Adams. The survivors are his widow, Maude Keller Doud; two sons, Raymond Doud of Detroit and Randel Doud of Hudson; one daughter, Miss Estella Doud of Detroit; four grandchildren and six great grandchildren. The funeral will be Friday at 2 p.m. at the Charles E. Brown and Son Funeral Home in Hudson. The Rev. Albert Wright of North Adams will officiate and burial will be in the Locust Corners cemetery.

Submitted by Beth MacDonald, Oct. 31, 2001

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Neil Doud

Neil Doud, son of L.P. and Elizabeth Neiswender Doud, was born at Ney, Ohio, May 10, 1873, and died at his home in Sherwood, Ohio, August 15, 1928, aged 55 years, 3 months, 5 days. His father died when he was five years old and his mother passed away in 1920. He was the older of two children, his brother, F.A. Doud; of Pittsford, Michigan, survives him. When he was 17 years old, he was converted during a revival service held in the Methodist church in Ney, by Rev. Wingate. During his entire life since then, he has been actively identified with Christian service. He united with the Church of God, but was interested in and worked in all churches. At different times he was engaged in evangelistic work and was a Sunday school teacher most of the time. He was especially interested in young people and it was always his earnest desire to win them to Christ. He was a careful student of the Bible and tried to be guided by its teaching in his private and business life. He was married to Miss Minnie Mavis of Farmer, May 30, 1901. They lived in Ney, and for two and a half years in New York, and in Sherwood since 1917. Mr. and Mrs. Doud had no children, but they obeyed the Scriptural injunction to "remember the fatherless" and gave a home and parents' love and care to four different children. His health began to fail nine years ago, but he continued his work and Sunday school activities until forced to give up three years ago. He was confined to his bed since last December, and although a great sufferer, bore it all with Christian patience, and found comfort in his Bible, which was always on his bed, and in the songs of Christian faith that he had committed to memory years ago. He will be missed by many friends and particularly by those who tenderly cared for him duringhis long illness, his wife and two foster daughters, Mrs. H.L. White of Toledo, and Mrs. Alvin Culler of Pittsburg, Pa. The funeral was held at the home, Saturday at 10 a.m., Rev. Angerer of the Methodist church, officiating. Burial in Sherwood cemetery. The pallbearers were Walter Prediger, Randle Doud, Chas. Doud, Roy Yarlott, Geo. Boterf, D.E. Moats. Card of Thanks We, the relatives of Neil Doud wish to thank all who helped in any way during his sickness and death. Rev. and, Mrs. Angerer for their word of comfort both in sermon and song, the W.C.T.U. and Reformed Aid Society for the splendid dinner which they served and to Mrs. M. Delle Monts for her home where the dinner was served. - Mrs. Minnie Doud, Mr. and Mrs. F.A. Doud, Mrs. Mildred Moon, Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Neiswender. Those out of town attending the funeral were F.A. Doud and wife, Pittsford, Michigan, Randle and Miss Estelle Doud, Detroit, Mich., W.E. Doud, Chas. Ellis, Ft. Wayne, Ind., A.J. Neiswender and wife. Mildred Moon, Bryan, Ohio, A.W. Mavis, John Mavis, Walter Prediger and wife, Edgerton, Ohio, Martin Neidbardt, wife and daughter Lillian, Hicksville, Ohio, Laura Arnold and son Loyd, Farmer, Ohio, Roy Yarlott, Defiance, Ohio, Ora Stailey, Jennie Renz, Ida Strusaker, Mary Maiers, Aaron Yarlott and Chas. Doud, Ney, O.

