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    Researching Joseph W BALL who purchased Perrysburg property Recorded 07 Aug 1876. Joseph W BALL, Sr b abt 1805, in VA or PA; d 1875 in Defiance county, OH; m Catherine HOLLENBACH. One of their children, Joseph W BALL Jr, b c 1833 VA/PA m Mary E SHRUM in Defiance county in 1857. Their dau Mary Ann BALL m William F LOWER.
    Mrs Shirley J Miles Mon 02 Jun 1997


    Seeking information regarding ggrandfather, Miles BROWN, dob 10 Feb 1859 in OH, place unknown. Married Mary WHITE, who was living in Geauga co in the 1880s. Children: Ivy, who m Charles GEOGLIN; Ethel, m (1)Orrin BUCHER, (2) Howard CRUME; and my grandmother, Myrtle, m Charles W BALL, from Wood co. After moving to Michigan, my aunt, Gladys BALL returned to Bowling Green and m George MUNTZ. Their children: Ray and Myrtle.
    Annie Guevara


    Skiff BASSETT b 22 March 1803. I know that he married in Fostoria, OH, but I do not know the place of his birth, date of his death or the name of his parents. He was my 3rd great-grandfather. [see OSTRANDER query below] Any help would be appreciated.
    Carla Marberry Mon 26 May 1997


    Looking to communicate with anyone who is working on the Grand Rapids area of Wood county, Ohio. I have some references, and would really like to look into more information. My family ties iinto the pioneers of the area: BORTEL, GUYER, BROWN and KIMBERLN.
    < A HREF="">Lori Samples




    Thomas C BRANDEBERRY married Catherine MILLER in September 1850. Catherine MILLER's parents are isted on the form. Her mother was Susan KETRIE. Question: Are there any KETRIEs to be found in other Wood county records. So far Susan KETRIE seems to be the only KETRIE who ever existed in the world. I have not been able to find this surname anywhere else.
    Dave Greene Mon 26 May 1997

  • BROWN see BALL


    Searching for information about my grandfather Roy C WILLIAMS, b in West Millgrove, OH, 22 Jan 1884, d 4 Sep 1974 in Fostoria, OH, m Margaret Mae MEDFORD 6 Sep 1915. His father, James WILLIAMS was born in Western New York state in 1850, settling in West Millgrove ca 1870. James married Amelia CAREY, dau of William CAREY, b West Millgrove Jan 1854. Ch of James and Amelia: Minnie A (ca1872- ), Acenith C (ca1874-1983), William B (1875- ), Lucretia A (1878- ), Linnius A (1879- ), Leo J (1892- ), Pearl A (1886-1993 m Thomas L McCURDY, Blanche (1888- ), Ruby F (1890- ), Ralph A (1892- ) m Lelia DUNN, Cecil I (1894-1895).
    Bill Radcliff


    Researching the family of Betsey McCLURE NOBLE (d before 1895). Betsey had the following children listed in an 1895 will: Mrs Darius CARPENTER, Dr. H. E. NOBLE, Clarence, Frank and Clark NOBLE all listed as living in Stony Ridge, Wood County, Ohio. Have information on her parents, the McCLURE family to share.
    Louise Belsby


    Searching for info on Joseph COX and wife Jane UNDERWOOD. Do not know date of births or marriage. They had at least one child, Manson Isiah COX born Wood Co., 28 June 1857. Manson I. Cox married Emma Rosetta Ward, born 23 March 1860 Lucas Co., OH. Manson and Emma were married 19 September 1878. Joseph Cox and Jane Underwood-Cox are my dead ends. Any info is appreciated.
    Laura Sciacca Tues 6 May 1997


    Rev John CROM/CRUM b 5 Jan 1781 in PA moved to OH ca 1806 w/wife Margaret MILLER CROM, settling in Wood county by 1831. Member of U.B. Church for over fifty years. John and Margaret raised five children, most of whom later settled in Iowa. Searching for the parents of both John and Margaret.
    Frank Reeder

  • CUPP, see DRAKE


    Looking for any information on the name CURLIS. My surname line, descendant of Taylor CURLISS from Clermont county, OH, moved north and settled in NW OH. Though my great grandfather Allen CURLIS, migrated north and lived in Rudolph, Wood county, the name CURLIS appears in nearly all NE OH areas today. It is not known if he moved north with siblings, but it is known that he married Emma ROBINSON of Huron county in 1879 and many of their children moved west to Oklahoma. Any help in learning more about this line would be appreciated. Thank you.
    Dave Curliss
    snail: 1227 Pawnee Trail, Carrollton, TX 75007-6212.


