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“DR A E MANN is recovering from severe burns received when he was struck by a live wire over a week ago and is able to sit up a few minutes each day: “  Morning Republican Thurs 5-15-1913



He was born 1805 in New Jersey.  He married Sarah Anne Hovenson on 6/14/1827 in Sussex County NJ. She was born about 1798 PA and died between 1860 at the time of the census and  November of 1861. He can  be found in the Vanlue area in 1840 Jackson Twp pg 42a [1-1--1:-1-11-1]. This census suggests that there was a young woman born 1810-1820 living there with them.  It suggests that

either it was a sister to he or Anne or that it was a daughter by a previous marriage of Sarah Anne as she was abt 29 at the time of her marriage to Charles. [Of note is that there was an Isaac K. Mann living

in Cass Twp of Hancock County on pg 22 of the census] Charles can be followed through the census in 1850, Jackson Twp pg 89b, he age 45 and Sarah age 49, with the 3 children still at home and 1860

Jackson Twp pg 237b of the census. They had 3 children, Amba  Franklin  b 1830-1832 NJ and died 1-3-1901 [He married Margaret Iler on 1-1-1852 in Hancock County], Horace born 1835, and Sarah

 J. born 1840,  After Anne died, He married Judeth Bly on 11-3-1861 in Hancock County. He and Judeth can be found on the 1870 census, Findlay Twp pg 119a. He age 65 and retired as a farmer, Judith

age 50 born PA.  There is a Catherine Bly age 21 born OH living with them, no occupation. She is assumed then to be a daughter of Judeth by a previous marriage [Judith was abt 41 at her marriage to



Of interest is that on the 1840 census in NJ, was that the following Mann names were found. ISAAC in Warren County Hardwick Twp pg 376, JACOB same page, and Elve on pg 376 of same county. Also, ABIJAH Mann, pg 127 of Sussex County NJ.



“ the MARVIN family vault in Maple Grove Cemetry has been completed. The cost was $3,000.” Weekly Jeffersonian Thurs 12-28-1893



According to the “History of Hancock County” by anonymous pub 1886, RACHEL MCBRIDE was the first teacher 1834-1835 in Eagle township, at the first log schoolhouse built near Eagle Creek.



“Postmaster MCCAMEY’s term as postmaster at McComb expires Feb 1st. A J EWING is working hard to succeed him.” Weekly Jeffersonian Thurs 12-28-1893



"CHARLES G. MCKINLEY and family of Toledo spent Sunday in Findlay with his sister MISS MINNIE MCKINLEY and with the REV. JACOB BAUMGARDNER who is here attending the M E. conference. Mr. Mckinley, formerly with the Morning Republican, is now district manager for the Erie Tire and Rubber company of Sandusky." Weekly Jeffersonion 9-11-1919



First settlers of Liberty twp 1822 E pt NW ¼ sec 7, W pt SW ¼ sec 7



“MRS MARY A MCMANNISS has commenced suit against Drs KIMMEL, DUNLAP, & CARROTHERS for $10,000.00 In her petition she charges that the above doctors were responsible for the death of her husband JOHN MCMANNISS who was struck on the head by JOE DONAVIN. This case will prove to be one of great interest.” Weekly Jeffersonian Thurs 6-18-1891



First settler of Biglick twp 1823 W ½ SE ¼ sec 34



“MISS AMANDA MILLER closed a very successful term of school last Friday in sub district no 8, Blanchard township.  The house was well filled. A grand dinner was served by the ladies of which all partook heartily after which an entertainment was given by the school. Speeches were made by patrons of the district. All enjoyed themselves.”

Weekly Jeffersonian Thurs 4-1-1891



“The loss sustained in the Rosita fire by F L MILLER formerly of this county is set down at $20,000. The property burned was insured for $8,500.”  Weekly Jeffersonian Thurs 3-17-1881


“ News was received Thursday morning from JOHN SOURS who is living in Rosita Colorado stating that every business house in that place was destroyed by fire Wednesday. The telegram was sent to Col HUBER who left on Tuesday for Rosita.  The Col had two drugstores in the burned town with but slight insurance on either. FRANK MILLER of this county also had a large share in Rosita”

Weekly Jeffersonian Thurs 3-17-1881



JOHN MISAMORE , born 12-25-1813 Pickaway C OH. To MICHAEL MISAMORE & MARY HAGER.  MICHAEL bought 640 acres in Pickaway C when Ohio was first organized as a state, then moved to Hancock C in 1831 in Jackson twp [later became a part of Amanda twp.] He settled 160 acres being 2 tracts in sec 13.  His son JOHN [ one of 11 children] married RACHEL HAMMOND in 1835,  the daughter of MORDECAI HAMMOND & ZILLAH GILBERT. They had 5 children.  After her death, JOHN married MARY A SHELDON and had 13 children by her.  Discover more info re this family at:



“ Monday morning everybody wondered what was the matter with JAMES MOFFITT of Dayton avenue who came rushing sown Main street at breakneck speed in the direction of  the Urchlitz tailor shop and when anyone tried to find out the cause of the great excitement all he could say was “I am very much in need of a new suit of clothes a few sizes larger than the ones I have.”  Dr Beardsley came  along just in time to help Mr Moffitt collect his senses together enough to say “Don’t you know I am grandpa?””  Republican Jeffersonian Monday 4-4-1905



“JOSEPH MOOS, the little boy who has bee ill with smallpox at the home of his parents on West Main Cross street for the past ten days has been discharged by his physician and the house will be fumigated Monday”  Republican Jeffersonian Monday 4-4-1905



Morning Republican 7-24-1909 “ M C MORRISON of the boat ‘Buckeye’ overhauled and cleaned his engine, Friday, and had it running smoothly in the afternoon.”



“Word has been received by friends in the city of the birth of a son to MR & MRS ROBERT MOTHERWELL, of Aberdeen, Wash, on Monday.  The little one has been named ROBERT III.  MR MOTHERWELL will be remembered as the son of MRS R. B. MOTHERWELL of Center street.” Weekly Jeffersonian Thursday 1-28-1915



“On March 28, ISAAC MURRAY, the tile manufacturer at Arcadia, sold his tile plant and his farm and left without telling any one where he was going. He left his wife and two children, who have gone to Mrs MURRAY’S parents in Leipsic.  Why Mr MURRAY left or where he has gone appears to be a mystery” Findlay Weekly Jeffersonian Thursday 4-20-1893



“Word sent to friends in the city announced that JOHN MURRAY has arrived at Dublin. [Ireland] A coincidence of the voyage is that he came to America on the R M S Baltic five years ago and that upon his first visit home he took passage on the same ship.  He is an American citizen and a world war soldier.” Weekly Jeffersonian 4-8-1920



"Melvin Murry of Elm street and Jesse Hanna of Garfield avenue have gone to Burnburket, near Ranger Texas where they will work in the oil fields.  Mrs. HANNA and two sons and Mrs. MURRY will go west as soon as a location can be found for them." Weekly Jeffersonian Thursday 9-11-1919



“Auditor METCALF & Commissioner GRABER were in Toledo yesterday delivering $15,000 ditch bonds to Spitzer & Co.” Weekly Jeffersonian Thurs 12-28-1893



From the Republican Courier Monday September 20, 1937:

“Arthur [Poddy] Musgrave, 62 farmer, died at 4:45 o’clock Sunday afternoon at the home of his brother, Marion Musgrave, six miles south of Findlay on the Findlay-Arlington Road.  He had been ill from a complication of diseases for a year. Last Thursday he was removed from Findlay Home and Hospital to home of his brother after a week’s treatment.  He had been bedfast for several weeks.  Born March 28, 1875 in Hancock County, he was the son of Hiram and Adeline [Guysinger] Musgrave. He spent his entire life in the county.  Besides his brother MARION, he leaves two sisters, MRS FRANCES WOLFORD,  of Arlington and MRS JAY FIELDS, of Findlay, rural route four.  Funeral services will be held at 2:30 o’clock Tuesday afternoon from the Williamstown U B church with Rev C E JEFFERS of Dunkirk officiating.  The Goff funeral home of Carey is in charge of arrangements.  Place of interment had not been determined last evening”



“MR & MRS C D MUSGRAVE, went to Idaho last fall where former engaged in teaching , arrived here last week and will spend time with relatives and friends” Findlay Morning Republican 6-21-1913



He lived in Delaware Twp, born about 1840 there.  In tracing his roots, He is the son of WILLIAM & MARGARET MUSGRAVE who can be found in Delaware Twp as early as the 1840 census.  WILLIAM was born abt 1805. The 1850 census says he was born in PA like his wife MARGARET, however later census state he was born in VA.  On the 1840 census Hancock C Delaware Twp pg 45 shows WILLIAM MUSGROVE [ a common misspelling for this surname] with a son age 0-5, a son age 10-15, himself age 30-40, his wife age 30-40, a daughter 0-5, 5-10, and one 10-15.  On the 1850 census WILLIAM can be found again in Delaware Twp pg 75b.  He is 45, MARGARET 46, THOMAS 22 [all the children were born Ohio], ELIZABETH 19, NANCY 17, MARY 14, HIRAM 10, CATHARINE 6, WM. H. 5.  Of note is that 2 doors down another THOMAS MUSGRAVE age 22 b OH is found with wife MARGARET A. 22OH, & ADALINE B 4-1850.  Now what his relationship to William is has yet to be discovered.  In 1860, there are only 3 Musgrave’s found in Delaware Twp.  HIRAM is found pg 164, his father WILLIAM pg 163 with wife MARGARET,  son WILLIAM H. 14, & ANDREW [his brother most likely] 49, and lastly HIRAM’S brother THOMAS 31 is found on pg 163.  In 1870, Delaware Twp pg 88b, HIRAM and THOMAS live 2 doors apart, and his father WILLIAM lives just down the road.  WILLIAM H. can be found pg 83, age 24.  HIRAM has named a son WILLIAM H.  as well.  ANDREW MUSGRAVE could not be found.  I was able to  find WILLIAM MUSGRAVE SR on the death records. He died 4-9-1893, widowed, age 86y11m22d, born VA, cause Old Age.



“ADAM MYERS  of Amanda township one of the early pioneers of Hancock county died on Sunday. He came to this county over forty years ago. Peace to his ashes.”

Weekly Jeffersonian Thurs 3-17-1881



“SAMUEL MYERS ex sheriff of Hancock county residing at 524 N Cory street is 80 years old. RICHARD SHOWALTER of Union Township is 82 years old. Readers will please send in names of persons over 80”  Morning Republican 3-20-1909



“ MR & MRS GEORGE NESSLER visited with MR & MRS PHILIP WILCH  Friday afternoon”  Weekly Jeffersonian 4-8-1920



“ELIHU T NOWLAN was appointed  postmaster at Rawson on Friday” Findlay Weekly Jeffersonian Thursday 4-20-1893



“On Election day, E T NOWLAN Democrat was elected Mayor of Rawson over G C DEAN by one vote. Since that time Mr NOWLAND has made up his mind to not accept the office. The council will have to fill the vacancy.” Weekly Jeffersonian 4-13-1893



“John Opp who keeps a saloon on East Sandusky street …..” Weekly Jeffersonian  1-12-1893



"...those to study at the O S U at Columbus will be MISS MARY BRYAN, MISS GENEVIEVE TAYLOR, OTTO GOHLKE a senior in mining engineering; ARTHUR MAYS, DEAN AXLINE AND MAX FENBERG.  The Cincinnati conservatory of music has been chosen by MISS INEZ CUSAC AND MISS ENGORIE VAUSE of

Florida who has been the guest of her cousin MRS W.W. HALL  of East Sandusky street for the summer. Those to enroll at Ohio Wesleyan University at Delaware include MISS DOROTHY CRATES  who will specialize on oratory and dramatic art while working for her B A degree. WILLIAM CRATES a senior at the institution; NORMAN PEALE, a senior, and ROBERT PEALE, EDWINA HAZELETT  of Huston, Texas, a former resident who has been the guest of MRS THEODORE TOTTEN  of First street, and KENNETH LEARY. Signed up for the coming year at Oberlin are MISS RUTH SWARTZ and the MISSES NAOMI AND WILMA

LUDWIG. Among Ann Arbor students will be HAROLD CROSBY and HUGH MARSHALL, MISS ABIGAIL BLACKFORD  will go to Northwestern University at Evanston, Ill.  WILLIAM HOSLER will return to Western Reserve at Cleveland, and LELAND MCCLELLAND will enter Case School of Applied Science.  MISS RUTH MCCLELLAND is a junior at the state university at Madison, Wis. and MISS MARIA BLACKFORD will take a special course in the some school.  RICHARD JORDAN and PAUL GROSE will be pupils at Washington and Lee university at Lexington Va.  At Otterbein will be enrolled MISS MARY BALLINGER, senior and

MISS VIOLET PATTERSON.  MISS GERTRUDE ANDERSON will return to the seminary at Sweet Brier Va. RALPH BROWN will go to the Carnegie Technical School at Pittsburg.  MISS MABEL FRAZER and MISS ELSIE DENNISON expect to enter the Bowling Green Normal.  MISS MAE WALL will continue her

studies with C A Clippinger, the leading teacher of voice at Chicago.  MISS ADELE SHAFER has entered Bankers Secretarial School, but expects to keep up her work in dramatic art.  MISS MAE GROSE entered the normal school of physical education at Battle Creek Mich. Monday.  MISS MARY B. COLE of Biglick township

will be a student in the conservatory of Ohio Northern University, leaving for that place Monday."  Weekly Jeffersonian 9-11-1919



“The hotel at Bairdstown was destroyed by fire on last Thursday night. The building was owned by J V Owens of this city and was valued at $1500. There was a small insurance.”

Weekly Jeffersonian 4-13-1893



"Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Overbolt of East Main Cross Street are sharing the pleasures obtained by watching the opening  of a night blooming cereas at their home.  The blossom which opened for the first time Friday evening has been clipped from the plant and placed in water. The flower is in full bloom from 9:00 o'clock until 2:00 o'clock next day"

Weekly Jeffersonian Thursday 9-11-1919



“Dies In Police Ambulance in a Strange City” “ Suffering in the Last stages of Consumption, he spends his last dollar for lodging- may be a Hancock County boy” “DEAN PATTERSON aged twenty years, died Sunday afternoon in Toledo while en route to the city hospital in the police ambulance. PATTERSON claims to have been in Toledo three days hiving left Findlay some time ago. Despite that fact that he was suffering from consumption in its last stages he went about selling patent trouser hangers. Late Saturday night he procured a room at the Owl lodging house. He did not arise Sunday morning and an investigation was made. When found it was seen that the young man had but a short time to live and he was hurried in the direction of the hospital in the police ambulance but died before reaching it. The coroner in his investigation found that Patterson had told the police that he had no parents living. The Inn keeper stated that he had very little money hence no medical aid was given him although it is stated that few persons if any knew his true condition physically. The only means of throwing any light on who might be his friends or relatives in this county was a card found on his person bearing the name of Z. OVERHOLT, Findlay, R F D No 9 box 34.”  Morning Republican 8-8-1907



