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Beemer, Shirley Ann (I2063)

West Milton — Mrs. Rosa Florence Cress, 80, died at 5 p.m. yesterday at her home, R. R. 2, Miamisburg, after a week's illness. She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Walter Beck of Kessler; three brothers, Ernest Cress of R. R. 2, Miamisburg; Dewey of West Milton and Edwin of Ludlow Falls; 15 grandchildren and 11 great-children. Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Hale funeral home with burial in Wheelock cemetery. 
Vance, Rosa Florence (I2007)

.....Paulding, O., March 31.--Sunday will be a special day for Mr. and Mrs. Leven Leeth, of Tipton. It will be their anniversary of 65 years of married life.
.....Leven Leeth and Louise Shelly were married 65 years ago, in 1884 at the bride's home, north of Payne, in Paulding County. Mr. Leeth who celebrated his 93rd birthday March 17, and Mrs. Leeth who will be 82 June 18, agree that the 65 years have been happy ones.
.....Mrs. Leeth is a Paulding County native. She was born near Payne, and has lived in the county all of her life. But although Mr. Leeth, one of the oldest residents in Paulding County, was born in Pike County, and lived in Logan County a number of years before he came to live with his family in Harrison Township.
.....Helped Load Canal Boat. Mr. Leeth still remembers arriving in Paulding County in 1872, when he was 16 years old. The old canal was still being used for freight. However, it was not long before the last boat left Antwerp for the historic last trip. Mr. Leeth was among the crew who loaded that last boat.
.....The Civil War belongs in the memories of Mr. Leeth's childhood. He remembers the day an official rode up to his parents home to serve draft orders on his father. However, his father followed the custom of the time and paid a bounty for a substitute to fight in his place.
.....The Leeths have a family of nine children (five boys and four girls) and well over one hundred grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In addition, they claim that this huge family has been increased by the birth of three great-great-grandchildren.
.....The Leeth children include, John Mathias, at home; Ethel, or Mrs. Frances Maxwell, near Fort Wayne; Charles Henry, West Manchester; Annie, or Mrs. Jonas Brown, Rome City, Ind.; Harry, Fort Wayne; Rhoda, or Mrs. Alfred Baughman, Holly, Mich.; David, of Payne; and Lafayette, Briceton. A daughter, Gertrude Louisa is dead. (Source: Taken from paper in Payne, Ohio 1949) 
Family (F8)

.....Milton John Hormell, the fourth son of Henry Jr., attended District School and completed the course in Harveysburg Seminary in two years. He began the study of medicine at the age of 21 under Dr. Corlis of Harveysburg and completed this course of study and reading in three years, and for five years practiced medicine in Warren County, and Clinton County,. He graduated from the Ohio Medical College in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1853.
.....Milton moved from Harveysburg to Oakland in 1860. In 1862 he joined the 49th O.V.I. as Assistant Surgeon, but was compelled to return home after four months service because of illness. In the spring of 1864 he was instrumental in forming a company of volunteers which was attached to the 149th O.N.G. (100 Days Men) and from this organization he received an honorable discharge.
.....He was one of the founders of the Masonic Lodge at Harveysburg, and at various times he held the office of Justice of Peace, Township Trustee, Road Supervisor, Director of Oakland School and was a member of the Babtist Church. [Source: Stanley Wright Aultz, "Chronicles of a Griffis Family". Miamisburg, Ohio: S. W. Aultz 1981 and Letter written by William G. Hormell, not dated]

.....Milton John Hormell, son of Henry and Margaret Fry Hormell, married first Almira Dakin and then he married Emeline Hisey who was born in 1826. They had at least one daughter, Mary Clara hormell, who was born in 1859.
.....Milton John Hormell was a "Physician." He died in 1885 and his wife, Emeline Hisey Hormell, died in 1900. (They were married in 1848.) Their daughter, Mary Clara Hormell married in 1878 Oscar F. McKay who was born in 1855. We have no dates of death for them. They had at least one daughter, Helen McKay, who was born in Loviland, Colorado. Se became the wife of Stanley R. Mauck. [Source: Gillis, W. Floyd, ""Hormell Family"," pg. 23] 
Hormell, Doctor Milton John (I6752)

...After the death of his father in 1842, John remained at home with his bereaved mother, working the little farm, attending and teaching school, and so continued until the end of August, 1845, when, on solicitation of Dr. John Evans, then of Indianapolis, Indiana, he accepted a kind invitation to study medicine with him. So, bidding adieu to his old home and all of its surroundings, he embarked on board the Voress line of stage coaches for what seemed to be the far-distant west. Here he commenced his medical studies, spending the winters, however, in Chicago, attending Rush Medical College, from which institution he graduated in the spring of 1848. Returning to Indianapolis, he made application to the commissioners of the hospital for the insane for the position of assistant physician, and being successful in due time received the desired appointment, and early thereafter entered upon the duties of the office in this new State institution and soon had the satisfaction of assisting in the reception of the first patients ever admitted for treatment in that place. In October, 1851, he severed his connection with the hospital and marrying Annie, the youngest daughter of David and Rachael Evans, of Waynesville, Ohio, moved within a few days thereafter to the city of Chicago, Illinois, where with a devoted wife and family he remained comfortably living in Glencoe, one of the city's most beautiful suburbs, overlooing both far and wide the cooling waters of Lake Michigan.
...Annie and John were the parents of eleven childdren but only four sons lived to adulthood. John, the youngest of these also became a doctor specializing in orthopedic surgery. (Source: Compiled by Irene L. Shrope, Nutt Family of Ohio and New Jersey, Revised and Up-Dated 1993 (Vandalia, Ohio: Authorized Distributor Donald A. Nutt, 1992), pg. 204.)

