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Obituaries and Death Notices A to G


ALTAFFER - Catherine ALTAFFER, nee WINELAND, was born in Knox Co., Ohio, in the year 1842, November 13th, and died in Amboy, Hillsdale Co., Michigan, January 5th., 1903, aged 60 years, one month, 22 days. She moved to Williams Co, with her parents in 1853 and was married to George W. ALTAFFER July 3rd., 1862, and in the year 1866 they moved to Amboy, Michigan, and soon after they were converted under the preaching of Rev. GLUTTS and joined the U. B. Church. After a number of years they changed their place of residence and then identified themselves with the M. E. church where she remained a faithful member until death. She leaves a husband, six brothers and seven sisters and many friends to mourn their loss which is her eternal gain. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. WILSON of the M. E. church, and she was laid to rest in the cemetery near by. Sister ALTAFFER was loved by all who knew her and will be greatly missed by her many friends.



AUBLE - Orsymus AUBLE died at his home in Pioneer Tuesday December 30th., 1902. He was born in the town of Hamburg, Erie county, NY., June 1st, 1819. He came with his parents to Huron county, Ohio when fourteen years of age. In 1842 he was married to Miss COSWELL, three children were born to this union. In 1880, he was married to Mrs. C. D. KONPKLIN, to them one child was born, W. C. AUBLE. In February 1885, he enlisted with the Ohio volunteers in Regt. 195, Co. C and served until December. During this service he contracted rheumatism from which he suffered much. He was at one time a member of the Church. He has been a member of the Masonic Lodge for many years. After much suffering, he passed away December 30th., 1902, at Pioneer, Ohio. The funeral service was conducted by J. W. HORNE.


Franklin L. AUSTIN

The Bryan Press, July 11, 1918

Franklin L., son of Mr. and Mrs. Josiah AUSTIN, was born in Medina county, Ohio, December 18, 1847, and departed from this life July 7, 1918; aged 70 years, seven months and 19 days. In 1863, with his parents, he removed to Williams county where he engaged in farming. On September 16, 1876, he was united in marriage to Miss Addie BRACE. Seven children came to bless this union. The family circle was first broken when Irvin Earl died at the age of eleven years. His widow and six daughters survive. Mrs. Frank RIDENOUR of Temperence, Mich., Mrs. Paul GOODFELLOW of Ovando, Mont., the Misses Blanche and Coralie of Toledo and Ethel and Ferne of Bryan. A sister, Mrs. Lucy REPLOGLE of Evansport, also survives. Fifteen years were spent on a farm near Morenci, Mich. (Obit.cut off)



The Bryan Press March 12, 1885

AYERS - On March 3d. 1885, after being an invalid for several years, Miss Mahatible AYERS of West Unity, aged forty-five years.


Submitted Aug. 2003 by

SAMUEL BAIR - Bryan Democrat, June 23, 1892, page 5

SAMUEL BAIR died at his residence a short distance north of Bryan, Monday, June 13th, 1892, in
the seventy-seventh year of his age.  He was born at Massillon, Ohio, in 1815.  When a young man
he moved to Bucyrus where he remained until the fall of 1861, when he removed to Fostoria
when he again removed, coming to Bryan in the fall of 1864 and continuing to reside here until his death.
He was an honest man, a good citizen, and industrious to a degree until age and disease impaired his
strength.  During the few months prior to his death he was totally blind.  The family desire to thank
friends and neighbors for their kindness and timely assistance during his illness and burial.


The Bryan Press March 1, 1945

Lawrence Raymond BAKER, 42, died Friday at his home, 427 North Cherry street, of endocarditis. He was born at Camden, Mich., and lived in this community nearly three years whilt employed as a wood drill operator at the Bryan Handle Co. Services were held Monday afternoon in the Memorial U. B. church with Rev. L. M. DAVIS officiating. Burial was in Riverside cemetery at Montpelier. He leaves his wife, Audrey; three children, fourstep-children, and one sister, Mrs. Viola BAUGHMAN of Grass Lake, Mich.



