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Updated 2 May 2017

[Posted: 2 May 2017]
This is a little out of the range of direct family genealogy, but it may turn up some family history as it moves forward. I am researching the construction and use of the church building at 1329 Creighton Ave, Ohmer Park, Dayton, OH. I know it was a Reformed Church from about 1901 and for sometime after.  Ohmer Park subdivision was created in 1889, and we are wondering if the church building was constructed when the subdivision was created, perhaps even before as about family chapel.  Also know that this building has housed a Baptist congregation; was called Chapel at Ohmer Park at one time; and currently is home to Gar Drogba Buddhist Center.

Will be searching shortly, and have contacted the archives of the Reformed and Evangelical and Reformed Churches already with little success.

Any suggestions on where to find these records would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you all.

Mail To: Barbara George, Indianapolis, IN, phone: 317-291-0109


[Posted: 2 April 2017]
Is MARY FRANCES "FRAN" ENGLE interred in the New Paris, Preble County, Ohio Cemetery? Her husband, ROBERT ENGLE is buried there abt. 1985. Mary's burial would have been after Christmas 2014, I believe.

Mail To: Russell Sarver


[Posted: 22 March 2017]
For the last ten years I have been looking for and researching my late grandfather’s mother, Florence Edna Dilyerd, and her family from Germantown, Montgomery, Ohio. She was born on 2 Feb 1884 in Hamilton, Ohio and died on 1 Jan 1960 also in Hamilton, Ohio.

Florence Edna Dilyerd was the daughter of William Edward Dilyerd and Mary Frances Grogan. William Edward Dilyerd was born 8 Dec 1867 in Germantown, Montgomery, Ohio and died 6 May 1938 in Hamilton, Ohio. William’s parents were George W. Dilyerd and Louisa J. Becker. Mary Frances Grogan was born 15 Aug 1868 in Dayton, Montgomery, Ohio and died 12 Sep 1949 in Hamilton, Ohio.

Mary Frances Grogan was the daughter of Patrick Grogan and Elizabeth J. Dunn. Patrick Grogan was born in 1820 in Ireland (month and day unknown) and died after 15 Nov 1894 in Archbald, Lackawanna, Pennsylvania. I really can’t say that this is the same man that is listed on some family trees that I have seen. Elizabeth J. Dunn was born 1850 in Darke County, Ohio and died Sep 1886 in Darke County. Patrick Grogan and Elizabeth J. Dunn were married 31 May 31 1867 in Montgomery County, Ohio.

Elizabeth J. Dunn was the daughter of John Dunn and Jane Coulter. John Dunn was born 1815 in Ireland and died 20 Aug 1860 in Gordon, Darke County, Ohio. Jane Coulter, who is still a mystery to me, was born on 15 Sep 1828 in Ireland and died in 1910 in Hamilton, Ohio. She was also married to Andrew Flagg. There is evidence from the city directory that she was still alive in 1910 and living with my great grandmother.

I would love it if you can help me with any of these individuals.

Mail To: Sandy Lovejoy


[Posted: 22 March 2017]
I am looking for a Peter Michael born in Ohio in 1808.  I believe he married Eveline Fitts in Montgomery and then moved to Indiana and eventually remarried.  I just do not have any prior information than this.  I believe his father was born in Maryland.  Email:

[Posted: 9 December 2016]
I’m looking for any information about Jennie L. (Daggett) McIntire (1839-1903), the wife of James W. McIntire (1828-1908), a Dayton wholesale grocer. Jennie was born in Richmond, Indiana and died in Dayton, Ohio. I have an obituary and a death record that offer no clues about her parents or sibling(s). Thanks in advance for your help- I’m hoping someone out there is related to Jennie or to her husband and may know something about her parents, siblings, or family.

Mail To: Darla Coffey


[Posted: 2 November 2016]
I am in need of documentation that Allen Anderson born 1813, was the child of James Allen Anderson 1765-1837 and Mary Elizabeth (Schnorf, Snorf, Snuff) 1773-1840.  Allen Anderson was born in Ohio, both James Allen and Mary Elizabeth lived and died in Montgomery County.  Thank you in advance for your help.

Mail To: Joanne Anderson


[Posted: 4 October 2016]
I am looking for any relative of PAUL MILLER (1923-1991). His mother was Amelia Kaiser and his father was Joseph Miller; siblings were Arthur, Eugene, Virgina, Alice and Catharine.

My Mother-in-law is Shermaine Miller and lives in Wales where her mother is from--Rosemarie Drinkwater. Shermaine was born in LA and I hope that someone could confirm that Paul Miller is her father or has any memories of him traveling to New York or LA in the early 60's.

Any leads would be gratefully received. Thank you very much for your help.

Mail To: Charlotte Miller


[Posted: 15 March 2016]
I am looking for the parents of David Mell Born 31 Dec 1822.  Census records show he was born in Ohio and I have a marriage record to Keziah Schnorf 15 Mar 1842 in Warren County Ohio. I highly suspect his father is either George Mell or Phillip Mell who lived in Montgomery County from roughly 1816 until at least the late 1830's based on tax records I've found.  They are very likely brothers or cousins based on the same last name and they lived next to each other in several census records. In the 1830 census record, both have a male child in their house hold in the age group that David was, but by the 1840 census, David had moved out of the house.  He is buried in a Methodist cemetery in Niles, MI along with many other members of my family. There is a good chance he was Methodist growing up, but I don't know for sure.

There seems to be some research already done on George Mell and there is no son David for him, so most likely the father is Philip.  I would like to find a concrete piece of evidence to prove or disprove my theory. Maybe there's a baptism record floating around or some kind of birth registry I haven't found?

I have been searching for years for this link, let me know if you have information or are interested in a genealogy challenge.

Mail To: Lisa Nelski

Email:, Phone: (360) 449-9897

[Posted: 15 November 2015]
I am searching for two family heirlooms that were sold at an auction in West Carrollton, Ohio. My distant relative, Lawrence Poorman, a resident of West Carrollton, passed away. He was a widower with no children. So far I have learned from the probate file and from the law firm that handled his estate that his possessions were sold at an auction conducted by Frank Lewis (Frank Lewis & Sons Auctioneers of Germantown, Ohio).

Mr. Poorman had a matched, framed pair of oil on canvas paintings that are portraits of my three times great-grandparents, Philip and Mary (Summers) Fluke, early pioneers to Ashland County, Ohio who died in 1866. So the paintings were done sometime before that date. I saw the paintings one time at a family reunion many years ago. They were fairly large, approximately 30 inches tall and about 22 inches wide. I do not remember the appearance of the frames. The portraits were a head and shoulders pose, one of Philip and the other of Mary.

I would greatly appreciate any assistance in locating these oil paintings. I realize the odds are stacked greatly against me finding them. I am the keeper of the Fluke family history and I want to do my best to try and find these heirlooms.

Mail To: Margaret Welch

Email:, Phone: (330) 620-2781

[Posted: 27 May 2015]
Looking for birth location in Massachusetts and parents of Ebenezer C. (aka E. C.) MAXWELL, born abt 1812 in Massachusetts.  Married Elizabeth B. HAYDEN on 2 May 1844 in Union County, Indiana.  Settled in Dayton, Ohio abt 1854 and owned a grocery store.  Died 7 Jun 1889 at the Infirmary in Eaton, Preble County, Ohio.

Mail To: Terry Nicholson


[Posted: 23 January 2015]
We are looking for any information on Diebold or Theobald SOHNLEN, boiler maker, born about 1822 or 1832 in Alsace. Died 1870 in Dayton, Ohio. Buried in Calvary Cemetery.

Information about date of immigration and the identity of his original commune in Alsace would be greatly appreciated. Also the identity of his wife Elisabeth Caroline HEINZ/HEIM (?) They may have been married in Dayton or in Europe.

Mail To: Douglas Sunlin


[Posted: 18 November 2014]
I am looking for proof (1810 census, tax records, land records, obits, etc.) that Philip Brenner and sons resided in Wayne Township, Montgomery County, Ohio beginning in 1809 or anytime until 1818.

Brenner could also be spelled Branner, Brainer, Brainor, Pranor, Praner, Prayner.

The family moved from Loudoun County, Virginia to Fauquier County, Virginia to Montgomery County, Ohio.

Please tell me available resources to search in Montgomery County.

Mail To: Linda Brenner Fette


[Posted: 1 November 2014]
I am searching for documentation for the parents of Esther GREIB/GRIPE [most common spelling in Montgomery County]. Other researchers have determined her parents to be Jacob GREIB/GRIPE and Magdalena BOSTETTER. I have no reason to doubt that these are Esther’s parents, but documentation is lacking.  Documents could be a family Bible, a letter, receipt from a doctor, or other item that would show the relationship. Esther lived from about 1800 to about 1824, which is one reason documentation has difficult to find. We believe she is buried in Shively cemetery (SE ¼ sec 27 T4, R5E) in Madison Township. There is a marriage record for her marriage to Samuel Gripe, 9 May 1818 and Samuel is enumerated in 1820 Montgomery County, Butler Township, as a male 16-24 with a female 16-24, 1 male under 10 and 1 female 26-44. Their oldest son, Benjamin, was born in 1819 and is likely the male under 10 on this census.

Mail To: Marian (Cripe) Corya


[Posted: 1 November 2014]
Seeking information on Henry Yount and Ella Thompson, married on 24 September 1866 in Montgomery Co., Ohio. In 1870 federal census, they are living in Newberry Township, Miami Co, Ohio, with daughters Nettie and Jennie. Jennie (Jeannette) married Alvin Smith in 1891.

Mail To: Katherine Ralls


[Posted: 16 May 2014]
We have two photo albums, loose photos, some documents, and a piece of wood from "Grandfather’s coffin" – relating to Anderson, Carmony (also spelled Carmene and Karmene) and McCartney families in Montgomery County. The families are ancestors of my husband's first wife's father's family. They relate, of course, to my husband's children and grandchildren, but the families are too remote in both time and relationship to be meaningful to them. We do not want to throw things away and are trying to find a home for them. I think the items would be treasured by anyone more closely related.

The items seem to have been collected by Agnes E. Anderson, daughter of Isaac James Anderson and wife of Elmer Harry McCartney. Isaac Anderson was the son of John S. Anderson and Margaret Carmony. Margaret was the daughter of Johannas John Carmony. The photos, many cabinet cards, probably date from the mid- to late 1800’s. The albums belonged to Joseph Newell Anderson (1845 – 1930) and Jean Alice McCartney McMaken (1916 -?).

If you are interested in any of these items, please contact me.

Mail To: Verna Young Carlo, Fremont, Ohio


[Posted: 13 March 2014]
The surnames listed above all have ties to Dayton, Hamilton, Cincinnati, Xenia, Chillicothe, Medina and New Carlisle in OH. Also ties to Lockport, Niagara, Columbus, Lowndes county, MS, NY, MA, MD, VA.

I am seeking the maiden name of Mary B. Lemmon born abt 1820-21 in Lockport, Niagara, NY who married Martin R. Lemmon in NY. Martin R. Lehman, born abt 1817 or 1818 in OH probably Dayton or Cincinnati, was the son of Stephen & Sarah A. Lehman. Mary and Martin Lemmon settled in Dayton, OH where their 4 children (Amanda Mary Lemmon Tabb Thompson – b. 1840-42, Erwin-Irwin - b. 1853, Martin – b. 1847, Eliza – b. 1841 or 49) were born. They are all buried in section 80 lot 520 in Woodland Cemetery, Dayton, Ohio.

Amanda Mary Lemmon married John Ross Tabb in Columbus, MS. Their children were Mary, Lamar, and Charles. Mary (Mamie) Bolling Tabb married Charles Heinz. Lamar Tabb married Etta Whiteman and then Lydia Bolz. Charles Ross Lemmon Tabb married Alice O’Neill and settled in Cincinnati, OH. These Lehmans are buried in Woodland Cemetery along with Jennie Lehman from VA and John Lehman from MD.

See additional Family History.

Mail To: Margie


[Posted: 22 February 2014]
Robert Elkins married Ana Eve Mooter, daughter of George Mooter, in Montgomery County, 22 October 1840. Eve's father gave his consent. Marriages Vol. A-2, page 147. In 1850 Robert, Eve, and their children George, Erastus, Mary, and William Henry were living in Miamisburg, Montgomery County. There were six children born to this union. Robert, George and Erastus enlisted in the Union army during the Civil War. Robert and Erastus died from "camp life exposure" at the close of the war, burials unknown.

Cannot find Robert Elkins on 1860 census anywhere. Eve died about 1852. Cannot find any evidence of George Mooter in this county. This may be a phonetic spelling of a German surname. This is the way it was spelled on Robert and Eve's marriage record.

Any help would be appreciated.

Mail To: Mary Douglass


[Posted: 29 January 2014]
I am looking for information or anyone researching the following Sutter family:

  • Leopold Sutter, born abt. 1832, married Adelheit Novak (Nowak). Both Leopold and Adelheit were immigrants from Baden, Germany, possibly around 1850. Leopold Sutter was a stone mason and laid the limestone at the county courthouse as well as many other buildings in the Dayton area.
  • Frank Sutter, son of Leopold and Adelheit Sutter, born 1866, married Catherine Munger. Frank was a well-kinown architect in Dayton, Ohio.
  • Horace Benjamin Sutter, son of Frank and Catherine Sutter, born 1891, married (1) Irene Wolf (Wolfe) and (2) Gladys Scheiner.
  • Elmer Charles Sutter, son of Horace Sutter, married Mary Esther Trent.

Mail To: Charlene Bryant


[Posted: 10 January 2014]
Edgar and Martha Anglemyer Puls lived in Dayton Ohio in the 1930's and had children Opal Irene, Leonard Dean, and Kenneth. Opal's father, Edgar Wm. Puls, was b. 1893, and her mother, Martha Ellen Anglemyer, was b. 1896 to Jeremiah and Rachel Anglemyer. Edgar and Martha were married in 1913 and lived in Miami County, IN at the time. Martha and Edgar lived most of their married life in Franklin, OH.

Their daughter Opal Irene (Anglemyer) Puls (b. 1914, d. 1978 Miamisburg OH) married Carl Loker in 1934 (first marriage); second marriage to Carl Davis. There were no children born to Opal Irene.

If anyone has information about this family or knows of any descendants, please contact me. Thank you.

Mail To: Marilyn Craig


[Posted: 12 November 2013]
I know that my Great grandfather, JOSEPH CARR was born in Ohio. I believe he had a brother, ALEXANDER CAMPBELL CARR, who died in Dayton, Ohio, 13 October 1903. I know from the Dayton Daily Journal obituary dtd. 15 October 1903 that besides Carr, I may be related to HENDERSON and CHANTROW. I would like to correspond with anyone that believes that they are related to ALEXANDER CARR.

Mail To: Jack Carr, 809 Scotland Place, Sioux Falls, SD 57107

[Posted: 08 October 2013]
I am looking for any info on this line. Frederick Multhaupt b. 1827-1830 in Prussia d. 1906 in Montgomery Co. buried in Calvary Cemetery. Children Joseph H., Andrew, Frank and Caroline/Callie. I am trying to find ship's record for him. He married Eva/Elizabeth Zimmerman date and place unknown. Also possibly married to Katherine Unknown. Would also like to know who his parents were and if they came to the U.S. with him. He came to the U.S. in 1849 according to a census record.

Mail To: Marilee Spradlin Multhup


[Posted: 21 August 2013]
Looking for Plannerer's in NE Bavaria from Hof in the North to Regensburg in the South (and especially east of Bayreuth in the northern portion of this area).

I am also interested in finding and establishing ongoing contact with a local (to Bavaria) English speaking genealogist (non commercial) for possible mutual exchange of research.

Mail To: Mike Kennedy


[Posted: 29 May 2013]
Researching Michael B. Shea and wife Dora O’Neil – children Mary, Chelius (Cleatus), W. Edmund, Ellen and Isabel. Chelius m. Dorothy Wuichet about 1915 two children William (1917-2001) and Joan (1918-?) ?married – lived in Ohio and Kentucky (1940) Michael born in Limerick Ireland and baptized Sept 1845 parish of Mungret and Crecora. Have more information on his parents and grandparents, siblings etc.

Mail To: Maureen J. Chicoine


[Posted: 29 March 2013]
Looking for a death record for one Alice SCHNORF, or SNORF, or SNUFF, born abt. 1842, died abt. 1850. She is believed to be the Daughter of Jacob & Mahala Schnorf, Snorf, Snuff are spelling varations. They lived in Clay twp, Montgomery Co., in section 18, North side of Wengerlawn Rd. It has been said that she was buried there on the farm.

Mail To: Larry B. Schnorf


[Posted: 16 October 2012]
Searching for confirmation that a school girl in 1927 at New Lebanon, Ohio named Ruby HYPES was the daughter of Charles HYPES, a farmer who lived in the Township (Perry?) where New Lebanon is located. She is estimated to have been born c1913, perhaps in West Virginia. Would be wonderful to learn all details of her later adult life, such as married name, where lived, died. This lady in question may have been a cousin to my wife, June HYPES Miller. Her mother, my mother-in-law, was coincidently, also Ruby Baker HYPES(deceased) though remaining family members never heard the deceased speak of there being a child bearing the same name living in the same county (Montgomery). Thank you for any assistance.

Mail To: Elmer K. Miller


[Posted: 6 September 2012]
COLLINS TRUITT is said to have died 7 Nov 1821 in near Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio. Seek possible confirmation.

Mail To: Willard Saunders


[Posted: 30 July 2012]
I am looking for information on the birth of Benjamin Franklin Leinbach, born in Jackson Township on 5 Oct 1841. Specifically, I need some proof that his parents were Daniel Leinbach and Julia Ann Messer.

Mail To: Joseph Kasten


[Posted: 09 July 2012]
Looking for the parents of Spencer Biddle, born 12 Aug 1820 in Dayton, Montgomery Co, OH; married Sarah Hildebranch 13 Jun 1843 in Dayton, Montgomery Co, OH; died 14 Dec 1883 Deer Creek Twp, Delphi, Carroll Co, IN. Spencer and Sarah's oldest child, Samuel, was born 14 Sep 1846 in Dayton, Montgomery Co, OH. The rest of their children (David, William, Marion, Martha J., twins Adaline and Emaline, and Clara Blanche) were born in Deer Creek Twp, Delphi, Carroll Co, IN.

Any information would be appreciated.

Mail To: Roxanne Bruce


[Posted: 09 July 2012]
Seeking parents for Elizabeth ASHENFELTER, born 1809 Montgomery Co., PA; married Benjamin Kinsey 1831 Montgomery Co., OH. Elizabeth died 1879 Cass Co., IN.

Also, Beniah ASHENFELTER married Sarah SHAFFER 1831 Montgomery Co., OH and Hannah ASHENFELTER married John LATERNER 1827 Montgomery Co., OH. Were Beniah and Hannah Elizabeth's siblings?

Mail To: Virginia Braun


[Posted: 29 Jun 2012]
My great grandfather, Shondre Gress grew up in Pleasant City, OH. However, he came to Dayton from 1914-1918 to live with his uncle or cousin then moved back to eastern Ohio. None of the elders in the family seem to know much more than that it was an uncle or cousin, but they had the last name Gress as well. He lived on Howell St while he lived here. Does anyone know how to find who lived at this address besides him? Also, perhaps someone is a Gress and knows they had family in eastern Ohio as well. I grew up in the Dayton area and am often asked if I am related to certain Gress's here. I know I am but can't find the connection.

Mail To: Stephanie G.


[Posted: 29 May 2012]
Seeking the obituary for FULLER, Carolyn B "Boosie" [WRIGHT]; 59; New Lebanon OH; Dayton D-N; 2006-1-22; jdtjoan

Carolyn died 18 Jan 2006 in New Lebanon, Ohio. I would like to get a copy of the newspaper obituary. provided the above copied information. My assumption is that the coding indicates it was in the Dayton Daily News on 22 Jan. 2006. If there is additional copy as well as an obituary I hope to see that also. I only know an autopsy was performed, reason unknown. Thank you.

Mail To: Beverly A. Kirby


[Posted: 14 May 2012]
I am looking for the surname of Mayme who married George Monfort (or Montfort) about 1882-83. George Monfort was born June 1857-58 in Ohio and resided in Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio from 1850-1880. Mayme and George had a son named Walter L. Monfort, born 6 May 1884 and died in Indianapolis, Wayne Township, Marion County, Indiana. Mayme died between 1884-1900. Mayme's surname is listed on Walter's death certificate and is partially illegible, but looks like Thdinburger. Any information would be appreciated.

Mail To: Nancy May


[Posted: 7 March 2012]
Seeking specific place of birth in Alsace Lorraine of Anton Haas, also siblings' names. He was born about 1872, immigrated about 1891. Married to Magdalena Wocher until she died in 1918, remarried to Ida. He lived in the Dayton area for an unknown period of years, died in 1942, and is buried in Calvary Cemetery, Dayton, Ohio.

Mail To: Cindy T.


[Posted: 21 February 2012]
Looking for Magdalena Leis/Leiss, b. Mar 8, 1821 and/or Maria Magdalene Leis/Leiss, b. Nov 14, 1825, both born in Pennsylvania to Peter Leis and Maria Schell. She married a Reedy. Who was her husband?

I have been researching the children of Peter Leis for quite some time. Peter had seven children from his first wife, Maria Sibilla Kalbach and three children from his second wife, Maria Catherine Schell. All were born in Tulpehocken Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania.

I have information on all the children, listed in his will, except a Mary Reedy. I am not sure which of the above two daughters are Mary, but any information would be helpful. If anyone knows the migration path they took, in April 1836, and the number of people who came in their party with them from Pennsylvania to Ohio, that may helpful also. Thank you for any help.