...John Nutt, M.D., Chicago, Illinois. John Nutt was the younger of two sons, Joseph and John, and only children of Aaron and Martha (Craig, formerly Pedrick) Nutt, and was born on the old homestead in Centerville, Montgomery County, Ohio, March 3, 1823. His parents were natives of New Jersey, and were respectively widower and widow; at the time of their marriage, January 11, 1818, by James Russell Esq., of Centerville. Aaron Nutt was left fatherless at an early age. His mother marrying again, the boy, Aaron, was apprenticed to John Lippencott, a tailor of 1776, for a term of seven years, serving his employer nearly that time on the tailor-board. At about this period, the armies of the Revolution, under the command of Gen. Washington, were very active in the State of New Jersey, and as these were indeed trying times for our country, and soldiers were much needed, both old and young were earnestly solicited to join the American forces. It was at this juncture that Lippincott was drafted into the military service, and Aaron Nutt's apprenticeship about to expire, that Lippencott made this proposition to him, that if he would enter the army and serve his, Lippencott's time out, he would in turn set him free. The proposition was accepted, and Nutt Joined a military company commanded by his cousin, Capt. Israel Shreve. The evening before the battle of Monmouth, the company had a little skirmish with a company of English light horse, and came off victorious. Nutt was quite near the English Captain, and saw the American soldier shoot him in the breast. He fell from his horse and jumped a fence and fell dead by the side of it. Nutt, in looking at him after death, pronounced him the handsomest man he ever saw. Next day, the main battle was fought, the day, an excessively hot one, the Americans threw off their coats and knapsacks, as they marched into the field, forty-eight abreast. After the battle, twelve wagons loaded with bread and drawn by oxen were brought on the ground for the Americans. After this, Nutt's military service was in riding as a scout and driving team; of the latter, he did a large amount. He never asked for or received any pension, but assisted many others in procuring theirs. On Tuesday, the 4th day of May, 1779, he was married to Mary Archer, daughter of Jospeh and Sarah Archer, of New Jersey. From this union there were nine children, of whom none are now living. Three died in early life, the remaining six lived to be heads of families. The father used to take great pleasure in standing on his own premises and look at the smoke curling out of the chimneys of five of his children--the sixth one lived some four miles distant. In 1786, he removed with his family from New Jersey to Pennsylvania, where he remained only a few years, and then moved to Kentucky, living at different points, among which the following places are remembered: On the Dry Ridge he lived a long time, keeping a tavern there; did the same in the town of Versailles; from Kentucky he removed to what is now Centerville, Montgomery County, Ohio, in the spring of 1798, having previously been there with the surveyors in February, 1796, and selected his land. Here he settled in a wilderness of woods, and where in his new abode he remained with only a slight change of habitation during the balance of his life. Surrounded with a large circle of truly worthy friends and relatives who were always interested in his presence, as he so often gladdened the hours with earnest recitals of events of which he had not infrequently been an active participant.
...He was man of eminently correct habits of life, possessing a very superior constitution, temperate, industrious and of a cheerful disposition, even marked to the end, and when warned of approaching dissolution seemed ready and willing to meet the change. The disease of which he died was, though not of frequent occurrence, incident to old age, and in this case, as was pronounced by his skillful and ever attentive physician, Dr. A. B. Price, one of the most extraordinary cases of the kind ever known to the profession. The pain, which was very severe, was first manifested in the left eye, which after awhile completely destroyed that organ. The pain then passed to the heel and great toe of the right foot, then successively until all the toes were in a like manner involved, then the foot mortified, was drawn up and dried until all seemed as hard and lifeless as stone, and blackened with the deadly progress of the disease, which continued for a period of many months, at the closing of which time a distinct point or line of demarkation appeared within four inches of the knee. Death of the foot and leg below having already occurred and here separation of not only the living from the dead flesh, but also the larger bone was already manifest, so that earnest hopes were strongly entertained that an arrest was probable, and that an improved condition might be looked for; but at the close of about the ninth month the powers of the constitution could stand the pressure no longer, and gradually yielding, death kindly terminated this protracted struggle June 2, 1842, and thus passed the life of a man aged eighty-three years ten months and sixteen days, who had never known what real sickness was, and even used his tobacco up to within a few days of the last. his remains are buried in the old cemetery one-half mile north of Centerville, between the graves of his two wives. "Peace to their remains."
...John, after the death of his father, remained at home with his bereaved mother, working the little farm and attending and teaching school, and so continued until the last of August, 1845, when, on solicitation of Dr. John Evans, then of Indianapolis, Ind., he accepted a kind invitation to study medicine with him. So, bidding adieu to his old home and all of its surroundings, he embarked on board the Voress line of stage coaches for what then seemed to be the far-distant West. Here he commenced his medical studies, spending the winters, however, at Chicago, attending Rush Medical College, from which institution he graduated in the spring of 1848. Returning to Indianapolis, he made application to the commissioners of the hospital for the insane for the place of assistant physician, and being successful in due time received the desired appointment, and early thereafter entered upon the duties of the office in this then new State institution, and soon had the satisfaction for assisting in the reception of the first patients ever admitted to treatment in that place. In October, 1851, he severed his connection with the hospital and, marrying Annie, the youngest daughter of David and Rachael Evans, of Waynesville, Ohio, moved within a few days thereafter to the city of Chicago, Illinois, where, with a devoted wife and four comely boys, he now remains comfortably living Glencoe, one of the city's most beautiful suburbs, overlooking both far and wide the cooling waters of Lake Michigan. (Source: W. H. Beers, History of Montgomery County, Ohio (1882; Reproduction, Evansville, Indiana: Unigraphic, Inc., 1973, Part II, Biographical Sketches, pg. 272, 273) 
Nutt, John (I677)