The Bryan Democrat, Jan. 10, 1901, Page 1

Nancy Ann PARTEE was born April 2, 1827 in Brunersburg, Defiance county, Ohio. She was the daughter of Joseph and Lorinda PARTEE. In 1846 she was married to Alonzo C. BARBER. To this union three children were born, one son and two daughters. In 1851 Mr. BARBER died.



The Bryan Democrat, Nov. 1, 1888

A PIONEER GONE - Of paralysis at his home near Kunkle, Williams County, Ohio, Albert BATTERSON, aged 67 years, 5 months and 23 days. He was born at Ravenna, Portage county, Ohio, April 27th., 1821; died October 20th., 1888. Was married June 9, 1852 to Rebecca T. ALLISON, at Ravenna, Ohio, after which they moved on the farm, where he has lived and died. He was the father of four children, three sons and one daughter; two sons, the daughter, with his companion, one sister and four brothers are left to mourn their irreparable loss. The funeral services were conducted at his residence by Rev. J. P. STOCKTON, assisted by Rev. D. M. RITTENHOUSE, after which sorrowing friends gently laid him to rest in the beautiful cemetery at Pioneer.

In October, 1840, in company with our worthy neighbor, James CUMMINS, he came here from Portage county when this was but a wilderness, where fortune smiled upon them only through the sturdy strokes of the woodsmen's axes, as beneath them the forest gave way to vast, fertile, and beautiful fields. Mr. CUMMINS was permitted to pay his last tribute of respect to his old friend. He lived respected by all, providing for the wants and comforts of his family with kindness and a fatherly care, always upholding that which pertains to honesty, integrity and morality.

Albert BATTERSON, whose death is noted above, was one of the first subscribers to The Democrat, our books showing that he began with the second number of volume one, more than twenty-five years ago, and he was a regular subscriber from that day until his death. In the more than quarter century we knew him he was an unwavering Democrat, always endorsing the platforms and voting the tickets of his party, because, as he once remarked to us, if they were not just what he would like them to be they were so much better than were presented by the other side that he had no choice. Notwithstanding his strong party bias he was always courteous to his political opponents and ever willing to concede to them the liberty of opinion which he experienced for himself.



The Bryan Democrat April 11, 1895

BEAVERS - George W. BEAVERS died at his home two miles north of Bryan, Monday evening, April 8th, after a long and distressing illness. He came here from Tuscarawas county in 1841 and settled on the place where he died more than a half century later. Quiet, unassuming, industrious and temperate he enjoyed the respect of many acquaintance. We never heard a disparaging word spoken of him. He was nearly 76 years of age.


Mrs. (Catharine) BEERBOWER

Submitted by Kimberly Briskey, Aug. 12, 2000

Bryan Democrat 5/26/1908

The funeral of Mrs. Beerbower occurred Sunday at her late home south of Williams Center.  Mrs. Beerbower was about 70 years of age, and had been in poor health since the death of her husband several years ago.  She leaves a daughter, Mrs. Sumner Ensign, and five sons, one of whom resides in Bryan.


Catharine (Fickle) BEERBOWER

Bryan Democrat  5/29/1908

Catharine Fickle was born in Crawford County, Ohio, Sept 19, 1828, and died at her home in Farmer Township May 21st, 1908, aged 79 years, 8 months and 2 days.  She came with her parents to Williams County when six years of age.  She was married to James Beerbower Sept. 22, 1851.   To this union were born eight children, six sons and two daughters, two of whom died in childhood.  She leaves to mourn her departure five sons, one daughter, eighteen grandchildren, two brothers and three sisters.  Funeral services were held at the home, Rev. R. B. Turner of Williams Center, officiating.  She was laid to rest in Farmer Cemetery.