Mail To: Suella (Leis) Fenton, 2290 Shady Lane, Yuba City, CA 95991-8421


[Posted: 9 January 2012]
Looking for information on YOUNT, William Henry, b. 1757, d. 20 Oct 1822 in Butler Township, Montgomery OH. Would be interested in a cemetery if at all possible. Also looking for information on YOUNT, Andrew, b. 11 Aug 1816.

Mail To: Teva Yount


[Posted: 10 October 2011]
I am looking for family history connected with my grandfather James Crank, who was born in Dayton, Ohio in 1837. He married Elizabeth Carter, who was from St Louis, Missouri, and they had nine children, six still alive when my mother, Bessie Crank, was born in 1890 in San Antonio, Texas. My grandfather was a teacher and the family traveled and moved often, in his teaching experiences.

Mail To: Robert Glotzbach, 221 Cazares Circle, Sonoma, CA 95476


[Posted: 3 October 2011]
I am looking for more information on the following people. Daniel Shupe/Shoup died around 1853-54 in Parke County, Indiana. I am not sure when and where he was born but his children where born in Ohio (possibly Montgomery County). He married Ann Elizabeth. His wife's maiden name might be Shull. According to his will, his children are Martin, David, Daniel Boone, John J., Sarah Tinbrook, Catherine Bloxom, Rachel Todd, Hannah Campbell, and Rebecca Riddle. The census for Daniel Boone lists his birth place as Ohio. So maybe his father, Daniel, was born there? Daniel Boone, David, John J. and Catherine Bloxom moved to Illinois around 1850. Any help would be appreciated.

Mail To: Jack Shupe


[Posted: 22 April 2011]
Dayton Dr. Job HAINES married Eliza BAYLY in 1831. He had two children, possibly by another marriage, Harriet HAINES and Job HAINES. Possible connection to SPINNING, REEDER and MCKNIGHT families. Presbyterians. Seeking burial and/or will information, and connection to McKnight family.

Mail To: Mary Jane McKnight


[Posted: 11 March 2011]
I am hunting for the Hetzels who lived in this county from about 1812 and Peter and Catharine Hetzel started a church from their log cabin and it became the Zion Church in Miamisburg, Montgomery Co., Ohio. It had various names thru the years, Hetzel Church, Salem-Hetzel Church and finally Zion Church. I am hunting for a written history of the church-I know there has been one published years ago. Thanks for anybody responding!

Mail To: LuAnn Scott


[Posted: 4 March 2011]
I am looking for information on Lewis Berry and his wife Catherine Smith who married in the Dayton, Montgomery County area in 1833. They stayed in the area for awhile and had children in the area as well. One may be buried there--William Henry Berry born 1834 may have died very young. Mary E. Berry was born in Warren County in 1837. George A. Berry (born 1842), Lewis Marquis Berry (born 1842), Thomas J. Berry (born 1844), and Andrew H Berry (born 1847)--all born in Montgomery County. This family spent many years in Montgomery County. Would love any information anyone may have on the Lewis and Catherine Berry family while they lived in this area before they moved west ending up in WI. Thank you.

Mail To: Clint Berry


[Posted: 20 February 2011]
Looking for names of father and mother of three brothers: Martin Garrison Smith, born ~1826 in Dayton; Lewis B., born 1821-1823 in OH, and Samuel, born-unknown. All three brothers served in Civil War--Martin from WI, Lewis from OH, and Samuel survived Andersonville Prison. There could have been more siblings. Martin moved from OH to Richland County, WI 1852-1856 where he married Amelia Jane Rizer of probably IN. Martin is my g-grandfather. I cannot find any two brothers in the same household in 1850 OH census. Thank you.

Mail To: Judy Smith Foster, Wasilla, AK


[Posted: 1 February 2011]
I'm interested in any information on William Henry Bixler (b. 1840 d. 1880) who married Mary Elizabeth Oaks (b. 1842 d. 1917). They were married Jun 18 1858 in Montgomery Co. I have no information on William's parents. Mary's parents were Lewis Oaks and Allice Marie Brouri.

Mail To: Tammy Keefer


[Posted: 31 January 2011]
I am trying to locate an article that would have appeared in the Dayton Newspaper regarding my mother, Dolores Dieker nee Spitzig. She was an elevator operator at the Miami Hotel between 1948 and 1950 when she had a horrible accident. She fell 25 feet down an elevator shaft crushing her hip, and foot. I would love to get my hands on anything about this. It was also on the radio as my older sister remembers walking home from school that day and our aunt meeting her at the door to tell her there had been an accident. She also remembers it was cold outside as family members had to buy coal for them that heating season. Anyone with info please contact me. Thank you.


[Posted: 23 January 2011]
Looking for information about the Jeyes family who lived in the Dayton area for many years. The daughters, Margaret and Bessie, apparently remained single. Margaret was Scottish, born in Canada; Henry born in England.

  • Henry Jeyes, b. 1858 d. 16 Aug 1945; buried on 18 Aug in Calvary Cemetery
  • Margaret [MacCormick] Jeyes, b. 1850 d. 26 Oct 1924; buried on 29 Oct in Calvary Cemetery
  • Bessie Catherine Jeyes b. 1890 d. 20 Nov 1935
  • Margaret L. Jeyes b. 1889 d. 15 Jun 1971

Any information would be appreciated.

Mail To: Mary Tanner


[Posted: 17 January 2011]
Seek information and descendants of Robert and Margaret (McCORD) FOSTER who brought their pioneer family into northwestern Adams County, Ohio, in the fall of 1797 and homesteaded near present day Cherry Fork, Ohio. Known children (spouses shown parenthetically):

  1. Thomas: b. 1791, d. 1825, Preble Co., OH (Nancy FLEMING)
  2. John: b. 1793, d. 1883, Ripley Co., IN (Sarah HENDRICKSON)
  3. Martha: b. 1794, d. c 1830, Adams Co., OH (David SMITTLE)
  4. Nancy: b. 1795, d. c 1825, Adams Co., OH (John SMITTLE)
  5. Alexander: b. 1796, d. 1880, Adams Co., OH (Nancy SMITTLE)
  6. James: b. 1798, d. 1880, Grant Co., IN (1st: Margaret SMITTLE, 2nd: Nancy Jane BOATMAN)
  7. Margaret: b. 1799, d. c 1840, Adams Co., OH (Joseph SMITTLE)
  8. Samuel: b. 1801, d. 1852, Adams Co., OH (1st: Susan SMITTLE, 2nd: Susan GREGG)
  9. Mary: b. 1804, d. 1873, Adams Co., OH (Isaac WILEY)
  10. Eleanor: b. 1805, d. 1899, Scioto Co., OH (Alexander MITCHELL)
  11. Sarah: b. 1807, d. 1879, Holt Co., MO (Robert PARTRIDGE)
  12. Andrew: b. 1809, d. 1873, Holt Co., MO (1st: Mary WILEY, 2nd: Sarah LEE)
  13. Robert: b. 1810, d. 1849, Clinton Co., OH (Nancy WILEY)

Mail To: Col James E. Foster, 8006 El Dorado Drive, Austin, TX 78737-1343, phone (512) 288-0254


[Posted: 17 January 2011]
I would like to get any information about a John Breslin who died November 16, 1925. He was buried in Hillgrove Cemetery. It appears that he was killed in a work related accident as a laborer for CCC& St.L R.R. Co.

His death certificate has little to no information about him. I cannot find him in the 1920 census for Montgomery, Ohio and I have not been able to find any type of article about his death. Any direction or help would be greatly appreciated.

Mail To: Karen Anne Nicholas


[Posted: 28 December 2010]
A Genealogical Index of Miami Valley Pioneers, Ohio by Lindsey Brien has a listing for Record of Inscriptions on the stones lifted in the Church Yard (Emmanuel):

Kiester, William born 6 Dec 1834, died 2 Aug 1839, son of George and Rebecca (unknown) Kiester.

Looking for the names of the parents of George Kiester and the maiden name of Rebecca.

Mail To: Jo Kester


[Posted: 2 December 2010]
My brother and I are researching to complete/verify our genealogy, and we're also looking to find out whatever we can about our ancestors--their occupation, where they lived, when they moved, etc.

My brother was given, by someone who did not know him well, a 15-page printing of the "descendents of Philip Shank". If Philip is generation 1, I would be generation 7. I don't know the source of that listing, and we have found some inaccuracies. The listing includes 247 named people over those 7 generations.

Primarily we are trying to find out/confirm details about Philip Shank. Some of the details regarding Philip in the "descendents..." list:

  • born 11 Sept 1749 in Germany. (where in "Germany"?)
  • Married Mollie (Margaret?) Kolbin 14 May 1775 also in Germany. She was born 8 May 1752 in Germany.
  • 10 children listed. The one in my "line" that I am most interested in tracking would be John Shank, born 11 May 1778 in MD; died 29 Nov 1857 in Jefferson Twp, Montgomery County, OH.

According to this genealogy, Philip was the generation that came to America. The listing of children shows all 10 having been born in America. If Philip came ashore in MD, did he live there? How long? How/when did he come to Montgomery County, OH?

More information about 2nd generation John:

  • Married Elizabeth Milchelgen 3 Mar 1808. She was born 22 Oct 1781, in MD. Died 9 Feb 1863 in Jefferson Twp, Montgomery Co, OH.
  • John had 9 children, perhaps all but the youngest born in MD. Youngest listed as John William Shank, born in 1827 in OH.

My brother and I are pretty new to genealogy searching. We didn't have much interest until we were given this "descendents...." list. We have learned much, visited many cemeteries, and gone to both county libraries and the Dayton, OH, records building. Any information you might provide on the Shank family will probably be helpful.

Mail To: Steve Shank


[Posted: 10 November 2010]
Need help to document that ELIAS SHIDELER was the son of GEORGE ADAM SHIDELER.

GEORGE ADAM SHIDELER born 1755 in MD, died Oct. 1815 in Montgomery Co., OH. He married Mary Magdalena BUCHIAS about 1782 in Washington Co., PA, she was the daughter of Erasmus BUCHIAS. Mary died June 1830 in Montgomery Co., OH, Jefferson Twp.

Need documentation/proof of son:

ELIAS SHIDELER, born 27 June 1803 in Montgomery Co., OH. Died 7 Nov 1871 in Polk City, Polk Co., Iowa. He married Catherine NEFF 27 Aug 1826 in Montgomery Co., OH. She was born 30 Aug 1808 in Montgomery Co., OH. She was the daughter of Jacob NEFF and Polly RENTFO. Catherine died 13 Sep 1873 in Polk Co., IA.

Mail To: Linda Shiflett, phone (208) 209-5178


[Posted: 8 September 2010]
I would like to find other descendents of this family. Stith Mead Sullivan, son of William and Dioneca Mead Sullivan, married Amie Harriet Broadwell, daughter of Silas and Sarah Byram Broadwell in Dayton, Ohio on 3 May 1853. Any information appreciated.

Mail To: Ellie Kilpatrick


[Posted: 8 September 2010]
Interested in following early Montg Co Surnames: Shank, Heck, Shepherd, Kepler, Creager, Swaedner, Kreitzer, Apple, Michael, Doll, Rauch, Bowen, Wolpers, Schwartz, Kemp, Coblintz.

Mail To: Janet Striker


[Posted: 8 September 2010]
I am researching the Shank family.  My Great Grandmother Mary Catherine Shank was the daughter of Jacob and Sarah Wright Shank.  She was born in Montgomery Co 1/6/1863.  Any information about these families I would love to have.  Thanks so much.


[Posted: 4 September 2010]
I am searching for the birthplace, date of birth, and any other information about my gg-grandfather Joseph Baltimore. He was married on November 30, 1837, to Mary Ann Herbert in Cass County, MI. The 1840 US census shows them in Nodaway Twp, Buchanan Co, MO, with a daughter age 1-5. Joseph is age 20-29, and Mary Ann age 15-19. They had another daughter born there, and then a son and daughter born in Andrew Co., MO. We think Joseph died around 1847, before the youngest child was born in 1848. In the 1850 census, he is no longer with the family and they are living in Knox Co., IL, with one of Mary Ann's brothers. Mary Ann died between 1850 and 1860, and the younger children, at least, were raised by foster parents. Later census data for the children lists the parents' birthplaces alternately in Ohio, Virginia, Michigan and Indiana (Joseph). They were orphaned so young that they may not have remembered accurately. We think Joseph may have been a brother of Philip Baltimore who was born in Ohio in 1809, and later lived in St. Joseph Co., Indiana. Joseph also may have been a brother of Ashbury Baltimore who was born in Montgomery Co near Dayton on June 16, 1807. Ashbury was the son of Philip Baltimore who is on the 1810 tax duplicates for Montgomery Co.: Range 5, Twp 3, Section 30, in Washington Twp. This family moved to Wayne Co., IN about 1819, then to Michigan, then back to Indiiana. In 1853 Ashbury eventually settled in Marble Rock, Union Twp, Floyd County, IA where he farmed the rest of his life. If anyone has information on our Joseph's possible connection to this family, or can suggest where I might search for it, please contact me directly at the e-mail address below. Thank you.

Mail To: Mary Nelson Keithahn


[Posted: 14 July 2010]
I am descended from Jonathan and Catherine Garber of New Lebanon, Madison Twp (Sect. 31). They are supposed to be buried on their family farm, and his probate records indicate he had a tombstone. Does anyone know where their burial might be? Jonathan died Dec. 6, 1891 in New Lebanon, his wife, Catherine (Sarah Catherine Rife) died c. 1880-1890.

I would appreciate any help you can give me. I know small family burials easily disappear, so this may be a long shot, but they had a multitude of children, so I am hoping some of their descendents may know where they are buried. Thank you.

Mail To: Katie Yost


[Posted: 7 June 2010]
Looking for information on John Peck b. abt 1773 and Mary (No other info) who had the following children: Susannah b. 5 Dec 1794, Sara b. 29 Aug 1799, James b. 27 Aug 1803, Nancy b. abt 1805 and Terrissa b. abt 1808. They came to Ohio about 1810/1811 from KY. Children settled in and around the Germantown, Ohio area. Have not been able to link with other Peck families in the area. Have more info to share if anyone is searching the same family.

Mail To: Jack Peck


[Posted: 5 June 2010]
Would like to exchange information with someone working the name McGrew in Dayton and Montgomery County, Ohio. James Fiske McGrew married 1907 to Mary Margaret Nash in Dayton. Another name is Jacobs.

Mail To: Florence Gause


[Posted: 13 April 2010]
I am looking for information on Mark T. Ely who married Hannah Wall in Dayton on 17 Aug 1862. We believe his father was Allison I. Ely born in Monmouth, NJ who married Lydia Thompson on 17 May 1823. I am trying to prove the link between Mark T. Ely and Allison I. Ely. I have Mark's marrige license to Hannah with a signature of A. E. Ely, but the record does not state A. E. Ely is Mark's father. I need this information for a DAR application, and any help would be appreciated.

Mail To: Taylor Watson


[Posted: 8 March 2010]
I am seeking the name of the cemetery and location, if possible, of John Jacob LaRose, b. 17 Feb 1755, d. 17 Nov 1845 in Washington Township, Montgomery County, OH.

NOTE: After this query was posted, it was discovered that John Jacob LaRose is buried in Hillgrove Cemetery in Miamisburg, Ohio. If anyone is researching this person, please contact me.

Mail To: Thomas P. Jones


[Posted: 15 February 2010]
I am looking for information on Jacob Lighty. (Other possible spellings are Lichty and Leighty.) He married Elizabeth Hewitt on Dec 24, 1812 in Montgomery Co, OH. Elizabeth is the daughter of Phillip and Elizabeth of North Carolina. Jacob and Elizabeth had 8 children and moved to Fountain Co, IN in November of 1825. Their oldest son Conrad was born in Montgomery Co on Dec 12, 1814. Six of their other children were also born in Montgomery Co. Jacob served in the Ohio militia during the War of 1812, where he was a lieutenant under Captain Samuel Brier (Fort Brier of Darke Co, OH). He served from April 12, 1813 to October 11, 1813. Jacob was born in 1790 in Pennsylvania. I would be greatly interested in and appreciative of any insight into Jacob's parents and siblings.

Mail To: Kerry Lighty


[Posted: 21 January 2010]
I am looking for more information on Samuel J. Earl Cowperthwait / Cowperthwaite born 7 Jan 1898, died 1966 in Dayton; and his wife Marguerite "Peg" Griffith Cowperthwait, born 20 May 1908.

Samuel moved to Dayton from the New Castle, PA area. Peg had two sisters also living in Dayton, so she may have been born there. They had three children, two daughters and a son.

Mail To: Judy Mackenroth


[Posted: 3 December 2009]
I am looking for any information on the McBride’s with these connections. James and Mary McBride with their children John b. 1850, Samuel b. 1858, Abraham b. 1860, Mary b. 1865 moved to Montgomery Co. in 1865 from Ralpho Twp. Lancaster Co, PA. They moved from Montgomery Co to Darke Co. in 1869. If any one has any information about they while they lived in Montgomery Co. I would greatly appreciate hearing from you.

Mail To: Terri McBride, Ozark, MO


[Posted: 12 November 2009]
I am a descendant of Peter Bussard (June 11, 1817, Frederick Co. MD - May 12, 1902, German Twp. Montgomery Co OH), son of Samuel Bussard and Mary Delaughter/Delauter, and Elizabeth Emrick (June 5, 1818 (or 1819) German Twp. Montgomery Co OH - March 4, 1894, German Twp, Montgomery Co OH), daughter of Henry Emrick and Elizabeth Zech. Peter and Elizabeth were married March 28, 1839, in German Twp, Montgomery Co OH. I am researching their ancestors and descendants and would like to correspond with others interested in this family.

Mail To: Bruce McCrea


[Posted: 14 October 2009]
Looking for any information on Alice J. Murphy born 1864, Montgomery County, OH married F. Marion Gibson ca 1880. Moved to Kansas.

Mail To: Maryann and Leroy


[Posted: 26 September 2009]
I am looking for a connection between Warren (Phillip) Speicher and Earl Charles Speicher. Warren Speicher was born 7/13/1873, we think in Waltz Twp, Wabash County, Indiana and died in Montgomery County, Ohio. He Married Wilda Maglelena (Maggie) Peffly, born 3/13/1892 and died 3/28/1970. They had three children: Louise Budella Speicher born 1/12/1915 and died 7/23/2008 Montgomery County, Ohio; George Wesley Speicher, born 12/26/1916 and is very sane and still living, Montgomery County, Ohio; and Carl Edwin Speicher, born 11/19/1930 and died 10/18/1935 Montgomery County, Ohio. I have visited with Wesley several times in the past year as I found out that he and I share a great grandfather on his mother's side. He was telling me about visiting his cousins, Robert, Reginald, and Christine, the children of Earl Charles Speicher and my great Aunt Opal (Jenkinson) Speicher.

Earl Charles Speicher, born 7/8/about 1885, Lagro Township, Wabash County, Indiana and died 5/2/1943 Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana. He Married my Great Aunt Opal, born about 1887, Clay Township, Montgomery County, Ohio and died about 1966-67 Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana.

***Note, I do know that Aunt Opal's mother was Lavina Jenkinson when she married my Great Grandfather Aaron Peffley. Both Lavina and Aaron were from Montgomery County, Ohio--born there and died there. Aunt Opal's maiden name was Jenkinson.

***Note, I do know that Peter Simon Speicher, born 3/18/1852 Holmes County, Ohio and died 1927 Monroe township, Madison County, Indiana, was Uncle Earl's father. Supposedly a Maria Christine(Wendel) was his wife, born 4/29/1857 Lagro Township, Wabash County, Indiana and died 2/23/1920 Monroe Township, Madison County, Indiana.

My cousin George Wesley Speicher knows all about Peter Simon Speicher coming to Phillipsburg, and he just can't remember how they are related as he was a very young boy when alot of this took place. His sister Louise died the summer of 2008, but she was very alert and quick right up to the end of her life. Wesley feels sure that she would be able to remember. They were both at the top of their High School Classes and the last survivor of each of their classes.

My Uncle Earl and Aunt Opal left Montgomery County, in the middle of the night years ago, before their last child Christine was born, due to a bad cattle deal. Uncle Earl was a buyer and apparently didn't have the money to complete a deal. We never did learn the facts as no one would ever talk about it. He, his two sons, and his son-in-law there after managed the Indianapolis Stockyards until its demise years later.

My mother was a first cousin of Christine's and they spent a week or two of each summer together as they grew up and really until about the last three years of Christine's life. Christine died in 2006 and I have talked with her son Tom several times about finding Wesley and how we are connected. Tom said they never knew anything at all about their family, other than my family, because we have always visited back and forth with them from when we were little boys.

I would greatly appreciate any information that anyone has as to how Warren (Phillip) Speicher and Earl Charles Speicher are related.

Mail To: Richard D. Miller, Hollansburg, Ohio 45332


[Posted: 16 September 2009]
I am looking for information on my great-grandfather, Peter Fletcher, and his family.

Peter Fletcher - 1870-1945 (this is only a guess). His son was Anthony Frank (or Francis) Fletcher, b. 1894 in Dayton, Ohio; d. 1981 in Detroit.

My grandfather had several brothers. They were in the Dayton Area during the time of the flood (1913?). My grandfather ran away from home around 1910. Peter Fletcher may have remarried around 1900-1910. My grandfather was placed in a work home or orphanage. I am assuming his mother died on or near childbirth and his father re-married (my grandfather lists his mother as "Unknown").

On all my grandfather's records, it lists Dayton as his place of birth, and he stated he went back to help his family in Dayton during the flood.

Thank you for your help-it is truly appreciated.