    Looking for any relations of the Charles M DAVIS and Josephine TOMPKINS DAVIS family from Bowling Green, Ohio. We are planning a reunion. Also looking for the parentage of Susan Jane HARPER DAVIS who died 7 October 1929 in Weston, Wood county, OH.
    Lori Samples


    Looking for information about the ancesxtors, siblings, and descendants of Clarence DINDORE. Clarence was born in 1883 and died in 1962 in Bowling Green, Wood co, OH. He married Hattie YATES in Bloomdale and is buried in West Milgrove Cemetery.
    Paul Leiss


    Looking for information on William DRAKE who arrived in Bloom Township, Wood County, about 1836. Other surnames CUPP, and LOWE.
    Bill Oliver


    Jessey ESSEX is counted in the 1840 OH census in Weston twp with a wife and several children. He apparently purchased land in this twp, but disappears after this date. I have some information that says he died in 1848, but not the location. His 2nd wife was Elizabeth Wallace COULSON whom he married in 1834 in Crawford co, OH. Any information that would provide more information would be appreceiated. He would have been in VA atround the turn of the century.
    Wyatt Pedigo


    Researching the Samuel EWING family. Sanuel was one of the first settlers in Orleans. He died after an assault in 1822 by John Lewis in a tavern near Roch-de-Boeuf. His children were: Anthony, Henry, Samuel, and John. Need information on the age of Samuel when he died and what his wife's name might have been also would like to know if there is a transcript of John Lewis' trial.
    Sandra L Ankney


    I have relatives from the area of Grand Rapids, OH between 1820-1880 with the surnames of FILIERE (from France, settled there for a while) and SHELSON (no info known). A couple are are buried in Grand Rapids, but nothing is really known about them except name and rough dates. Thanks. Dawn Lively


    Looking for family and ancestors of the FINKENBINERs, var. spelling. They resided in Wood County during the mid 1800's, but were born in Pennsylvania. They were in fact Pennsylvania Deutsch, but I cannot find out from where! All help is appreciated. Thanks!
    Lori Samples Sat May 3 22:30:31 1997


    Looking for descendants and/or ancestors of Morris FOWLER, b: c1795, possibly in NY. Married Catherine SNYDER. Their son, William FLOWLER was the Marshall & Nightwatchman in Bowling Green for many years, he died in 1924. Their daughter Lenora FOWLER GRANNIS, was born in 1823 in PA, lived in Bowling Green for many years and died there in 1917. Any information about this family will be much appreciated.
    Leonard Purdy Mon 19 May 1997




    My maternal G-Grandmother was from Wood County. Sarah Elizabeth GREEN married Peter RODABAUGH. I would like to find someone in Wood county who would be willing to do some look-ups.
    Betty Jo Colter Tues 1997 May 06



    Searching for James P HARDIN, b 15 Jan 1851, d Jun 1909; m Lucina BORTELL. Living in Wood County, near Deshler in March 1883. Chidlren: Myrtle Julia, b 7 Mar 1883.
    Barbara Jensen




Seeking parents of James JOHNSTON b 16 Feb 1803 d 01 Aug 1883; married on 15 Oct 1829 to Nancy HERRON b 14 Nov 1810 d 26 Apr 1883. Buried Union Hill Cemetery, Wood Co, OH. Ch: Margaret, Louise, Ephrain, Levi, Martha, Sarah, Cyrus, Nelson, Mary, Henry, Isrial, Catherine, Nancy, and Harriet. Believe James' parents to have been born in Western PA. Any info greatly appreciated.
Nola Elliott, 611 Lee Street, Blacksburg, VA 24060




    Stephen LANTZ was accidentally killed around Perrysburg in the 1840s. Looking for his burial place. He was born 1787 in Lancaster co, PA.
    Mary Teeter


    Looking for information on Henry L LONG, b Sumit co ca 1845; son of ?Lewis?. Bought land in Portage Twp. Henry served in the Civil War. M Agnes NOSKER/NOSCAR. My ggrandmother CORA LONG and siblings were placed in Soldiers and Sailors Home in Greene county when Henry died.
    Dave Holland

  • LOWE, see DRAKE

  • LOWER, see BALL




  • MUNTZ see BALL




    Seeking information on the family of William ORIN [son of Benjamin and Eustina FOX ORIN, b 27 Dec 1821] and wife, Rebecca SNYDER [dau of John and Mary SNYDER, b 22 Jan 1836, Bloom twp, Wood co, OH]. Children: Benjamin Wesley ORIN b 14 Aug 1861 m Margaret Abercrombe WILSON; Lucinda Florence ORIN b 5 Nov 1857; Samuel Benson ORIN b 20 Dec 1858; Mary Jospehine ORIN b9 Jul 1866; and Margaret Bell ORIN.
    Jim and Donna Dexter