According to ‘History of Hancock County Ohio’ by Anonymous, published 1886, John Payne , his wife and 3 daughters moved to Cass Twp in 1833 Section 4 SE quarter.   He was the first Justice elected in the Twp. After a few years he went back to Medina C. OH



“COMMISSIONER PEPPLE, RADER, GARBER, & WILL WISE went to Detroit yesterday to examine a dynamo. It is the intention of the Commissioners to put in a larger dynamo so that they can furnish light for both the court house and jail. They are also figuring on a plan to heat the jail with steam from the boilers in the court house basement. They figure that such a plan will save the county money” 

Weekly Jeffersonian Thurs 1-31-1895



R. Tefft posted the following information on the Genforum message board #375. Thank you and I will include it here for future researchers:

"Nathan Arista Perry married NANCY A. VAN SICKLE. his parents were JAMES NEWTON PERRY AND MARY FARMER. ...Mary Farmer was born in 1813 in Ohio and died in Hancock County Oh 9-26-1853 age 39 years 3months 5 days. She was buried in  the Duke Cemetery, Route 224, Marion Twp,.... JAMES NEWTON AND MARY FARMER PERRY may have first lived in Union C. Oh and may have owned property there.......MARY'S father may have been ELIAS FARMER.  JAMES NEWTON PERRY and his 2nd wife CATHARINE BOYLAN , appeared in the 1860 census of Oakridge, Blanchard Twp, Hancock C Oh, he age 46, mill right, she age 28. she might have been the daughter of JOHN AND MARGARET BOYLAN, who lived next door to James.....CATHERINE AND JAMES NEWTON PERRY were married 12-29-1853 according to Vol 1 No 302 page 131 Hancock County Record Book.  James......had a daughter SABRINA PERRY, died 11-19-1862 age 1 year 8 months 27 days. She was buried in the Indian Green Cemetery, Hancock C. Oh.  The obituary of another son ......EBER SPENSER PERRY includes the following information: "When Mr. Perry reached the age of 21 with his father and other members of the family, he removed to Iowa for 2 years and later to Kansas for 2 years more. He then went to Big Horn, Wyoming where for ten years he engaged rather extensively in cattle ranching."  “SARAH EVALINE PERRY, daughter of JAMES NEWTON PERRY, married RUFUS D. HUGHES.  Children: MARY MAUDE HUGHES [married HOMER WILLIAMSON], ULUSSIS SUMNER HUGHES; EBER SPENCER HUGHES; MILTON M. HUGHES.”  She stated that a daughter of ULYSSIS S. AND ADDIE J. MILLER HUGHES  was LOLA H. EDWARD, born 2-26-1911, died 11-16-1993, burial at Maple Grove Findlay.  LOLA had a brother O.W. “BUD” HUGHES.



“Well Heeled People who pay tax on $1000 and over of Personal Property:  Allen Twp: JAMES DECKER $1440, MINERVA DECKER $1020, DANIEL FRICK, guardian $1650, DANIEL W FRICK $1050, J W HUTSON $1380, ANTHONY HUNTINGTON $4680, S R HUNTINGTON $4680, C F KNOKE $2090, LEWIS S LYON $2200, C E MOOREHEAD $1450, HUGH M MURRAY $1370, DAVID F OVERBOLT $1399, G W PEFFLEY $1870, GEORGE L POE $1960, C STOUGH $1210, S D SPITLER $1160, GEORGE STOUGH, ADM’R $1200, WM SHAFER $1310,  PB SHOWMAN $1680, J H SPITLER $1380, PHILIP TROUT $3700, J B TROUT $1770, LLOYD WEISSEL $3710; Blanchard Twp: A J BALDWIN $2710, DAVID CLYMER $1140, IRA B CONINE $1000, LEWIS DUKES SR $10580, LEWIS DUKES JR $6980, ELI DUKES $1610, P C DUKES $1820, GEO T DOWNING $1380, ALFRED DAVIS $8190, G M DR?B?C?? $3380, A EATON $2310, DAVID FUNK $1510, JOHN FONDUM $1070, C M HOPKINS $1200, M E HOPKINS $1300, JOHN HADDOX $1040, DANIEL JACKSON $1200, J G KNEPPER $1310, W F KURTZ $1530, N B M’CLISH $1100, GEO L M’CLISH 1010, J J MOFFIT $2990, D A MOFFIT $4940, D L MOFFIT $1360, CURTISS MOFFIT $1830, WILLIAM MOFFIT $7860, STEPHEN OTTO $ 1380, J W POWELL $1000, LAWRENCE POWELL $1000, PETER POWELL $1820, B B POWELL $1070, SYLVESTER REESE $1000, C F REESE $1860, W S SHAFER $1070, DANIEL WALTERS $1200.”  Weekly Jeffersonian 6-26-1884






"Mr. and Mrs. James E. Pore have moved from the residence that they occupied for several years on Lima Avenue to a home which they recently purchased at Monroe and North Main streets. Mr. and Mrs. RALPH HARDMAN will take possession of the house vacated as soon as needed improvements can be made.  Mr. and Mrs. HARDMAN recently stored their household goods moving in with Mr. and Mrs. E.H. HETRICK of Lima Avenue, the parents of Mrs. Hardman until a house could be procured." Weekly Jeffersonian Thursday 9-11-1919



“J L POWELL of Benton Ridge recently purchased six Shropshire sheep in Lorain county. J L is a great lover of fine stock.”  Weekly Jeffersonian Thurs 4-1-1891



“The Death of PHILIP POWELL  occurred in Union twp Saturday forenoon and he had attained the great age of 87 years. The funeral will be held at the farm residence on Monday  April 25, at 2 o’clock standard time. Interment will be in the new addition of the Flick cemetery which was formerly a part of his present farm.  Mr Powell was born in Pleasant township Fairfield county Ohio 4-21-1823 and he was the last survivor of a family of fourteen children. He was the third in the line of Philip Powells- his grandfather and his father being named Phillip. He moved from Fairfield county to Union township Hancock county in 1858, locating on his present farm and built a log cabin which was replaced in 1875 by the present brick residence. Mr Powell was married on Christmas day 1849 to Rebecca Jane Bartoon, a sister of Joseph Bartoon of Findlay, she being a daughter of Jonathan and Lydia Bartoon of Union township and his wife died August 8 1897. After her death he resided with his daughter Mrs Mattie V Bish on the home farm which was his only residence since coming to Hancock county fifty four years ago.  His fatal illness dated from April 16 when he contracted a cold while working in his garden. This developed in pneumonia, which culminated in his death April 23 1910 at 2:10 am his age being 87years and 2 days. He leaves a family of four children to mourn his departure and seven grandchildren. The children are Dr Emory Albert Powell of Cleveland, Homer Grant Powell and attorney of Cleveland, Emma Florence Whisler and Nettie Victoria Bish of Benton Ridge. They were all at his bedside during his sickness and death.  He embraced religion and became an active member of the United Brethren church when young and was a member of the Otterbein chapel, east of Benton Ridge until the church at that place disbanded and after this never affiliated with any other denomination.  He was always fervent in his devotion and staunch in the faith in his Master. During his illness he talked of the joy and abiding hope of future life and how good and merciful the Lord had been with him being his help and comfort all through his long life and that he was ready to go to meet his God.  He was very much devoted to his children and their best interests and never found anything too hard or too much to do for them: “   Morning Republican 4-25-1910



Lived in Hancock C many years near Rawson and Mt Cory. Children: MRS CLARK BOWMAN, MRS WILLIAM BOWMAN, both of Toledo OH, IRA POWELL, Rawson, T E POWELL, Lima, EMANUEL POWELL, Cincinnati. Died 8-19-1920.