Submitted by Beth MacDonald, Oct. 31, 2001

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Defiance Paper March 5 1864

In Richland Township February 20th of Consumption, Mrs. Julia Ann F. Elliott wife of John Elliott aged 25 years, 9 months and 13

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In Richland township October 27th 1863 Mary Ann F. Ramsay daughter of James and Margaret Ramsay aged 20 years 2 monts and 8 days Julia and Mary were sisters

Submitted by Nancy Sines Schultz,1-27-2002

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Florence Edith Figley

Florence Edith Figley born August 15 1881 Tiffin Twp Ohio date of Death August 20 1958 Tiffin Twp Ohio burial Evansport Cemetery. From her 50th wedding article it says. Frank L. and Florence Rigley spent their married life in Tiffin twp. The couple began housekeeping on the same farm where they lived. It was Mr. Figley's birthplace 2 years after their marriage they moved to the farm of Mr Figley's grandfather Mr John J weiland., Daughter survived them Mrs Robert (Doris) Rowna Evansport.

Submitted by Nancy Sines Schultz,1-27-2002

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Isaac A Gibler

Isaac A Gibler Def. Crescent July 24 1972 Isaac A. Gibler age 81, born Sept 13 1890 in Tuscarawas Co Ohio was a son of Andrew and Sarah A (Henline) Gibler. He and Mabel Connor were married and she died Jan 1 1934. He and Mrs Ethel Hoover were married and she died June 2 1968. Survivin are two sons Richard E Oakwood, Virgil J Danville Illinois, two daughters Mrs Rovert (Viola) Lontow, and Mrs Alvin (Lucille Meyer Hamler. burial at Riverside Cemetery.

Submitted by Nancy Sines Schultz,1-27-2002

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Lewis A Gibler

Lewis A Gibler 47 died Feb 11 1960, He was born in Defiance on Nov 15 1912 a son of George and Estella (Roehrig) Gibler. He was married on March 20 1937 to Vivian Baum. He also leaves a daughter Ruth Ann Blue, sons Robert and Gary. a brother George, and two sister Mrs Robert (Mildred) Dietrich, and Mrs Sidney (Eldora) Sines. Burial at Ayersville Cemetery.

Submitted by Nancy Sines Schultz1-27-2002

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Defiance Crescent News April 8 1941

Estella Gibler Died in Monroe Evansport Woman's Funeral will be held here Thursday

Mrs Estella E. Gibler 49 of Evansport a former Defiance resident died at 330pm Monday at the home of her duaghter, Mrs Mildred Dietrich, Monroe Mich. where she had been for the past several days while taking treatments in Toldeo for carcinoma. The remains have been brought to the Mansfield funeral home here, where services will be held at 2 pm Thursday. Mrs Gibler, wife of George Gibler was born in Noble Township Aug 12 1891. She lived in Tiffin township during her early life, then came to Defiance and spent 25 years here before moving to Evansport about four years ago.

She leaves her husband, two daughters Mrs Robert Dietrich Monroe Mich, Eldora at home; two sons Lewis Ayersville, and George Jr at home; three sisters Mrs Ada Leaders in Tennessee, and Mrs Mary Lang and Mrs Lulu Speiser Defiance, five brothers Amos Roehrig Dayton, Albert Oakwood, and Lyman, James and John Defiance and three grandchildren.

(She was the daughter of Lewis and Catherine (Kuszmaul) Roehrig, burial at Evansport Cemetery)

Submitted by Nancy Sines Schultz1-27-2002

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Defiance Crescent News died Jan 16 1944

George Gibler Long Ill, Dies Former Edison Co. Employe Expires in Evansport at age of 57

George Gibler, 57 for many years an employe of the Toledo Edison Co at the Defiance gas house and for the past seven years a resident of Evansport, died at his home Sunday night after an illiness of nine years. He was born in Sandyville in Southern Ohio. HIs wife Estella died in April 1940 Surviving are two daughters Mrs Mildred Dietrich Monroe Mich, Mrs Eldora Sines Evansport, and two sons Lewsi Aversville and George in the Army at Camp Breckenridge Ky. There are five grandchildren. He leaves also a sister Mrs Sam Todd Ottawa and a brother Isaac Toledo. The body is at Mansfield funeral home where funeral will be held Time of services has not been determined pending arrival of a son-in-law Sidney Sines enroute home from Camp McClellan Ala. The son George is now at home on furlough. Burial will be in Evansport Cemetery. (son of Andrew and Sarah (Henline) Gibler)