    Sabrina OSTRANDER b 17 November 1803 and d 14 August 1895. She married Skiff BASSETT on 15 November 1827 in Fostoria, Seneca county, Ohio [Wood county jurisdiction]. They had seven children. She is my 3rd great-grandmother. I would like to find the parents of Sabrina and any other information regarding her ancestors.
    Carla Marberry Mon 26 May 1997


    Looking for information on my Great Grandfather Thomas C PARKER, b 1870 Wood co, and his family. He married Lillian C WHALEN. Parents of Thomas: William PARKER and Elizabeth CURRANT. Siblings were: Marie, Mary, Rose, Eliozabeth, Ruth, Frank, Charles Ezekiel, and John Ralph. Any help appreciated.
    Barbara Retcher


    Researching Jasper PILLARS (Joshner PILLARS on 1880 census). He was a practicing attorney in Bowling Green, Ohio. The son Judge James PILLARS of Tiffin, OH. He may have died in Mercy Hospital in Aug 1926 at age 72 yrs. (Obit says Jasher PILLARS from Tiffin Aug 28, 1926). Thank you for any contirbution.
    Dave Pillars





    George and Emma RUSSELL were my gg grandparents. I am working on their ancestors.
    Robin Bloomberg


    Looking for descendants and ancestors of Mikel (Michael) SCHELL (b. 1838, Seneca co, OH], m. Rachel PROUDFOOT on 18 Aug 1870 at Bowling Green, Wood county, OH. They moved to Labette county, KS ca 1880 and raised their family.

    Rachel d/o David PROUDFOOT and Hephzibah LONGNECKER.

    Michael s/o Ambrose SCHELL [b Germany, 01 Jan 1800; d New Reigel, Seneca county, OH 03 Sep 1860; inter there] and Rosina PARSONS [d/o of G or J & Helena PARSONS; b Germany, 10 Jul 1804; d 30 Dec 1905, New Reigel, Seneca county, OH; inter there]. Ch: Elizabeth (b 1838, Germany); Henry (b 1842, OH); Nancy (b 1845, OH) and Mikel (b 1845, Seneca county, OH).

    Am greatly interested in corrsesponding with or learning more about the PARSONS, SHCELLs and PROUDFOOTs.
    Margaret Skyles Wed May 14 06:00:46 1997


    William Mmontgomery SCHULTZ/SHULTZ enlisted in the Civil War at age 17, serving with the Sherman "March to the Sea". He was captured and imprisoned in Richamaond, VA [Libby Prison??]. Looking for the Regiment and Company he may have been with. James Robert SHULTZ was born in Wood County on 7 Sep 1874. George S Myers

  • SHAW

    Looking for information on Henry J SHAW and family. He was listed in the 1910 Wood county census in Bradner Precinct, Montgomery twp, with wife Emaline J.
    Anna-Marie Dudte



    Searching for Benjamin SHERWOOD, b NY ca 1807, m Elizabeth MASH, b ca 1824 PA. Bought a farm on Soleather RD, Portage Twp, just outside Jerry City. Elizabeth d 18 Oct 1875, agg 50. My gggrandmother Mary SHERWOOD m Michael DIBERT in 1868.
    Dave Holland

  • SHRUM, see BALL

  • SNYDER, see ORIN


    Searchering for birthplace & parents of Isaac M. SWEET, b: 1812, probably NY, m: in 1834 to Catherine FOWLER in Ashtabula, OH. They are buried in W Millgrove cemetery. Their daughter Frances L. m: John C PURDY in 1861. John C and Frances had children: William I, Orson, Ernestine, m: (1) Rezin KELLY, (2) William STEWART. Any information concerning this family will be much appreciated.
    Leonard Purdy Mon 19 May 1997


    John William THOMPSON b Sep 1830; m 1 Sep 1852 Jamina HENLIN b Jan 1836.
    Sheila Henderson



  • WILLIAMS, see also CAREY

    Trying to locate the birthplace and parents of William CAREY b ca 1805 in OH. He m Margaret [??]. Their children: Charles (ca1825- ), John W (ca1836- ), Lydia (ca1841- ), Ellen (ca1847- ), Amelia [Millie](1854-1930). [I believe] all b in West Millgrove, Montgomery twp, Wood co, OH. Amelia m James WILLIAMS in 1871, b in West Millgrove.
    Bill Radcliff


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