Mail To: Thomas Fletcher


[Posted: 29 July 2009]
I am trying to find more about my ancestors Henry and Barbara Folz who appeared in the US Census of 1870 living in ? Ward City of Dayton with 3 children. Any information would be appreciated.

Mail To: Dave Folz, 280 N. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91103, phone 626-796-0901


[Posted: 29 June 2009]
These are pictures of my husband’s great aunt Nell Verne Long and her mother Mary Eliza Bennett Long. We have several more photos of these women, in addition to pictures of Mary Bennette Long's son, Chester Claude. These people are all buried in Woodland Cemetery, Dayton, Ohio.

Mary Eliza Bennett Long (Picture 1)
Mary Eliza Bennett Long (Picture 2)
Born 1843, married W. Herbert Soward, of Soward Music Company, Dayton, Ohio. Her mother was Mary Eliza Bennett and her father was Peter Coblentz Long.

Nell Verne Long Soward
Daughter of Mary Eliza Bennett Long, born 1874, married W. Herbert Soward, died June 27, 1939. We also have several photos of these women and Mary Bennett Long's son, Chester Claude, who was my husband's grandfather.

Let me know if you would like any additional information.

Mail To: Gaynell Perry


[Posted: 8 June 2009]
Looking for birth record for my grandfather Edward Anthony Stettler born 25 September 1908 in Miamisburg, Montgomery, Ohio. Parents are Joel Stettler and Adele (Christensen) Stettler. Birth location information found on original application for Social Security card. Ohio Historical Society cannot find record in the probate records they hold. I am hoping there might be a baptism record available to confirm this birth information.

Mail To: Cheryl Baker


[Posted: 8 June 2009]
David Leslie (1787. Pa) married Margaret Kellar (er?) in Montgomery County, 1809. In 1829 he married Sara Jane Schaeffer (1805, MD). I can trace David & Sarah to Indiana in 1850 and Sara to her death and burial in 1876 but he disappears from records. Rosinah Loy b. 1734 MD is a sister to Adam Loy, 1803 settler in Butler County, OH. Rosinah married Peter Schaeffer in MD and had 4 sons. I think there is a good possibility that her descendant may be Sara Jane Schaeffer. If anyone has knowledge of these families, please contact me.

Mail To: W. Kovacik, 2250 Par Lane #1012, Willoughby, OH 44094


[Posted: 29 March 2009]
Any help appreciated on tracking the descendants of the John and Eliza (Keat) Schnebly family, who were born in Maryland but migrated to Greene County, Ohio in 1820s, then moved on to Dayton, Montgomery Co. OH likely in 1840s. John died in 1852 but no documentation found. Eliza still living as of 1880 Census. Children include: Leonard (likely), Luther (b. 1836), Joseph (b. 1837), James (b. 1840), Louisa (b. 1842), John A. (b. 1844), and Laura (b. 1845). Only information found so far is from U.S. Census and Civil War veteran records. Any help appreciated. Thanks.

Mail To: Chuck Richards, 8325-9th Avenue NW, Seattle, WA 98117


[Posted: 11 March 2009]
I am trying to locate any information on Ross C. Peck (born 4-25-1905....died 2-?-1980). He was married to Pauline in 1928. I only have the 1930 Census information. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Mail To: Andy and Marlene Burkhart


[Posted: 5 March 2009]
I am anxiously seeking any information on an Arthur W. West b. Clinton co Ohio abt 1929. His father was Joseph E. West and mother Pauline Brown West. His grandparents were my gt grandparents, Roy and Murta West of Clarksville, Ohio. My grandmother Alma, Arthur's aunt had several pictures and the book from the funeral home among other things and I would like to return them to that branch of the family. Arthur went by the name Billy. Thank you.

Mail To: Linda West Day


[Posted: 25 February 2009]
Arthur D. BLACK, born 24 Dec 1869 in Dayton, Montgomery, Ohio; died 22 Jan 1938 in Ohio. He married Edna B. Hershey 11 Oct 1899 in Dayton, Montgomery, Ohio. She was born 22 Oct 1873 in Randolph, Montgomery Co., Ohio, and died 06 Jan 1939 in, Ohio. She was the daughter of John Hershey and Christianne Hocker. I am interested in any information on Arthur's ancestors. Thank you.

Mail To: Jack Morter


[Posted: 26 January 2009]
Found old photo. Information on back is Melia Gebhart, Miamisburg, Mont. Co., Ohio. If any body wants a copy of this photo contact me.

Mail To: Ron


[Posted: 25 January 2009]
Bible records show that my great grandfather, Hiram Nelson Scoville, was born in Dayton 26 Sep 1850, out of wedlock. His father is unknown. His mother, Mary Simpson, age 20, was living with the Kneisley family in Dayton at the time of his birth according to the 1850 census. She was born in Warren Co., OH in 1830. Her parents were Jesse Simpson and Charlotte Wager. Her father was a minister, unknown denomination, and I believe that with Mary’s religious upbringing she would probably want to have her son baptized. I would like to know what churches were in Dayton at that time and would have records of baptisms. I have checked available films in Salt Lake City without success.

My daughter and I are planning a trip to OH this Spring and would like to know the best place to pursue this research.

Mary’s father died in 1862 and his will names Hiram Nelson Scovel as his grandson, the son of his daughter, Mary Harper. Mary must have married a Harper between 1850 and 1862. She subsequently had 4 more sons, Charles, George, Martin and Samuel. I have no record of this marriage, these births or her death. I have not been able to find any information on the 4 sons.

Hiram was living with his Aunt, Hannah Smith, in Warren Co. in the 1860 census, 9 years old. In 1870 he was in Nashville, TN living with William Truett, son of Ezekial Truett, owner of Rosebanks Nursery. He married Amanda Gibson in Nashville on 25 April 1872. In 1880 he was living with his father-in-law, Pinkney Gibson and had 5 children, Minnnie, William, Ada, Walter and Olive.

Hiram died 11 May 1884 at Rosebanks Nursery of unknown causes in the middle of the night. He was only 34 years old and his wife was pregnant with their 6th child, Mary.

If there is anyone out there who recognizes any of this information, or can help with the best place to go for research, I would be most grateful to hear from you.

Mail To: Marylou Denyer, California


[Posted: 25 January 2009]
I would like to correspond with anyone researching the Reed, Neipman, Simpson and collateral lines: Harcourt, Heinz, Landis, Wagoner/Waggoner, Kirkpatrick, Cloppert, Beechley, and Ullery families who lived in Montgomery County, OH.

Mail To: Faye Railsback, 1001 S. E. Fifth St., Knox City, TX 79529-2125


[Posted: 23 January 2009]
Looking for information on Solomon Kretzer b. ca 1828 MD, died ca 1894 MD. Ann Lampert/Lambert b. 1836? MD, d. 1902. They lived in Preble or Montgomery County, Ohio.

Mail To: Lisa E. Morrow Koogler, 603 Grant Street, Fairborn, OH 45324


[Posted: 26 December 2008]
I am looking for information on Alice E. Beedle who died in Dayton on Nov. 24, 1998 at age 72. She was a Hospitalman Apprentice in the Navy in WW2 and was buried in the military part of Greenville Union Cemetery from Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville.

Mail To: Paul Roales


[Posted: 23 October 2008]
I would like to find out information about Christian Mourize (born in France) and Mary Mourize (born in Switzerland) who lived in Dayton Ward 7, Montgomery County in 1870. They had 4 children: Jennie (1857), Joseph (1862), Mary 1864), and Louisa (1867).

Mail To: Georgia Townsend


[Posted: 29 September 2008]
I am looking for any information on Frank and Augusta Perkins. They lived and died in Dayton OH. My grandfather, Lewis Frank Perkins, along with his brother, was born and raised in Dayton. Frank was born in 1871 and Augusta was born approximately 1878. They are listed in the 1910-1930 census as living at 106 Foraker Ave. Frank worked at the Cash Register Company. I am looking for any information regarding where they came from, what Augusta's maiden name was, or who their parents were. Thanks.

Mail To: Kathy Baker


[Posted: 27 August 2008]
I am looking for information on the following family:

Pearson, William, b. 10/5/1777 in SC
Martindale, Martha, wife, b. 2/5/1780 in SC

Children born in Montgomery County:
Pearson, Thomas, 1808
Pearson, Rebecca, 1814
Pearson, Nancy, 1816
Pearson, Pattie, 1810
Pearson, Charles Barton, 1804
Pearson, William, 1814
Pearson, Sally, 1818
Pearson, Betsy, 1820
Pearson, Betsy, 1812

This information was sent to me by another party and I cannot find them listed in any online document for Montgomery County.

Mail To: Diane (Redding) Ely


[Posted: 27 August 2008]
Looking for information concerning Catherine DILS born about 1826 Montgomery County; Mother born in Virginia, Father in Miami County.

Mail To: Pamela S. Pease


[Posted: 20 August 2008]
Trying to find the father of William K. Shade of Miamisburg (circa 1838-1990's). William came to Ohio from Pennsylvania and had 10 - 11 children of which one was Eli who was my grandfather. Several online sources list the name Nicholas as a potential for the father of William but am looking for proof.

Mail To: Bill Shade, Gettysburg, PA


[Posted: 20 August 2008]
I have a grammer book inscribed with "Michael Brenner, 841 Germantown St. Dayton Ohio, Sept 10/95." The year in this date would most likely be 1895 since the book was obtained in the 1970's.

The PREFACE inside the cover is dated June, 1880. On the (well-worn) cloth-bound book cover, a partial title can be read:
_ _ _ _ S
_ _ W E _
_EET_ _Y

Some other pencil handwritten inscriptions are:

    (Note: if Michael was in fifth grade in 1895, his birthday would have been about 1885.)
  • Andy Harris I will return your book when you come back to school
    (Andy Harris' name appears 6-7 times throughout the book.)
  • April Tatum - appears 2-3 times
  • James H. Wattkins - appears once
  • M. Ried March 14, 1898 - partially erased

Also of interest: several pencil etchings of US mint indian head pennies and liberty nickles with 'V' on reverse. One tracing clearly is dated 1900.

If you are interested in this book, please contact me. Thank you.

Mail To: Bob Allen, 4125 Hollow Creek Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76008, phone 817-244-0701


[Posted: 6 August 2008]
Trying to find any information on Almetta Westfall, mother of Clifford Westfall, Robert (Raymond Westfall), Dorsey Westfall; Leroy Westfall; Buster Westfall; Sarah Mae John Westfall and her husband Howard Edward Westfall. Almetta may have died around 1946 in Troy, OH.

Mail To: Chanda Dicke


[Posted: 3 July 2008]
Still looking for ANY information on Edith Marie Baker born 01 Dec 1928 in Dayton Ohio. Was born to Lizzie Baker and Thomas Day. Was in the 1930 Ohio census in Dayton Ohio with her mother Lizzie Baker, half sisters, Elizabeth Berry and Margaret Baker. In the census she was referred to as Marie. Shortly after 1930 she was given or adopted by some neighbors. Would like to have any information on her or what happened to her. Thank you for any help you might give.

Mail To: Teresa Rigney, RR1 Box 270aa, Solsberry, IN 47459


[Posted: 1 July 2008]
Looking for family of J. Kent Jackson, 18 Nov 1938 - 19 Sep 2003, lived in Huber Heights Ohio. He went by his middle name but his first was Jerald or Gerald, having seen it written both ways. His wife is Bette Bea Jackson. Father was Claude Eugene Jackson. Would like to contact his family.

Mail To: Irene McTeer Hunt, Modesto, CA, phone (209) 529-8212


[Posted: 12 May 2008]
Bert L. Daily (1883-1963) of Dayton, the inventor of the "Perfect Stroke" paintbrush and s/o Lafayette and Flora Daily, married my aunt, Mabel A. Cupp about 1930. She was born in Harrison Co., WV 18 Dec 1910. This was his second marriage as he had a son, Robert who also worked in his business. The Death Record for Bert L. Daily states he was divorced at the time of his death in 1963. I am seeking:

1. a marriage record for Bert and Mabel
2. Divorce record for Bert and Mabel
3. Death record for Mabel (she could have remarried)
4. Death record for Mabel's father, Howard Harvey Cupp***

*** Howard Cupp was b 3 Oct 1873 in West Virginia. His World War 1 draft card lists his name as Harvey Howard Cupp.

The story is that Howard died when he was getting off a bus or streetcar in Dayton, while visiting his daughter and son in law. This would have been in the late 1940s or in the 1950s. I have checked the online Ohio Death Records database with no results and I wrote to the state requesting a search with no results. Are there Coroner records for Dayton? How would I access those?

Thank you for any ideas on finding these records.

Mail To: JoAnn Cupp, P.O. Box 1505, Cedar Ridge, CA 95924


[Posted: 12 May 2008]
I am trying to find a death certificate for Celia Office who died July 31, 1940. She is buried in Dayton (House of Jacob cemetery) and this is the date given on her stone, but I can't find her in any index. A search of obituaries in the Dayton Daily News the week following her death did not turn up anything. Does anyone have any suggestions?

Mail To: Sheri Prager


[Posted: 7 May 2008]
I am looking for information on Elizabeth (Longstreth) Shingledecker.

Elizabeth Shingledecker appears in the 1880 census at the age of 23, presumably having married Irvin Shingledecker approximately two years earlier. They were living in Osborn, Greene Co, OH in 1880. By the 1900 census Irvin and Elizabeth had 6 living children (of 7 born), 4 of the children still in their household in Dayton, Montgomery Co, OH. By the 1910 census, Elizabeth had died, and Irvin was remarried (to a Pauline "Nettie"), and still living in Dayton. Since I cannot locate Elizabeth (Longstreth) Shingledecker in the Ohio Death Index, I am assuming that she actually died sometime between the 1900 census and the end of 1907.

I would appreciate help in either finding a death certificate or an obit for Elizabeth (Longstreth) Shingledecker. I am also trying to discover who her parents were, information which is often included in the Ohio death certificates, but another possible source would be a marriage certificate. The marriage probably took place in 1878, but 1877 and 1879 cannot be ruled out. The marriage is very likely to have occurred in Greene County, but that supposition is based only on where the couple was living in 1880, and the fact that Irvin Shingledecker was a living in Greene Co prior to that time. Thank you for any help that can be provided.

Mail To: James Longstreth


[Posted: 3 May 2008]
Searching for possible link between my paternal grandfather William Randolph Sinks and a Willie Rhodehamel from the 1870 federal census Montgomery County, Butler Twnshp, Vandalia p.o. Four Rhodehamel children (Augusta, Belle, Charles, and Willie) in same enumeration living with four separate families, in addition to a single Rhodehamel adult male (Jacob, 36) in another address. Any information regarding the circumstances of childrens' placement, heritage and future outcomes would be greatly appreciated.

Mail To: John Sinks


[Posted: 27 April 2008]
I am looking for information on William Gobel Wells, dob 9-25-1898, Trimble County KY, parents James Wells and Alice Monroe. Bill was my grandfather, he and my grandmother divorced when my father was two years old. My grandmother did not allow him to have any contact with my father. We believe that he was living in the Cincinnati area in 1934. I do know that his family contacted my father in the early 1980’s to say that Bill had passed away, he was in Ohio at the time. My father is gone and my mother does not have a very good memory of things now so I have very little to go on. I have been able find his sister and his brothers and parts of their families but not Bill. If you have any information on him would you please send it to me. I would very much like to find his location. Thank you.

Mail To: Mary Royalty


[Posted: 16 April 2008]
Frank Allison Richeson was the brother of my grandfather, Austin Baines Richeson. I would like to trace Frank if possible and at least learn where he was buried. Any additional information, especially about children he might have had, would be a bonus.

This Richeson clan is hard to track and appear to have each gone their separate ways. Here is Frank's birth family:

Richeson, Frank (father) 1852-1926, buried in Portland, OR
Mary (mother) 1859-1926, buried in MN
Austin Baines (son) 1885-1962, lived in Portland, OR
Frank Allison (son) 1887 - ?
Walter J. (son) 1889-1965, lived in Duluth, MN
Mary (daughter) 1895 - ?

Frank filled out a Draft Registration Card at age 55 while living in Dayton, and this is the last known record of his life. If his birth year (1887) was correct then he filled it out in 1942. On this card he listed his residence as: 240 S. Main St., Dayton, Mont., Ohio. His contact person was his brother/my grandfather, Austin Baines Richeson, then living in Portland, OR and working for the Veterans Bureau. Frank's employer was listed as Denis Studio at 1338 Ludlow St., Dayton, OH.

Back during WW I FRANK tried to enlist in 1917, apparently without success. He first filled out an Attestation card for the Canadian Over-Seas Expeditionary Forces in 1915, giving the Parker Hotel in Montreal as his residence. But a year later he filled out a WW I Draft Registration Card from his home in Emma, IL. On that card he listed himself as married, but no further record of a wife or her name has turned up, nor do I know if he had any children. The only other record I've found for him is the 1910 census, on which he was working in a livery stable in Beadle Co, South Dakota. The biggest thing going in Beadle Co at that time appears to have been mining.

Mail To: Diane Goodboe


[Posted: 2 April 2008]
I am searching for James Love born 1820 in Ohio who was married to Sarah with the possible last name of Bennett born 1821. They were married 22 Dec 1842 in either Union or Montgomery County, Ohio. They moved to the central Illinois area near Bloomington in 1848. James and Sarah had four children Henry, John, Minerva and William. Henry was born in Ohio in 1843. James father was possibly named Samuel Love. Any information on the Love family would be greatly appreciated.

Mail To: Patty Linquist Vodick


[Posted: 19 March 2008]
I am trying to locate information on my gggrandfather and his family. His name is Lafayette Brusman (Brussman), born 12 March 1841, died 4 November 1911, and buried in Woodland Cemetery, Dayton, OH. His wife was Sarah Coffman, born December 1840, died 31 October 1915, also buried in Woodland Cemetery. Their two daughters were: Ella Brusman born 5 September 1867, died 18 February 1951, spouse Charles Williams; Jessie Brusman born March 1866, died 1905, spouse Harry Cass Mann.

Layfayette Brusman served with Company "G" of the 75th OVI during the civil war.

Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Mail To: Pat Zinn


[Posted: 8 February 2008]
I would like to correspond with anyone researching or with knowledge of the surname, Niepman. Wilhelmina Niepman, born 31 July, 1793, married Peter Reed, 28 Mar. 1822 in Montgomery Co., OH. They reared a family of five sons and lived out their lives in Montgomery County. Wilhelmina's brother, Abraham Niepman lived there also and is believed to have never married. Their father, Engle Niepman died in PA, in 1814. I have found no information on other family members and have found no one researching this family.

Mail To: Faye Railsback, 1001 S. E. 5th St., Knox City, TX 79529-2125


[Posted: 31 January 2008]
I am searching for information about Christine M. Cady Wenstrup who died in Montgomery County 2 May 1969. She was the wife of Frank Joseph Wenstrup and they were married in Ft. Wayne Indiana. She was born 25 Dec 1873 in Lafayette Tippecanoe Indiana.

Mail To: Anne Marshall


[Posted: 26 January 2008]
Is anyone familiar with a man named Llewellyn Frederick Zehring (aka Lew Zehring)? Mr. Zehring was born in 1890 to Frederick and Laura Llewellyn Zehring. According to my information Mr. Zehring died on August 11, 1963 and is buried in the Memorial Park Cemetery in Dayton, Ohio. His wife, Ruth, died August 28, 1993. Apparently they had no children. Ideally, I would love to find an obituary for Mr. Zehring.

Would also be interested in corresponding with anyone reserching the Llewellyn line in general. Thank you in advance.

Mail To: Deena Beckman


[Posted: 26 January 2008]
In search of descendants of STUMP, Marlene A (Walther) 1932-2002. Daughter of _____ Walther & Hildred Wright. I have ancestry information on Marlene's grand, GG, GGG Grandparents.

Mail To: Mark


[Posted: 18 January 2008]
Looking for anyone researching this Kester family:

George Kester, Sr (1777-1838) married a second time after his first wife, Julia Ann Wolfe died in 1817. We know her name is Elizabeth and that she was born in PA July 1776 or 1777. She died in 1838 in German Twp, Darke Co, OH. She and George Kester, Sr married ca 1821 (he was listed on 1820 Census of German Twp, Montgomery Co, OH without a female of his age bracket). On the 1830 Census of German Twp, Montgomery Co, OH he is listed with a female of his age bracket. Eight more, whom I presume were unmarried children still living with them. Could this be a case of "yours, mine and ours? There was a male under the age of 10. This probably is their son Daniel who was born April 14, 1822 in Montgomery Co, OH.

I am hoping to find proof of George Kester, Sr's marriage to Elizabeth. If this proof exists I hope to discover her maiden name and/or her previously married name. I further hope to find the proof of Daniels Kester's birth. This might show his Mother's name.

Elizabeth died November 10, 1838 in German Twp, Darke Co, OH. George died in May, 1838. They are both buried in the Palestine Cemetery in Palestine, Darke Co, OH.

Please do not confuse this family with the family of George and Elizabeth (Hetzler) Keister of German Twp, Montgomery Co, OH.

Mail To: Jo Kester


[Posted: 18 January 2008]
Looking for Mary A. (Phinney) Bailey, born 1837 in NY; spouse of Willard Tabor Bailey. Mary was last seen in the 1900 census for Dayton, Ward 4, Montgomery Co Ohio at age 62 yrs. Her spouse Willard and one daughter, Lucy Tallman show up in 1910 census in Spokane Wash ward 1. Would like Mary's obit and where she is buried. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Mail To: Judy Guidara


[Posted: 15 January 2008]
Elizabeth (Hennemeyer) Smith died 1887 and is buried in Schleifer/Slifer Cemetery. Her husband, Jacob, according to a Montgomery Co. Bio on Daniel Hoops, died 1863. This family came from Washington Co., MD around 1841 and settled in Jackson Twp. Could someone check cemetery listings, estate records, obits, etc. to find where he was buried and his exact date of death/birth? Thanks.