Submitted by Nancy Sines Schultz1-27-2002

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Defiance Crescent News died March 25 1927

25 year resident of Defiance Dies Mrs Sarah Ann Gibler, Stark co Native Ill all winter

Death claimed Mrs Sarah Ann Gibler 75 wife of Andrew Gibler at her home 632 Ravine avenue Sunday at 1030pm after a week illness resulting from heart and kidney trouble. She had been in poor health all winter. Mrs Gibler was born in Stark Co (parents Tobias and Susannah Fetters Henline) and has been a resident of Defiance for more than 25 years. She is survived by her husband, three sones George and Isaac Gibler of Defiance and Jack of Sandyville Ohio, one daughter Mrs Sam Todd of Ottawa Ohio, ten grandchildren and two brothers Wesley Henline of Magnolia Ohio and Ben of McComb. Two sons and a daughter proceded her in death. The remains will be taken to Sugar Ridge cemetery Leipsic for burial Wednesday aft services at 1030 am at the home John Peoples will be in charge.

Submitted by Nancy Sines Schultz1-27-2002

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died Friday 1 31 1941

Andrew Gibler died at daughter's home.

Andrew Gibler 87 passed away Monday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs Sam Todd Ottawa. He had been ailing for the last 16 months and suffered a stroke of paralysis severaly days before his demise which was the immediate cause of death. He was born on August 23 1853 at Waynesburg Ohio the son of Jacob and Catherine (Downs) Gibler. He came to Ottawa to make his home with his daughter following his wife's death. He spent the greater part of his life on a farm in Stark County Ohio. He is survived by the daughter in Ottawa three sons Jacob of Sandyvill, George of Evansport Ohio and Isaac of Defiance Ohio 10 grandchildren 7 great grandchildren. Two sons a duaghter four brother and two sisters preceded him in death. Funeral services were heald Wednesday with Rev C.D. Dayton in Charge burial was made in Sugar Ridge cemetery at Leipsic.

Submitted by Nancy Sines Schultz1-27-2002

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Defiance Crescent News, Thursday, Spetember 25, 1952

MRS. EMMA ELIZABETH HALE

Mrs. Emma Elizabeth Hale, 70, an assistant to the dean of women at Defiance College, was found dead in bed at her room in Trowbridge Hall, a women's dormitory, today at about 9 am. Her attending physician who had been doctoring her for a heart condition said a heart attack caused death probably about 6 o'clock this morning during her sleep. Dr. Maria Helena Nagy, director of Trowbridge, discovered the body. Mrs. Hale, a daughter of Richard and Julia Cavanaugh Caton was born in Putnam County on June 28, 1882. Surviving are a son, Ralph C. Hale, 420 West High St., a brother James Caton, Napoleon, five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. The body was removed to the Morris Mortuary. Mrs. Hale was a member of the Altar Society of St. Mary's Catholic church, and the rosary will be recited at the mortuary Friday at 8 pm. Services will be in St. Mary's church Saturday at 930 am in charge of Rev. Gerald F. Connolly. Burial will be in Riverside cemetery.

Submitted by Charlene Bauer, Aug, 15, 2001

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Mrs. Samuel (Lucy MARIHUGH) HARPER

DEFIANCE DEMOCRAT, Thursday, July 13, 1882, p, 1, c.

We have one death to chronical this week, that of Mrs. Samuel HARPER of this township, died of consumption. She leaves a husband and several small children to mourn her loss. Mr. HARPER has the sympathy of many friends.

