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Isaac Carnahan, son of James and Lucindia (Lighthil) Carnahan was born in Brown Twp Paulding Co Oh Feb 20 1860 and departed this life Sep 1 1909 at the home of his parents and the same home which he was born.  His marriage was Dec. 31, 1881 to Ruth Prowant She being born Apr 2, 1863 in Perry twp, Putnam Co, Oh. she passed away Aug 29, 1924 at the home of her sister Mrs. Salmoa Shafer near Oakwood, Oh.  Their burial was in Fairview Cemetery near Dupont Oh  Their Children are Celma, who died in infancy, Ernest, John, Earl, Blanche, William and Charles.

James M Carnahan was the son of Thomas and Elizabeth (Smith) Carnahan born in Mercer Co., Penn. Oct 26, 1825 and died in his home three miles North of Oakwood, Ohio Nov. 7, 1927.  He moved with his parents to Richland County Ohio when twelve years of age and there grew to manhood.  March 22, 1849 he married to Lucinda Lighthill and to this union was born twelve children six preceeded him death.  In 1852 he moved to North of Oakwood Oh where he remained until his death.  His wife departed this life March 28 1900.  The children living are Mrs. Polly Fuller, Jesse M., W.J. Carnahan, Martha Thrasher, Mrs Almed Cochran, Jemime Bidlack.  34 grandchildren and a number of great grandchildren.  He was a member of the Brethen Church for 50 years.  He was a Civil War Vet.  His burial was in the Prairie Chapel cemetery lot 100 east side.

Taken from Paulding Co. Carnegie Library Obituary File.

CHANEY, Samuel
 (DATED: 27 July 1916)

Samuel Chaney died suddenly at his home in Paulding Wednesday evening about 7:30. Mr. Chaney has been in poor health since last December, but has been able to be out part of the time. He ate a hearty supper last evening and was apparently feeling better, but after doing some chores in the yard, suddenly lost consciousness and fell to the ground when returning to the house, and did not recover. He was a veteran of the Civil War, being a member of Co. C, 68th O.V.I., and was 75years, 3 months and 22 days of age. He leaves a wife and four children. The funeral will be held at the late residence either Friday or Saturday afternoon. Rev. Long officiating.
Submitted by Carol Schuster

CHAPMAN, Elmira (Note:
Probably the Antwerp Newspaper)
Elmira Rose Chapman was born August 28, 1814, at Palmyra, New York, and departed this life Nov. 6, 1910, aged 96 years 2 months and 28 days. Deceased was an old and greatly respected resident of Antwerp, Ohio, for many years, having located on the river near there, the about the year 1830, but she lived with her daughter, Mrs. R. A. Handy for the past 10 years. She was married to William Bell in 1833. To this union was born four children, one son and three daughters, of whom one son and one daughter are still living. Addison S. Bell, of White Cloud, Kansas and Electa A. Handy of Antwerp, Paulding County, Ohio. She was again united in marriage to Daniel Chapman in 1840, at Jonesville, Mich. To this union was born five daughters, none of whom are living. She therefore leaves two children, twenty-one grandchildren, twenty-seven great grandchildren and fourteen great-great grandchildren, one half brother, Addison Enos and one half sister, Electa A. Smith both living at Des Moines, Iowa, one step-son J. W. Bell living at Everson, Wash., together with many friends to mourn her departure. Funeral services occurred Tuesday at 10 a. m. from Bethel M. E. at Forder's cemetery, conducted by Rev. Carter of Antwerp.


We desire to thank the many friends and neighbors, who so kindly assisted us in the sickness and death of our mother and grandmother, and also thank the choir for the music. Mrs. R. A. Handy and daughters

COFFELT, George W.  (DATE: February 24, 1916)

Antwerp Bee-Argus: For more than two years George W Coffelt has been a sufferer from a cancerous growth on his face. An operation was resorted to, but to no avail. After a time the malignet growth again made it's appearance and for months preceding his demise and suffering was intense. For some days it was known that his feet were treading the shadowed valley. At 6:40 Monday morning in the gray dawn of the new day, he passed quietly from this world of hopes, disappointments, sufferings and sorrows to be forever at rest. Born in Paulding County, Ohio , over seventy-three years ago, he spent the greater portion of his life in the county that gave him birth.