According to the “History of Hancock County” by anonymous pub 1886, Jacob Powell built a saw mill on Tiderishi Creek on the site of Willow Creek Station, Section 5, Eagle Twp.

Also a society of the Evangelical Association was organized there in the POWELL settlement by JACOB, HENRY, AND SAMUEL POWELL and their wives, along with PETER AND JACOB FELLER and wives.  A church was erected on the farm of JACOB POWELL.



Born 1862, died age 58 4-5-1920. Children LULU POWELL at home Mt Cory, ELIJAH of Toledo, ALONZO Eagle Twp, MRS PAUL HENRY Orange Twp.



He was b in Eagle Twp c 1837 and was the son of PETER & ELIZABETH POWELL who were early pioneers of this county.  PETER H. lived on a farm until 1903, when he retired from farming and moved to the city [Findlay].  PETER H. died 7-20-1920, his wife surviving him and 3 children MRS OLIVER YATES, MRS EMMA FOREMAN, [both residing in Findlay], and a son CLEM POWELL who lived in Eagle twp. 



He was b 1800 in PA. His wife EVE was b 1795 in PA.  They can be found on the 1860 Census Findlay Twp pg 81b. Children listed, all b OH, were: CATHARINE 21, VALENTINE 12, ABRAHAM 18, DAVID 20, SAMUEL E. 15, GIDEON 15.  Nearby is SOLOMON 27, his wife HANNAH 26, and children FLORENCE 4, PERSONA 2.  SOLOMON is on the 1870 census pg 110b. Children listed are Florence now 15, EFFIE 7, a male child I haven’t deciphered yet [check it out and see if you can] 6, and TINA 1.  Did Persona die?



“SARAH L POWELL, wife of SHERMAN E POWELL  of  Blanchard township died Sunday at 9 o’clock after a sickness of one week.  ….MRS POWELL  was the daughter of MR & MRS WILLIAM PFATHLER of Putnam county. She is survived by her husband and three children, PEARL, CLARENCE, AND RALPH.  Three brothers and four sisters residing in Putnam county also survive”

Morning Republican Monday 1-25-1909



“GEN THOMAS E POWELL of Delaware has been secured to assist in prosecuting the embezzlers in Putnam county.” Weekly Jeffersonian Thurs 12-28-1893



“ Ensign C E POWNELL has returned from a several weeks western trip, it being his first respite from duty in four years. He spent the three weeks with relatives on farms near Maryville MO. At Clairmont, MO he gave a ‘war talk’ at the Masonic temple and at Bradyville Iowa he spoke both morning and afternoon, the church services being abandoned in order to hear his address. At St Joseph MO he made a visit through the Swifo packing plant and found the official guide to a school mate of Altoona PA whom he had not seen for 20 years…” Weekly Jeffersonian 4-8-1920



“ Why pay 18 cents for garden rakes when you can buy better ones for 15 cents at GEO. W. PUHL’S great store, Sign of the white horse.” Weekly Jeffersonian 4-13-1893

Later on the same page his name was listed as GEORGE W. RUHL.

“George W. Ruhl has gotten up  a new scheme to stop the people from stealing whips. He has put the price of whips down to 10 cents which is certainly cheaper than stealing them.” Weekly Jeffersonian




“ The health department Wednesday issued five quarentines, four of them for measles as follows: MARY MARSHALL, 6, 331 Lima avenue; MARGARET WILSON, 13, and EDNA WILSON, 11, 1139 Washington Avenue; RICHARD B????, 2, 376 West Lima street.  VER?A ALGE, 12, was quarantined for chicken pox at 311 West Main Cross street.”  Morning Republican 2-15-1912



“GEORGE, young son of RICHARD RADER of Deweyville was kicked on the leg below the knee by a horse last Friday. The boy did not seem seriously injured but went to bed and a physician was called. He died Sunday having been delirious most of the time.  The funeral was held yesterday. This is a sad blow to his parents and everybody’s sympathy goes out to them- McComb Herald”

Weekly Jeffersonian Thurs 4-1-1891



He settled in Jackson twp Sept 1829 SW ¼ sec 7 , and was there by Oct 1830. He was b June 1801 in Rockingham C VA then to Pickaway C OH in 1826, married ELIZABETH WILLIAMSON. She was a sister to MRS THOMAS THOMPSON, whose husband was the first settler of Amanda twp. After the death of ELIZABETH,  he married her sister JULIA A WILLIAMSON.



First settler of Madison twp N ½ W ½ SW 14 sec 11



“Joseph Redfern, one of the earliest pioneer residents of Hancock, Wood and Seneca counties and probably the oldest resident of this section of Ohio, succumbed to a stroke of paralysis Friday afternoon at his home in Bloomdale. He was a resident of this county for nearly half a century and at the time of his death was the head of five generations.  During his life time he voted for thirteen different presidents.  The well known centenarian had always enjoyed good health until last Sunday when a stroke of paralysis started the fatal illness. After that he gradually grew weaker. Nevertheless, he was able to sit in a rocker at his home Friday morning.  It was apparent, however, that he could not survive much longer and when he passed peacefully away in the afternoon the family was not surprised.  Mr. Redfern was born at Muker, Yorkshire, England on February 14, 1812 and was therefore aged ninety five years, five months and eighteen day. His father was Francis Redfern, a farmer and miner in England.  With his family of a wife and six children, he emigrated to America in 1830. The trip on the Atlantic consumed seven weeks and four days. Arriving in New York, the family came westward as far as Pottsville PA, where the father mined coal for some time. The family lived in Wayne county Ohio, for about two years and then came to Washington Twp, this county.  Their home was five miles west of Fostoria on the Ridge road. To reach their new home, it was necessary to cut a road for the wagon most of the way out of Fostoria, which was then known as Risdon.  The Sandusky river was crossed by floating the wagons and making the cattle swim.  The section of the country was at that time a backwoods and was infested with Indians and wild animals. It was under these circumstances that Joseph Redfern started to make his fortune.  A few years later, the elder Redfern decided to go farther west and he located in Illinois and died there in 1858.  Joseph Redfern had little opportunity to obtain an education in those days. Before he left England, he had attended a night school, while working on a farm.  The night school cost two cents a night.  In America, he started employment as a farm hand. He was unusually strong and vigorous and would often mow two acres of grass in a day with a scythe and he did many hard days work threshing with a flail, at fifty cents per day.  On January 8, 1835, Mr Redfern was married to Ann Phillips, a daughter of Benjamin Phillips, a Pennsylvanian who became an early settler of Washington Township. The young Mr and Mrs Redfern began housekeeping on a farm of fifty acres a gift of the elder Redfern, and the young man entered forty acres more all in the woods.  This land was in the vicinity of his father’s home in Washington township. Shortly after, however he treaded this land to his brother Francis for a tract of eighty acres in Bloom township, Wood county.  He moved there in 1837 and his first home was a comfortable log house. Tiffin was at that time the nearest point with a good grist mill, although there were several horse mills in the community. Mr Redfern hauled the lumber from Tiffin for the door frames and window frames for a log store built in Fostoria by Charles Foster sr. He used a team of oxen to do the work. Mr. Redfern worked hard and he converted his forest land into a farm in a few years. He was one of the most successful farmers of the community and gee gradually added to the number of acres that he possessed. At one time he held a title to all of the land west of Main street in Bloomdale and he sold it in lots for building purposes. At the time of his death, he owned 325 acres in Bloom township, Wood county, and Cass Township. Hancock county. Until ten years ago, he lived in Bloom township, but at that time he built a new house across the road in Cass township and he had lived there since. Twelve children were born to Mr and Mrs Redfern; Henry and Francis, in Nemaha county, Bev; Perry, who died at McComb in 1892; Harrison, a farmer of Perry Township, who died in 1872; Mrs E. J. Reed of Leipsic; Joseph P. Redfern, a resident of Findlay; James R. Redfern, a resident of Bloomdale; John O. Redfern of Nemaha County, Neb; Rhoda, wife of Jerry Loman, who died at Bloomdale in 1894; Mrs Margaret Drake of Bowling Green; Charles Redfern, of Perry township, who died last January; and Edward T. Redfern, of Bloom township. Mr Redfern had twenty-one grandchildren, about twenty five great grandchildren and one great great grandchild. Mr Redfern was a Republican and he voted for thirteen Republican presidential candidates. In earlier days, he was a member of the Whig party but he became Republican as soon as that party was organized. In 1903, after he had voted for Theodore Roosevelt, he sent the president a letter. He received a reply, in which the president congratulated him on his old age and his good health and commended his loyalty to the Republican Party. The letter was greatly treasured by Mr Redfern.  Mr Redfern was a member of the M E church at Bloomdale for more that a half century. He served in every capacity in the church excepting preacher, at various times. And he was a teacher and superintendent in the Sunday school for a number of years. He retained his mental faculties remarkably well during his old age and he transacted his own business until the very last. He was considered one of the wealthiest residents of the community. He was highly respected and was known far and wide. The deceased made his own funeral arrangements. He selected the Rev. I N Kalb of Denton, as the officiating minister, who was assisted by Rev Alexander, the U B minister of Bloomdale. He also chose the text of the funeral sermon and selected his pallbearers among his grandsons. The funeral services were held at the M E church at Bloomdale Monday Morning at 10 o’clock. The interment was made in Fountain Cemetery Fostoria beside that of the wife of Mr Redfern.” Morning Republican 8-8-1907