Note: Mrs. HARPER was Lucy M. (MARIHUGH) HARPER; d/o Russell and Elizabeth (LENOX) MARIHUGH

Submitted by  Elizabeth Montgomery, March 6, 2002

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Samuel HARPER

DAILY CRESCENT NEWS, Monday, October 16, 1905

OLD SOLDIER DIES

Samuel HARPER, an aged resident living near Montpelier, died Saturday. The remains were brought to this city this afternoon and tomorrow will be taken to the Baptist church south of Ayersville where the funeral will occur in the afternoon at 2 o’clock. Burial in the Hill cemetery. The deceased was the brother of James HARPER of Ayersville, and was an old soldier.

Note: Samuel was s/o William and Betsy (PETERSON) HARPER

Submitted by  Elizabeth Montgomery, March 6, 2002

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James M. HARPER

DEFIANCE CRESCENT-NEWS Tuesday, July 28, 1925, pg.7

OBITUARY

James M. HARPER was born Nov. 9, 1846 in Lenawee Co., Mich. He was one of a family of eight children born to William HARPER, who was born in Ireland, and his wife Betsy (PETERSON) HARPER. One brother, David, was killed in the Civil war. He was married on Sept. 14, 1868 to Miss Nancy HILL of Warsaw, Ind., and to this union seven children were born, five having preceded him in death. One daughter, Ethel died at the age of 14 years, the others passed away in infancy. James HARPER was a farmer and a resident of Highland township for 70 years. He  moved on his farm of 80 acres south of Mt Calvary church when it was all in woods and  with his faithful wife cleared a small plot upon which they erected a log cabin was their home for many years. Nine years ago they moved to the home they occupied at the time of his death. He became a Christian in his youth and was one of the charter members of Center Chapel Baptist church and helped to it in the year 1887, and to which he belonged till the time of his departure. He had been in failing health since last Christmas time, He suffered much, but was resigned to the will of God and ready to go when in the early morning of July 23, 1925 he quietly   passed away at the age of 78 yrs. 8 mos., and 14 days, leaving to mourn their loss a wife, son Harry of Highland township and daughter Mrs. Jennie BLANCHARD of Hillsdale, Mich., 5 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. Hannah MAY of Battle Creek, Mich. Mrs. Hattie WISWELL of Morenci, Mich., and a host of friends.  

Submitted by  Elizabeth Montgomery, March 6, 2002

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Defiance Crescent News Dec. 09, 1929-AGED DEFIANCE WOMAN EXPIRES

Mrs. Lucy Hemlinger Rites will be held here Wed. Mrs. Lucy Arvilla Hemlinger, 85, widow of Milton Hemlinger, who had lived in Definace since 1900, died today at 6 a.m. at the home of a daughter, Mrs. L. E. Eitniear, 909 Wesley St., after being in failing health for 5 years due to infirmities of age. The funeral will be held Wed. at 230 p.m. at the Mansfield funeral home, Jefferson Ave. and 5th St. with Rev. F.M. Swinehart, pastor of St. Paul's Methodist Episcopal Church officiating. Burial will be made in Sherwood Cemetery. Mrs. Hemlinger was born in Morrow Co. on Apr. 1, 1844, a daughter of the late Joseph(Job) and Sarah (Hardman) Foust. When 12 years old, she moved with her parents to Van Wert Co. At the age of 21, she was married to John Knestrick, who died in Van Wert Feb. 5, 1881. Mr. and Mrs. Knestrick had 5 children who survive Horace Knestrick, Mt. Gilead; Willis Knestrick, Defiance; Mrs. John Eller, Van Wert; Mrs. Hugh Davidson, Detroit; and Ishe(Isaac) Knestrick, Ft. Wayne, IN. In July 1883, Mr. and Mrs. Hemlinger were married at Van Wert and had 3 children Mrs. Eitniear, Defiance; Mrs. E.A. Wheaton, Sherwood and Louis Hemlinger, who was killed here May 22, 1918 when a team of horses ran away at the Turnbull Wagon Co. There are 14 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren surviving. Mrs. Hemlinger also leaves a brother Chauncey Foust, South Bend, Ind.