The Bryan Democrat September 13, 1888

At Toledo Saturday morning September 8th., 1888, of a complication of diseases, A. T. BEMENT, in the seventy-second year of his age. Mr. BEMENT was born in Vermont in December 1816. He came to Bryan with the corps of engineers employed by the Michigan Southern railroad company and assisted in the survey and construction of the Air Line road. Upon the completion of the road he located at Bryan and while residing here was county surveyor six years, city engineer a number of years, also city clerk, etc. In 1882 he removed to Toledo where he was assistant county syrveyor until his health failed. the remains were brought to Bryan, Monday, and the funeral took place from the residence of W. H. KECK. He was a conscientious upright citizen, a model member of the Baptist church, and in every relation of life a thoroughly worthy and honorable man.



Bryan Press, March 8, 1894, page 2

PETER BLAIR died Sunday, March 4th.  Funeral services were held at the church, Tuesday at 11 a.m.,
under the direction of the I.O.O.F.  Rev. Colgan, officiating.



Bryan Press, December 3, 1891, page 5

Miss SARAH JANE MAHAFFEY was born in Lycoming county, Pennsylvania, Oct. 15th, 1824,
died Nov. 29th, 1891, aged 67 years, 1 month and 14 days. She was united in marriage with
THOMAS BLAIR on the 11th of August, 1842.  About a month after their marriage, this young couple,
in company with sixteen others, left their homes in Pennsylvania for Northwestern Ohio,
which was at that time a vast wilderness.  They arrived at this place (Williams Center), on
Oct. 15, 1842, where she resided until her death.  Of the eighteen persons who formed that
"jolly company" of pioneers, only two remain, namely, PETER BLAIR, of Farmer Center, and
Mrs. JANE GARDNER, of Bryan, Ohio.  The deceased was a member of the U. B. church 22 years.
She leaves 8 children to mourn their loss.  Her funeral took place Dec. 1st, in the U. B. church at
Williams Center, Rev. S. O. FINK, officiating.  The remains were taken to Farmer Center for interment.



Bryan Democrat, October 14, 1886, page 5

THOMAS BLAIR, who was bitten by a rat while attempting to take it out of a cistern some weeks ago, died
Saturday morning form the effects of the bite.  He lived near Williams Center, and was about seventy-two
years of age.


Dennis BLUE

The Bryan Press, July 26, 1888

BLUE - In Columbia, Williams county, O., July 20, Dennis BLUE, aged 56 years, 2 months and 8 days. Mr. BLUE was born in Seneca county this state, Rev. J. R. COLGAN, of Edgerton, preached the funeral sermon at the Columbia M. E. church, on Sunday, July 22d., and the body was taken to Montpelier, his former home, for interment. Mr. BLUE was a Mason; the Edon lodge, of which he was a member, took charge of the ceremonies.



The Bryan Press May 4, 1882

BRADRICK - At the residence of his father, near West Unity, April 20, 1882, of consumption, John F. BRADRICK, aged 22 years.


Submitted by Lee Cheesbrough , May 5, 2001

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

Mary, daughter of Samuel and Catharine Ridenour, was born in Jefferson County, Ohio, September 13, 1833, and died August 22, 1917, aged 83 years, 11 months and nine days. She leaves one sister, Rachel of Waldron, Mich., a brother David of Otis, Ind., a foster child, Mrs. Lewis Schlotterback of Ligonier, Ind., and many other relatives and friends to mourn her departure.
When a child, she came to Defiance County with her parents. Her mother died in the year 1840. She then returned to her grandparents in Jefferson County, and in 1848 she came to Williams County. She was married to David M. Bostater in 1852, he having passed to the Beyond in 1904. She united with the Church of the Brethren in 1873, and remained a faithful member till Death relieved her suffering.
The funeral was held at the Ney M.E. church Friday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Daniel P. Koch, assisted by G.W. and Arthur Sellers.

The pains of Death are past

Labor and sorrow cease

And life's long warfare closed at last

Her soul is found in Peace.



Bryan Press 9/16/1880

mitted by Kimberly Briskey, Aug. 12, 2000


At the residence of Wm. Oxenrider, in Center Township, on Sunday morning, September 12, 1880, George Brenner, aged 80 years, 7 months and 10 days.