“OSWALD E REEDER of 210 Stanley Ave. enlisted at the local Army Recruiting Station 504 South Main street, for three years in the 10th Infantry, Camp Sherman.” Weekly Jeffersonian 4-8-1920



“DR JOHN S RENNINGER of Marshall Minn arrived in the city last evening called here by the serious illness of his sister” Findlay Daily Courier 1-22-1892



In investigating the 1870 census for Madison Twp, there was an entry on image 10 re: an illegible name.  It was hard to decipher. It looked like Hedrick to me but was not in the index as that.  It finally came up as Hadrick and that just didn’t seem correct.  In looking at the household of  this John, I found the following clues: wife CATHERINE 32 b Germ just as John was [his age was 40], children ELIZABETH 15, MARGARET 12, ADAM 10, KATE 9, PHILLIP [I think because it is very messed up too] 7, SAMUEL 5, MARY 2, GEORGE 4, HENRY 7/12 [Nov 1869]. Living with Catherine and John was ADAM PIFER 78 & MARY PIFER 69, both b Germany.  This told me that Catherine was CATHERINE PIFER.  I looked at the neighbors, and nearby was ADAM & MARGARET PIFER, whom I took to be another child of ADAM & MARY.  I went to the 1880 census and clearly written in the same general area as 1870, and near ADAM & MARGARET, was JOHN RETTIG AND CATHERINE, same children listed which confirms then that the 1870 family is JOHN RETTIG AND CATHERINE PIFER.  I confirmed their marriage: JOHN RETTIG to CATHERINE PHEIFER on 4-13-1857 Hancock C OH.



“MR & MRS R H RICHARD, east Main Cross St., are the parents of a 9 ½ pound baby boy born shortly before midnight Thursday. The father is music instructor in the public schools” Weekly Jeffersonian Thursday 1-28-1915



“ The citizens of Arlington are taking up a subscription to aid J F RICKETTS to rebuild his saw and planning mill” Weekly Jeffersonian Thurs 12-28-1893



 Weekly Jeffersonian Thurs 4-1-1891

" Moffit & Bright are building a derrick on the DAVID ROUTZEN farm. This is good gas territory"   hmm. This is a cousin/uncle to my husband’s line. We don’t remember any mention of this is family tales so I wonder if it was unsuccessful.?



“Married-:In Wapakoneta Ohio Thursday evening Jan 5th, 1871, at the residence of John Shawner, by the Rev D W Smith, MR  C E  RUHL, of Findlay Ohio to MISS CHRISTENA MUSSER of Wapakonetta”  Hancock Courier 1-12-1871



" ..GLADYS MOHR, ELIZABETH STOTZER, GWENDOLINE OSBORNE, LEONA ROUTSON, VIDA RIKER,  BONNIE FINERD, DOROTHY ALTMAN, RACHEL FINERD, LENA OSBORNS, DOROTHY FINERD.  The girls tumbling team from the Salvation Army here appeared recently before a young people's convention held in Columbus. This is one of the many activities of the army post here for boys and girls. Several years ago, a group of the girls went to New York to compete in a contest there.: Findlay Morning Republican, 6-6-1932



“Reed Sampson who is attending the state school for the deaf at Columbus came home Tuesday for the summer vacation with his parents MR & MRS LEMUEL SAMPSON, north of town”

Findlay Morning Republican, Sat 6-21-1913



William Sampson was born about 1800 in Virginia.  He married MARGARET who was born in Ohio about 1805.  Her last name possibly was FIVECOATS,  married to a William Sampson 12-26-1824 in Coshocton C OH, but this needs further research to be sure it is this William and Margaret.  WILLIAM  probably died prior to 1880.  He and MARGARET can be found on the 1850 census, Delaware twp pg 80b: WILLIAM  age 49, MARGARET 43, EMBERSON 21, ANTHONY 7, RACHEL 13, ELIZABETH 11, M J [?MARY JANE] 9, MARIA 7, JAMES W. 4, MARGARET A. 4.  In 1860, I believe he is living in Hardin C. Dunkirk area, pg 386a [Liberty Twp]. WILLIAM age 62, CATHERINE 44 [Is this Margaret’s Middle Name?], CATHERINE 18 [Is this Elizabeth?], WILLIAM [James W.] 14, Margaret 12.  It could just be a coincidence, but needs further investigation for sure.  I do feel this is WILLIAM & MARGARET because in 1870 in the same twp of Hardin C., pg 414a, Emerson 39 can be found with wife MARY 33.  Now their son ANTHONY SAMPSON married MINERVA HAWE 10-9-1856 in Putnam C OH. It was a second marriage for her. Her maiden name is probably MUMA as her mother CATHERINE is living with them in 1860 although in the 1870 census, her mother is listed as MERRIMAN. The children of ANTHONY & MINERVA from the Putnam C Census 1860 Pleasant twp pg 434: MARGARET A. 2, SAMUEL J. 1.  The children from MINERVA’S previous marriage were listed as: ELIZABETH J. HAWE 11, & ADALINE HAWE 10.  In 1870, Putnam C. Pleasant twp pg 431a, WILLIAM 70 & MARGARET 65 are living with daughter SARAH WAGNER, husband DANIEL 43 and their kids FARRIS 11, WILLIAM 18, GEORGE 16, JOHN 14, THEODORE 9.  SARAH & GEORGE  were married before the 1850 census.  ANTHONY & MINERVA are still in Putnam C as well pg 440b. It states Minerva was born in NJ. Her mother is still living with them, age 83.  ADELINE 20, MARY [MARGARET A.] 8, SARAH 6, EMMERSON 4, ROSA 1.  [SAMUEL is not listed so perhaps he died before 1870.  In 1880, Putnam C Pleasant twp pg 477b ANTHONY & MINERVA, MARY E. 18, SARA M. 16, EMBERSON 14 ROSE E. 10.  MARGARET SAMPSON 72, widowed is living with their daughter MARGARET 32, who married JOHN KLIVER [KLIVEN ?]  and their kids CHARLES, IDA J 10, ANNA L. 8, LESTER 1. [Putnam C , Pleasant twp]  So William died between 1870-1880. There was no obit available but he is buried in Maple Grove Cemetery, Findlay.  On the 1900 census, I could not find MARGARET, but she died c 1-14-1905 and is buried in Maple Grove as well.  JAMES WILLIAM SAMPSON died c 12-5-1927, bur. Maple Grove, EMERSON  died c 3-4-1904, bur. Maple Grove.