 

Submitted May 20, 2001 by Lucy Rulman Weaver, granddaughter

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George W. Kellar

George W. Kellar, son of George and Mary Campbell Kellar, one of a family of twelve children, was born May 15th, 1850 in Washington township, Defiance county,  Ohio, and died May 5, 1925, only ten days before his 75th birthday. He was married to Loretta Purtee July 4th, 1875. To this union were born two sons, Donald E., who died in infancy, Clyde, who died in Detroit Aug. 31, 1924, and one daughter, Maud, Mrs. F.A. Doud, with whom he made his home since the death of his wife, April 16, 1923, and who cared for him in his last sickness. He leaves to mourn, beside the daughter, three grandchildren, Raymond P. and Randel C. Doud of Detroit and Estella F. Doud, two sisters, Mrs. Rozella Yarlot of Ogden, Utah, and Mrs. Rachel Hanna, of Ney, Ohio. He was converted quite young and united with the Church of God at the Bethel, later becoming identified with the M.E. church of Ney, Ohio. About fourteen years ago the family came to a farm near Pittsford, Hillsdale county, Michigan, where he died. He was a thoughtful and loving husband and father and a kind neighbor and friend.

 

Ohio Paper

George Washington Keller passed away at the home of his daughter, Anna Maud, Mrs. F.A. Doud, at Pittsford, Mich., Tuesday morning, May 5 aged 74 years, 11 months, 20 days, survived by the daughter, three grandchildren, Raymond and Rannel Doud of Detroit, and Estella Doud of Pittsford, two aged sisters, Mesd. Rosaltha Yarlot of Ogden, Utah, and Rachel (Harry Hanna) of near Ney and many other relatives and a host of friends to regret his passing to that other world where all must sometime go. The funeral was held at the Ney M.E. Church Thursday afternoon, conducted by Rev. J.H. Bolton retired Church of God pastor, with interment at Ney, where his wife and two sons, Clyde and Donald, are buried. Music was furnished by Messrs. A.C. Garer and G.E. Yeagley, Miss Winifred Hemenway and Mrs. Leon Replogle, with Mrs. F.M. Stailey at the piano. The pallbearers were cousins or nephews, Joe and Theodore Keller of Defiance, Simon Bugg of Detroit, and Robert Renz, Ed Renz, Jr., and C.P. Mack of Ney. Mr. Keller was the youngest child in a family of six daughters and three sons in the home George R. and Mary Campbell Keller from Pennsylvania, who settled west of what was afterward located as Georgetown (in 1846) and then Ney, in 1845, where George was born and grew up. He married the youngest daughter of an old pioneer Tiffin township family, Loretta Victorine , daughter of George and Anna Gurwell Purtee, July 4, 1875, and who died at their Michigan home on April 16, 1923, aged 68. For a good many years they conducted a me at market at Ney selling out some fifteen years ago and going to Pittsford on a farm. The children deceased, William Clyde, at Detroit, Aug. 31, 1924, aged 47, and Donald George at a few months old, Nov. 11, 1880, being the second child. We knew George for more than fifty years and always considered him a pretty good citizen for any place and anywhere. A good business man, a good fellow all around, as one would ordinarily find. He was first identified with the Church of God and then with the M.E. but do not know if he was connected with any church of late years. However there is a difference in considering a man's good parts with any set cred or dogma as ordinarily conceived. Peace be with him in that other world beyond our sight. Card of Thanks We desire to convey our heartfelt gratitude to our kind neighbors and friends, to the minister and singers, to those who bestowed the beautiful floral tokens, and to all who in any manner comforted and assisted us during the illness and burial of our beloved father. - Mrs. Artie Doud and Family.