...As a very young boy Joseph Nutt commenced driving a cart and doing small jobs about the town and working on the small farm. When in his twelth year, he hauled in the cart all the stone for making a complete pavement from the schoolhouse, one-fourth mile north of town, to the Baptist Church on the west side of town. His father and Joseph Beck laid the walk, which did good for many years. For its protection, the Town Council made it a finable offence to ride or drive on it. So carefully was it guarded that the school teacher had been known to leave school on seeing a traveler on the walk and hurry up to town and have a warrant in the hands of the Marshal by the time the offending party would reach the village.
...On the 28th of April, 1824 he went, as an apprentice, into the chair-making business. He served three years faithfully and made the trade his principal business up to the spring of 1844 when he went to New Burlington, Clinton County, Ohio and sold goods for Israel Harris, Jr., and Samuel Lemar, for nearly six years. In January 1850 he joined the employ of John Grant, Esq., the principal merchant in New Burlington and remained with him until April, 1857. On 29 January, 1856 Joseph married Miss Elizabeth Amanda Weaver of New Burlington, New Jersey. In May of 1857 they went to Chicago, Illinois where they remained until August of 1858 when they returned to New Burlington.
...In the spring of 1861 they went to Centerville, Ohio and settled on the old homestead, becoming the owner thereof half by purchase and half by legacy. He was one of the few men in town to own land originally purchased by his father from John Cleves Symmes (father-in-law of President William Henry Harrison) The deed was made by James Madison, President of the United States.
...Joseph was the oldest native-born citizen on the town plat. He never loaded a gun, pistol or firearm of any description, he did pull the trigger a few times making one shot that would be creditable to any sportsman. (Source: Compiled by Irene L. Shrope, Nutt Family of Ohio and New Jersey, Revised and Up-Dated 1993 (Vandalia, Ohio: Authorized Distributor Donald A. Nutt, 1992), pg. 197.)

...Joseph Nutt was living in Centerville, Ohio in 1900. From the newspaper "Bellbrook Moon" dated 01 july, 1903:
Joseph Nutt, one of Centerville's wealthiest and most respected citizens died last Sunday morning. Buried Tuesday afternoon Mr. Nutt was not only loved in the community in which he lived but made warm friends with all he met. The community loses one of it's best citizens. (Source: Compiled by Irene L. Shrope, Nutt Family of Ohio and New Jersey, Revised and Up-Dated 1993 (Vandalia, Ohio: Authorized Distributor Donald A. Nutt, 1992), pg. 195) 
Nutt, Joseph (I676)

...First white settler in the Shenandoah Valley. Adam built his farm adjacent to the Shenandoah river at the Lithia Spring (now Bear-Lithia Spring). His two daughters Ana Barbara & Catherine married the two Baer brothers (Jacob & John) from Broc's Gap. Adam gave his farm to his son-in-law (Jacob) and his daughter (Anna Barbara) on the condition that he could live out the rest of his days there and that he be supplied with certain provisions including a generous amount of whiskey for which Jacob Baer gained the nick-name Jacob "Whiskey" Baer.

The following is from the program for the Adam Miller Memorial Dedication Ceremony (Friday, May 7, 2010), prepared by the Elkton Welcome Center:

Adam Miller (Mueller)

...Adam Miller (Mueller) was born in Germany, probably Schreisheim, in 1703. He was the son of Johann Peter and Maria Margaretta Mueller.
...Adam came to America as a young man in 1720. He came with his wife, Barbara Kooger Miller, and an unmarried sister, Catrina. The Millers first settled in Germantown, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, however, Adam was unsatisfied with the farming lands in Pennsylvania, so he moved his family to Williamsburg, Virginia. While in Williamsburg, Adam learned about Governor Alexander Spotswood's 1716 Expedition. After hearing about the wonderful fertile country beyond the mountains, Adam decided to see if for himself. He followed the same trail taken by Spotswood and crossed the Blue Ridge Mountains at Swift Run Gap. He was so pleased with the look of the country, that he immediately returned home for his family and brought them back to the valley. He built a cabin near the present day Page-Rockingham County line, however, this site proved to be unhealthy so, several months later he erected another cabin a few miles further south. This site, known as Green Meadows, is located a short distance north of present day Elkton, Virginia.
...Controversy still exists as to who was the first permanent settler in the Shenandoah Valley. There are many records of explorations of the Valley, however, it is traditionally claimed for Adam Miller, that he was the first permanent white settler here. The date given to this first settlement is 1726. It is believed that Adam Miller descendants have his original land patent of 350 acres of land, made at Williamsburg, written on sheepskin and signed by Governor Gooch, June 20, 1749 and his naturalization paper with one of the two great seals still remaining dated March 13, 1741.
...Two of Adam Miller's daughters, Anna Barbara and Catherine married two brothers, Jacob and John Baer (Bear). Later in life, Adam Miller deeded Green Meadows to his son-in-law, Jacob, and his daughter, Anna. Adam was able to continue living on his farm until his death in 1783.
...Controversy still exists about where Adam is buried. Some say there are historical accounts that place him with his daughter, Anna Barbara, in Bear family Cemetery at Bear Lithia Springs. Others say he was buried in St. Peters Church Yard, a Lutheran Church that Adam helped form and the oldest in Rockingham County. Still others say that his remains were buried in a family cemetery, on a hilltop across from the Miller homestead, and were removed to Elk Run Cemetery during the 1930s and now lie in an unmarked grave across from the Cover Masuoleum.
...In early 2009, the Elkton Centennial Jubilee Committee, decided to fulfill the wishes of the Elkton Historical Society and erect this monument to memorialize Adam Miller traditionally recognized as the first permanent white settler in this part of the Shenandoah Valley. 
Mueller, Adam (I11726)

...Hans Dewalt brought his family to America in 1727 on the ship James Goodwill from Rotterdam to Philadelphia, PA. They arrived in the Port of Philadelphia on 27 September 1727. The ship manifest shows 8 family members coming from Dehlingen, Alsace:
Hans Theobald Lederman (1-6)
Anna Maria (Engler)
Hans Peter, 16
Catharina Barbara, 11
Hans Daniel, 9
Johann Melchior, 6
Anna Catharina, 4
Johann Nickel, 3
...The passenger manifest further shows that they were heading to "Falkner Schwamm" (Falchner's Swamp, aka New Hanover), Pennsylvania.