Mail To: Jim Bartholomew


[Posted: 15 January 2008]
I am researching the Roberson and Wells families. My information can be found on the following web site: Please contact me if you wish to share information.

Mail To: Pamela (Roberson) Wells, Blowing Rock, NC


[Posted: 15 January 2008]
I am interested in finding surnames that have been traced back to NE Bavaria, in the AREA (east of Bayreuth), (near the Czech border), near ( my wording) town: Kulmain, township: Tirschenreuth (or Tierschenreuth), county: Oberpfalz, state: Bavaria, (Southern Germany). I would like to know surnames, nearest village or town, date or year of immigration, port of departures, ports of arrival, final settlement area in the U.S and any additional information you may wish to provide. Thanks.

Mail To: Mike Kennedy, 1524 Laird Ave, Dayton, OH 45420


[Posted: 13 January 2008]
I am looking for information on the Apple family who were reportedly old pioneers of Montgomery Co. John was born in 1800 and emmigrated from Pennsylvania. Henry his father is purported to be one of the founders of the Slifer Lutheran & Reformed Church in Jackson township, Montgomery Co. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Mail To: Wanita Apple Kimble


[Posted: 11 January 2008]
I'm looking for the birthplace of my great-grandfather Grant Ulysses Snowberger, b. 22 Nov 1868 in Ohio, possibly Montgomery County. His parents were John A. Snowberger and Elizabeth Nicewonger (Nuenschwander). Two of his brothers were Jedidiah (sp?) and Eliaphet (sp?). Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Mail To: Susan Reighard


[Posted: 3 January 2008]
Can anyone help me with John Trushell who married Anna Knop? They were probably born prior to 1865. I am willing to exchange information.

Mail To: Mrs. Lisa E. Koogler, 603 Grant Street, Fairborn, OH 45324-5428


[Posted: 21 November 2007]
The owner of a sampler, which is posted for sale on eBay, has contacted me regarding the identification of the name stitched on the sampler. It simply states Hannah Mason - 1841, and the owner believes it was stitched under the tutelage of "Ms. Schenck's school in Franklin, Ohio."

If you have any information pertaining to a Hannah Mason in the 1841 time frame, please contact Tim Martein at, phone: 440-247-2035.

[Posted: 4 November 2007]
I am looking for proof of my ggg-grandfather, Mark T. Ely, dd 26 July 1882, who was married to a Hannah Wall; and his father, Allison Ely, dd 5 Oct 1874 married to a Lydia or Lillie Thompson. I need something to prove their relationship. I know they are related per Ely, Revel etc book at the University of Kentucky, but it is not enough for the DAR. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Both are buried at Woodland Cemetery in Dayton. Thanks.

Mail To: Taylor Watson


[Posted: 24 September 2007]
I am trying to locate Neil Stewart, born ca, 1936, his wife was Lee, and a daughter Marsha Stewart. Last known to be a civilian working at Wright Patterson in 1959-1960's. I believe him to have been a resident of the area.

Neil Stewart is a first cousin I have only recently learned of. Any help locating him or his family will be very much appreciated. Thank you.

Mail To: Mary A. Powell Sutphin, Galax, VA.


[Posted: 10 September 2007]
Looking for leads on John and Mary Peck that came to Ohio about 1810/1811 and were in the Germantown area. John was b. abt 1773 and d. 5 Nov 1845 in Greene Co, Ohio. Not sure if he traveled to Ohio from Kentucky with just his family or others. Any information appreciated. Thanks.


[Posted: 4 September 2007]
Still looking for any information on Edith Marie Baker, born 1 Dec 1928 in Dayton Ohio. Mother Lizzie Baker or Berry, father Thomas Day. Found Edith in 1930 census with mother Lizzie Baker, sisters Elizabeth Berry and Margaret Baker. Shortly after 1930 I believe that Edith Marie was adopted out or given to unknown family. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Her half-sister would like to make contact with her or have any information about what happened to her. Thank you very much.


[Posted: 31 August 2007]
Looking for information concerning Ann CUPPY and George REAM, who married in German, Montgomery, Ohio, 27 Feb 1829. I have information on their daughter, Christina Margaret REAM.


[Posted: 5 August 2007]
I am looking for information on the George Haines family. George married Margaret and had the following children who were all born in Montgomery County, Ohio. Can anyone help me with this family?

    George b. 1822
    Margaret b. 1825
      Sarah b. 1847
      Richard b. 1848
      Mary b. 1851
      Alfred b. 1856
      Susan b. 1853
      Fremont b. 1856
      Curtis b. 1857
      Dennison b. 1859


[Posted: 18 July 2007]
I have been researching the Drake Family, patriarch Henry Drake b. abt. 1782 Germany, for several years now - they arrived in Dayton around 1849, the US in 1834 and passed through Cincinnati on their way to Dayton. The family is fairly well documented in the Dayton/Galion/Cincinnati areas and I am seeking to expand my source information and knowledge of the family. If you have any information on this and related families I would very much appreciate hearing from you and sharing information. I have located many surviving members of the family and have accumulated many photographs that I would like help identifying.

Some of the associated families are: Culp, Neidich, Felker, Ward, Goodapple (Gutaphl), Grosnickle and more… many of these families originated in Pennsylvania.

I have a web site up for reference,, and also my information is posted on as well as other genealogical sites.

Thanks very much for any responses; I have much I am willing to share.

Mail To: Gordon Drake


[Posted: 12 June 2007]
Johann Wendelin Zwissler, b Oct 12, 1811, and Katharina Josefa Frankenberger, b Aug 10 1811, married on July 23, 1839. The family enigrated to the USA March 9, 1853. I have found him in Dayton as Wendel Zwiesler, starting with the 1860 census. The children Iisted are Edward b Sept 19 1843, Maria Anna Wilhelmina b Nov 10, 1846 who married Motzel, and Eugen b Oct 30 1850. Their oldest child Karl Josef b July 19 1841 does not show up on a census by either Karl or Josef.

The 1880 census has Katharine as a widow with dau Mary and nephews Louis and Charles.

Please contact me if you know any of the above Zwiesler family. Thank you.

Mail To: Gail F. Colmer, 188 Overland Trail, N. Ft. Myers, Fl 33917


[Posted: 8 May 2007]
Looking for any information on the family of George Arstingstall who built the Arstingstall/May house, located at 80 West Street in Dayton, Ohio. Any information on this family would be appreciated.

Mail To: Elaine Swaile


[Posted: 6 May 2007]
I am looking for any researching this person/family: Sarah Jane Lewis, born July 25, 1855 in Dayton, Ohio.

Mail To: Jack Morter


[Posted: 20 April 2007]
I'm looking for the final resting place of a Lucy Webb according to her death notice that was in the Dayton Watchman Newspaper for Aug. 1823 she died in Montgomery County, Ohio in Washington Township on 25 Aug 1823. Thank you.

Mail To: Mike Webb


[Posted: 19 March 2007]
I am looking for the final resting place of Moses Stout (29 Jun, 1768-30 Sept, 1844) and his wife Phoebe Eddy (21 Sept, 1772-11 Sept, 1826).

I have them moving to Dayton with his family in 1815. His son was David Stout (9 Jan, 1795 to 15 Apr, 1858) who was an original director and was buried in Woodland Cemetery, Dayton. The original home site, and a burial site may have been removed to build a new telephone building?

I hope you can be of help here. Thank you.

Mail To: Dick McDonald


[Posted: 26 February 2007]
I am looking for the parents of JOHN D. MILLER and SARAH REED (REID) married 17 Feb 1825 in Montgomery County, Ohio. He was born in Virginia 20 Feb 1803, and she was born in Ohio abt 1808. John D. Miller's father was probably John B. Miller born in Pennsylvania, mother unknown. Sarah's father was Abraham Reed birth place unknown, mother unknown.

John D. and Sarah's children were Abraham Reid Miller b 23 Dec 1825 Dayton, William C. Miller born 19 Sep 1827 Dayton and Sarah Jane Miller born Oct 1830 Indiana. Sarah died after her daughter's birth but John D. Miller married several more times, had more children and died in Curry County Oregon 5 Mar 1891.

Mail To: Elizabeth


[Posted: 10 February 2007]
Who were the parents of our Jeremiah GUNCKEL and his brother William P. GUNCKEL?

Jeremiah (Jerry) born Jan. 1, 1825 in ohio. He and his brother on the 1850 and 1860 census of Germantown, Montgomery co., ohio - both listed as carpenters. Jeremiah married Martha E. Bondurant on Dec.22, 1853 in Madison, Jefferson Co., Indiana. She was the daughter of Thomas L. Bondurant and Elizabeth Woodfill. They had three children: Elva Gunckel (b. 1855 - d. 1861); Medora Belle (Dora) Gunckel (b. 1859 -d. 1937) and Evermont Gabriel Bondurent Gunckel (Ed) (b. 1862).

Jeremiah moved to Cincinnati, Hamilton Co. in 1866 and became forman of a railroad car building company. Wife, Martha died (age 29) died in 1868. He remarried between 1870 - 1875) to Mary K._. In 1880census he is listed with Mary K., Mattie(5), Edna (2). He died Feb., 1881 and is buried Wesleyan Cemetery in Cincinnati. , Brother William born 1815 married Sarah Ann__ in 1845, Miamisburg- 3 children: Virginia, Christopher Columbus, Clayton. They are buried Lot 214 Germantown Cemetery. These 2 brothers are listed as second generation in paperwork but records of the three original Gunckels - Philip, his brother Daniel, and their nephew Daniel do not list a Jeremiah or William that fits information we have. Appreciating any clues on parentage of our great-grandfather.

Mail To: Margaret E. Jones


[Posted: 30 January 2007]
I am looking for the parents of Henry Albrecht who is buried in David Cemetery, born 1833 d. 1904; wife Margaret E. Bellman, b. 1845 d. 1908. Would love to know her parents also. Thanks for your help.

Mail To: Kathy Casey


[Posted: 20 January 2007]
I am searching for the maiden name of Mary Hull, the wife of Hezekiah Hull, who was living in Clay Township, Montgomery County in 1880. Mary was widowed by her first husband, Ephraim Cloppert. Mary and Hezekiah were the parents of Jesse Webster Hull. Hezekiah's children from his first marriage to Elizabeth Kreitzer were Joseph Harmon, William David, John Calvin, Emma Clarinda and Charles Alfred.

Mary is said to be the sister of Lavina Boose (Mrs. Levi Boose). Lassler and Ditzler have both turned up as possible maiden names for Mary.

Williiam Zimmerman and Charles Beckle lived in the home of Mary and Ephraim Cloppert. William Zimmerman also lived in the home of Mary and Hezekiah Hull; Mary Reit lived there too.

Mail To: Marilyn


[Posted: 15 January 2007]
I am looking for death/obit information on George and Millie (Oberlightner) Myburger, who were living in Miamisburg in 1910 with son Charley. The census states that George worked in a paper mill. Anyone know where this paper mill is? In a 1928 obit of Millie's mother, she is listed as Mrs. R.D. Porter, living in Lima. In 1920 census George has another wife and son Charley is living with them. Looks like Millie took off with Mr. Porter. George born about 1882 in Ohio; Millie (Permilla) born in Ohio about 1888.

Mail To: Cheryl


[Posted: 20 December 2006]
Searching for data, descendants, etc. of Joseph Emerson Edmonds, born 1907 in Sistersville, WV. Died 23 Feb 1987 in Dayton, OH. Son of Joseph A. Edmonds and Estella Mae Criswell. May have had a daughter named Marilyn Goodman.

Mail To: John Baz-Dresch


[Posted: 13 November 2006]
I am looking for a record of marriage for PAUL SAILOR GARWOOD to RUTH MAE ANTHONY VANHORN, Feb. 29, 1936 in Montgomery County or any other information on PAUL SAILOR GARWOOD and JOSEPH NEWTON GARWOOD.

Mail To: Joann G. King


[Posted: 4 October 2006]
Searching for the Lewis and Wilhelmina Miller family living in Wayne Twp., Montgomery Co., OH in the 1850 and on censuses, and some of the kids still there 1900. Children are Christian, William, Charles, Arnold and Wilhelmina.

Christian and William married Charlottes (one probably a Swartz) and Charles married an Eliza. Arnold moved to Iowa, I think.

Please email me if you would like to exchange info on this family. Thanks.

Mail To: Melanie Ferguson


[Posted: 3 October 2006]
Seek info on any of these people: David Leslie b. abt 1829 in Ohio married to Eliza Hommon (may also be spelled Howman) b. abt. 1830 (may have been a second wife). Eliza's parents may have been: John Howman, b. Oct 21, 1796 in Fredricksburg, MD died June 3,1870 in Germantown OH who married on 2/3/1825 Sarah H. Bose b. 8/15/1804 in Farm Little Miami R, d. 8/18/1892 in Germantown, OH. John Howman was the son of ____ Howman and Margaret Wolf d. May 1815 in Germantownship, Mont. Co., OH who was the daughter of Frederick Wolf who I think fought in the Revolutionary War from Pennsylvania. Sarah Bose is the daughter of Peter Bose, b. 1759, d. after 1808 in Montgomery Co. PA and the wife he married in 1793 Mary Sluthour b. 1773. Mary Sluthour was the daughter of Anthony Sluthour b. 1751 in York Co., PA, d. 1832.


[Posted: 3 October 2006]
Seeking information on any of these people: Ida May. Deam b. 8/30/1865 in Lewisburg, Preble Co., OH, d. 7/7/1936 in Dayton, OH (married George Brittain McClellan Leslie in 1856 in Ohio) who was the daughter of Lewis Kiser Deam b. 7/29/1835 near Dayton, d. 2/13/1914 in Dayton, OH and the wife he married on Sept 4. 1856 in (Dayton?) Ohio, Mary Ann Houser b. 12/12/1838 d. 3/4/1914 in (Dayton?) Ohio. Lewis Kiser Deam is the son of Henry Deam and Susanna Kiser b. abt 1785 in Pennsylvania, d. 1870 in Ohio who marrried in Montgomery Co. Ohio in 1813. Susanna Kiser was the daughter of John Kiser b. 1719 in Germany d. 1821 (at the age of 102) and Christina Fox b. 1754 in Ireland d. 1831 in Montgomery Co. OH. They married in 1771 and Christina was his third wife. John Kiser fought in the Revolutionary War.


[Posted: 18 September 2006]
Seek info. 1819 to 1821 re Ebenezer Emmons (b. ca. 1791 d. aft. 1873) and his family (wife Catherine Anderson Emmons). Resided in Germantown, Montgomery County. Listed in 1820 census. Son Tunis b. Ohio 1819 who later changed his name to James W. Emmons. Ebenezer shown as purchaser at probate sale near Dayton in 1820. Moved from NJ approx. 1819, perhaps with Thorn family. Served NJ in War 1812 - could he have received bounty land in Ohio?

Mail To: Glenn Soden, Columbus, OH


[Posted: 18 September 2006]
Need info to prove parents of John George Libecap/Leibcap who died 1835 near Miamisburg, OH. John George Libecap married 1 Aug 1816 to Catherine Stettler at the Stettler Lutheran Church near Miamisburg, OH. Their children were Solomon, John Jacob, Thomas, Henry, Michael, and Lewis Libecap. Would appreciate any info on parents of John George Libecap.

Mail To: Mrs. Jane Bailey, 1301 Richard Street, Miamisburg, OH 45342-1951

[Posted: 21 August 2006]
I am looking for burial information and for a Obit on Christian, he died 16 Dec 1842 and is buried in Germantown, do not have cemetery name and wondering if he has a stone? He was also in the 1812 War, he was one of the first Settlers of New Philadlephia. His son borught him to Germantown who was a Doctor, his name was W. Christian Espich who died 24 Nov. 1853 in Germantown, he was married to Elizabeth Gunckel one of the founding fathers youngest daughters. They were a very civic and religious. Christian was involved with the Lutheran church all his life. Mostly what I need is a list of his children and grandchildren.

Mail To: Linda Mendell Espich


[Posted: 14 August 2006]
I am looking for an obituary for Edgar W. Humphrey whom I am told died in Dayton, Ohio. He was married to Edith North around 1919 in Athens Co. Their children are Alford (Alfred) E., Maxine A., Sheridon (Sheridan) L., Floyd E., and Nellie Leona. He supposedly died in the 1950's. If anyone has a copy, will you please scan me a copy. Thank you.

Mail To: Florence Johnson


[Posted: 10 August 2006]
I am looking for the children of Lewis and Charlotte Senear. Lewis Senear died Aug 4, 1944 in WWII and is buried in France. Charlotte Senear died Feb 19, 1986 in Trotwood, Montgomery Co, Ohio.

Charlotte's death notice in the Dayton Daily News (Feb 21, 1986) stated "SENEAR, Charlotte D., 67, of 56 Pinewood Circle, Trotwood, Wednesday. Graveside services were today; Dayton National Cemetery. (Bradford-Connelly & Glicker)". Dayton National Cemetery records indicate she was born March 21, 1918.

Did they have any children? Thanks.

Mail To: Cathi Weber


[Posted: 12 July 2006]
Researching John Egan, who was born in Ireland. John and wife Jane Proud immigrated to the U.S. about 1850. They lived in a small village, Milledgeville, near Washington Court House, Ohio. They were the parents of several children, among them James Egan, born 1857, who married Dora Hendreickson in 1882.

James Egan practiced medicine in Ross County, Ohio before moving to Dayton. His office and residence address in the 1887 Dayton City Directory was 539 E. Second St. Dr. James Egan died in 1890 in Dayton and is buried with his parents in Washington Court House. Any information relating to Dr. James Egan will be appreciated. Thank you.

Mail To: Gwen Egan Whitten, 540 Church Street, Chillicothe, OH 45601


[Posted: 19 June 2006]
Please contact me if you are researching the surname Leighty (Lichte). Thanks.

Mail To: Ivalou (Leighty) Womack


[Posted: 19 June 2006]
My ancestor’s name is Solomon Staley. He was married to Susanah Barbara Staley in September 1831 in Frederick, Maryland. Within a short period of time (perhaps a year), they moved to Montgomery County, Ohio. The three sons (Henry J., Joseph P., and Jacob C.) served in the military during the Civil War (the family has been discussed in the Centennial Portrait and Biographical Record of the City of Dayton and of Montgomery County Ohio (1897). I am directly descended from Solomon Staley, Joseph P. Staley, Fannie (Staley) Dwyer.

I am sincerely hoping to be able to find a cousin (or cousins) who can help me fill out the Staley family tree.

Mail To: Maureen Dwyer Solorio


[Posted: 12 June 2006]
I am looking for any information on Warren Kenneth Mathews (my Dad) born in Dayton, Ohio in 1913. His younger brother was Edwin N. Mathews. Their parents were Warren Kenneth Mathews Sr. & Alice E. Binnie who later married Clarence C. Cook & moved to Cleveland, Ohio. After their parents divorced when my Dad was about 6 he was sent to a Boarding school. I’m trying to find out the name of that school or any information I can about my Dad’s childhood & if he has any living relatives.

I would appreciate anyone who can help me in any way. Thank You.

Mail To: Cathy


[Posted: 7 June 2006]
I’m looking for information on the following family:

William Huffman/Houghman, b. 1741/1760, d. Aug 1832, White River Twp, Randolph Co, IN, m. Margaret Harmon Null, b. 1764, Rockingham Co, VA, d. abt. 1831, Montgomery Co, OH.

I would appreciate receiving any information on these, their ancestors, or their siblings. Thanks for whatever help you may be able to give.

Mail To: Larry Jones


[Posted: 6 June 2006]
I am looking for anyone who attended Wilbur Wright HS in the early 1940s. My father Randall VanSkiver attended the school; he played basketball and possibly baseball.

Mail To: Diane Gagel


[Posted: 1 June 2006]
Looking for information about William Franz Frederick. William was born Dec 24, 1898 in Celina, Ohio or Ottoville, Ohio to Frank and Ludvina Perrin Frederick. He was suppose to have lived in Dayton, Ohio. I am wanting to know his day of death and any other information about him.

Mail To: Marj


[Posted: 22 May 2006]
Trying to find parentage and location for Joseph Bruegger/Brooker and his wife Johannah Dueschlin and their daughter Sarah Elizabeth, born 1843 in Miamisburg, married Andrew Jackson Mueller/Miller 1862 and died Winchester IN 1929. Thanks.

Mail To: P. H. DePoy, Manassas, VA


[Posted: 7 May 2006]
I am seeking info on a great-grand uncle and his wife who lived in Montgomery County, in or near Dayton, OH. Their names were Jacob and Elizabeth (BARTLETT) HEICKES, sometimes spelled Hikes or Heickes. The time frame would have been between 1800—1860. Jacob also had a brother, George Heikes/Hikes, Jr. who wed Sophia Patton. George was born 1814 and he wed Sophia in 1835-1837 in Montgomery Co. The parents of these two men were George and Elizabeth Heikes. The parents were buried in Concord Cem., Randolph Township, Montgomery Co., OH. The parents had a total of 11 children.

Any data you could find on these gentlemen and their families would be greatly appreciated. I have copies of old photos and tin types I can share with interested parties.