First settler of Marion twp 1827 E ½ NW ¼ sec 21



“The Commissioners on Thursday granted the ALBERT SCHOONOVER ditch in Liberty township”  Weekly Jeffersonian Thurs 12-28-1893



According to the “History of Hancock County” by anonymous pub 1886, ALVIN SCHOONOVER [his brother was ABRAHAM SCHOONOVER] moved to Section 12, north of Findlay in 1832 with his wife and mother. They lived in Franklin C. Oh prior to this.



“WILLIAM SELTZ [?Saltz] of South Main street was stricken with paralysis this morning and is reported to be in a very precarious condition. He had a slight attack last Saturday.”

Weekly Jeffersonian Thurs 1-25-1894



“Jacob Shaffer of Trumbull County OH entered the southwest quarter and the south half of the northwest quarter of Section 27 [Cass Twp] October 29, 1833, and in 1835 settled on his land. His wife Elizabeth reared a family of one son and three daughters all of whom are yet living. ANDREW resides upon the old homestead, where the parents passed the remaining years of their lives.” 

History of Hancock County by Anonymous pub 1886



According to the “History of Hancock County” by anonymous pub 1886, HENRY & ALBERT SHANK and AUGUSTUS SHEFFIELD built a steam saw mill on the corner of MR SHANK’S farm in Section 1, Eagle Twp in 1860 which ran until a few years prior to 1886.



He was born between 1822- 1826 and married JOANNA ROBINSON on 11-14-1850 in Coshocton County OH. He can be found on the 1860 Census Hancock C. Pleasant Twp, he listed as age 38 and his wife at age 30, born in 1830. In 1870, he was still living in Pleasant Twp, age 48 [see pg 239 census]. By 1880 his wife  Joanna has died, as he is listed as a widower on the census for Pleasant Twp, pg. 331


Of note is that there was another Peter Shoemaker who lived in Amanda Twp near Vanlue area.  His wife was CATHERINE. She was born 1822.  He was found there on the 1850 census pg 472b, the 1860 census again listed him there age 56 thus born 1804.  He remained in Amanda Twp in 1870 pg 17 of the census, being age 66 .



"Last Will and Testament of Jacob Shoup

Hancock County, OH

dated 18 May 1850


Wife: ANN SHOUP to receive the plantation on which we now live, the NW quarter of the SW quarter of Section 28 in Portage Township, Hancock County, Ohio, containing 40 acres.

Son: JOHN SHOUP and his children

Daughter: MARY LIGHTFOOT and her children [note: she married Jesse Lightfoot 26 February 1846[

Executors: Wife Ann Shoup and J.D. EWING

Affidavit dated 14 [16] day of August 1850 by JOHN MUNGEN saying he was one of the witnesses of the Last Will of 'JACOB SHUPP'.[NOTE; evidently Jacob was dead by August of 1850]" 

posted Rootsweb message board by L. Smith.  She adds that "it is believed that Jacob Shoup was a brother to JONAS SHOUP from whom many of  the Shoops in Hancock County descend.  It is also

believed that they lived on adjacent properties in Portage Township"



“A merry party drove out to the home of LEW. SMALTZ in Liberty township Thursday evening and had a good supper and a merry time.” Findlay Daily Courier Saturday 1-23-1892



According to the “History of Hancock County” by anonymous pub 1886, ISAAC SMITH built a saw mill on Eagle Creek in 1852, close to his residence. It ran until 1876, with his sons in charge after his death in 1869.



According to the “History of Hancock County” by anonymous pub 1886, JACOB B SMITH built a steam saw mill in Eagle Twp in 1883.



The page was only partial here, so it could be Henry or Harry? I’m sure that a descendant will be able to figure it out. “_ _ ?RY SNYDER, the champion melon ___?___ of Marion township says that he [is] getting ready to plant twenty acres [of] musk melons in the spring”  Weekly Jeffersonian 2-3-1893



“ISAAC SNYDER of Amanda Township is arranging to go into the creamery business on a large scale”  Weekly Jeffersonian 2-3-1893



“C C Harris on Friday drilled in an oiler on the E Y SPAHR farm in Marion township.  The well is reported to be good for 200 barrels per day” Weekly Jeffersonian Thurs 12-28-1893



“MRS FRED SMITH of Laquineo street, has received the news of the death of her brother, C R STAFFORD at Los Angeles, Calif. The body will be brought to Bowling Green for burial. MRS R M BULLIS  of Bowling Green who has been with her brother for two months, was at his bedside at the time of his death. MRS C SIMON  of Franklin Avenue, this city is an aunt of the deceased.:

Weekly Jeffersonian Thursday 1-28-1915



First settler of Pleasant twp W ½ NE ¼ sec 27



"Miss Grace and Zoe Stoffee, of Bloomdale, are visiting with their uncle, L. M. Osborn."  Weekly Jeffersonian 9-2-1897



She was born 4-21-1865 and died 12-21-1896.  Her parents were AARON AND LETTECIA A. FELLERS. She first married Professor R. E. DIEHL. After he died, she married DAVID AUSTIN STERNER on 4/28/1896.  His parents were EMMANUEL P. AND LOUISA WEITZ STERNER.



“ The eighth annual reunion of the survivors of the Sultana disaster and twenty eighth anniversary of that event is to be celebrated at Odd Fellows hall, Marion O on Thursday April 27th. Several of the survivors reside in this vicinity.” Weekly Jeffersonian 4-13-1893



"Mrs. W. C. Swinehart and son VICTOR, visited with friends at Houcktown one day this week."  re: Benton Ridge, Weekly Jeffersonian 9-2-1897



“ The following persons were granted certificates to teach at the examination held on Saturday Feb 16th:

Five years- WILLIAM V SMITH, Rawson

Three years- E A POWELL, Benton Ridge

Two years- SHERMAN J BECK, Ada

One year- JOHN C BUTO, McComb; WEBSTER POWELL, Benton Ridge; CLOIS SPITLER, CHARLES SHOWMAN and  LOTTIE CLAYTON, VanBuren; ROSE LEE, Houcktown; EVA STECKER, Arcadia; ORA ULSH, Carey; MOLLIE K WENTZ, Vanlue; ALBERT L HAGERTY, E K SMITH, CORA MOREHEAD, MAY SHAW, EMMA ADAMS, Findlay.  The class was composed of forty-six applicants, only nineteen of whom passed.”  Weekly Jeffersonian, Thursday 2-28-1889



First settler of Portage twp 1833 W ½ NW ¼ sec 23



First settler of Amanda twp 1822 E ½ NW ¼ sec 3






“THEODORE TOTTEN the new prosecuting attorney will take charge of the office on Monday Jan 1st.” Weekly Jeffersonian Thurs 12-28-1893



“ADAM TRAUCHT bought the JACOB SPAETH block on North Main Street and will move his meat market into the same”  Weekly Jeffersonian 4-8-1920



“MR & MRS MICHAEL TRAUCHT and HENRY GEHRON were business callers in Dunkirk Wednesday” Weekly Jeffersonian 4-8-1920