...In 1719 and again in 1729, a religious group formed in Schwarzenau, Germany in 1708 by leader Alexander Mack, (eventually) called the "Church of the Brethren," emigrated to Pennsylvania to escape religious persecution. They formed their first congregation in Germantown in 1723, and quickly expanded west and south over the next several decades. Although there seems to be no direct connection between Hans Theobald Leatherman and the Brethren movement, several of his sons became prominent members and leaders of the Brethrens in America, founding several congregations over their lives. 
Lederman, Hans Theobald (I5749)

...In the year 1710, Preserve Brown, Sr., removed from Chesterfield Monthly Meeting to Burlington monthly Meeting, residing at Mansfield, a few miles from Bordentown, N. J. About this time there lived in that vicinity four persons bearing the Quaint Names, Preserve Brown, Safety Borden, Safety Magee and Hananiah Gaunt. Preserve Brown and his wife were highly esteemed and regarded as "valuable Friends." At his death he was buried in Friends' Burying Ground, located on what is now Prince Street, near Church Street, Bordentown. As a mark of special honor and respect the Friends erected to his memory a tombstone bearing the inscription:

...When John Montgomerie was appointed Governor of New Jersey, 1728, the Grand Jury addressed the King a congratulatory message of a somewhat fervid character, rejoicing in the :daily accessions to Your Glory,: promising faithful adherence, etc. Preserve Brown was one of the signers, with a number of Quakers, who added a line, saying: "We agree to the matter and Substance of this Address but make some exceptions to the Stile." From this unique paper we quote:

"We cant without a rapture of thankfulness, recount our obligation to Your Majestie,
for Your Parental care of Your People in this Distant Collonie.
"...We Shall not Trepass farther upon Your Royal Patience, but shall offer up our fervent
prayers to the King of Kings, that he will please to direct Your Majesty by his unerring
wisdom, & always encline Your heart to his Glory & Encompass Your Sacred Person with his
Favour as with a Shield, & make your Goverment an universal blessing to all Your Dominions." 
Brown, Preserve Sr. (I1316)

...John Franklin 'Frank' Grant was born 15 march 1871 in Perry Township, Logan County, Ohio to Nathanial Calendar Grant and Ruth Acenich Keller. Frank married Josephine Leeth on 9 January 1897 in Logan county, Ohio. Josies parents were Eleven Elias Leeth and Elmina Bolen. She was born on 12 August 1875.
...Frank and Josie had four children. They are: William Nathanial, Rachel Crete Holycross, Esther Irene Moorman and Jacob Kenneth.
...William Nathanial was born 23 October 1897 in Champaign County, Woodstock, Ohio. The family residence was in Middleburg, Ohio. Bill married Laura Syrilla Conklin. They had ten children. They are: Margaret Viola, deceased 13 July 1919; Eva may Fuller; Ronald Harold, deceased 29 November 1922; Wilbur Gordon; LeRoy Albert; Leora Joan Gunderman; Bert Allen and Betty Alice Grove (twins); William Nathanial, Jr.; and Richard Arlen. The majority of these children and their children and grandchildren now live in or near Beaverton, in Central Michigan. William Nathanial died on 2 September 1963 and Laura passed away 17 August 1975. They are buried together in Beaverton City Cemetery, Beaverton, Gladwin, Michigan.
...Rachel Crete was born 14 February 1901 in Champaign County, Ohio. Rachel married Clifton Howard Holycross on 5 February 1917. They have one daughter, Laurabelle Morris. She now lives near Marysville, Ohio. Rachel passed away 26 June 1969 and Clifton died 5 December 1966. They are buried in Maplegrove Cemetery in North Lewisburg, Ohio.
...Esther Irene was born 14 February 1908 in Champaign County, Ohio. She married Oscar Moorman and they had three children. they are dona Isabelle Sloan. Dick Oscar and Dora Irene McQuate. These children live in or near the Ashland, Ohio area as do their children and families. Esther died at the young age of 37 on 29 December 1945 and Oscar died 6 October 1970. They are both buried in Ashland, Ohio.
...Jacob Kenneth was born 9 September 1915 in Gladwin County, Michigan. He married Marie R. Wagner on 29 May 1942. They have four children: Ivan Kenneth, Terry Eugene, Leta Marie Kroll, and Peggy Leath Govitz. Jake and Marie are alive and well and now reside in Beaverton, Michigan. They have had a jewelry store business in Beaverton for about 25 years. Three of their four children live in the Beaverton area in central Michigan.
...Frank and Josie moved from Woodstock, Ohio to Beaverton, Michigan in 1912. They had three children with them. Bill was 15, Rachel was 11 and Esther was just 4 years old. Jake was born three years later. Frank was a big man and good with an ax. He was out in the woods cutting down a tree when his ax slipped and caught him in the leg. Medicine and doctors were expensive and a luxury a growing family could many times do without. However, after being kicked in the bad leg while shoeing a horse gangrene set in Frank's leg. The injury was soon infected and Frank was taken to Saginaw General Hospital where he died on 29 January 1916, only four months after Jake was born.
...Josie stayed in Beaverton a while but in a few years she decided to go back to Ohio with Esther. Jake was seven or eight years old and he stayed with brother Bill and wife Laura. Josie met and married Isaac Newton Milligan. they had no children together. Josie passed away 1 August 1965 and is buried in Beaverton City Cemetery with frank in Beaverton, Gladwin, Michigan.
...Jacob graduated from Beaverton High School in 1935. The outside world beckoned and he left for Albion, Michigan to work at Union Steel Products Company. In August, 1937, he left for San Francisco, California. He was gone two months and returned. While attending a church function in 1940 he met Marie R. Wagner. On march 1941, Jake joined the United States Army. In early 1942, the doctors discovered Jake had tuberculosis. On his way from Fort Sam Houston, Texas to Sun Mount Veterans Hospital in New York, he stopped in Paradise, Ohio to marry Marie on 29 May 1942. She came to Paradise with Jake's nephew Wilbur. Marie came back to Lepeer, Michigan and Jake went on to the hospital. Jake left New York in august or September and they began their married life together. Ivan Kenneth was born 1 June 1943 at Saginaw, Michigan. The young family struggled with Jakes illness and difficulty breathing by traveling to the upper Peninsula in the summer months.
...Terry Eugene was born 15 August 1947 in Gladwin, Michigan. Les Leonard of Beaverton talked Jake into going to college to study watchmaking. He wanted to add jewelry and watches to his store. In early 1948 they went to Ferris State College in Big Rapids, Michigan. Jake studied Horology for two years missing his own graduation because he had a job interview. Leta Marie Kroll was born 10 June 1951 in Marlette, Michigan. The young family were now living in Bay City for one year, then they moved back to Beaverton where they still reside today. Peggy Leath Govitz was born 21 February 1953, Michigan.
...Jake and Marie have a good jewelry business and are well-known and liked throughout Gladwin County in Michigan. Jake has always been handy with his hands and has taught his boys the same. They all enjoy deer hunting season and family camping.
...Jake and Marie are excellent grandparents and their home is always open to family for gatherings, a hot meal and a warm bed. Many relatives visit from Ohio and they journey back several times a year.
...On 29 May 1982 they celebrated their 40th Wedding Anniversary with an Open House given by Ivan and wife Beverly Card and their children: Kenneth Blair, Kimberly Marie, Kelly Jo, and Ivans stepchildren: Patrick Card, Michael Card, Charles Card, and Polly Onalee Card. Terry and wife Judy Hoag and their children John Franklin and Teri jean. Leta Marie Kroll and husband William Herbert, Jr. their children are Mark William, Daniel Ivan and Lisa Marie. Leta is expecting their fourth child in November 1982. Peggy and her husband Terry Lewis Govitz and their only child Penny Jo. During the celebration given at the Dale Town Hall in Beaverton, Michigan, it was noted that Jake and Marie had had their first wedding reception at this same place 40 years earlier. (Source: The Logan County Genealogical Society, "Logan County, Ohio 1982", Defiance, Ohio: The Hubbard Company, 1983, pg. 254, 255) 
Grant, John Franklin (I714)