 

Submitted by Beth MacDonald, Oct. 31, 2001

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Hudson -  Mrs. George Keller Dies

The people who know Mr. and Mrs. George Keller are sorry to hear of Mrs. Keller's death. She had gone to Hudson to have some dental work done and had taken an anaesthetic to relieve the pain. The effect of the anaesthetic was toomuch for her and she died in the chair. Her body will be taken to the former home in Ohio Thursday where it will be buried. A whort service will be held at the home of her daughter Mrs. Doud by Rev. G. A. Emerich early Thursday morning. Card of Thanks We desire to express our sincere thanks to relatives, neighbors and friends for their kind assistance and beautiful floral offerings at the death of our beloved wife and mother. We also thank Rev. Fauver for his consoling words and the male quartette and pianist for their singing. George Keller,   Clyde Keller,  Mr. and Mrs. Artie Doud and family

Submitted by Beth MacDonald, Oct. 31, 2001

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William Clyde Keller

William Clyde Keller, son of Geo. And Etta Keller, was born in Washington township, Defiance county, Ohio, August 31, 1877 and departed this life at Detroit, Mich., Aug. 31, 1924, aged 47 years. On September 23, 1906 he was united in marriage to Miss Nora May Motter. Mr. Keller has been engaged in the meat market business the greater part of his life. Clyde was a man who made friends wherever he went. He leaves a wife, aged father, one sister, two nephews, a niece and a host of relatives and friends to mourn his departure. His mother preceded him in death April 15, 1923. Mr. Keller was a member of the K. Of P. lodge at Hudson, Mich.

 

Additional Obit

The funeral of Clyde Keller, of Detroit was held at the M.E. church Wednesday afternoon, conducted y Rev. J.H. Bolton, with interment at Ney where are buried his little brother Donald who died Nov. 4, 1880, and his mother, Mrs. Loretta Purtee Keller, who died April 16, 1923. The pall bearers were Saul Andres, Wm. H. Baker, C.E. Kintner, Wm. A. Mack, Ora C. Marsh, John W. Pollock. Those present from a distance were his father, George Keller, and sister, Maud, Mrs. Arthur Doud, Mr. D., their sons, Raymond and wife, and Rannel, and daughter, Estella, of Pittsford, Mich., John Keller and wife of Hicksville, Charley Keller and wife of Sherwood. Clyde married Nora, daughter of Lewis and Emma Benner Motter, Sept. 23, 1906, about 15 years ago the families going to Pittsford, Clyde soon going to Hudson, then to Detroit, working at the butcher business as he did here. His wife has been keeping house for her brother George in Defiance since his wife died several years ago. On Clyde's 47th birthday, Aug. 31, a party was held at which some sort of trouble arose when a man present struck Clyde on the head with a hammer, killing him instantly. The murderer is in jail awaiting his trial. Clyde's friends remember him kindly. Card of Thanks We desire to thank the friends and neighbors for their kindness and sympathy, those who furnished machines, those who sent floral offerings and Rev. J.H. Bolton for his consoling words. - Mrs. Wm. Keller

Submitted by Beth MacDonald, Oct. 31, 2001

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The Chronicle May 31 1912, and also the Sherwood Herald page 8

Susannah Kuszmaul was born in Cumberland Co Va in the year of 1824 departed this life at the home of her daughter, Mrs Emma Roush May 19 1912 at the age of 88 years. She leaves to mourn her sad departure five sons and two daughters Lewis W and Wesley N of Camden Ind, Michael M of Orwell Ohio, Jacob E of Pioneer Ohio, Mrs Ella (Lewis) Roehrig of Defiance Ohio, Martin F and Mrs Emma Roush of Sherwood Ohio, also forty two grand children and eightly great grandchildren. She has lived a devoted Christian life since the age of twenty five.

The funeral was held in the U.R. church on Wednesday May 22 at 10 o'clock conducted by Rev Peoples and the body laid to rest in Sherwood Cemetery Sherwood Ohio.