Submitted By Mike Sandridge

COOMER, Albert B ~ Albert B. Coomer, one of the earliest settlers of Paulding county passed away at his home near Payne on May 26th having lived here for over fifty years, within whichtime he has won the respect of all who knew him.

Deceased was born in Newfare, New York, March 14th, 1820, and was 84 years, 2 months and 12 days old at the time of his death.  He came Paulding county with his wife fifty years ago and together they battled hard through the pioneer days to raise their family of eight children, three of whom have already passed to the great beyond.  He leaves to mourn his death his almost heart-broken wife, three sons and two daughters, a brother & sister and a large number of grandchildren.  

The funeral services were held at the Church of Christ on May 28th after which the remains were laid to rest in the Lehman cemetery beside his three children.  The many friends of the deceased join with the Reflector in expressing their sympathy to the bereaved ones.

(Paulding County Obituary Card File)

COOMER, Mary (Keltner) ~ Mary Keltner Coomer was born January 1, 1825 in Pickaway County, Ohio died February 1, 1907, aged 82 years and 1 months.  She was married to Albert Coomer, February 22, 1849.  To this union was born three sons and six daughters, four of the daughters having preceded their parents to the better world.  She came with her husband to Paulding county inthe fall of 1852 being one among the earliest settlers of Benton township.  She endured the many hardships of pioneer life.  Her husband died May 26, 1904 and since that time she has been making her home with her youngest son Samuel Coomer until the time of her death.  She leaves three sons, two daughters, 58 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren and a host of neighbors and friends to mourn her loss.

(Paulding County Obituary File) 

CRESS, Albert J.  (Unknown Newspaper - probably Ft Wayne IN)
ALBERT J CRESS, 84, died Thursday at home. A native of Payne Ohio, he retired as president of Lawrence Packing Co and manger of Mizpah Shrine Temple, Arabian Room in 1985. He owned Cress Market from 1932 to 1957. Surviving are his wife Rosella L; two sons, The Rev C James of Fort Wayne and Robert G of Bluffton, a sister Wilma Cress of Fort Wayne; and four grandchildren. Services at 11 am Monday at Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral Home Wayne Street Chapel, 420 W Wayne St, with calling from 2 to 5 pm and 7 to 9 pm Sunday. Burial in Dealy Cemetery, Payne. Memorials to Heartland Health Care & Hospice or to Trinity English Lutheran Church.

Compiled and Transcribed by Dan Cress

CRESS, Chester The funeral of Chester Cress, formerly of Benton Township, who died recently at Sturgis Michigan, was held in the M E Church here, Thursday. Friends came from Sturgis, Colon and Three Rivers Mich. Some came from Indiana and Ohio. The widow was Lucinda Anderson, also of Benton Township. They were pupils of Mrs Mary Maloy in the "Anderson Brady school. 

Compiled and Transcribed by Dan Cress

CRESS, Rev. Delbert E.  (Times Bulletin, Van Wert OH, 21 May 1999)
Rev Delbert E Cress, 80, 1103 E Ervin Road, died at 3:35 pm Thursday May 20, 1999, at Vancrest Health Care Center. He was born Dec 26, 1918, in Paulding County, the son of Farry N (Thompson) Cress who survives at Convoy Care Center, Convoy, and the late Fred W Cress. On July 19, 1946, he married Juanita Hoobler, formerly of Manville IL, who survives. Other survivors include three sons, Ronald L (Ruth) Cress of Fort Wayne IN; Daniel E Cress of Bellefontaine, and James A (Bonnie) Cress of Louisville; two brothers, Duane (Juanita) Cress of Decatur IN, and Lowell (Sharon) Cress of Pembroke FL; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a sister, Lois Plumley. Rev Cress had served in the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, the Evangelical United Brethren and the United Methodist Churches in Auglaize, Sandusky and West Ohio conferences. He retired in 1982 after 44 years of ministry. He had also attended Convoy Union School and received his seminary training at Huntington College in Huntington IN. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Preferred memorials are to the American Bible Society of the United Methodist Council on Ministries. Arrangements handled by Cowan & Son Funeral Home.