...Joseph P. Benham, merchant, Centerville. Joseph P. Benham, son of John and Albina Benham was born in Washington Township, Montgomery County, Ohio December 17, 1838. His father, born October 17, 1811, in Greene County, Ohio came with his parents to Montgomery County, Ohio, when about two years old. The larger part of his life was spent in Montgomery County. Died in Centerville April 28, 1862. Albina Benham, born October 17, 1815, in Pennsylvania, came with her parents to Greene County, Ohio, March, 1820; moved from Greene to Warren County, Ohio, March, 1825; then from Warren to Montgomery county, Ohio, in March, 1827. Married, March 9, 1837, to John Benham, Jr.; from this union were six children, three sons and three daughters, five of whom are now residents of Montgomery County, Ohio. The eldest child, Augustus, resides in Wabash, Ind.; is a merchant of that place. During the war of the rebellion, all three of the sons were in the army at one time, 1864. While they were in the tented field, the mother was at home in the agricultural field. That year, she raised five acres corn, one hundred bushels of Irish potatoes and nine bushels of sweet potatoes. Of the above farming, she hired out but one and one half days plowing in the crop; the balance of the work she did with the hoe. Of the potato crop, a neighbor farmer said he had out a much larger patch and only raised ten bushels.
...Joseph's principal occupation was farming up to the time he went into the army; was a member of the One Hundred and Thirty-first Regiment National Guards; served his entire time at Fort Federal Hill, Baltimore, Md.; mustered out of service latter part of the summer of 1864; discharge papers signed by Edward Stanton, Secretary of War, December 15, 1864. Again engaged in farming until the fall of 1870; then taking a Western trip, spending the winter of 1870 and 1871 with a traveling One-Dollar Store in Illinois; also paid a visit to relatives in Missouri, and returned home in the spring of 1871. Joseph rented a suitable room up-town for the office, and added a small stock of groceries; made that his business, his actual capital being $32. Prosperity has attended him, and business increased until he is now the owner of the best business property in town, with several smaller pieces of less value. Since the death of his father, he has been looked upon as the head of the family, which at that time was mother and three sisters. Since then two sisters have married; family now mother, one sister, niece and himself. (Source: Evansville, Indiana: Unigraphic, Inc., 1973, a reproduction of, "History of Montgomery County, Ohio", (original published - Chicago, Illinois: W. H. Beers & County, 1882), Biographical Sketches, Washington Township, pg. 260) 
Benham, Joseph Price (I2488)

...Mentioned in the will of Nathan Kelly as daughter Sidney Van Meter and her husband James Van Meter.
...There is a marriage for Sidney Kelly and Cornelius Denehy in Shelby County.
...I certify that I have this day solemnized the marriage of Cornelius Denehy with Sidney Kelly Witness my hand this 5th day of August A.D. 1855. George Wenner JP. License Cornelius Denehy & Sidney Kelly Aug 4th 1855. vol 6. pg. 466. 
Kelly, Sidney M. (I4824)

...Owner and operated a waterpower sawmill and was the first large-scale commercial lumberman of Foxville and Deerfield. On October 28, 1802, he was commissioned an ensign in the Frederick county Militia. October 12, 1804, he was commissioned lieutenant. During the of 1812 he formed a company of men at the present Thurmont, MD., trained the men, and, as captain, led the company into action.
...Ignatius Brown served for many years as constable and magistrate for the forth district of Frederick county. Most of his cases were tried at what was then Hauver's tavern. He died of typhoid fever on March 12, 1830, at Foxville, Frederick County, MD. 
Brown, Ignatius (I5715)

...The 1840 Census, his marriage record (2nd) and his will have his name as Isaac Florea. In the 1850 census the name is Issac Flora.
...Apparently Isaac and his wife first lived with his parents, then moved to Clinton County, Ohio, near Macedonia shortly after his first marriage. He purchased land near Macedonia (see records in Clinton County Court House). There are many of his descendants in Clinton, Highland, and other nearby counties. 
Florea, Isaac (I987)