The Bryan Democrat, January 15, 1903

BOWMAN - Died at the home of her grandparents A. S. GISH in Lockport Tuesday night, January 6th, 1903 of black diptheria, Oressa BOWMAN, aged 11 years, 10 months, and 23 days. Oressa had made her home with her grandparents for over three years. She was a bright little girl and will be sadly missed. But while they mourn they rejoice that the dear little one who was so suddenly taken from them has gone to the throne of God where she will forever bask in the sunshine of her Savior's presence. She leaves her grandparents, father, mother, three sisters and five brothers and a large number of relatives and friends to mourn her loss. There was no funeral service held. Her remains were interred in the German cemetery Wednesday morning January 7th., 1903.


Obituary / ABNER K. BROWN / Williams Co, OH,
Bryan Press, Thursday, February 11, 1897

Died--BROWN--At his home in Bridgewater township on February 8th, aged 58 years, 5 months and 28 days, ABNER K. BROWN. Mr. BROWN was the oldest of a family of eight children and was born in Hancock county this state in August 1838.  When he was ten years old his parents came to Williams county and took up a three hundred acre farm in Center township and the family is now numerous and among the most respected and prosperous in the county.

On January 1st, 1861, the deceased was married to AMANDA BOLLINGER, who with eight children are left to mourn their loss.  Mr. BROWN was a devoted communicant in the United Brethren church and a christian man.  He was a trustee of his township, held other minor offices and at the time of his death was a member of the Williams county board of Infirmary directors in which office he himself especially valuable to the county.  His death is a loss to the community which will not soon be forgotten.


Frank D. BROWN

From The Bryan Press, October 31, 1889

BROWN - In Johnstown, Pa., Oct. 8th. 1889, of typhoid fever, Frank D., son of Rev. G. W. BROWN, aged 20 years, 9months and 27 days. Many of our readers will recognize the name of a friend or a comrade in the above notice. The son was working at the carpenter trade in Johnstown when taken sick; death ensued nine days later. An only child, a daughter, is left to console the parents. The young man fell a victim of the flood as surely as if he had gone down in its waters.


Obituary / JACOB BROWN / Williams Co, OH
Bryan Press, Thursday, February 18, 1897

Died--BROWN--On Sunday, February 14, aged 47 years, at his home southwest of Bryan, JACOB BROWN. Mr. BROWN had been suffering from the disease that resulted fatally, for a number of years, but his condition was not very alarming until quite recently.  He was a brother of ABNER K. BROWN, a notice of whose death appeared in these columns last week.  He leaves a widow, four sons and three daughters to mourn his loss.


KATHERINE BRENNER BROWN - The Bryan Democrat, January 15, 1903

BROWN - Katherine BRENNER was born in Wurtenberg, Germany, November 11, 1816. In 1830 her father, George BRENNER, with his family, emigrated to America and settled near Canton, Stark county, Ohio. On September 10, 1837, she was married to Jacob BROWN. They moved to Hancock county, Ohio in 1838 and to Williams county, Ohio in 1848. Being pioneers in this country they settled in the woods on a farm on the township line two miles south-west from Bryan. On this farm both Jacob BROWN and his wife continued to live until death. Jacob BROWN died January 1st., 1890. Katherine BROWN died January 10, 1903, aged 86 years, and two months. To Jacob and Katherine BROWN were born four sons and five daughters.  The second son, Reuben BROWN, was killed in action in the battles before Atlanta on August 3, 1864, being a member of Co. A, 38th. O. V. V. I. The rest of the children have grown to maturity. Two of the sons, Abner K. BROWN, of Bridgewater township, and Jacob BROWN, Jr., of Pulaski township, died about six years ago. The youngest son, the five daughters, thirty-four grandchildren, and twenty great-grandchildren survive. Katherine BRENNER belonged to a family of rugged pioneers. Her father, during the latter part of his life, made his home with Jacob BROWN, who died only a few years ago. Three of her sisters, each of them being more than three score and ten years old have died during the past two years. Two of her brothers, Godfrey BRENNER, who lives on South Main street, and Jacob BRENNER, who lives in Center township, are well advanced in years. She had been enjoying very good health until about four weeks ago when she fell and broke her leg. Not recovering from the shock, she passed away. Her remains were laid to rest in Brown's cemetery.