“MR & MRS A B VANSANT of south Jackson township, have experienced a siege of the influenza. Following his recovery from the malady while Mr VANSANT was busying himself around his farm, a log rolled on his foot crushing a portion of it. This was not the only accident for while attempting to shoot at crows on the premises he shot off a part of the thumb and forefinger from his left hand. Dr R D LEE of Mt Blanchard treated the wounds and gave tetanus serum injections” Weekly Jeffersonian  4-8-1920



“GARRETT VAN SWEARENGEN has taken employment as manager of the North Side Fuel and Produce company succeeding  WATSON CROY who is now employed by the Ohio Hay and Grain company”  Morning Republican 2-15-1912



According to ‘History of Hancock County Ohio’ by Anonymous, published 1886, JAMES VICKERS was born in England.  He married SARAH MADISON there. They both immigrated to the US in 1818 and went to Pittsburg, PA.  Later they removed to Wayne C. Ohio and in the fall of 1832, they came to Cass Twp in Hancock County Ohio. He built a cabin on Section 11, NW quarter of the Twp and moving in  April of 1833 with Susan and 4 children. Apparently his son James already lived there in a “handsome residence”.  Mr. Vickers built a sawmill about 1838-1839 near his home.  He died in 1866 aged 72. SUSAN died 1881 at age 85.  They had 2 more kids after coming to Hancock County.



“MR & MRS J C VOLLWEILER,  of Locust street received the announcement that a new daughter arrived at the home of MR & MRS CLINTON P AURAND of Broadhurst Ga, last Sunday.” Weekly Jeffersonian Thursday 1-28-1915



Morning Republican 7-24-1909  “J J WAALAND, who left Findlay Saturday evening for a visit with relatives in Iowa, has been delayed in Chicago since his arrival there by the illness of his little son ROBERT, who accompanied him, and who is suffering from a severe attack of tonsillitis.”




George Wagner was a resident of Hancock County from at least 1835-spring of 1844. He was born 2-26-1823 in Columbiana County OH and was one of 11 children. He died in 1906. His parents moved here near the present site of Findlay. It remains a mystery yet as to his parents. Possibly the 1840 census would provide clues to whom his father could be.  It is interesting to note that John Wagner married Barbary Mullenkopt 11-20-1834 in Columbiana County OH and Mary Wagner married Aron Aten 6-14-1836 in Hancock Oh. Whether these are possible relatives of George or not, remains but a clue for further Wagner researchers.


In an update, I found that the 1840 census shows a David Wagner in Cass Twp pg 34.  There are 2 Jno Wagner’s in Columbiana C. Oh [perhaps all his family didn’t migrate]. Unity Twp pg 175 and

New Springfield Twp pg 186.  George is located in Paulding C. Oh in 1850 , Auglaize Twp pg 188b as George Wagoner, working as a laborer. He is unmarried.  I had a question regarding JACOB &

MARY WAGONER/WAGNER.  I did find that they came to Seneca C from Perry C. Ohio and didn’t move into the Hancock C area until the 1850’s.  That rules them out as being the parents of George.

I found that a FREDERICK WAGNER moved to Cass Twp in 1833 [“history of Hancock County by Anonymous pub 1886”]  His daughter Barbara marred George Rhamy and they had at least one son, G.W.RHAMY.  Mr. RHAMY came from Carroll C. Ohio. He died prior to 1886 and she died after 1886




“JOHN WATSON A FORMER Rawson Boy was elected a County Commissioner at Salem Oregon in June by 2000 majority over the Democrats and Populist combined ticker.”

Weekly Jeffersonian  Thursday 7-19-1894



“MISS LOUISA WEAVER of McComb is near deaths door. She is 83 years of age and is a sister of BISHOP WEAVER and a cousin of J B WEAVER, Populist Candidate for President.”

Weekly Jeffersonian 2-3-1893



“ Fred Wesall SPENT Sunday at the home of his brother near Rawson”  Weekly Jeffersonian 8-26-1920



“S B WEBBER, a former resident of this city, was elected Mayor of the Democratic village of Leipsic by a big majority April 3rd. S B will make a model officer”

Findlay Weekly Jeffersonian Thursday 4-20-1893



Weekly Jeffersonian Thursday 9-24-1896  re Mt Cory “ MR WELCH of Lima moved in MR TURNER’s property on Main street.”



Weekly Jeffersonian Thursday 9-24-1896  re Hassan Area “ HAMILTON WELKER & wife, of Louise Michigan and MRS HARRIET UNGER of Plymouth Ind was called here last Sunday by the death of their brother ANDREW WELKER.”  “Last Friday evening, while ANDREW WELKER was coming home from Ada intoxicated, the horse took fright and ran away with him, not being able to control them and as they neared home, running as swift as was possible, they went to turn a corner within a few rods of his home, they upset the wagon, throwing the bed and MR WELKER several feet, his head striking the fence, causing several wounds, rendering him unconscious, from which state he never rallied.  Medical aid was hastily called but all to no avail.  He died Saturday morning at four o’clock, his children all being present.  MR WELKER was sixty years old; he leaves a brother, three sisters and a wife and seven children to mourn his departure.  The funeral services were conducted by Rev Smith of Ada at Bethel church, to a large audience of sympathizing friends and neighbors on Monday, after which the remains were laid to rest in the Hassan cemetery.  The family and friends have the deepest sympathy of the community.”



“A W WHETSTONE former teacher of rhetorics at Findlay high school, now residing near Chillicothe O where he has a fruit farm, is visiting his brother WALTER S WHETSONE of near Van Buren and is attending the Hancock County Agricultural Extension school”  Morning Republican 2-15-1912



"The G A B Hall and the business rooms of JOHN BARTOON  and R.D. WHISLER are receiving a coat of paint, which adds greatly to their appearance." 

re: Benton Ridge, Weekly Jeffersonian 9-2-1897



According to the “History of Hancock County” by anonymous pub 1886, THOMAS G WHITLOCK was an early settler of 1832 and he bought JOHN BISHOP’S farm Section 25, and opened the Green Tree Tavern which became a resort of the “fast youth” of the surrounding country.  After a controversy over the disappearance of an herbal doctor WOLVERTON, who lived with them in the 1830’s, they sold out and left for parts unknown



“Mr J M WHITMER of Portage township returned Friday from the Farmers Convention held at Zanesville on the 13th and 14th. He was delegate from the Portage township Alliance and was the only one in attendance from this county. About 100 delegates were present- McComb Herald” Findlay Daily Courier 1-22-1892



"Sergeant Herbert Williams has returned from overseas. Sgt. Williams was located at Le Mans on salvage duty" Weekly Jeffersonian Thursday 9-11-1919



Moved to Hancock C from Pickaway C OH to Jackson twp sec G in 1831. Wife MARGARET.  MR RALSTON was his son in law.  His son LEVI WILLIAMSON moved to Iowa in 1857.



"Mrs. Williamson, wife of JOHN WILLIAMSON, who resides one and one half miles south of this city, died Wednesday morning of heart trouble. The funeral will occur at 10 o'clock today and the remains will be interred in Maple Grove Cemetery.  She was an aged lady and the mother of a large family."