Mail To: Ms. Sharon L. Fuller, 11515 N. Roundup Road, Mead, WA 99021

[Posted: 3 May 2006]
I am looking for information aout the KRAFT family. Johann/John Kraft (1835-1872) came to the USA from Baden, Germany and settled in the Dayton area in the 1850's. He was married to Martha STAMMLER (1835-1902). They had nine children:

Charles (1855-1893)
Martha (1861-1930) married ENGEL/ENGLE
Andrew W. (1861-1923)
Jacob J. (1864-1902)
Mary (b. 1865) married John ZIMMER
Magdalene (b. 1867)
John (1869-1899)
Joseph G. (b. 1870)
Anna (b. 1872) married SIFFERLEN

Other family names are listed above. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Mail To: Kathi Roche


[Posted: 3 May 2006]
DOWNEY, Lloyd E. & Semi-professional BASEBALL Teams ca. 1940

I am seeking assistance in finding more information on the semi-professional baseball teams in the Xenia and Dayton area. Specifically, Lloyd E. Downey was a pitcher for some years for one of the “local” teams. The teams may have been referred to as Industrial League teams. Going by an account of a Xenia High School baseball coach, he must have been a fairly good pitcher. Thus, how “well-known” was he locally? I am trying to find out the team name and perhaps the actual years he played for the team. He could have played on more than one team. Of that, I do not know.

I have tried searching online for semi-pro teams and Industrial League teams online to no avail. I tried contacting the Ohio Historical Society and they replied that they do not have ANY information on this topic. (Apparently, the funding cuts in Ohio over the past ten years have really hit the historical society hard.) Anyway, the OHS suggested I try researching the Dayton newspaper, which I cannot do long-distance. Heavy sigh!

Does anyone know the history of these teams or remembers anything about these teams such as team names, businesses they represented, etc.?? Attention, all you sports fans! Any recollection which might be a lead for me to follow up on would be appreciated.

If someone could do a search at the library in the newspapers to see if Lloyd Downey’s name appears – or any other related information – I would appreciate it. I am striving to locate sources which verify family anecdotes. It is a difficult one to do from so far away from the area.

Thank you for reading my query. Please contact me if you have further information.

Mail To: Juanita Atwood, 1434 Canterbury Road, Front Royal, VA 22630


[Posted: 3 May 2006]
Looking for family of William O'Brien of Dayton, OH, late 1800's thru mid 1900's. Looking for Charles Staugler family also of Dayton, OH. Thank you.

Mail To: Sharon


[Posted: 26 April 2006]
I am seeking info on my great grandfather, John William Campbell, born in Montgomery, Ohio, Jan 1, 1833. There is a marriage of Naomi Campbell to Michael Helmic on April 30, 1835. The name Naomi is rather unusual and it appears in our family. There could be a connection. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

Mail To: Gene Campbell


[Posted: 21 April 2006]
Researching for the parentage of my gr gr grandfather and his Ohio birthplace.

John S. Baker, born in November of 1832-1839, married in 1868 in Montgomery County, Ohio to Sarah Belle (JOHN). John S. Baker died in March 1874 in Beavertown, in Kettering, Ohio and is buried at Beavertown Cemetery.

John S. Baker served in the 160th O.V.I., Company A during the Civil War, and should not be confused with John Smith Baker who also served in the same regiment, but is buried in Vinton County, Ohio.

Thank you for whatever you can add to this.

Mail To: Bob Ray, 3220 Vester Ave, Springfield, OH 45503


[Posted: 17 April 2006]
Would like any information on Edith Marie Baker born 12-1-1928 in Dayton Ohio to Lizzie Baker and Thomas Day. May have been adopted out or given to an unknown family. May have relocated to Lebanon, Indiana. Thanks for any help.


[Posted: 8 April 2006]
I would like to correspond with someone who is researching the Altman and Bauer families, as they descend from Frank Leo and Karolina Liess Altman. After Frank died, Karolina married John Nickel on 4 Oct 1888. I need John's birth date and parents, also.

Frank and Karolina's children were:
Mary Ann (aka Anna) who married George J. Bauer
Benjamin F. Altman
George Edward Altman who married Amelia (aka Emilee) Bohsr/Bohse
William F. Altman
possibly others

George and Anna Altman Bauer had the following children:
Harry F. Bauer
Edward J. Bauer
Wilhelm (aka William) Bauer
George Clarence Bauer
Friederich Benjamin Bauer
Arthur (aka Tony) Theodore Bauer who married Eva G. ?
Anna Bauer
possibly others

These families were originally members of St. John's (Evangelical Reformed) United Church of Christ on Third Street in Dayton.

Mail To: Roger Liess, 3165 Kaiser Road, Ft. Loramie, OH 45845-9747


[Posted: 16 March 2006]
(1) Looking for the parents of Michael Baker who came to Brookville area in 1804 from Somerset Co PA.

(2) Looking for the parents of Daniel Turner who came to Jefferson Twp by 1830. He was born in PA but don't know where.

Mail To: Bev Brice


[Posted: 16 March 2006]
I'm looking for any information on Frazer or Sawtelle. I have a copy of my Grandfather's Social Security Card application. His name is William Frazer born on 6-17-1908 in Farmersville Ohio. The application says his father's name was Lester Clayton Frazer and his mother's name was LaDonna Beatrize Sawtelle. The story is that LaDonna (if that is her correct name) died giving birth to my Grandfather. The delivery was on a farm with a Mid-Wife - thus no birth certificate has been found. My Grandfather has told all his children that his mother's name was Mary Kathryn, so I'm confused why LaDonna is listed as his mother on the SSN application. We have been told that my Grandfather's parents came from Ireland and my Grandfather was the youngest of the four children (3 boys, 1 girl) Please contact me with any info/leads/search advice. Thank You.

Mail To: Tammy Steed


[Posted: 11 March 2006]
Seeking information on the following families: Kreitzer, Cotterman, Lesher, Umbenhauer in Montgomery, Preble and Darke counties. I have many old photos and information on the Kreitzer and Cotterman families. Thank you.

Mail To: A. Kreitzer


[Posted: 8 March 2006]
My ancestors, Patrick Breen and Daniel Breen were committed to the Dayton State Hospital. Patrick was committed in 1903 and Daniel was committed in 1902. Where can I find the hospital records? I have the Probate Court records from Warren Co., OH where they lived and where the papers were filed to have them committed. Did both die while in the hospital? Thank you.

Mail To: Carole Lannom


[Posted: 5 March 2006]
Looking for family of Melvin Cunningham...shown in 1920 census. Wife Ruth, daughter Dorothy. A Gladys Snyder age 16 is shown as sister-in-law living with this family. Hoping there is someone out there who may know where Gladys came from or where she went.

Mail To: Patricia Spicer-Dexter


[Posted: 27 February 2006]
I am searching for information about a Mrs. Minnie F. Hall of Dayton, Ohio who was the great-granddaughter of Capt. John Robison, a War of 1812 Captain.

Mrs. Hall had in her possession during her lifetime a diary entitled, "Muster Roll and Diary of Captain John Robison, War of 1812." She loaned this (or a copy?) to Mrs. Edwin Blair Tizzard, President of the General William Henry Chapter, United States Daughters of 1812. And now this diary is one of the databases on

I am related to Captain John Robi(n)son and would like to determine exactly how Mrs. Hall was descended from him.

I searched the 1930 census for Montgomery Co., OH and found her living in a boarding house. She was born ca 1868 and was age 62 at that time and was widowed. I then searched previous censuses and determined that her husband's name was Warren Hall. Some of her children's names were: Herbert, Garris P., Kenneth A., and Margaret N. However, the primary thing I am interested in is finding the parent's names of Mrs. Hall and anything else that would help me determine how she descends from Captain John Robison.

In looking at death records for Montgomery County I did see a record for a Minnie M. Hall who died Aug 2, 1937 and one for Warren Hall who died October 26, 1921. I am not positive that this is the correct couple but I think they might be.

I have tried to find a marriage for this couple and cannot find one.

I have tried to find a cemetery record for this couple and don't have access to the Montgomery County cemetery books.

If anyone could assist me I would be most grateful!

Mail To: Linda Rogers Grinnell


[Posted: 16 February 2006]
Looking for Mary F. Schlipf, daughter of Frank B. Schlipf and Mary Pierrot. Mary was born in the Dayton area about 1921. Her mother (my aunt) died in childbirth or thereafter and Frank remarried to an Edna H. - surname unknown. Mary's last residence that I can find is with her grandparents living at 3306 Fifth St., Dayton in 1930. It appears that Mary lived with her grandparents, Frank and Mary Schlipf and their son Lawrence R. Schlipf (b. abt. 1906) and daughter Elizabeth A. Schlipf. (b. abt. 1910). I hope to locate a member of the Schlipf family or someone who knows them to find Mary. I have old photos of her mother, Mary Pierrot Schlipf.

Thanks for any help.

Mail To: Pat Petty, 1009 Fox Lake Lane, Edmond, OK 73034


[Posted: 16 February 2006]
Looking for more information on Eddy Fairchild who married Mary Ann Purdy in Dayton in 1834. Eddy's family is well known, the Purdy line is unclear. Mary Ann was born in 1812 and died in 1888. It has been claimed she was born in Dayton. They are both buried at the Woodland Cemetery.

Mail To: Jim Boulden


[Posted: 8 February 2006]
Looking for the name of the father of William R. Chadwick b. 1827 in Ohio. William Chadwick may not have been born in Montgomery County (Perry District), but he was living there with his wife Rachel by the 1850 census working as a miller. I am looking for the name of his father who apparently immigrated from England. William Chadwick and his wife Rachel moved to Tippacanoe, Indiana by 1870, were living in the home of Henry Bingham together with their children William, Elizabeth, Rebecca, Lane, Oliver, Ambrose and Thomas. By 1870, William Chadwick was listed as a farmer.

Mail To: Laura Chadwick, Chicago (alternate email:


[Posted: 18 January 2006]
Looking for Marie, last name might have been Day, born around 1928-29 in Dayton Ohio. Mother's name was Lizzie or Elizabeth Baker, father unknown. Marie was adopted out to a family unknown, name might have been Day. They later may have moved to Lebanon, Indiana. Thanks for any help.

Mail To: Teresa Rigney


[Posted: 18 January 2006]
Looking for anyone with information on Joseph HEINEY, born 1 FEB 1805, died 29 SEP 1864 and interred in Greencastle Cemetery near Dayton, OH along with his three wives: Sarah REPP, Elizabeth SAYLOR, and Martha GLEMMBER, also known as the widow Grimmer Mooney and widow GETTIER.

Joseph is relation to the family HEINEY who emmigrated from Hessen, Darmstadt, Germany about 1750 and married Magdalena DIEFFENBACH in Lancaster PA. Joseph's other children included: Isaac, Jacob, Joseph (married Elizabeth GREITER), John, Samuel, and David. Jacob HEINEY was born about 1729 and his father was John HEINEY.

At some point, the HEINEY family continued westward to Huntington, IN but the Joseph HEINEY that I'm trying to find out information about was originally from Lancaster, PA and moved to Montgomery Co., OH about 1820. He has been a very elusive ancestor.

Thanks for any information.

Mail To: Deb Clark Moore, 34810 N. Carvis Dr., Lake Villa, IL 60046 (alternate email


[Posted: 3 January 2006]
I am looking for any information on Lewis and Mary Bartlemay, a burial location, death record, anything. All I know is they came from Pennsylvania and settled in or around Miamisburg/Jefferson Twp and are on the 1830 and 1840 census. They later moved to Wayne County, Indiana (Williamsburg, Boston, Germantown). Their daughter, Eunice, is my direct ancestor, but she had at least one sister that I know for sure, Susannah/Susan who married (2nd husband) Joel Sharrits in Germantown, Ohio. Her first husband was Robert Russel, and they were married in Indiana. Eunice married Henry Brown in Indiana, then he died from cholera in 1849, and Eunice then remarried William Ryan in Miamisburg in 1851. Eunice and her daughter, Matilda, born between 1844-1846 are nowhere to be found on any 1850 census that I can find. I cannot find her parents, either. In 1860, Mary Bartlemay is living with Joel Sharrits and his wife Susannah in Montgomery County, Ohio. She is not on the 1870 census. She is listed as being either 72 or 92. There was a son, Joseph, on the 1850 census in Miamisburg, and he is nowhere on any census after that. He was running an inn or boarding house. His wife was Caroline Goldman, married in Wayne County, Indiana, and they returned to Miamisburg. They were married in 1843, the same day and year as his sister Eunice. I found a Caroline Bartlemay who was back in Indiana who married after 1850, and I wonder if she was Joseph's widow, although I can not find a death or burial for Joseph. If anyone has heard of the Bartlemay family or knows of any cemeteries to search, please let me know. Thanks for your time!

Mail To: Lisa Hoffman


[Posted: 3 January 2006]
I am searching for information about my daughter's biological family. Her grandmother's maiden name is Jacqueline Lee Reeder born in January 1948. Jacqueline's father was part Cherokee Indian who was born in Sweetwater, Texas. Jacqueline currently lives in Denver, Colorado. Her son is Michael Steven (Baldridge) adopted name. He was born September 22, 1966. The grandmother will not provide info on her ancestry and I am in need for medical/college reasons. Any help is greatly appreciated.

Mail To: Jeanine Bender


[Posted: 6 December 2005]
I am researching the Clark family that moved from KY in the early 1930's. The names would be Virgil L. Clark and son by his first marriage to Elma Eugene Lowe, Oscar Lloyd Clark. He had three children by his second wife, Reva ? Cornish. Two daughters, Norma Jean that was killed in a car accident in Tx ?, and Joann and one son Randall. Virgil died 5-27-1999 in Dayton, Ohio and son, Oscar was deceased prior to Virgil's death. Please let me know at the following e-mail address, if anyone has info. Thanks.

Mail To: Deb Lowe


[Posted: 22 November 2005]
Looking for any information on a William Reckfelder d.1985 or Beatrice Reckfelder d. 1980, both passed away in Dayton. I am a decedant of Elbert Reckfelder, b. 1812 in Prussia, d. 1879 in Ottowa Ohio. William's obit is in the Dayton Journal Herald, April 16th, 1985 pg. 21. If someone could copy this and send to me I would be grateful, I live in NYC and cannot make it to Dayton for research. I have not been able to locate any living Reckfelders and would like to see if the obit lists any survivors. Thank You.

Mail To: Lisa Belle


[Posted: 9 October 2005]
I am trying to find information on Fairfield Co. Mondhank/Mundhank families. I believe that my Grt Grt Grt Grt Grand Aunt, Mary Schneider (daughter of John & Anastasia Messbarger Schneider of Hocking Twp.), married Albert Mundhank, son of William and Netta Mundhank. They seem to have some connection to the Snoke and Delong familes. I have collected quite a bit on the Mundhank/Mondhanks, but cannot confirm the marriage of Mary Schneider to Albert. Any help would be much appreciated and I would be happy to share what I have accumulated.

Mail To: Barbara Sabo


[Posted: 17 August 2005]
Looking for information and family of Henry Lambert who married Clara Belle Renner in Montgomery County, Ohio, in 1884. They had one child, Ira Otha Lambert, born April 7, 1886 in Dayton, who lived to the age of 105. Henry may have died since Clara married George Sowers16 Jan 1890.

I have scanned a photo album which contained many Sowers and Renner photos and many other unidentified photos which I think may include Lambert relatives. Would like to compare photos with anyone who thinks they may be connected to Henry Lambert.

Mail To: Mary Renner, Sidney, Ohio


[Posted: 22 July 2005]
I am searching for anyone who may have any information about Rebecca Tanreuther McCune who was born 10-1858 in Farmersville, OH and died 05-1894 at the "Infirmary" in Dayton, OH. Where is she buried?

Mail To: Glenna Porter


[Posted: 19 June 2005]
Looking for information on the above families in Harrison between 1830 and 1860. My great-great grandfather Isaac Geyer (age 13), his mother Elizabeth Geyer (age 35), and his sister Mary Geyer (age 15) are in the 1850 census of Montgomery county. The family in the next house included Barbara Geyer (Artz, age 30), Sarah Geyer (age 19), Abram Geyer (age 12), Eliza Geyer (age 9), Andrew Geyer (age 8), and Catharine Geyer (age 7). Isaac Geyer later married Rebecka Staley (born 1840, Ohio) and lived in Union Twsp Elkhart, Indiana in 1860. In the same neighborhood Noah and Sarah (Geyer) Davenport lived next to John (b. 1816 Penn) and Catherine (Lesley, b 1817 Ohio) Geyer.

Elizabeth Geyer was married to my g-g-g-grandfather before marrying Jacob Noffsinger on 29 Nov. 1838. I am looking for my g-g-g grandfathers first name and also Elizabeth (Geyer) Noffsinger’s maiden name. I suspect my g-g-g-grandfather died in the years before Isaac birth and Elizabeth’s marriage to Jacob Noffsinger (1836, 1837, 1838) in Montgomery county.

Any related information is greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance.

Mail To: Tim


[Posted: 9 May 2005]
Looking for information and photographs for Jesse Stutsman born Oct 29 1833, died January 2 1926 in Montgomery Co Ohio, died January 2 1926, married to Martha Heisey Nov 7 1857...his children and grandchildren.

Mail To: Robert P. Stutsman


[Posted: 13 April 2005]
Looking for the birth location and parents of a Jacob H. Mumma who lived in Dayton, Montgomery County. This person does not appear to have descended from the "Dayton Mummas" who arrived in 1827 and were fruit and market farmers. My great grandfather was Jacob Hiram Welty Mumma.

From census, marriage, city directories and various Montgomery County court records, the following is known about Jacob H. Mumma:

Born July 1867 in Ohio. Married Laura B. Duckson on 15 Oct 1881 in Greenville, Darke Co., Ohio. They had 5 children - Hurley A. Mumma, b. 1881 in Darke Co., Ohio - divorced in 1930; Bertha E. Mumma, b. 1884 in Ohio; Montie Alvin Mumma, b. 1888 - d. 1974 in Dayton, Ohio; Jessie Mumma (female), b. July 1891 in Ohio; Forest Richard Mumma, b. 1895 d. 1903 in Dayton - run over by a train. By the 1900 census, Jacob & Laura are divorced. He is living by himself, she is living by herself with their eldest child. The 3 youngest children are living in the Dayton Children's home and the court records show that they were in and out of the home during a number of years. Forest died in 1903 when a train cut off his legs. Have not been able to identify Jacob H. Mumma's father, where he was born, or what happened to him. The death of Jacob H. Mumma is not listed in the on-line Ohio death records.

Mail To: Douglas M. Mumma, 2123 Farmington Place, Livermore, CA 94550, phone: (925) 447-5164

Email: doug@mumma.orgC

[Posted: 11 April 2005]
Looking for the surname of CLINGENPEEL or KILKENNY that lived in Union, Oh from 1834-1839. First names are Kilkenny, William, Frank, E.H. and Joseph. Please e-mail me.

Mail To: Bonnie Goff


[Posted: 29 March 2005]
Information wanted on anyone who came to Dayton from Watertown N.Y. or Jefferson County N.Y. (1889-1920). I am especially interested in those associated with the Davis Sewing Machine Co. I would like any and all possible information on the people and the company.

I would also appreciate any suggestions on other sources of information for these people and the company.

Mail To: Mike Kennedy


[Posted: 16 March 2005]
I am looking for the family of HERMANN SCHULZ. He was born in Prussia and became a citizen in 1874 in Montgomery Co., Ohio. He married Caroline or Catherine (maybe last name was Eubert).

They had 3 children:

Florentine (we knew her as Flora) b. Sept. 29, 1876 and d. June 5, 1962 and was buried in Woodland Cemetery in Dayton, Ohio. She was married to a TIMMERMAN and had a son Calvin Timmerman who died as a young adult we think. Flora married a Louis Philippi Schlemmer June 21, 1901. I would like to find out about CALVIN TIMMERMAN too (when he was born and died and where is he buried).

Edward b. around 1870 d. April 4, 1950 in Indiana.

Gustus Adolplus b. Feb. 1, 1883 and d. Dec. 13, 1906, Union City, Tenn. This is my husband Grandfather. He died before his daughter was born (Flora Augusta Schulz in Tenn.).

Mail To: Phyllis Fourman Shields


[Posted: 10 March 2005]
John & Barbara (?) Tilberry or Tilbury or ?
Children: Christopher, Samuel, Thomas, John, Rachel, Barbara, Mary, & Margaret.

    Christopher m/ Mary Moore
    Samuel m/ Polly ?
    Thomas m/ Lavina Boston
    Rachel m/Martin Weeks
    Mary m/ Nathan Coleman
    Margaret m/ Benjamin Franklin Coleman
      Resided Montgomery Co OH 1820 -?
Mail To: Coleen Coleman


[Posted: 10 March 2005]
Looking for any info about Golden Anderson b 26 Dec 1905-12 July 1965. He married Irene and had 2 sons Robert and Joe. Golden's parents: Samuel Anderson 1860-1949 married 1891 to Barbara Shinkle 1872-1957. Barbara Shinkle Anderson married 2nd in 1916 to Lee Bennington. All from Highland Co Ohio; Golden bur in Dayton.

Mail To: Wanda


[Posted: 5 March 2005]
I am looking for information on the Barr family. They seemed to have lived in the area where Butler, Montgomery and Warren Counties [Ohio] come together in towns like Carlisle and Poast.

In particular I am looking for the family of Elizabeth Barr who was born circa 1841 in Ohio. She married Isaac Sesher and lived and died in Dayton, KY. in 1896. So far the death certificates of several of her sons show her maiden name as Barr. One son shows it as Mathews and that she was born in Carlisle, OH. A marriage certificate from Hamilton County I believe could be theirs shows her name as Fanill.

There was definitely a connection to the Stephen Barr family. He died in 1884 and is buried at Mt Pleasant Cemetery, German Township. His wife Charlotte Farrell died in 1908 and is buried in the same cemetery. They may have had a son named Alonzo Barr who died in 1929 and lived in Dayton, OH. Elizabeth had a son named Alonzo Sesher.