Mrs. Hanna BUEHRER

The Bryan Press April 14, 1948

Mrs. Hanna BUEHRER, 73, a former resident of Stryker, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Robert WILKES, in Toledo Friday. Services were held Saturday at 3 pm in Toledo and in the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Bryan Sunday at 2 pm. Interment was in Zion cemetery near Stryker. Surviving are the daughter, Mrs. Robert WILKES and son, Wilbur, of Toledo.



John BUNTING, 78, a retired farmer of Milford township, died Saturday morning in the home of his son, O. V. BUNTING, 313 South Cherry street. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon in the Krill funeral home at Edgerton with Rev. Wm. L. HORST officiating. Burial was in Maple Grove cemetery at Edgerton.



Bryan Democrat, October 14, 1886, page 5

JOHN BURCHELL, for thirty years an industrious and well-known citizen of Bryan, died of heart disease.
He had been ailing for several months, but was not confined to his house until within a few days of his death.



The Bryan Press, March 15, 1945, page 11

Mrs. Daisy CALVIN, 62, died at her home in Wayne, Mich., Monday. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon in the Oberlin-Ford chapel with Rev. J. Louis CRANDALL officiating. Burial was in Fountain Grove. She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eli WISMAN and lived in this community until moving to Michigan 15 years ago. She leaves her husband, Ed, and two daughters, Hilda and Vera.



The Tri-State Alliance, Pioneer, Ohio newspaper, Nov. 23, 1933 Thursday, pg 4
1860----Stephen Douglas Case----1933
Stephen Douglas Case was born at Benton Harbor, Michigan, April 14, 1860 and died Nov. 15, 1933, aged 73 years, 7 months and one day.
July 7, 1885 he married Esther Harroff who preceeded him to her eternal home 23 years ago.  To this union were born nine children, three of which died in infancy.
Sixteen years ago he was married to Hattie Barnhart.
He was converted 30 years ago at the Basswood Church of God, at the same time uniting with the above church.  He was an active member of the church and was always at his post when his physical condition permitted it.  He enjoyed the fellowhip of the brethren to that extent that he was present at services when ill health would have justified him to be confined to his bed.  Heart trouble was the immediate cause of his death but he has gone where sickness will never come.  Rev. 21-4 tells us there will be no more pain.
He leaves to mourn his departure six children namely, John L., Harry, Cecil, Aldia, Mamie and Warren and a loving wife; also two sisters and three brothers, Lois, Laura, William, Charles and Byron, 15 grandchildren and many friends and neighbors.
Funeral services were held at the Basswood Church of God Sunday conducted by the pastor, Rev. E. Grace Schindler.


WILLIAM CASEY - Bryan Democrat 2-8-1906, pg. 7

Edon, Ohio, February 5 - Special, William CASEY who was recently removed to Toledo for confinement in the hospital for the insane, died last Wednesday. Mr. CASEY was quite aged but enjoyed good health until about five weeks ago, when he became sick, unbalancing his mind. His remains were brought from Toledo Thursday morning by his son J.W. CASEY. Funeral services were held at the Methodist church Saturday. Interment in the Edon cemetery.


MRS. WILLIAM CASEY  - Bryan Democrat 7-27-1906, pg. 3


Mrs. William CASEY died very suddenly from a stroke of paralysis Wednesday evening at the home of her son John CASEY. Mrs. CASEY has been an invalid for several years and had just got nicely settled in the new hotel when death called. Funeral at the M. E. church Friday; interment in Edon cemetery.


ELIZABETH CASEY-  The Bryan Press March 17, 1881

At Edon, March 10, 1881, Mrs. Elizabeth J. CASEY, aged 23 years, 7 months and one day. She leaves a husband and one child to mourn her loss.