Nancy Sines Schultz,  1-27-2002

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Defiance Paper, April 28 1902

Once Prosperous, age Citizen Dies in Infirmary

Martin Kushmaul died at the county infirmary at 6 p.m. today aged 83 years of shaking palsy. He had been an inmate of the infirmary for fourteen years. The deceased was at one time a big land ownere in this county. He was well connected and had many family friends who were well able to take care of him but it is said that he was hard to get along with and for that reason spent he last days in the infirmary. A second stroke of paralysis last week hastened the death of the old man.

(He is buried at Burnersburg Cemetery and had been married to Susannah Kuszmaul but she devorced him in 1886)

Submitted by Nancy Sines Schultz1-27-2002

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These are shortened obits of the children of Lewis and Catherine Kuszmaul Roehrig

MARY LANG Nov 8 1944 Mary Lang wife of William H Lang died. Mrs Lang was born in Noble twp on Oct 4 1874 and is survived by William H Lang Husband, two sons Glen and Richard of Defiance, two daughters Mrs Frieda Erman Defiance and Mrs Delta Geren West Millgrove Ohio. Three brothers Albert, Amos, Lyman and two sisters Mrs Lula Speiser and Mrs Ada Leaders. A son, three sisters and four brothers preceded her in death.

Submitted by Nancy Sines Schultz1-27-2002

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This a shortened obit of the child of Lewis and Catherine Kuszmaul Roehrig

ADA LEADERS April 14 1958 Ada A Leaders widow of Cornelius Leaders burial at Burnersburgs Cemetery. Susvived by three daughters Mrs Carrie Mills, Mrs Carl (Thelma) Fessel both Defiance, and Mrs Dallas (Jeanette) Gisler Holgate, Two brothers Amos and Lyman. She was preceded in death by her hasband on SEpt 23 1934 two daughters Leoda and Ellen and two sons Harmon and Blaked. Five brothers Elmer, John, William, James and Albert, and five sisters Mrs Emma Brunner, Mrs Mary Lang, Mrs Susan Slough, Mrs Estella Gibler, and Mrs Lulu Speiser. Mrs Leaders was born May 14 1880 and married to Mr Leaders on Sept 27 1901

Submitted by Nancy Sines Schultz1-27-2002

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Caroline Lenhart, age 84, wife of Peter Lenhart died at her home on North Ridge, Friday morning at 130, leaving four children. The funeral took place at 930 Monday morning, at St. Michael's Church, North Ridge. (Date of death 5 Jan. 1900) (Maiden name Clemens)

Submitted May 19, 2001 by Jerry Weaver, Grandson

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JOHN LENHART EXPIRES AT 88-SOLEMN REQUIEM MASS WILL BE CONDUCTED FRIDAY

John Lenhart, 88 year old retired farmer, died of infirmities of age at his home, 834 Washington Avenue, Tuesday at 7 p.m., after being bedfast for ten days. Solemn requiem high Mass will be celebrated Friday at 930 a.m. in St. Mary's Catholic Church, followed by burial in St. Michael's Ridge cemetery. Mr. Lenhart was born in Defiance on April 12, 1854, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Lenhart. He resided most of his life on a farm at St. Michael's Ridge and he had lived in Defiance since 1921. He was married Jan. 14, 1880 to Mary Elizabeth Coressel, who died March 13, 1938. Mr. Lenhart leaves four daughters and five sons Sister Margaret Mary, R.S.M., Mercy Hospital, Toledo; Mrs. Mary Grimes, Toledo; Mrs .Lloyd(Coletta G.) Kretz, St. Michaels; Mrs. Floyd(Cevilla) Weaver, Defiance; John P., Frank A., and Cletus V., all of St. Michaels, and George W., Brunersburg, and Louis J., Defiance. Three children preceded Mr. Lenhart in death Sister Mary Veronica, R.S.M., who died Sept. 5, 1933, and Rosalia and Cecelia, who passed away in infancy. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and of the Holy Name Society.(date of death 28 Apr. 1942)

Submitted May 19, 2001 by Jerry Weaver, Grandson

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Defiance Democrat-Column 2-page 7 Thursday Nov. 14, 1895