When I say connection I am saying that they had some kind of close association. The nature of which I don't know. For instance Isaac Sesher went to Stephen Barr's funeral and Stephen worked with Isaac in Cincinnati.

Thank you for any help.

Mail To: Tim A. Gruber


[Posted: 12 January 2005]
I write to ask your assistance in my search for information on my great-great grandfather John BRANDON. His last known residence was in Van Buren Township, Montgomery, OH. In particular I am seeking a death record or obituary on him. The last account I can find is in the 1880 U.S. Census. He appears in 1870 and 1860 in Van Buren Township also

John BRANDON b: ca 1813 in Carlisle, PA, removed to Iowa City, IA, then to the Dayton, OH area prior to 1850. He went to CA during the gold rush and returned to the Dayton area in 1854. His last know occupation was as a grocer in Van Buren Township.

Mail To: Teddie Allison, 60606 Taos Court Bend, OR 97702-8100; Phone: 541-317-8978


[Posted: 14 December 2004]
I am looking for information on George Henderson. aka. Pete Henderson. He was originally from Fernie, B.C., Canada. He was the first Canadian to drive in the Indy 500. He was in Dayton as late as 1928. It is believed he was involved with McCook Field. His wife's name was Florence. He appears in the 1920 census, but then vanishes. Any help would be appreciated.

Mail To: Larry Ball, Jr.


[Posted: 27 November 2004]
I am looking for my ancestor, Elias C. Hendrickson, who allegedly shows up in the 1850 US Census as a resident of Montgomery County. His children at that point are William and John. I am particularly looking for anything on Elias' father William, but anything more on Elias or his line would be helpful.

Thank you very much!

Mail To: Mark A. Hendrickson


[Posted: 23 November 2004]
I am researching my husband's family. John W. and Nancy E. JOHNSTON (Johnson) were listed in the 1880 census in Harshmanville, Montgomery Co., Ohio along with two of their children, James F. and Mertie May. James F. is my husband's grandfather. I know they came to Iowa in 1888. James F. was born in Portage Co. in 1873 and his father, John W. was born in Stark Co., Ohio in 1849. I would sure like to find an obituary or another census of where they were when. Also, would like to find out John Wesley Johnston's parents and if he had brothers and sisters. Can someone give me a lead to where I can call or write for this information? Or is there a kind volunteer to do some looking for me? I will compensate if necessary. Thanks.

Mail To: Bonnie Johnston, Iowa


[Posted: 15 November 2004]
Daniel Mathias "DM" HARRIS was born on July 21, 1821 in Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio.

Family stories say that his parents died when he was 9. The father of DM was born in Massachusetts. His name might have been Daniel HARRIS or John HARRIS. The mother of DM was born in Pennsylvania. Her name might have been Mercy BOKER or Rebecca BOOHER.

I would appreciate any suggestions for finding this family.

Mail To: Diane Hettrick, 620 NE 204th St, Shoreline, WA 98155


[Posted: 12 November 2004]
I am looking for information on (Archibald) Arch Myers born abt. 1857 in West Va. He was the son of John and Catherine Slonaker Myers. I find Arch in the 1910 census living in ward 10 Montgomery county Ohio. Listed with Arch is his wife Mary E. and children: John C., Martha R., Jesse H., Jos. H., and Anna F.

Can anyone tell me anything about this family?

Mail To: Billie


[Posted: 11 November 2004]
Looking for the obituary of Helen L. Ball Harlos, daughter of Raymond A. Ball and Irene Bridge Ball, married to Harry Harlos, might have moved to New Jersey, but heard she had died in Cincinnati, OH. The death date I have is Nov 15, 2000. This is strictly for genealogical purposes. Thank you.

Family names - Ball, Bridge, Cox, Harlos, Parker.

Mail To: Norma Cox Mielke, 15 Mayfair Circle, Mankato, MN 56001


[Posted: 10 November 2004]
I am looking for the death dates of Laura Humbaugh Bennett (born 1881 in Indiana), and her husband Charles. All I have on them is that they were living on Linden Avenue, Dayton, Ohio, in 1942. Any help will be appreciated.


[Posted: 8 November 2004]
I am seeking information on a man named Henry (Heinrich) HERBST. He came to this country in 1845 docking in ST Louis. He had with him a wife Anna and a son Christian. He soon went to St Louis where Anna gave birth to a son Charles on 12 Mar, 1845. Somewhere between March 1845 and 1850, the family appears to have located in the then Van Buren TWP area of Montgomery County, just south of Dayton. She gave birth to a daughter Minna (probably Clara Minna) on September 11, 1849 or 1850. The next time I find this family is in 1853 when Henry without a wife applies for naturalization. By then, Anna seems to be deceased. Henry bought property in the McPherson area in April 1854 and apparently died somewhere between then and 1 August 1854. He is then listed as a widow. His estate papers were activated 1 August 1854. Upon Henry's death, his children were under the guardianship of one Henry Beddies. Later, they went to a man named John Bundenthal whom Minna later married. Other names listed in the estate papers are John Stoppleman, Henry Rott and Heinrich Kropp as well as John Bundenthal. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.

Mail To: Karen Myatt


[Posted: 26 October 2004]
I am searching for a half-brother. He was born in 1953 to Martha NEAL and Rufus DILLARD. At that time they lived on Deeds Ave. in Dayton, Ohio. Thank you.

Mail To: Eddie Dillard


[Posted: 24 October 2004]
I am searching for the maiden name of Edith B. Haas. She was married to William F. J. Haas sometime between 1900 and 1906. The 1910 and 1920 Census has them living on Hickory St. The 1930 census and at her death in 1949 she was living on Siebenthaler Ave. She and her husband are buried in Calvary Cemetery. She had no known SSN.

Mail To: Bill Haas


[Posted: 18 October 2004]
I am searching for the children and parents of Christian and Magdalena (Schon) Trick. They lived in Dayton, Ohio most of their lives. Both Magdalena and Christian Trick are buried in Woodland Cemetery in Dayton. However, Woodland records only list Magdalena.

The 1860 census only lists two of their children. According to the Dayton directory in 1883, several people lived with Magdalena.

I do know my great grandfather John Trick was born in Dayton, Ohio in 1858 to Christian Trick and Magdalena Schon. This information was given to me by the Holy Rosary Church in Dayton. My great grandfather married Louisa Madlinger.

Any help you can give me is appreciated.

Mail To: Laura Shoffner


[Posted: 11 October 2004]
Johan Anton Probst lived in Dayton Ohio maybe or died soon after his arrival from Alsace Lorriane, France. He was married to Anna Mary Probst or Mary Anna Probst. She went by Mary. They had three daughters (Mary Probst Loewer, Jeannie Probst Palmert, and Carrie Probst Gray). Her brother Anton Probst and her sister Anna Ziegler also lived in Dayton. One time they lived on Monument Avenue. The first Probst came to Dayton around 1871.

Hubert Loewer married Mary Probst Loewer. They had five children: John, Albert, Carl, Margaret Loewer Kinder, and Maria Loewer Rue. They lived on Lowe Street and Monument Avenue. The first Loewer's to move to Dayton from Germany were Balt., August, and Hubert around 1884.

Any information on these people would be appreciated. Thank you.

Mail To: Elizabeth Sarniguet


[Posted: 6 October 2004]
I am seeking information on an Abraham and Anna Frantz Urmey who supposedly lived in Montgomery County, Ohio.

Abraham supposedly died 11 August 1864 in Montgomery County, and Anna died 21 February 1865, and they were buried in the Bear Creek Cemetery.

I am looking for information on the parents of Anna Frantz; she was reportedly born in either Pennsylvania or Virginia.

Any other information on this family would be appreciated.

Mail To: Jo in Kansas


[Posted: 6 October 2004]
Looking for the burial site of Sidney P. Bridge. He died July 19, 1912 and his death cert #39859 says he is buried at the Dayton State Hospital. Is there a cemetery there, and how do I find it?

Mail To: Norma Mielke


[Posted: 27 September 2004]
William C. Williams and Eliza J. Roberts married in 1844 in Montgomery County. One child, Catherine E. was born before William enlisted in the army during the Mexican War. Afterwards, they had James K. P. Williams in Ohio, then two others in Wheeling, Virginia, the last with a birthdate of 1856. Three years later William shows up in Blair County, PA, married to another woman, Mary Jane Zimmerla. When the Civil War broke out, William became an officer, contracted an illness and died in 1864. When Mary Jane applied for her widow's pension for herself and their three children, she said William married his first wife in Dayton and that she lived "one year and a day." No proof of her death was required by the pensions board. Sometime later, Eliza J. Roberts Williams appeared in the Clear Creek Monthly Meeting records and stated that her husband William C. died March 13, 1875, though she did not list a burial site or place of death as she did for her deceased son. So now I am wondering whether they ever divorced or if William just abandoned his family and became a bigamist. Are there any divorce records in Montgomery County for the 1850s? Any suggestions appreciated.

Mail To: Kathy


[Posted: 27 September 2004]
I am looking for information on Vocke Family, Lawrence F. Vocke married to Gertrude Smith. His parents were Joseph and Elizabeth Quatman Vocke. Gertrude Smith is my 2GGrandmother's sister. The Smith family are from Lima, Allen County, OH. Any help would be appreciated.

Mail To: Ann Hunt, Papillion, Nebraska


[Posted: 13 September 2004]
YOUNT, Alexander, born in Ohio July 18, 1820, married to Christina HARMON in Miami Co, Ohio 1841, lived in Washington Twp, Montgomery Co in 1850, children Mary born 1844, Sarah born 1845, Pliny born 1849.

Mail To: Pat Matzke


[Posted: 24 August 2004]
George H. Richards, B. 8/3/1850 in Montgomery Co. I wonder if Phoebe Sly or Lydia Ballenger is the mother of George H. Richards?

Mail To: Mrs. Teresa K. Lopez; 443 No. Volutsia; Wichita, KS 67214-4628.

Email: No email.

[Posted: 24 August 2004]
I am looking for information about my great grandparents, Joseph F. Miller and Maud Whitney. Joseph was born March 9, 1883 in Dayton, Ohio and died November 20, 1940 in Baltimore, Maryland. I have no info. on his wife, Maud Whitney. They had five children: Ethel (born 6/10/1904), Franklin (born 6/15/1906, died 10/21/1988), Hazel (born 6/9/1908, died 1/16/1987), Dorothy "Dot" (born 12/6/1910), Bert (born 1/18/1913). Joseph and Maud separated before 1919 and their children were sent to the Montgomery County Children's Home while Joseph was in the Army during World War I.

I have Montgomery County, Ohio citizenship papers for an Adam Miller (Muller) dated 1858. He was from Wuertemburg, Germany. I can't make the connection between Adam and Joseph although I know they're related. I know Adam had two brothers, Philip and Frederick (Fritz), who died in the Civil War.

Any information would be most appreciated.

Mail To: John Wagner, 3 Whitelaw Place, Apt. TC, Baltimore, MD 21236


[Posted: 4 July 2004]
I am looking for information on my great grandfather James Flynn's parents. James was born circa 1860 in Ohio and died in 1908 in Dayton. He is buried at Calvery Cemetary. His wife was Alice Bridget Flynn born circa 1868 in Ohio and died in 1948. She is also buried at Calvery. They had seven children: Lucille, May, Helen, Joseph, Virginia, Robert and Angela. All of whom I beleive are buried at Calvery except for Virginia.

Thanks for any help.

Mail To: Kathleen Long


[Posted: 7 June 2004]
John P. Cozad (b. VA 1804) married Anna Shellabarger (b. PA 1807) in Dec 1826 in Greene Co, Ohio. He then held land in 1836-1838 in Miami Valley, Ohio. In 1860, he is in Beaver Creek Twp, Greene Co, Ohio with Anna (wife) and children Mary, Charlotte?, Hanson or Harmon, Perry, Lovena, Scott. In 1880 census, Anna is living in Washington, Montgomery Co, Ohio, divorced, age 73. The children Harmon (age 40), Perry (age 39), Mary (age 45), Lovena (age 32) are still living with her.

Can anyone tell me if these people are buried in Montgomery Co., Ohio, where, and some dates. And what happened to John P(Powers?) Cozad. Thanks for any help.

Mail To: Carol Berry, 2905 Brookside Dr., Iowa City, IA 52245


[Posted: 26 April 2004]
I am a descendant of Solomon Goss who was born on 16 Jun 1754 in Granville, Hampden, Massachusetts. He was christened on 1 Jul 1825. He died in Apr 1828 in Fearing Twp. Washington, Ohio. He was active in Methodism in early Washington Co.

He was married to Olive SCOTT (daughter of Obadiah SCOTT and Hannah HOWE) on 25 Jun 1776 in Plymouth, Pennsylvania. Olive SCOTT was born on 23 Sep 1757 in Waterbury Twp. New Haven, Conn. She died on 4 Jul 1825 in Probably Washington County, Ohio. Solomon GOSS and Olive SCOTT had the following children. I am a descendant of their daughter Lydia who married John Spracklen/Spracklin of England.

  • 91 i. Elizabeth GOSS was born on 9 Dec 1777 in Washington County, Ohio. She died on 20 Apr 1845.
  • 92 ii. Noah GOSS was born on 24 Jun 1782 in Washington County, Ohio.
  • 93 iii. Mary GOSS was born on 4 Mar 1785 in Washington County, Ohio.
  • 94 iv. Solomon GOSS was born on 5 May 1788 in Washington County, Ohio. He died on 2 Nov 1864 in Probably Iowa.
  • 95 v. Daniel GOSS was born on 23 Sep 1790 in Washington County, Ohio. He died on 18 Nov 1868 in Probably Washington County, Ohio. He was buried in Ohio Rockland Cemetery, Belpre, Washington, Ohio.
  • 96 vi. Levi GOSS was born on 22 Nov 1793 in Marietta, Washington, Ohio.
    • +97 vii. Lydia Mary GOSS.
  • 98 viii. David GOSS was born on 15 Jan 1799 in Marietta, Washington, Ohio.

I believe the Solomon and Olive were one of the first settlers to come to Ohio. They may have arrived as early as 1796. I would appreciate any information or publications in which they are referenced. I know that Solomon and/or his son are mentioned in "Pioneer Life in Dayton and Vicinity" by John F. Edgar on page 46. He is also mentioned in other publications as being part of the Newcom party.

If you have information, documentation, etc. please contact me.

Mail To: J. H. Seeley


[Posted: 14 April 2004]
Looking for descendants of A. McPHERSON who died in 1839 in Dayton and his wife, Margaret FOWLER (1802-1854) and James B. MORRISON (1803-1866) and his wife, Sarah FOWLER (1812-1888).

Mail To: Kathryn Ellis, 127 Aberdeen Ave., Dayton, OH 45419-3102


[Posted: 17 March 2004]
I am interested in obtaining any information on the Jacob Hoover line. He is my great great grandfather. They came from Lancaster Penn. to Scioto County in Ohio abt. 1808-1809. They settled in Clinton County abt. 1820. My great grandfather was Joseph W. Hoover, son of Jacob, and my grandfather was Robert Louis Hoover, husband of Lucinda Brannen. If anyone is researching this line, will you please contact me. Thank you.

Mail To: Virginia Hoover Winterbotham, 1637 Countryside Dr., Beavercreek, OH; Phone No. (937) 426-3274

Email: No email.

[Posted: 09 March 2004]
I am looking for Sharkey's who lived in Dayton. We visited them when I was young, in the 50's. They are, I think second cousins to my father. I had a great grand-aunt, Dorothy Dolan who married a Timothy Sharket/Sharkey. She was the daughter of Michael Dolan and Mary McManus. They were all from County Roscommon, around Croghan.

They had at least two children in the 1860's, Michael and Thomas. One of the offspring--or more likely--grandchildren of Michael or Thomas settled in Dayton.

One of the persons we visited was Lottie whose last name I think became Klier. His nickname was "Babe".

There were kids about my age who would now be in their late 50s or early 60s.

Anyone know of these people? Thanks.

Mail To: Andy Dolan


[Posted: 09 March 2004]
Family oral history from a 94 year old cousin relates the story of Ward Bowman, Farmersville or Germantown area, who developed a large farmers produce market near his farm ca 1920. I would like to correspond with persons researching this line.

Mail To: Mel Bowman, Palmyra, PA


[Posted: 08 March 2004]
Researching Alonzo Liffick, Clarence Jackson married to Martha A. Kensell. Martha died ca 1973 buried in Dayton, OH and would like copy of her obit.

Children of Clarence Jackson and Martha are: Addie born 1908 married Robert Freed in IN and Lester born 1907.

Children of Alonzo and Martha: Raymond; Rose born 1918 died 10 Jun 1989 Dayton, OH (would like her obit) married Allen Huntsbarger; Marjorie b 1919; William born 1922; George born 1924.

Would appreciate any help on these people.

Mail To: M. Purdy


[Posted: 03 March 2004]
We are looking for the person who presented two volumes on the BODEY family at the Montgomery County Genealogy Chapter's January Show & Tell Meeting. One book may have had photographs and the other text. We have someone who connects to the BODEY family. Please contact us.

Mail To: Russell Sarver, Vice President, Montgomery County Chapter, Ohio Genealogical Society


[Posted: 01 March 2004]
Looking for information on family of Michael HOOVER who settled in Mongomery Co btw 1800-1810 and later migrated to IN. Michael was born 14 June 1786 in PA. I believe the following children were born to him in Ohio: Daniel b 22 Jan 1812, Michael b 1813, Hannah b 1814 and two other unknown sons. Looking for info like name of his spouse and unknown sons, birth dates of children, and his precise place of birth in PA.

Think he may have had other family with him, eg brother Daniel, but this is not certain.

Mail To: Chuck Hoover


[Posted: 29 February 2004]
I am looking for more information on Mary Ann PURDY born Dayton, OH 17 April 1812, married Eddy FAIRCHILD in Dayton 18 November 1834. I have plenty of information on the Fairchilds in Dayton and New Jersey, but the Purdy name in Montgomery Co. eludes me.


[Posted: 29 February 2004]
Looking for any information, including photographs for Thomas Meade Casad. He was a proprietor of a hat shop.


[Posted: 30 January 2004]
I am searching for information on my great-grandparents. John W(elch) Long sailed from Germany and lived in Dayton, Ohio. He was married to Mary C. Shea from Cork, Ireland. They had a daughter, Ellen May Long Burke Corrigan who died June 7, 1954 in Dayton. Ellen was born September 20, 1878 in Dayton and was a member of St. Mary's Parish.

Any information would be appreciated.

Mail To: Kathleen Allen, 1970 Traver Road, Apt. 120, Ann Arbor, MI 48105-1266

Email: No email.

[Posted: 30 January 2004]
My cousin, Andrew F.WALSH (1862-1909) came from Ireland to Dayton, Ohio, in 1883, married Mary J. CLEGG in 1885 and had 4 children while they lived at 1407 East 2nd Street, Dayton, Ohio. Mary J. CLEGG was born July 1855 in Dayton, died in March 1902 and is buried in the Calvary Cemetery, Dayton, along with several of the Walsh family (grave is Section 25, Lot 14).

The children were 1) Eleanor born 1886 who may have married Frank BARLOW, 2) Joseph born 1888, 3) Edmund born 1890 joined the Army but died in 1918, and 4) Frederick born 1892 who married prior to 1920 a woman called Helen. After their parents died the children moved to 38 Linden Avenue, Dayton, sometime prior to 1920.

My goal is to locate any living descendants of this WALSH family.

Mail To: Phil Young (Sydney, Australia)


[Posted: 11 January 2004]
I am interested in obtaining information on Matilda Painter and husband, Wilson Keselring (my great-grandparents). They resided in Twin Twp, Preble County, OH until 1875, then settled in Dayton, Montgomery County, OH.

Also, I am researching Conrad Harleman and wife, Sophia Bronill (my great-great-grandparents). He came to Ohio from Chester, PA and settled in Liberty or Jefferson Twps in Montgomery County. He died in 1875 and was buried in Jefferson Twp, Montgomery County, OH with nine surviving adult children.

I would appreciate any information on these families.

Mail To: Virginia Winterbotham, 1637 Countryside Drive, Beavercreek, OH 45432

Email: No email.

[Posted: 10 January 2004]
I would like to know more about my SHAW ancestors, who at one time, I believe, lived in Dayton, Ohio.

My third great-grandfather, Nehemiah GASKILL, married Eliza SHAW 14 Mar 1850 in Dayton, Ohio. Eliza was born 1 Jul 1821; I cannot confirm whether she was born in Ohio (though I suspect she was). She apparently had a child from a previous marriage, Rachel Caroline LAMB, born 1849. Eliza SHAW died 6 Feb 1875 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. I do not know who Eliza SHAW's parents were, where she grew up, how she ended up in Dayton, etc.

Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Mail To: Steven Gaskill, 1974 East 123rd Street #1, Cleveland, Ohio 44106

Email: No email.

[Posted: 27 December 2003]
Looking for any descendants of Johann Peter Leis or Leiss married to 1st Anna Maria "Mary" Kalbach, 2nd Maria Catherine Schell.

His children are:
1. Henry Leis m: Rebecca Fidler
2. Katie Leis m: James Ingham
3. Adam Leis, Rev. m: Mary Ann Reber
4. Peggy or Rebecca Leis m: (husband) Schultz or Shultz
5. John Leis m: 1st (wife) Forry, 2nd Margaret Reed, 3rd Catherine Leiter-Eagle, and 4th Catherine Rumbarger-Harter
6. Hannah Leis m: Simon Hoover
7. Leah Leis m: Michael Weidner
8. Sally Leis m: George Leis
9. Magdalena Leis m: (husband) Reedy (not sure if this is the one or sister Maria)
10. Maria Magdalene Leis m: (husband) Reedy (not sure if this is the one or sister Magdalena)

I can not find anything of the Schultz/Shultz or Reedy/Ready marriages or descendants.