 Weekly Jeffersonian Thursday  9-2-1897



“News from the bedside of MR & MRS WINBUSH suffering from ptomaine poisoning is to the effect that both are recovering nicely and will soon be able to be around again. “

Republican Jeffersonian Monday 4-4-1905



“CHARLES WINKLER of Rawson bought the MICHAEL DOERSAM property on East Heldman street. MR WINKLER will move his family into the residence in the near future”

 Weekly Jeffersonian 4-8-1920



“ The ninth annual meeting of the Woman’s Suffrage Association will be held at Delaware on May 9, 10, and 11.” Weekly Jeffersonian 4-13-1893



I found him living in Findlay in 1910 wd 3 pg 91b of the census, wife BLANCHE 29, first marriage for 8 years having had 2 kids only 1 still alive, GRACE b 10-1908.  He was born in Ohio as well as Blanche and both of their parents also born Ohio.  They remained in Findlay in 1920, wd 3, pg 114.



First settlers of Eagle twp 1829 W ½ SW ¼ sec 25, SE ¼ sec 26, NE ¼ sec 26, & W ½ NW ¼ sec 25



“…He was president of the village school board for 28 years and was a member of the county board of education,  He held membership in the Masonic lodge at Rawson and was a member of the Findlay chapter of Knights Templar.  He took a large part in the affairs of the United Brethren church of which he was a life long member.  DR WOODS lived in Hancock county all of his life being born near Williamstown in 1853 and living in Rawson for many years.  He was married to INEZ KELLY in 1884. Three children were born to this union all of whom survive their father. They are MRS LEAH WOODS MILLER of Rawson, MRS DON MORRISON  of Findlay, and SCOTT K WOODS  of Rawson.”   From obit 8-26-1920 Weekly Jeffersonian



“Suffrage Leaders in the city and county were jubilant yesterday when the word was flashed that Tennessee had ratified the Susan B Anthony amendment, after many years of agitation.  It meant the culmination of a hard fought long drawn out battle.  There was much speculation among political leaders and others as to what percent of women would avail themselves of the new opportunity and duty extended them.  There were various predictions some asserting that the novelty and the fact that it is a presidential year will combine to draw the great majority to the polls Nov 2 while others declared they expected only a comparatively few to cast ballots.”  Weekly Jeffersonian 8-26-1920



“Findlay lodge, Woodmen of the World, and its auxiliary organization, the Woodmen circle, held a field day meet and old fashioned outdoor picnic at Riverside Park Sunday.  At the noon hour a sumptuous dinner was served to more than two hundred persons, including the lodge members, members of their families and friends. The day was most enjoyably spent. In the afternoon, a series of athletic games were carried out. Participants in which were granted prizes as follows: Bean race-first prize JAMES STOUT, second- J W AMES, Potato Race-First , PERRY SAUER, second, R FISHER. Lion’s head target first-MRS INEZ FARLING; second MRS NELLIE BRUNK; third, MRS MAY GARDINER. Ax throw for ladies only- first, MRS WILLIAM HARSTEN, second, MRS INEZ FARLING; third MRS KATIE GAERNER. Ten yard dash for ladies only-First, MRS MINNIE CONNELL; second, MRS NELLIE BRUNK; third, MRS INEZ FARLING. Potato Race #2- First J W RICKSECKER; second, PERCY SAUER; third H LITZENBERG.  Cut down – first B B HOWARD; second, J H MOYER.  Later in the afternoon the lodge people chartered the merry go round and all children were given free rides. The lodge people feel the gathering to have been unusually successful.” Morning Republican 8-8-1907



“ Lessons given in china and water colors. Room 17, Rawson block. MISS GRACE WOODARD” Morning Republican 2-15-1912



“The annual meeting of the members of YMCA was held Friday evening. Thirty one now members were elected. The following Board of Directors was chosen: J S PATTERSON, S E HURIN, GEO L ARNOLD, C H LAMBIE, W T PIATT, W S PARKER, J W ZELLER, W A B DAIZELL, JAMES W KIRKBRIDE, J S TAPPAN, H M NELSON, W J EDWARDS, A C REDDING, J K SMITH & HARRY G GRAUEL  Secretary BROWN made a report for the month ending Nov 30th from which the following interesting items are taken: There were 2,096 visits to the gymnasium, 163 persons attending gymnasium classes, and 2,536 baths were given. Two members meetings were held for business and social intercourse, one reception to new members attended by  seventy five young men. The second public anniversary attended by about 1,000 people. There were 3,925 visits to the reading room alone. The young men’s meetings have been attended by sixty young men on an average. Five special meetings were held during the week of prayer for young men in November attended by twenty young men on an average. One young man confessed Christ.  The total number of visits to the building was 14,083, over 4,000 more than for the same period last year. New members joined eighty six, the total membership December 1st being 343, last year some time  it was but 249”

 Weekly Jeffersonian 12-24-1892



“The need of School legislation was the subject of an address by Stat School Commissioner elect J W ZELLER at a banquet held by the Northwestern Ohio Schoolmasters at the Hotel Secor, Toledo Saturday evening. About one hundred members of the organization were present including beside SUPERINTENDENT ZELLER, PROF J F SMITH & D S FINTON of this city.  In his address, Supt ZELLER said that there should be legislation along four lines.  The need of the establishing of two more state normal schools, he said is urgent as well as a law providing for two public school inspectors. He also favored the strengthening of the Boxwell Patterson law so that those passing the examination should be insured a four years high school course instead of two as is now provided.  The fourth need MR ZELLER brought forth was the appointment of a commission on industrial education the purpose of which would be to study the industrial problem as related to vocational and trade schools…”

Morning Republican 1-25-1909



He was born 7-12-1933 in Findlay, Hancock County, Ohio, the son of LESTER MARK AND ALICE BECK ZELLERS His siblings were ROBERT Zellers, DAVID Zellers, and THOMAS Zellers.  He married SHIRLEY RAYNOR.  Zeke died 1-18-2005 in Montgomery County Tennessee, at age 71.  Nave Funeral Home , Houston County TN handled his funeral.  buried at Moore Cemetery in Stewart County TN.  From a posting by M. Barker on the message board.



“MISS MINNIE ZIMMERMAN has commenced suit against MICHAEL MISSAMORE of Jackson township for $2000.00 damages for breach of promise.” Weekly Jeffersonian Thurs 4-1-1891



“AL ZUGSCHWERT AND WIFE MOVED FROM Kenton to a farm near Mt Cory some months since. Al is a first rate lawyer but as an agriculturalist he seems to be doomed a failure as the cattle on his farm appear determined to annihilate and exterminate himself and family. Two weeks ago MR ZUGSCHWERT was kicked by a horse and laid up for some days and last week MRS ZUGSCHWERT was knocked down trampled upon and badly hurt by a cow she was feeding. MR ZUGSCHWERT is certainly learning to be a farmer under very discouraging circumstances”

 Weekly Jeffersonian Thurs 3-17-1881


“Pursuant to call the Democrats of Hancock County met en mass Convention at the Court House on Saturday afternoon for the purpose of selecting delegates to the Democratic State Convention which meets at Columbus tomorrow and also to select Delegates to the Circuit Convention, which is called to meet at Lima on Thursday, July 31st.  On motion JUDGE S J SIDDALL was elected chairman and FRED V GLESSNER, secretary.  AL ZUGSWERTZ of Mt Cory offered a resolution to select eighteen delegates to the Lima Convention.  The question was opposed to by Messrs BLACKFORD, BROWN, MUNGEN, WHITELY, DUNN, M D SHAFER & COL BYAL; while J R KAGY, WT PIATT, & AL ZUGSWERTZ spoke in favor of the resolution. HENRY BROWN offered a substitute to send a mass delegation to Lima. The substitute prevailed and the Democrats of Hancock County will be represented by a mass delogation .  HENTY BROWN took the floor and offered a resolution to cast the vote of Hancock County, eighteen in number for JUDGE WHITELEY, whose name will be presented in the Lima Convention. The resolution was adopted with but one dissenting voice….”

Weekly Jeffersonian 6-26-1884