The Bryan Democrat, Sept. 16, 1886

At the residence of her son Frank C. CHASE, Worchester, Mass., Mrs. C. L. CHASE, in the 67th year of her age. Mrs CHASE was a native of Vermont, but resided many years in the west. She has been ailing for a long time, and since the death of her husband, Col. C. L. CHASE, has been visiting with her brother, Col. BRADLY, at Stryker. About two weeks ago she started on a visit to her son at Worchester, Mass., was taken seriously ill while en route, and died soon after reaching her son's home. The remains were brought to Stryker and the funeral took place from the residence of Col. BRADLY, Wednesday Sept. 7th. Mrs. CHASE was an amiable, and accomplished woman, and highly respected by all who had the pleasure of her acquaintance.


Infant CLINE

The Bryan Press Feb. 14, 1895

Died: CLINE - At the home of Harve and Tillie CLINE, Feb. 6th, their infant son, aged 3 months and 5 days. The funeral service was held by Rev. ATWOOD at the church Friday and the remains laid to rest in the Beaver Creek cemetery.



The Elk County Citizen, Kansas - July 30, 1897 (in the Topeka Historical Library)

Aaron Clum of this county died at Eureka Springs, Ark. July 22. He had been there for several weeks with the vain hope that his rapidly failing health might be benefitted. His death, while no surprise to those who knew his condition, was nevertheless a great shock to the entire community, for but a few months ago he was a splendid specimen of physical manhood. Mr. Clum was born in Williams county, Ohio, March 14, 1840; moved to Oakland county, Mich. when but a child, where he grew to manhood and where in 1864, he was married to Adaline Franklin. In 1871 they came to Kansas and settled where he has ever since lived in this county. About twenty years ago his wife died, and on New Years Day, 1878, he was married to Mrs. Kate McKey. To this union there were born three sons and one daughter, the daughter dying in infancy. The wife and three sons survive him.  Aaron Clum's life has been an active one. He has conducted large farming and stockraising interests, besides buying and shipping live stock, and in his
business has always been honorable and energetic. He leaves his family well provided for.  The funeral was held at his late home, Sunday afternoon, the services being conducted by Rev. D.K. Steele.  An immense crowd of neighbors and friends from all the surrounding country were there to do the last honors to the dead, and the remains were interred at the Cresco cemetery. The mourning family have the heartfelt sympathy of all.


R. F.CONKEY Obituary

Submitted by Cindi Shearer, Oct. 24, 2004

"The subject of this memorial, R.F. Conkey, was born in Medina County, Ohio, August 19, 1845. Died at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. James Daniels, of Cooney, O., June 27, 1909 - aged 63 years, 10 months, and 8 days. On Oct. 25, 1866 he was united in marriage with Flora M. Kindig of Wayne County, Ohio. This union resulted in the birth of six children, three sons and three daughters, one son and one daughter having preceded him to the grave. In the year 1869, he and his devoted wife came to Northwest Township, Williams County, Ohio and settled on the farm now owned by his son, "Art." Here they toiled together in clearing and improving the farm, enduring the privations incident to pioneer life fifty years ago. July 15, 1889 he was left a widower by the death of his faithful wife, leaving the mother-less children to his care, and right well did he foster their interests. The deceased was an honest was an Odd Fellow, and a worthy member of the Northwest Lodge 722, Cooney, Ohio. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, June 30, 1909 from the C.U. Church at Northwest Center, conducted by Northwest Lodge, 722, I.O.O.F. A large number of the membership were present to bear their part in the solemn rites of the Order. The sermon was preached by Rev. George W. Long assisted by a choir of singers. The deceased leaves two sons, two daughters, one son-in-law, one daughter-in-law, three grandchildren, one brother, and a wide circle of friends who will miss the presence of his kindly face. The family have the sympathy of the entire community in the sudden death of their father and brother."