...The first ferry to Newport was run by Captain Robert Benham, under a license from the Territorial government, granted September 24, 1792, from Cincinnati to the opposite bank, the present Newport, on the east side of the Licking.
The document by virtue of which the first ferry was established...
...On the thirteenth of February, 1792, the secretary of the Northwest Territory, then at Cincinnati, and, in the absence of Governor St. Clair, acting governor, issued the following proclamation:
..."To all persons to whom these presents shall come, greeting:----
...Whereas, it has been represented to me that it is necessary for the public interests, and the convenience of the inhabitants of the county of Hamilton, that a ferry should be established over the river Ohio, nearly opposite the mouth of Licking in the commonwealth of Virginia, and Mr. Robert Benham having requested permission to erect and keep said ferry:
...Now, know ye that, having duly considered of the said representation and request, I have thought it proper to grant the same, and by these presents do empower the said Robert Benham, of the county of Hamilton, to erect and keep a ferry over the Ohio river, from the landing place in the vicinity of his house-lot, which is nearly opposite the mouth of Licking, to both points of the said rivulet and upon the Virginia shore: and to ask, demand, recover and receive as a compensation for every single person that be may transport over said
ferry.....................................6 cents
For a man and horse.....................18 "
For a wagon and team...................100 "
For horned cattle, per head...............18 "
For hogs, each............................6 "
until those rates shall be altered by law or future instructions from the governor of this territory.
...And he is hereby required to provide good and sufficient flats or boats for the purpose, and to give due attention to the same according to right and common usage, and to govern himself in the premises by all such laws as hereafter may be adopted for the regulation of ferries, as soon as such laws shall be published i the territory.
...Given under my hand and seal, at Cincinnati, in the county of Hamilton, the eighteenth day of February, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety-two, and of the independence of the United States the sixteenth--and to continue in force during the pleasure of the governor of the territory. Winthrop Sargent.
(Source: W. H. Beers, The History of Warren County, Ohio: Containing A History of the County; it's Townships, Towns, Schools, Churches, etc,; General and Local Statistics; Portraits of Early Settlers and Prominent Men; History of the Northwest Territory; History of Ohio; Map of Warren County; Constitution of the United States, Miscellaneous Matters, Etc., Etc. (Chicago: Culver, Page, Hoyne & Co., 1882), Hamilton County, General History, pg. 76, 225)

Note: Gateway to the West, Vol. II, Warren County, Ohio Marriages 1803-1810 pg. 657 lists Robert Benham to Polly Price 7-3-1806, and Robert Benham, Jr. to Nancy Price 8-17-1808. 
Benham, Robert (I2408)

1880 Census, Ohio, Vol. 40, E.D. 125, Sheet 32, Line 19, Logan County, Rushcreek twsp., has Josephine living with her grandfather, Alexander Bolen, age 2. After her mother died, Josephine was raised by her aunts and uncles. 
Leeth, Josephine (I47)

1st known white person to be born in the Shennandoah Valley of Virginia. 
Mueller, Elizabeth Catarina (I11728)

27 May 1808 Mentioned in the probate records of Peter Sellers as Adam Sellers five years and six months of age.

Adam Sellers appears in a list of Physicians in Turtle Creek Township, Warren County, taxed on their incomes in 1840.

Mr. Peter Sellers,

The following are some of my recollections of the Sellers' family. Three brothers emigrated from Germany some two centuries ago. One settled in Pennsylvania; one in Maryland, and the other in Virginia. They were German Lutherans. Our families are from the Virginia branch. My father, Peter Sellers, was the son of Adam Sellers. Your grandfather, Jacob Sellers, was the son of John Sellers, and they were cousins. They married sisters by the name of Runkel.

My father immigrated, with other families, soon after Wayne's treaty with the Indians, say 1798, by way of the Monongahela and Ohio rivers, from Brownsville, Penn. known as Red Stone. Their horses were brought through from that point along Indian trails. Their wagons and other effects were floated down in family boats, to Columbia, then known as Round Bottom, five miles above Cincinnati, then called Losantville. My father remained there one or two years and raised some grain. He was followed about two years after by your Grandfather Jacob Sellers, and made the first purchase of land from Sims in that valley. By examining the deed that has been transcribed by order of the Commissioners, from Hamilton County, records to Warren County, records, my father's deed is dated January 4, 1799. Their names in the deeds are written "Celler", in one or two places, "Sellers". I recollect when it was very uniformly spelled with a "Z".

About 70 years ago, 1817, my grandfather, then living on the Shenandos River, Rockingham County, Va. (where all of that branch of the family then lived) being a widower about 72 years of age, and having a desire to free his slaves, wrote to my brother, William Sellers, to come to Virginia and superintended the disposal of his property, and pilot them to this wilderness, as it was then considered by them. The trip was made in two four-horse wagons in about thirty days, camping out every night. They stopped one week at our house, one mile north of Lebanon.

At that time he purchased 206 acres of land of George Hamsbarger, where the old road crossed Clear Creek, on the west side of that road. The creek running from East to West through the center of it, and the road from Ridgeville to Springboro running along the north bank. The house was endwise north of the road. His only daughter, Christine Null, lived one or two miles below. He freed all his slaves, (Negroes) about 16 in number, I think, and purchased land for that in Darke County, Ohio. He had to give security under the then laws of Ohio, for their support. Some of them became distinguished for wealth and morals. One of the sons graduated in one of our colleges and became a preacher in the African Methodist Church. He called to see me some 25 years ago.

Grandfather Adam Sellers was born in 1742 and died in 1821, 79 years of age. I find a final record of the Administrators' Wm. Sellers and Christine Null, dated June 2, 1823, and amounting to between ten and eleven thousand dollars. I was absent at that time in Virginia with power of attorney from my mother and the heirs of your grandfather by his first wife, looking after their interests in Grandfather Runkels' estate.