DEATH OF A PIONEER

Peter Leonhard, one of the most highly respected pioneer farmers of Adams township, died Saturday, Nov. 9, aged 84 years, 6 months and 28 days. Funeral services Tuesday, Nov. 12th at 9 o'clock, at St. Michael's church, North Ridge. Mr. Leonhard came to this country over forty years ago from Steinwenden, Bavaria. He located first in Cleveland, where he lived four years. From that place he came to Defiance county, where he settled down for life as a farmer. He hewed a farm out of the wilderness and raised a large family of children, who are all grown up and married except one. In the death of Mr. Leonhard the people of Adams township have lost an excellent citizen, one who has done his full share to help improve the country and leave a name to be remembered with respect among all his fellowmen. This paper extends to the family of the deceased its heartfelt sympathy in their affliction.

(name spelled incorrectly in news item-should be Lenhardt)

Submitted May 19, 2001 by Jerry Weaver, Grandson

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William Linebrink

Sep 14 1912 William Linebrink aged 69 years 5 months and 11 days died at his home near Evansport . The deceased was born Apr. 4 1843 and came to Defiance co. in 1849. In 1862 he enlisted in Co. K.O.V.I. and served three years. He was married in 1866 to Mary Toberan. He is survived by the widow, three sons, five daughters and one brother. He early joined German M.E. Church at Evansport, but when that disbanded aliated with St. John's M.E. church. Bruial at church cemetery in Tiffin Twp.

Submitted by Nancy Sines Schultz1-27-2002

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Mrs Mary (Toberan) Linebrink

Feb 7 1927 Mrs Mary (Toberan) Linebrink 83 widow of William Linebrink and native of Tiffin Twp. died at her home near Evansport, after an illness of more than a month with chronic myocarditis. Funeral servcies will be held at St John's Methodist Church , where Mrs Linebrink was a member. Burial will be in St John's cemetery. Mr Linebrink was born in Tiffin Twp on April 28 1843. She was married to William Linebrink on July 7 1866 who died Spet 16 1912. About a year after their marriage Mr and Mrs Linebrink moved to the farm home where she died yesterday. Surviving are three sons Jacob Alfred and Ernest R Linebrink Tiffin Twp, and five daughters Miss Inez Linebrink at home, Mrs Edith Replogle Evansport, Mrs John Highea Adams twp, Mrs Sarah Bohnear Montpelier Oh, Miss Nora Linebrink Chicago.

Submitted by Nancy Sines Schultz1-27-2002

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[Defiance] Daily Crescent, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 1891

Mrs. Mary Lyman

Mrs. Mary Lyman, who was buried here yesterday, was one of the old pioneers of this section and was well and favorably known to the old citizens of this city. From an old resident of the city the following facts are learned of her life since coming to this county. At the time of her death she was in her eighty-sixth year. She was born in Connecticut and came to Defiance in 1836. Her first husband was Nathaniel B. Adams; he died August 9, 1843. By this union one child was born to them, Ellen, who was married to George C. Backus. Mrs. Lyman was married to Sereno Lyman about 1845 in this city. One child, a daughter, was the fruits of this marriage. This daughter died in infancy. Mrs. Lyman and her husband moved to Cincinnati and resided there several years. She returned here about 1858. Mr. Lyman died in 1856.

Mrs. Lyman has resided for several years with her grand-son, G. D. [George Dwight] Backus, at Holgate, where she passed her last days on earth. She was the grandmother of John and Nat Backus, well known in this city. The aged lady was a conscientious christian and at the time of her death was the oldest living member of the Presbyterian church of this city, having become identified with that society in 1837. She was the only member living of the old organization, Mrs. Carter being the next oldest member. She was always identified with the best interests of the church and has seen it grow from a small organization to one of the largest and most flourishing in the city.

Submitted by Julianne Fishell, Feb. 12, 2002

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