The Bryan Press, Jan. 14, 1943, page 11

George W. COOK, son of Charles and Barbara COOK, was born Dec. 28, 1869 near Kunkle, and departed this life Jan. 7, 1943 at the home of his daughter in Bryan, age 73 years and 9 days.
Most of his life was spent in Williams county. He was united in marriage to Margaret BALDWIN of Kunkle, on Jan. 1, 1891. To this union were born three sons and three daughters. His companion and three children preceded him in death, George E., Lester and Willabelle. He was again united in marriage to Olive MOCHERMAN on Jan. 9, 1940.
He will be missed by his two daughters, Audrey FORD of Jackson, Mich., and Doris ROLLINS of Bryan, son, Charles of Montpelier, brother Adam of Kunkle, three sisters Ella COOK and Mary LONG of Detreoit, Elizabeth EBAUGH of Frontier,  [Mich.] 15 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends.


We wish to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to those who helped us during our recent sorrow and for the lovely floral offerings and to the pastor for his consoling words. - The Children.


The Bryan Democrat, April 21, 1904, pg. 6

Mrs.  Barbar ARMBRUSTER CRAWFORD, of West Unity, who has been sick for some time at the home of Thomas CRAWFORD, east of town died last Thursday. She was the wife of John CRAWFORD, Jr. Her funeral was held Sunday morning at the Clay church and interment in the Franklin cemetery. She leaves a husband and father, one sister and two brothers along with a host of other relatives and friends to mourn their irreparable loss.


Submitted April 4, 2002 by

Jane Ann (Gordanier) Butts

Bryan Democrat September 18, 1902

Jane Ann Gordanier was born in Montgomery County, New York, June 29th, 1827, and died near Kunkle, Williams County, Ohio, August 2, 1902, aged 75 years, 1 month and 24 days. She came to Lucas County, O., when five years of age. On Sept. 12th, 1847, she was united in marriage to William B. Butts, Elder L. B. Lathrop officiating. This union was blessed with six children, one daughter and five sons. Her husband, who was born January 14th, 1822, preceded her in death, having departed this life October 3rd, 1879, aged 57 years, 8 months, and 19 days. She died at the home of her son, A. L. Butts, near Kunkle. A short funeral service was held at the house, conducted by Rev. W. F. Kring, of West Unity, after which the remains were taken for interment to Sylvania, O., where the funeral sermon was preached by Rev. E. S. Keller, pastor of the M. E. church at that place. The text was Matt 725 -- "Whosoever heareth these sayings of mine and doeth them, I will liken him unto the man who built his house upon the rock."


Submitted by Cinda Knight, July 24, 2005


The funeral of Henry Cook was held at the Beaver Creek church, Saturday, May 17th.  Another one has gone; the church the family and the community will miss him.

The Bryan Democrat,  May 22,1902 P.6-Col 3



Another of the pioneers of Williams county passed away on last Thursday afternoon, it being the death of Henry Cook, an aged highly respected citizen of Millcreek township.  He was the father of Mrs. W. E. Altman of Kunkle.  His age, 70 years.  He left a host of relatives and friends to mourn his departure.

The Bryan Democrat May 22, 1902  P.7-Col 4



The Bryan Democrat August 11, 1904, pg. 2

Jennie McGRAW CULBERTSON was born in Reedsburg, Wayne county, Ohio sept. 28, 1854, died in Bryan, Ohio Aug. 4, 1904. She came to West Unity when a child. A few years after her father died. She was united in marriage to W. F. CULBERTSON April 25, 1878 when they moved to Bryan. Here they spent their married life. She was the mother of eleven children, two of whom died in infancy. She leaves a husband, six sons and three daughters, a brother, a half-brother and half-sister, and mother-in-law. The funeral services were held from the home on Sunday afternoon where a large assembly convened. The floral offerings were elaborate and beautiful. The quartet sang "Abide with me", "Lead Kindly Light", and "Our Father Knows". The body was laid to rest in the Pulaski cemetery by the side of her father and mother and infant children.


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