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CRESS, Elizabeth J.
Elizabeth J Cress, nee Dealy, was born in Champaign County, Ohio, August 31, 1840, and departed this life in triumph of a living faith, October 22, 1913, age 73 years, 1 month and 21 days. Sister Cress was reared in Champaign County until she was about eight years old and then with her parents moved to Noble County Indiana and later, having moved back to Champaign County in 1852, she with her parents moved to Paulding County, and since lived in this vicinity. In 1861 she was united in marriage to John Cress. To this union were born four children, three of whom proceeded her to the Spirit World. Her husband, having proceeded in death, the cares of the family were thrown upon her shoulders and many were the sorrows and hardships of the pioneer life, but with economy and industry, she was able to secure a comfortable home. Having spent most of her life in this county she was permitted to see this country change almost from a wilderness to a garden. Sister Cress was converted as a youth and joined the Evangelical Church, being one of the Charter members of the St Paul's Society of which she remained a faithful member until her demise. In her Christian life she was of a quiet disposition yet with a clear, strong faith in her Redeemer. She leaves to mourn her departure, one son, two brothers, one sister, twelve grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and many friends. In her death the family lost a kind mother, the Church a faithful member and the community a good neighbor.

Compiled and Transcribed by Dan Cress

John C Cress, 75, died at 9:30 am yesterday in Lutheran Hospital where he had been a patient two weeks. He lived with a nephew, Guy W Cress 934 Third St. He had been ill a year. Two years ago, he retired after working 18 years at the Cress Market on Broadway. He moved to Fort Wayne 25 years ago from Payne OH. Mr Cress was a member of Flat Rock Lodge F & AM, Payne OH and Scottish Rite in Fort Wayne. Surviving in addition to the one nephew are another nephew, Fred Cress of Monroeville, and a niece, Mrs Vee Kershner of Paulding OH. Services will be at 10:30 am Thursday in the Klaehn Funeral Home, Dr Gerald H Jones officiating. Burial will be in the Dealy Cemetery in Payne. Scottish Rite services will be held after regular services. Friends may call after noon today at the funeral home.

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CRESS, Mary Ann (Lehman)
Friday afternoon, at the local M E Church, was held the funeral services of Mary Ann Lehman Cress, widow of Teller Cress, a pioneer farmer of Benton township, this county. The deceased died at the home of her son, Chester Cress, at Sturgis Mich, at the age of 91 years, 6 months and 22 days. She is survived by two sons, Chester, of Sturgis and George of Fort Wayne, and their families. Also the wife and children of her two sons Emmett and Ulysses, who preceded her in death, one brother, Peter Lehman of Fruitdale Fla, and many nieces and nephews who reside in this community. The remains were brought here Saturday morning and lay in state in the M E church until the funeral services when interment was made in the Lehman cemetery.


Mary Ann Lehman Cress, daughter of Mr and Mrs Jacob Lehman was born in Tuscawaras County Ohio Aug 4 1837. At the age of fourteen, she came with her parents to Paulding county, Ohio, where she spent the greater part of her life. In the year 1855, she was married to William Teller Cress. To this union was born six children - Emmet James, Celesta Lineas, Chester Bardley, Ulysses G, George M, Nettie Venora. The husband and the following children preceded her in death - Celesta Lineas, Nettie Venora, Ulysses G and Emmet James. Mrs Cress died at the home of her son Chester at Sturgis Mich, Feb 26, 1929, aged 91 years, 6 months and 22 days. She leaves to mourn her loss two sons, seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, one brother, Peter Lehman living at Fruitdale Alabama and a host of other relatives and friends. She was a member of the Methodist church and in her younger days was an active member of her church and a member of the Relief Corps of the GAR. Prayer services will be held from the home of her son, Chester at 309 North Fourth street, Sturgis Mich at 8:00 am, after which the body will be taken to Payne Ohio, where the funeral service will be held from the M E church at 1:30 pm Friday. Burial will be made in the Lehman cemetery.

Compiled and Transcribed by Dan Cress

CRESS, Rosa May
Rosa May Cress, daughter of Chester and Lucinda Cress, was born in Benton township, Paulding county, Dec 1, 1888, died at her home in Payne Ohio, Jan 22, 1904, 15 years, 1 month and 21 days, her funeral was held Sunday pm at the M E church and interment in the Lehman cemetery. She leaves a father, mother, brother, sister and a host of relatives and friends to mourn her loss. Rosa will be sadly missed by all who knew her, but her voice, though hushed on earth will be heard among the angels in heaven.

Compiled and Transcribed by Dan Cress

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