I am looking for information on how the Leis families came from PA to Montgomery County, Ohio, and who and how many were in the party. I would love to share information and pictures with you, if you have any. If anyone is a descendant of any of the above children on has any information on them, please email me. Thanks.

Mail To: Suella (Leis) Fenton


[Posted: 1 December 2003]
MICKLE, Archibald Elmer. I am seeking information on the Mickle family who appeared in the 1820 Butler Township Census. Any information about Archibald, his wife and children would be greatly appreciated.

Mail To: Helen and Bert Fallon


[Posted: 12 November 2003]
I am researching my great grandfather Daniel Garst born April 27, 1813, died 1882. Also my great grandfather Thomas Morrison. I would appreciate any information. Thanks.

Mail To: Marilynn Garst Mayer, 6517 West 101 Place, Overland Park, KS 66212-1707

Email: no email available

[Posted: 10 November 2003]
I am trying to find information on William S. Sheets and his wife Alice Vincent. Both were born around the early to mid-1860's. I have found record of their living around Washington CH before moving to Dayton. They had two children that I know of, Maud Sheets (17 Oct 1887-9 Aug 1965) and Alvin Sheets (1892-1949). I believe Alvin arried a woman named Sarah, whom he had 2 or 3 children with. Maud Sheets married William Lewis Martin in Dayton in 1906. William Lewis Martin was one of four children, son of Eli Lincoln Martin and Mary Ann Reed. His older sister Cora Martin (1882-1961) married William Marchant and lived in Dayton. The other two children were Mae Martin (b. 1885) and Eli Harrison Martin (1888-1973). I have had a very difficult time finding information on the Sheets family, especially dates for William S. and Alice Sheets. I would love to learn more about Cora Martin's husband William Marchant, not just dates, but also the business that he owned in Dayton. Any additional information that anyone has on any of these families, their descendants, or other lines that you might think are related, it would be greatly appreciated. I have a little more information related to the Martin line that I can share as well.

Mail To: Britt Brostrom


[Posted: 10 November 2003]
I am in search of information about my great-great-great grandparents Samuel T. Zerba & Abigail (Bailey) Zerba. Samuel was born about 1824 in Ohio & Abigail was born on April 6, 1846, not sure where. Samuel & Abigail were married on August 31, 1842. One of their daughters, Arvilla Marcia Zerba, is my great-great grandmother. I think she was born on November 25, 1846 somewhere in Ohio.

Can you help me fill in anymore details concerning the Zerba family? Is there a list of their children with birth dates, marriage dates & spouses, & death dates or certificates?

I have a second request for any information about Sarah Ditto. She is also a great-great grandmother. I have a birth date of September 6, 1825 in Montgomery County, Dayton, Ohio. Her parents were John Ditto, born in 1795 & Elizabeth (Focht) Ditto born in 1797. Sarah married Henry T. Andrew in 1842. Can you supply any information about Sarah & her parents, John & Elizabeth (Focht) Ditto?

Any information you can supply or resources you can suggest for me to research is greatly appreciated. I will thank you in advance for your help & consideration.

Mail To: Nila Van Blericom, 26311 N.E. 212 Avenue, Battle Ground, WA 98604


[Posted: 10 November 2003]
I am working on my family history. I am gathering information on John Heckman & his wife, Sarah Leonard. They were married in Montgomery County Ohio in 1830 & left Ohio around 1848. I am trying to find a document that proves that Sarah’s maiden name was Leonard.

Mail To: Ms. Pat Ryland, 450 Paradise Lane, Wickerburg, AZ 85390

Email: no email available

[Posted: 4 November 2003]
I am looking for information on A. Neffer. He was the orginal owner of our farm in western Montgomery County. He sold the farm to Geo. Rumbager in 1820. We are hoping to trace back when the farm house was built and to learn a little history of its beginnings. Thanks.

Mail To: Tommy Baudendistel


[Posted: 26 October 2003]
I am originally from Dayton, Montgomery County, OH and have most of my roots from this area including the Clermont & Darke County areas. These are the names I am researching:

  • Baisch ~ Ger> PA> OH
  • Beigel ~ Ger> OH
  • Bubeck ~ Ger> PA> OH
  • Buchanan ~ WV
  • Davison ~ OH
  • Hoover ~ OH
  • Klopfer ~ Ger> PA> OH
  • Lautenschleger ~ Ger> PA> OH
  • McDorman ~ OH
  • Reed ~ KY> OH
  • Reeves ~ OH
  • Roberson ~ WV> OH
  • Rohde ~ OH
  • Spratt ~ WV
  • Wells ~ OH
  • Wright ~ OH

WELLS Family Website

Mail To: Pamela WELLS nee ROBERSON, Blowing Rock, NC 28605


[Posted: 15 October 2003]
Looking for any general information about my Paternal Great-Grandfather, so that I can continue working backward. Luckily, I have the funeral guestbook from Schlientz & Moore Bros. in Dayton. I just need parental names and dates from anyone who might have this type of data.

Gilbert A. Pence
Born: 19 Jan 1883, Winchester OH
Died: 28 Jun 1947, Dayton (?) OH
Interred at Polk Grove Cemetery, Butler Twp

Wife: Luella Pence
Bros: Denman, Grover
Children: Wendill, Cecil, Gerald, Denman, Howard, & Helen

Any information would be greatly appreciated!

Mail To: Patrick Pence


[Posted: 11 October 2003]
I am trying to research my mother's paternal family for her. Her great grandfather's name was Jacob Gunckel (spelling variations above) b.1818. In the family bible it has an entry that Jacob Gunckel married in Montgomery County OH in 1840. It also names 3 children, Jacob S., Rebeca (Rebecca), Thomas b. 1863, 1849, 1843 (not sure which year for which child). Jacob and his wife would also have to had Henry Gunckel b.1850 OH because that is my mother's grandfather. If anyone has any information or can verify this, please reply. Much thanks.

Mail To: Don Muse


[Posted: 1 October 2003]
Working on class reunion 35 years Chatham High School of Chatham, Va.

Looking for Monica Marie Haberer. Her father's obituary reads: Col. Walter Joseph Haberer Jr. age 61 died March 27th 1976 was buried March 30th in private service in his native Dayton, Ohio. He is survived by his wife (?) and three children(?). One child is Monica. Died Lynchburg, Va lived in Rustburg, Va. Local obits says 31 years in Army. A 1935 graduate of the University of Dayton. Dont know which cemetery and if his wife is dead.

Would like to know her name--might give me a clue. Any help greatly appreciated.

Mail To: Aubrey Bennett


[Posted: 1 October 2003]
My sister and I are researching our family, particularly for information on my grandfather, Oliver Lincoln Rowland. He was born in 1861 in Williamsport, Ohio and died in 1935 in Dayton, Ohio. I believe that the correct Williamsport is the one in Pickaway County. Oliver went to Ohio State School of Dentistry (or one of its predecessors) and practiced in Dayton. His father John Rowland was reportedly a peddler, so I am unsure of how long the family lived in Williamsport. John's wife was Elizabeth. Oliver had 3 siblings: John, Marian and Margaret. He was married to Anne Lillian Blizzard of Piqua.

Mail To: Rowland William Breidenbach, 1515 Redwood Lane, Davis, CA 95616, (530) 756-6287


[Posted: 1 October 2003]
My sister and I are researching our our grandfather, Clarence Fredrick Breidenbach and his ancestors. He was born in 1887 and died in Dayton in 1964. He was married to Nina Levi Case. His father was Elias Fredrick Breidenbach, born 1850 in Ohio and his mother was Eva Ditzel born in Hassen Germany in 1850. His three siblings were Katherine, William and Daniel. Clarence was a linotype operator for the Dayton Journal Herald and was active in the Christian Science Church in Dayton.

Mail To: Rowland William Breidenbach, 1515 Redwood Lane, Davis, CA 95616, (530) 756-6287


[Posted: 16 September 2003]
I am searching for David ARCHER who was born December 31,1783, and died January 8,1844, in Montgomery County, Ohio. He is buried in Sugar Creek Baptist Church Cemetery (Old Centerville Cemetery). His wife was named Jane and according to the 1850 census she was born about 1779 in Virginia. This is not the David ARCHER (1788-1861) who was the son of Benjamin ARCHER, Sr.

In 1850 Jane ARCHER was living with her daughter and son-in-law, Catherine Jane (called Jane) and Joseph COTTERILL in Carrollton, Miami Township, Montgomery County, Ohio. Joseph was an Inn Keeper. Jane ARCHER probably died before the 1860 census as she was not living with her daughter at that time. I have not been able to find her burial site.

Children of David and Jane ARCHER were:

1. Elizabeth ARCHER, b. December 23,1808; died March 16,1846 in Montgomery County, Ohio. She married Joseph COTTERILL on November 7,1833, in Montgomery County, Ohio.
2. Mary Ann ARCHER, born March 6, 1813; died September 7, 1848, in Montgomery County, Ohio. She married Aaron BENHAM on January 7,1836, in Montgomery County, Ohio. She is my ancestor.
3. William ARCHER, born February 13, 1817; died September 5, 1851, in Montgomery County, Ohio. He married Eliza NUSSKELLY on March 19,1845, in Montgomery County, Ohio.
4. Catherine Jane ARCHER, born about 1822 in Ohio or Pennsylvania. She married Joseph COTTERILL on October 6, 1846. He was the widower of her sister Elizabeth.

Mail To: Lucille Wattles


[Posted: 16 September 2003]
I am genealogy researching the following surnames in Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio area in the 1900's. Would appreciate any information and correspondence with other genealogy researchers researching the KELTZ-PHELPS families.

Mail To: James Anthony "Tony" Keltz, Sr., 445 Belmont Ave., Wilmington, OH 45177-2824, phone: (937) 382-7744


[Posted: 28 August 2003]
Looking for descendents of Joseph T. Blackburn, Ethel Blackburn (Kelly), Robert Blackburn, Homer Blackburn. All these people lived in the Dayton area 1920-1960. Working on a family tree.

Mail To: Steve Blackburn


[Posted: 27 August 2003]
HUSBANDS, Thomas O. (wife FELICIA) Seeking information on his ancestry and also would like to know if he died in Ohio. He was located in the 1880 US Census living in Dayton, Montgomery, OH with his wife Felicia and 5 children: Mary C, Emma E, Annie E, Joseph O, and Laura I.

Any information would be sincerely appreciated.

Mail To: Fred Robinson


[Posted: 27 August 2003]
I am looking for an obit on William Nelson born 8 Nov 1895, died 20 Jun 1946/48. He was married to Rose I. Cook. He is buried in McKendree Cemetery, believed to have died in Dayton, Ohio.

Would like to find the names of his parents. Also, does anyone know where McKendree Cemetery is located? Thank you.

Mail To: Jennie Smith


[Posted: 10 August 2003]
Emanuel Richardson was born in 1863 in Champaign County, OH to Amossire Morgan (aka Morgan) and Lavinia (Beck) Richardson. Morgan was the son of John H. Richardson and grandson of Boyd Richardson. Emanuel's siblings included: John, Sarah Jane, David, Milton, Margaret, and Emma. Emanuel became a railroad brakeman and switchman. He married Ida Frances Mount in 1885. They had six children: Edwark Melvin (1884), Blanche (1886), Leon (aka Leo) Merton (1886) George (1887), Ethyl (1888), and Thompsom (1889 or 1891). Emanuel was killed in a railroad accident on 1-6-1891. The newspaper article said that his wife was pregnant at the time, which is why Thompson (their youngest child) may have been born in 1891.

Mail To: Joy Cottrell


[Posted: 10 August 2003]
Frederick R. Booth was born about 1872 in Greene County, OH I believe. His father's name was John. The family eventually moved to Dayton, OH where Fred worked as a switchman for the railroad. He married Ida Frances (Mount) Richardson on 5-30-1892 in Dayton, OH (after the death of her first husband, who also worked for the railroad). She had five children from her marriage to Emanuel Richardson and they had two children from this marriage (Crum Irwin Booth in 1896 and Elizabeth in 1898). The family moved to Chicago in 1898. Fred died on 5-3-1900 in Chicago, but is supposedly buried in Ohio.

Mail To: Joy Cottrell


[Posted: 10 August 2003]
John Bruck/Bridge, DOB abt 1812, Prussia, Germany (father: Peter DOB abt 1766) married Elizabeth Tonges in Germany abt 1835. Children: Catherine, abt 1836, Prussia Anna Marie, 1838, Westmoreland, PA and Margaret, Elizabeth, Celena, Henry, John, Erasmus and Louisa all born in Hamilton, Butler, OH.

Mail To: Kim


[Posted: 10 August 2003]
Looking for information about George Peter SHUPERT (son of Peter H. and Elizabeth (LIBECAPE) SHUPERT, b. 24 Oct 1876 Montgomery Co, OH, d. 3 Oct 1964. He married Alta BRANDT (my g-gm's sister). I have old photos and hope to match them with someone else's so I can put his name on them positively.

George and Alta's son is Roy Brandt SHUPERT, b. 5 Jan 1904 Dayton, Montgomery Co, OH, d. Nov 1997, m. 23 July 1927 Helen E. SCHMITT

Mail To: Marcia Snyder, 17058 Pecan School Rd., Holland, TX 76534


[Posted: 10 August 2003]
Searching for any ROOT's of Montgomery Co, OH. My 2-g gm, Electa F. ROOT, married John Wesley HUDSON 1853, Meigs Co OH. They moved to Montgomery Co about 1854 where she lived till death in 1922. John Wesley died from wounds in CW in Marietta, GA. I have information on their 3 sons.

I would like to find anything about Electa (ROOT) HUDSON's siblings, also her parents' death and burials.

Parents of Elect ROOT: Stephen (b. 1777 CT) & Mary (Polly) (unknown) (b.1897 CT) ROOT. They were in Meigs Co 1819 (tax list) thru Mar 22, 1858 (land sale). Stephen and Mary are listed in 1850 census in both Meigs Co OH and in Hamilton Co OH. In Hamilton Co the children are: (all born in OH) Electa 22, Rozanna 19, Francis 17, Henry Clay 16. In Meigs Co the children listed are: (both born in OH) Stephen 28, Henrietta 11. Other possible children: Sidney, Jane, Peter, Perry, John.

Any help will be very much appreciated.

Mail To: Marcia Snyder, 17058 Pecan School Rd., Holland, TX 76534


[Posted: 10 August 2003]
My name is Karen Lane I feel I have a family root in Montgomery Ohio. It has been a dead end for me for years. The name is MILLER.

Hamilton Miller born about 1816 in Miami Ohio and married Sarah Ann Hunt about 1840 also in Miami.

Please let me know whether or not you have any connection to this family. Thank you.

Mail To: Karen Lane


[Posted: 10 August 2003]
I am looking for information on Cortenis S. Penrod b. 2/7/1834 OH Montgomery County d. 10/9/1860 Preble County, OH.

Parents: Michael Penrod b. 12/20/1807 PA. d. 9/14/1840 OH m. 6/14/1828 Edy Schenk Penrod b. 5/21/1809 N.J.

I have also seen his name spelled Kortenis Penrod, married Rebecca Sites Bonebrake 5/17/1855. They had 2 sons, John Schuyler Penrod b. 9/19/1857 and David Josiah Penrod b. 1/7/1856. Both of which moved to Franklin County as adults.

Cortenis/Kortenis had 4 brothers, Samuel S. Penrod, John A. Penrod, William H. Penrod, and Ira M. Penrod.

I have found some of the Penrod family buried in Oran Christian Cemetery, Oran, OH.

Any information on Kortenis/Cortenis Penrod would be appreciated.


[Posted: 28 June 2003]
I'm just getting started into this family thing. My father changed his name when he left home at the age of 17 years old & upped his age to 19 years. His name as I knew him was James H. Johnson. His real name was John William Dalton. He was born in Indiana around 1915-1918. He married Margaret (Mary Magdalene) Collins or Humphrey. She was married before. They were married in the mid to late 1930's. They had 5 children: James Jr., John, William, Walter, and Robert. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Mail To: William A. Johnson


[Posted: 28 June 2003]
I am looking for more information about the family of Thomas Keeler born abt. 1786 in Dayton, Ohio. His wife is Sarah and I believe that they had the following children all born in Dayton, Ohio: Sarah 1808, Benjamin 1812 who md. Mary Ann Ackerson; Joel 1815 who md. Nancy Lines; Samuel Dec 1816 who md. Sarah Bateman; Lean Ann 1820 who md. William Merritt; Charles 22 Feb 1822 who md. Hannah Lines; Judah 1823, Thomas 1827 who md. Abigail Snellings and Mariah 1829 who md. Barton McAnally. Thank you.

Mail To: Sue Kapp


[Posted: 28 June 2003]
Looking for connections to James Hooke 1785-1848, John Trissel Sr. 1800-1888, Archibald H. Hooke 1824-1877, Isaac and Ann Thompson all in Montgomery Co., OH Perry Twp.

Mail To: Ken Writtenhouse


[Posted: 28 June 2003]
I am trying to find information about the father of Franklin P. Johnson. Franklin was born Oct 1869 in Montgomery County, and according to his death certificate, his parents were David Johnson (b. VA) and Lucy Good (b. PA). In the 1870 census, I find Frank Johnson (1 year old) living with his mother's parents, John and Mary Good in Harrison Twp, Montgomery County. I also find in the 1870 census, a David (age 24) and Lucy (age 22) living in the household of Hannah Johnson, Dayton Ward 4. This David is listed as a machinist, which is a profession that was passed on through several generations of this family. However, the place of birth for David and Lucy is listed as Ohio, which does not fit, and there is no indication on the 1870 census that these two would have been married.

Mail To: Carolyn Johnson Burns


[Posted: 28 June 2003]
I would like to find the family of Constantine Weber. I have his original Baptism record in German, The Kingdom of Wurttemberg, Danube, Obemint, Ehingen. Constantine Weber was born 8 April 1838 and died 15 February 1923 in Dayton, buried in Calvary from St. Mary's Church. The baptism record lists his parents and witnesses. His funeral record is in the Luthman Funeral Home books (#18 for 1923) held by the Dayton Metro Library, Dayton History Room. 215 E. Third Street, Dayton.

Mail To: Carol Bell


The following queries were posted prior to May 2003 and are not dated.

I am researching or contacting any Limbert's who lived or are living in Montgomery Co., Henry who died 27, June 1869, father of Henry born 6 Sept. 1816 father (twelve) of Harvey C. (my great grandpa) born 1 Sept. 1856.


I have a Mary Margaret SIMPSON, born approximately 1865, who married Ed MURRAY, in Dayton, Ohio, in approximately 1882. Any information on these two would be greatly appreciated!

Mail To: Amy Simpson Redmon


My name is Patrick Lernout. I live in Waregem-Belgium at about one mile from the US Flanders Field military cemetery. As I am interested in the history of World War 1, this cemetery has my special attention. I started to write a book about the soldiers buried here. So I am looking for as much information about all those men. I think that would be a great tribute for them, who gave their lives for the freedom of our country.

In the cemetery is buried Erman Stolz. He was from Dayton. Should anyone have information/pictures about them or some history, addresses, etc … ? He died of wounds November 1, 1918.


Looking for parents of John Rauch (married to Theresa Wagner ), (lived on Velma Ave 1930's). Also looking for John and Theresia's children; Ambrose b. Apr 13, 1890 (who married Anna Meier b. Mar 31, 1893 d. Dec 28, 1986), William, John, Bernard and Margaret (and their children).

Also looking for Ambrose's children: Ambrose, Charles, William, Mary, Anna Mae, Rose Marie and Barbara Lee.


I am looking for information on George Henderson. aka. Pete Henderson. He was originally from Fernie, B.C., Canada. He was the first Canadian to drive in the Indy 500. He was in Dayton as late as 1928. It is believed he was involved with McCook Field. His wife's name was Florence. He appears in the 1920 census, but then vanishes. Any help would be appreciated.


Looking for information on Joseph Wolf, son of John W. Wolf and Margaret Myers Wolf. Joseph was born September 3, 1845 or 1846 in Cumberland County, PA. He was married to Mary E. (maiden name unknown) about 1874 in Ohio. She was born July 1851 in Ohio, and died in Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio.

He served in the Civil War, but I can not find any records for which regiment he was in. I know from family letters he was serving near Atlanta, Georgia in August of 1864 and was expecting to be mustered out in about a month. He had two children that I know of Effie M. Wolf, born September 1875, Dayton, Ohio and James Lawrence Wolf, born 1877 in Indiana.

I know that Joseph Wolf was a railroad conductor and during 1889 and 1890 he lived on 315 S. Broadway. Dayton, Ohio. Some say his middle initial was B., others say it was S. He is supposed to be buried in Dayton, Ohio.

Can anyone help with some further information. Civil War regiment would be helpful, and name of cemetery, so he could be remembered.


Henry Cummings and Ginny (Jennie) Murray (Murrey) were married in Montgomery Co. Ohio October 20, 1885. I have 1895 and like to have this rechecked but I can't seem to get to the marriage records for Montgomery Co on or for some reason these names aren't included on the online information for Ohio Marriages. Some people also called Henry, Jacob Cummings. Their family grew up in the Montgomery county area. Henry was born in Maryland and it is said Miss Murray was born in South Dakota although on the census record for her daughter it says she was born in Ohio.


I am searching for information on Thomas Morton (b:1874, d:1913 Dayton flood) married to Ella Mae Hayes (b:7/17/1874 d:8/4/1953 buried:Huntsville Cem, Lakeview, OH). Eight children born 1888 - 1902. I have significant info available on their descendents, but am looking for info on their ancestors.