This imperfectly written sketch is written in great haste, and is about the best I can do at the age of 85. You may find some items of interest to someone, in it. Yours truly, A. Seller [Source: Transcript of a letter dated "Lebanon, Ohio June 28, 1887", addressed to Mr. Peter Sellers and the original written by A. Sellers (Adam); the letter was copied and put in a letter written by P. Sellers (Peter Sellers 1896) and later copied by Fred A. Sellers in a letter dated January 5, 1960] 
Sellers, Dr. Adam (I8469)

2nd known white person to be born in the Shennandoa Valley of Virginia. 
Miller, Ana Barbara (I11725)

Last Will and Testament of Jacob Sellers
—I Jacob Sellers of Warren County, Ohio do make & publish this my last will & testament.
—Item 1st, It is my will, that after my death the farm in which I live be sold by my Executors to the best advantage, either at public or private sale, and upon such terms of credit as my said Executors shall think advisable, and the proceeds of the sale thereof be equality divided among my following children and heirs to wit: George Sellers, the children of Nancy Gallaher, Lucinda Miller, Rebecca Long, Mary Miller, Sarah Sheets and Jacob M. Sellers. That is to son George Sellers and his heirs to receive one equal seventh part of the proceeds of the sale of said farm; the children of Nancy Gallaher and their heirs to receive one equal share equal seventh part of the proceeds of the sale of said farm; Lucinda Miller to receive one equal seventh part of the proceeds of the sale of said farm; Rebecca Long and her heirs to receive one equal seventh part of the sale of said farm; Mary Miller to receive one equal seventh part of the proceeds of the sale of said farm; Sarah Sheets to receive one equal seventh part of the proceeds of the sale of said farm and Jacob M. Sellers to receive the one equal seventh part of the proceeds of the sale of said farm. The portion of the heirs of Nancy Gallaher to remain in the hands of my Executors to be paid out to them as they respectively become of age.
—Item 2nd, it is my will that out of my personal estate all my just debts and funeral expenses be fully paid, and the residue be divided among my children as follows to wit: My son Jacob M. Sellers to receive One Hundred Dollars for extra services by him performed after he becomes of age; Abraham Miller to receive One Hundred Dollars for services received; and after the said Two Hundred Dollars and my just debts and funeral expenses are paid, my son John Sellers to receive one ninth part of my said personal estate; my son George Sellers to receive on ninth part of my personal estate; the children of Nancy Gallaher to receive on ninth part of the same upon the same terms and in the same way that they are to receive their portion of my real estate; my daughter Lucinda Miller to receive one ninth part of the same; my son Wm. Sellers to receive one ninth part of the same; my daughter Rebecca Long to receive one ninth part of the same; my daughter Mary Miller to receive one ninth part of the same; my daughter Sarah Sheets to receive one ninth part of the same; and my son Jacob M. Sellers to receive one ninth part of the same.
—Item Third, I hereby release and discharge my sons John & William Sellers all claims for advancements by me to them made with in money or the purchase of land for them or either of the said advancements being considered equal in a full share of my real estate, and will make them equal with the rest of my children and heirs.
—Item 4th, I do hereby nominate and appoint my sons William Sellers and Jacob M. Sellers, Executors of this my last will and testament, hereby authorizing and appointing them to compromise, adjust, release and discharge in such manner as they may deem proper the debts & claims due me.
—I hereby revoke all former wills by me made.
In Testimony whereof I have hereto set my hand & seal this 12th day of May 1852.
Jacob Sellers [Seal]
—Signed, sealed and acknowledged by the said Jacob Sellers as his last Will & Testament in our presence & signed by us In his presence.
Leonard Peckenpaugh
Benj. Blackburn 
Sellers, Jacob (I9558)

Memories: by Pat Hormell
Anna was a very good cook. The grandchildren looked forward to a visit on the farm and grandmas home cooked meals. She made her own cottage cheese and butter, and fried fresh chicken in the butter. The Hormells produced and sold maple syrup. Maple syrup was the sweetener of choice in their home; even on hand cranked ice cream.
When grandma Hormell visited us she would sit in front of our aquarium and watch the fish for hours; she thought they were fascinating. She was small in stature and quiet. 
Bogan, Anna May (I6705)

Memories... by Patricia Beck Hormell
Dad was very friendly, and even though he was rather quiet he liked to talk to people. You could always find him chatting with someone in his soft spoken way. He worked for his father as a carpenter for awhile, served in the United States Army Air Force during WWII and later worked for Sheffield Tool and Die until they were bought out by Bendix Corporation. After twenty some years at Bendix they had a big layoff and Dad eventually became a Real Estate Agent... did I say he liked to talk? He was a natural at sales.
He was interested in antiques, collected and sold a few over the years; always enjoyed flowers... especially peonies and roses... and then there was hunting and fishing and watching football on TV. Dad also liked woodworking and enjoyed making shelves, quilt racks and other small items out of oak.
When I was about five dad taught me how to care for and use a gun, including the safety rules. He took me hunting where he taught me to skin a rabbit or clean a pheasant, etc. We went fishing and he taught me how gather worms or catch crawdads for bait; bait my hook and clean my catch, even skin a catfish. If you caught it, or shot it, you had to clean it. I enjoyed being in the country, traipsing through the woods or across the cornfields with dad and grandpa. It was good fun.
Dad was very interested in genealogy after I took it up as a hobby and shared what he knew about the family. We roamed through a couple of cemeteries together, visited the courthouse and library and tried to piece this puzzle together. He would be amazed at what I have found through all the exploring of archives, libraries and the internet. 
Beck, Thearen Quentin (I253)