I am looking for the family of John and Effie Hardesty. They resided in Dayton in the early 1900's. They had at least 2 -3 children- daughter Etoil and a son Robert, possibly another daughter named Alice? Effie would be my great Aunt on the Detrick's side. Also looking for a Miss Mollie Detrick living in Dayton also, maybe with Effie. Their parents were Benjamin F. Detrick and Hannah Harrison Detrick from North Clayton, Miami County. Mollie's real name could have been Mary Ellen? She was born in 1881 in North Clayton, Miami County, Ohio. Effie would have been born abt. 1879 in Clayton, Miami County. Clayton was a crossroad town and no longer exist it was between Covington and Bradford, Ohio. The Detrick's were mostly Brethren.

Mail To: Susie


We are looking for Noel Poffenbarger/Poffinbarger, b. 1882.

His father was named John Poffenbarger/Poffinbarger, b. abt. 1839. In the 1880 Census (Montgomery Co., OH), I found two possiblities:

.1.) John W. Poffenbarger, b. 1839 OH , age 41, farmer (*this is the correct year) Germantown, Montgomery Co., OH (father b. PA & mother b. OH) (wife) Mary E. Poffenbarger b. 1851 OH age 29 (a first wife?).
(dau) Anna L. Poff b. 1870 OH age 10 out of school.
(dau) Alice I. Poff b. 1873 OH age 7.
(dau) Barbra Poff b. 1876 OH age 4.
(dau) Katie Poff. b. 1880 OH age 4 months.
plus, from a Civil War pension file that someone is sending me, all these children are mentioned including: (son) Charles Poff b. Jan 13, 1887 (born after the Census) ; d. Feb. 1981.

.2.) John Poffenberger, b. 1838 OH, age 42 (birthdate off one year)
Miami, Montgomery Co., OH (father - MD& mother - MD) (wife) Eliza A. Poff b. 1844 OH age 36 (father - PA& mother - OH).
(son) John H. Poff. b. 1867 OH .
(dau) Sharlott Poff.. b. 1869 OH age 11.
(dau) Anna Poff.. b. 1873 OH age 7.
(dau) Hattier Poff b. 1875 OH age 5.
(dau) Rutha Poff. b. 1879 OH age 1.
(mother-in-law) Sarah Getter b. 1815 OH age 65.
**Remember we are looking for a son, Noel, who was born after 1880& may have a different first name** Thank you, for any help!


Seeking to contact any descendant of Frank Miller (b. 23 Jan 1866, d. 1921). Frank was a graduate of Dartmouth College and was the Superintendent of Education for Ohio from 1916-1921. His parents were both born in Germany. Frank married Nettie Burnett (b. ca. 1870, d. aft. 1920)on 19 Aug 1897 in Arcanum, Darke Co, OH. They had two children: Catherine (b. 11 Dec 1899, d. 02 Apr 1989 in Corona, Riverside, CA; marr Mr. Anderson) and Aubrey Frederick Miller (b. 15 Jun 1901, d. 15 Dec 1972 in Tavares, Lake Co, FL). It is believed that Aubrey had a son who was in the military in the 1970s.

A box of valuable genealogical material and a large pedigree chart on this Miller family was accidentally shipped to the wrong person in 1977, and ended up with a Navy person who had been transferred from Orlando, Florida to Hawaii. It is believed that the box belonged to the son of Aubrey F. Miller (name unknown), who likely was in the military and lived near Orlando. If anyone knows how to locate anyone in this family, please write or email me. I am helping my friend who has the box in her possession.

Mail To: Janice Palmer McLellan, 6302 Fairview Dr., Pensacola, FL 32505-2057, Phone: 850/432-5291


I am looking for information on George Kepler (1790-1877) who came to Dayton in 1816 from Maryland. His 1st wife was Mary Polly Colbert (d. 1821) and his 2nd wife was Elizabeth Goodwin (1803-1886). His census records show that he lived in Warren Co.(1820 & 1830), Montgomery Co. (1840-1860) and Preble Co. (1870)

I am also interested in Jesse Kepler (1808-1895) who came to Dayton in 1819 from Maryland. He was married to Maria Hendrickson on 1-8-1831. His census records indicate he lived in Jackson Twp., Montgomery Co. & Dayton city.


Am Searching for information on the above surnames, GG Grandfather Joseph Voorhees (Vorhees, Voress alternate spelling) Adopted son David Bennett Voorhees or David's parents Samuel & Susannah Bennet both died in 1843 buried in Centerville.


George W. Speece born 1820 in Dayton Ohio. Died October 19, 1889 in Carroll County, Indiana. Any info would be helpful!


I am looking for the parents of John Warner, Jacob Warner married Susannah Boogher on1/24/1846 in Montgomery County.I have 9 children Susannah parents were John Boogher b. 9/12/1789 and her mother Elizabeth Miller b.4/2/1796 in Bedford, Pa.


Searching for any information, descendants and ancestry of Abraham Stoner, living in Preble and Montgomery Counties, Ohio, circa 1790-1830. Married Sarah Kinsey.


Irma Holmes born Nov. 18, 1895 in Knoxville, Iowa. Parents was James Franklin and Florence(Robinson) Norton. She was married to Artie Holmes on Aug. 6, 1913 in Iowa. She moved to Dayton, Ohio around 1940's. Granddaugher name was Sandra Dohezal. Lived on Point View in 1950's. Any information census, births, deaths, etc.


Seeking descendents of Simon MENTEL and wife Rebecca _____?. Son of Conrad and Marie (BREIDENBACH) MENTEL. Born in Germany, ca. 1835. Known children: Mary E and Sylvester.

Mail To: Mary G. Winningham; 4701 Willard Ave. #312; Chevy Chase, MD 0815

FAMILY BIBLE LOOKING FOR HOME: Recently purchased family Bible at local flea market. Following information inside the Bible: Family of Sameul C. HAGER and his wife, Louisa HETZEL of Miamisburg, Ohio: their birth, marriage and death date. Their children: children's birth, marriage and death date.

Mail To: L. S. Conley; P.O. Box 817; Hindman, KY 41822

I am researching the BILLMAN family in Montgomery and surrounding counties. I know there was a family presence from 1850-1870 but believe there may have been family there perhaps as early as the 1830 era. All I have is some names: Abraham, Jacob, John, Daniel and Silas. Any and all information would be greatly appreciated.

Mail To: Don Billman; 163 Rainbow Dr. #6379; Livingston, TX 77399-1063.

I am hunting information on the ULERY (Ulrey) and HEETER (HIZER) families who came from Montgomery County, Ohio to Wabash County, Indiana around 1849. They are related to my husband. His gr. Grandfather was Jacob Ulery who married Christina Heeter. Also the Hiser or Hizer family may have come from this area.

Mail To: Ms. Doris Studebaker; 6040 W. 280 S.; South Whitley, IN 46787

Christopher Leighty married Barbara Schuder in 1815 in Montgomery Co., OR I have lots of information on Barbara and her family; I need information on Christopher Leighty. The marriage license is listed as Stophel Lighty, married 1815 to Barbara Shutter in Montgomery Co. Is Stophel German for Christopher?

Later I find Christopher Leighty with Barbara on the Montgomery Co., OH 1850 Federal Census. Their son George Leighty is also listed in the household, age 33. I have been told that Christopher and Barbara Leighty are buried in the Ellerton Cemetery in Jefferson Twp. I do not have access to the Cemetery Book to find out. I'd love to have dates of births and deaths, if possible. I also do not know if there are additional children.

Later that year, 1850, George Leighty married Catherine Cone. They came down into Pike Co., IN sometime after 1850 and are listed on the 1870 Indiana Federal Census with the children. However the census taker spelled their name the "old German" way, LECHTI. These Leighty's and their families remained in Pike Co., IN. George and Catherine Leighty had twins of which Franklin L. Leighty was my great grandfather. His son Clarence Leighty bore my father, Ivan Leighty. The name is being spelled Leighty for all these families.

Mail To: Ivalou Womack; P. O. Box 550; Southwest City, MO 64863.


Searching for information on the descendants of Jacob Bosler, a physician who migrated from Carlisle, PA to Dayton in 1834. He died in 1868. He had 4 sons: Theodore, Joseph, Edwin, and Harman, and a daughter, Melozina.

Mail To: Larry Bosler, Box 542, Sugarcreek, OH 44681


KELSO: Looking for parents of Peter Kelso, b 1819 in KY. Believe father to be Michael Kelso, b abt 1793, m Utah McGraw, 10-6-1817 in Highland County, OH. Believe his father to be Robert Kelso also of KY.

VANPELT: Any information on the Van Pelts living in Clinton, Highland Counties. Rachel VanPelt b 1821, d 1913, m Peter Kelso 8-3-1843 Highland Co. Rachael's father Jonathon lived and died in Highland and Clinton Cos.

THOMPSON: Joseph Franklin b 5/27/1830, m Francis Mahala Brakefiel (Breakfield) 12-16-1853. Francis b 5/27 1835. Looking for parents of both or any info on them.

Mail To: Marlo Sigler, 2681 Hayward Ave., Dayton, OH 45414

Any information on my g-g-g grandfather, Richard RIGBY. He was listed in 1820 census in Wayne Twp, Mont Co, OH. He died in Montgomery Co about 1830. His wife's first name may have been Mary.

Mail To: Michael L. Mahan; 1412 Woodlawn Dr.; Warrensburg, MO 64093


Seeking information on George W. Dils, b 1827 Hunterdon Co NJ, moved with family to Montgomery Co OH 1835/36, m Mary COOK b 1833 IN. Children were William (b 1856) ;and Jane (b 1858) that I know of. Family may have moved later to Indiana.

Mail To: R. E. Dils; 27515 Rd U 6; Dolores, CO 81323


Searching for parents of my g-grandfather, William HANNAN, b 3 DEC 1850 in Columbia Co, NY. He married Rebecca C. FISSEL, daughter of Henry FISSEL & Julia A. CROWELL, 2 JAN 1872 in Montgomery Co, OH. They went to Darke Co, OH before 1878 where he died 10 FEB 1925. His parents were listed on the death record as William HANNAN (some kin remembered him as John) & Jennie ______. They had another son, James R. but I have no data for him. They came to America from Ireland and could have settled in NY, PA, or OH.

Mail To: Margy I. Francis, 7807 Allentown Rd, Ft Washington, MD, 20744-1742


Searching for info on children of John Crick and 1st wife Mary Mott; daughter, Margaret b ca 1846. Also children of John Crick and 2nd wife Mary Ann Troxell; sons Emanuel M. b ca 1854 and John C. b ca 1859. I am also looking for death dates for John and Mary Crick and where they are buried. This family lived in Clay Twp Montgomery Co 1860-1880. I will share info on John's sons, Simeon B. and Rueben.

Mail To: Mrs. Phyllis J. Crick, 6714 Stahl Rd., Greenville, OH 45331

Seeking parents and siblings of Jane Mellot, b abt 1821, married Daniel Kiefer in Dayton, OH abt 1844. Both died in Dayton: Daniel on 14 Feb 1879, Jane on 21 Feb 1895.

Mail To: Jeanne Felker, 100 La Salle St., 11E, New York, NY 10027-4729

Looking for burial in Mont. Co. of Mary Catherine WEYBRIGHT, widow of Joseph EWING. She was born 11 Jan 1854 shortly after her Brethren parents moved from Mont Co to Darke. Died 24 Dec 1947, Orlando, FL. DC says body shipped to Dayton, OH. I have been told she and Joseph are buried in Union.

Mail To: Stephen Calvert, 12 Oak Dr., Jensen Beach, FL 34957


I'm trying to determine the parents of John Evan Wade (Evan Waid), b 7/23/1793, d 12/16/1865. Married to Mary Eleanor Brewer in Bardstown, KY on June 13, 1811. Probable grandparents: John Wade (1735-1813) and Sarah Harden (b Abt 1740). Marriage certificate signed for Sarah Wade Owens (James Owens) as "mother." However, we believe this to be an error. The above names are children of John Wade (1735-1813). MD, PA, VA, IN, OH, KY.

Mail To: Joe Wade


I am looking for the the birth information and parents of my ggg grandfather, James McCray. According to the HARLAN family genealogy, James married Mary Harlan in Connersville, IN in 1829. I have several sources which indicate James was born near Dayton, OH in 1806. Possible parents are: James or Martin McCray married Hannah Crawford.

Mail To: Jay McCray; PO Box 22700; Kansas City, MO 64113

Looking for information as to what happened to my great grandfather, Henry C. Slanker, (aka Schlenker or Slenker). He was born in Washington County, MD July 1824 and was oldest son of Daniel and Sarah (Poffenberger) Schlenker who are buried in unmarked graves (Lot 1214, Section 65 of Woodland Cemetery). There were two younger brothers David, b-1829 and Hiram, b-1833. About 1835-38, the families of Daniel and his father, George Henry Schlenker, moved to Montgomery County, purchasing land in Wayne and Butler Townships. Henry, in 1846, married Ann Kay, daughter of James and Rebecca Kay living on adjacent land in Section 16/22. Henry and Ann had three children: Ann Rebecca b-1849, Daniel C. b-1854 (my grandfather) and Hiram C. b-1857.

Records in 1859 list several land transfers by Henry and Ann including one while residing in Van Wert County. The 1860 Ohio Census shows the family and three children in City of Van Wert with occupation "Livery Business". Contacts with Van Wert have resulted in no records on Henry. In the 1870 Census, the three children are living with the James Kay and Abraham Lutz families in Section 16, Wayne Twp. In a Montgomery County Superior Court Docket # 3111filed by David Slenker March 1st, 1865 as Petition for Partition of Lot 1989, City of Dayton, against Ann Slanker et al. The records list Ann as the widow of Henry Slanker, deceased, and this is my real question. What happened to Henry?

Further information shows that Ann (Kay) Slanker, d-1877, is buried in Lot 1910, Section 112 of Woodland and there is an oblisk monument with the names of Henry C. and Ann Slanker as parents of Hiram. Have traced the family of David Slanker, d-1901 but have uncovered little on Henry's younger brother Hiram. There is speculation that Henry along with Hiram, with little family ties, went out west and no records can be found of either.

Mail To: Earl Slanker; 847 Hereford Way; Schnectady, NY 12309-4903


Any information on the Jenkins family fro;m Lampasses, Texas?

Mail To: Fred C. Jenkins; 5314 Sportscraft Dr.; Dayton, OH 45414-3656

Would like to contact anyone researching the Baker family. Need to locate exact birthplace in Ohio for John S. BAKER (b between 1832 - 1939) married Sarah Belle JOHN of Van Buren Twp, Montgomery Co. They had 2 children born in 1869-72 in Van Buren Twp. John served in the 160th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Company A from May to Sept 1864.

Mail To: Robert F. Ray; 3220 Vester Ave., Springfield, Ohio 45503.

Seeking information on the WOOD family who were prominent in Dayton at the end of the 1800's and early 1900's. Charles Morgan WOOD married Anna Howard STODDARD in 1893. They had at least one son, Armenal Prindle Wood, b 1895. Charles was the son of Capt. Ephraim Morgan Wood and wife, Victoria Helen Clegg.

Mail To: Roger Peterson, West Des Moines, Iowa


Looking for information on the GROVE family, particularly Samantha Grove, born about 1840, died in March 1897. She is burried at Woodlawn Cemetery and married George STALEY in Montgomery Co Ohio in 1867. They had three children: Hattie, John, and Charles.

Mail To: Deanna Sinks; 6464 Mayfair; Taylor, MI 48180

Seeking all infomation about Benjamin Whiteman (1759-1842) and his descendants: Lewis Whiteman, James Findlay Whiteman, Patrick Gaines Goode (husband of his dau. Mary), Nathaniel Stone (husband of his dau. Maria), Dr. Josuha Martin, husband of his dau. Hester.

Mail To: Cynthia Keefer, 784 Lennox Ct., Tipp City OH, 45371


Seeking information on Jacob W. SERVER and descendants. Jacob was born abt 1815 in Berks Co., PA; married1 Jane Berk in 1832 at Montgomery Co, OH; m2 Mary Ann (Polly) WILSON ; m3 Anna Eliza ___?____. Jacob died 31 JAN 1895. Dayton, OH, buried at Woodland Cemetery.

Mail To: Joanne Hylton, 142 S. Southampton Ave, Columbus, OH 43204-1937

I am researching the family of Peter and Wilhelmina REED and would like to correspond with others researching the families of their children. A son, Henry N. Reed married Mary Cloppert, dau of John and Elizabeth CLOPPERT. Henry N. and Mary had children: Sarah (marr. Jacob Peffley, Mary (marr N.J. Niswanger, Catherine (marr John W. Procter), John W. (marr Della Mills), and Susannah (marr A.R. Turney). Henry N. and Mary Reed lived out their lives in Montgomery Co. and are buried in Bethel Cemetery. Will share my info on these families.

Mail To: Faye Railsback, 1001 SSSS.E. 5th Street, Knox City, TX 79529-2125


Searching for parents and birthplace of John B. Miller, born abt 1774. His children: John J., Joseph, Noah, Susan. John B. Miller lived in Jackson Twp., Montgomery Co. abt 1810-1850. My maiden name is Miller, descendent of John B.

Mail To: Connie Haab, 602 Walnut St. #1, Edmonds, WA 98020-3462,


Seek information and descendants of Samuel and Paul BREIDENBAUGH. Were they brothers or father and son? Samuel b ca 1808, GY --- d Dayton, OH 18 Nov 1883. Buried Woodland Cemetery.

Mail To: Mary G. Winningham, 4701 Willard Ave. #312, Chevy Chase, MD 20815

Member has used genealogy books for sale
Mike Kennedy a member of our Chapter has many Historical and Genealogy books that he would like to sell. He might have something you are looking for.

Mail To: Mr. Mike Kennedy, P.O. Box 20064, Dayton OH 45420


I'm looking for any info on a great grandfather - FRANK MADASCY born: 12/4/1902 died: feb 1977; he married: MAY ISABELLE HAYS. His children include: son: frank madascy and daughter: joyce kay madascy


Searching for any relatives or information. b. Ireland 1834; d. Dayton 1902. Came to Montgomery County in mid-1800's. Married James Kearns in 1866. Lived in Van Buren Twp. for some time.

Mail To: Thomas R. Kearns, 2664 Brookdale Dr., Springfield, OH 45502-9109

Searching for information on KENNEDY family (came to Dayton 1889-1890 with Davis Sewing Machine Co. of Watertown NY).

Also searching for information on Plannerer (Planner) family (came to Dayton in 1880-1890 from Germany).

Mail To: .Mike Kennedy , P.O. Box 20064, Dayton Ohio 45420-0064.


I am 15 yrs old. I found a tombstone many years ago in the woods and lately I have been going back and trying to get information on anything. The tombstone is Very old. I have searched on geaniology web sites for anything. I wish I could find out, and hope someone can help me find information. Please note the following information:

  • Tombstone belonged to Catherine or Cathrine Cook
  • Spouse Fred ??????
  • Death May 11 1859

I cannot read anything else on the tombstone. Please reply.

E-mail (incomplete address): AbercrombieAF15

Looking for descendants of Henry Zehring 1807-1891 and Hannah Treon Zehring 1805-1895. Henry was the son of Johann Henrich Zehring and Hannah Kern. Children were: Isaac; Joseph 1839-1868; and Elizabeth who married George Washington Bush and had Henry 1860 and Kate 1876. The family lived in Miamisburg, OH. Buried in Hillgrove Cemetery.

Mail To: Alice Takase, Box 6945, Fort Bliss, TX 79906-0945


Looking for descendants of Samuel (1810-1896) and Mary Wenger ZEHRING (1820-1900) of Miamisburg, OH. Buried in Hillgrove Cemetery. Children: Louis Henry (1840-1916) John (1842-1918) Henry (1844- ) Mary Ann (Crain) (1845-1919) Clara (Rocky) (1849-1928) Hannah Catherine (Mitchell (1851-1931) Loretta (Garrison) (1855-1938) Laura Amelia (1857-1942)

Mail To: Alice Takase, Box 6945, Fort Bliss, TX 79906-0945


Looking for descendants of William IMBODEN (1829-1880) and Mary Ann Phillabaum Imboden (1835-1897). Married 1853. Children were: Catherine Elizabeth (1855-?); Charles Edwin (1858-1859); Louisa Jane (Lulu) (1865-1881); William Cornelius (1867-1950);Clarance (1869-?); and Margaret May (Maggie) (1874-?) lived in Miamisburg.

Mail To: Alice Takase, Box 6945, Fort Bliss, TX 79906-0945


Family Bible found at auction is seeking a good home. The Bible lists the marriage of Mr. John E. Bigham of Dayton Ohio and Mrs. Edith M. Locke of Dayton Ohio 23rd of June 1924 at Ebenezer Ohio married by Reverend Ottwell of Ebenezer Ohio

Other births, deaths include the following surnames: Oliver; Brewer, Rowland. The Oliver births go back to 1883 and run through 1924. There are also some photographs stuck in the Bible which may be of value to some family member.

Mail To: Jean Vineyard


Looking for any information concerning RENSCH. William Earl b 1879 and died in Dayton. My line emigrated from Germany in early 1800's and primarily resided in Shelby Co, OH with a few moving into Montgomery Co. Looking particularly for ancestors: George RENSCH and Katheryn DRAPER who died in Shelby Co.

Mail To: Bev (Rensch) BAKOS; 597 Tami Way; Mtn View, CA 94041

Want info on family of Daniel MILLER who settled in Montgomery Co in early 1800's. He died abt 1840 and had a son Joseph MILLER.

Mail To: Michelle Shoer, 256 E. 12th Street, Chico, CA 95928

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