Memories... by Patricia Beck Hormell
Mom always had a needle nearby, whether it was a sewing needle, crochet hook or knitting needles. She made quilts, afghans, sweaters, tablecloths, pillowcases, baby clothes, dolls, toys and ornaments. She taught me to sew, embroidery and tried to teach me how to crochet. Eventually mom gave up when I kept wanting to switch hands in the middle, so I went on to learn from a book and we shared patterns. I also learned you just can't switch from left handed to right handed in the middle of a project.
We used to go to the orchards and pick cherries, apples or strawberries for canning and preserving. Mom made the best homemade apple butter and applesauce. With her help I learned to make jelly, can fruits and vegetables, clean and cut up chickens for the freezer, and cook. Spring time was always a busy time around our home.
While I was growing up, mom would have the record player or radio tuned to country music while sweeping or dusting or spring cleaning. When records gave way to CD's and a portable player she plugged in her earphones and still enjoyed country music. 
Leeth, Charlotte Louise (I2)

Memories... by Patricia Beck Hormell
Kenny was fair, blonde, blue eyed and very, very friendly. He was not shy like me, but talkative and outgoing; like dad he never met a stranger. He liked Hoppalong Cassidy, toy soldiers and toy farm animals. Even though there was a five year age difference, we got along swell together. We shared toys, games and secrets.
I was scared and devastated when I was in the seventh grade and the school principal called me to his office to inform me that my brother had been hit by a car and died. It was a very sad time and I felt lonely. My parents had already bought Christmas presents and had them wrapped and under the tree. The packages were given to a needy family.
Beck, Kenneth Walter (I258)

MEMORIES... by Charlotte (Leeth) Beck
When my grandparents lived with us I remember grandma sitting on the porch drinking beer and eating saltine crackers. She would sit in the rocker, rocking back and forth, sipping on her beer and eating crackers until she got a little "tipsy" and giggled. Grandma liked to tell jokes and play practical jokes on people, but, grandpa did not care for either and would become irritated. I remember that she would never lift a finger to help my mother around the house, not even in child birth. My father said grandma was raised in a convent after her mother died but I don't know where or have proof.

Payne, O., Dec. 4, -- Last Wednesday evening occurred the installation of the Hesperian chapter of the Eastern Stars. The installing officer being Past Worthy Matron, Mrs. Clara Graham and Marshall Mrs. Clara Graham and Marshall Mrs. Nellie Evans. the new officers installed were Worthy Matron Mrs. Jennie Hoaglin; Worthy Patron, Mr. Gilbert Miller; Associate Matron, Mrs. Florence Wanl; Secretary, Mrs. Clara Graham; Treasurer, Mrs. Florence Cartwright; Chaplain, Mrs. Mollie Smith, conductress, Mrs. Lola Lautzenheiser: associated condructress, Mrs. Minnie Pugh; Adnh, Mrs. Cora Poland; Ruth, Mrs. Bertha miller; Esther, Mrs. Gertrude Ptak, Martha, Mrs. Louisa leeth; Electa, Mrs. Adelaide Prentice; organist, Mrs. Sarah McHenry; Marshall, Miss Mina McClure, after the ceremony the chapter served a splendid banquet to which their husbands were invited. Col. N. E. Prentice gave a fine reading and Mrs. C. E. Craig, Mrs. K. C. Evans, Supt. A. F. Ptak and Mr. Gilbert Miller gave a delightful musical program. (The Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette, Sunday Morning, December 5, 1915, pg. 5)

Shelley, Louisa Mae (I21)

MEMORIES... by Patricia Beck Hormell
Grandma always had a flower garden with old fashioned bearded iris, peonies, rose of sharon and roses. She even grew flowers between the vegetables. These flowers have become some of my favorite, although I like most flowers. She loved to read and would read everything including magazines, farm journals, books and newspapers.
They never had running water in any of their homes nor an indoor bathroom. They carried water from the pump outside the kitchen to wash dishes and bath. Using the bathroom was a walk down the path to the little wooden building with two seats. In the winter it was a cold visit and in the summer you had to watch out for the bees and wasps making a new home.
I only remember Grandma having white hair. Dad said her hair turned white when she was in her twenties. Until she had a stroke and could no longer take care of it, she wore her hair long (below her waist) but in a braid pinned up around her head. Her hair was a pretty white not the yellow-gray that some people have. I remember when she had to have it cut after Mom tried washing brushing and braiding it while taking care of her. When she recovered from the stroke she continued to keep it short and it was still a very thick and a full head of hair.
I also remember Grandma wearing sun bonnets in the garden and carrying vegetables or eggs in her apron. Both of my grandmothers wore sun bonnets and used their apron for a basket and both of them made their sun bonnets and aprons. 
Vance, Ethel May (I2006)

MEMORIES... by Patricia Beck Hormell
Hunting, fishing, growing strawberries and rescuing animals and home made candy, that's what I remember most. He was an avid hunter, even taking trips to Colorado to hunt for big game. He made a jacket and pair of pants out of tanned deer hide and wore them quite a bit. There was always plenty of wild meat at mealtimes; including elk, deer, rabbit, squirrel, pheasant and duck. Oh, and fish! We went fishing in all the nearby rivers and creeks.
There always seemed to be some animal that needed rescued and cared for. I can remember fox, racoon, opossum, rabbits and birds and many others making there home in the cages Grandpa had set up for them while he cared for their needs.
Strawberries were plentiful, he had a very big patch where I helped do the picking, or mostly eating!
Grandpa liked to make candy and he filled the house with all kinds of candy at Christmas. Fondants, seafoam, and chocolate covered creme drops are some that I remember setting on the wire racks cooling or drying. Very tempting!
Sometimes the things you remember are funny things that someone taught you to do. Grandpa taught me to put sugar on sliced tomatoes, and also to crumble saltines in milk. I still put sugar on my fresh sliced tomatoes, they taste so good!
Grandpa had false teeth but never wore them. I think he put them in a drawer after about a week of trying them and never took them out again. It didn't stop him from eating anything though, his gums must have been really tough.
He was a carpenter and we often visited the sites where he was building a house. That was fun, climbing all over everything and driving my mother crazy. He built many homes in Miami, Shelby and Montgomery Counties. He didn't have anything but hand tools or his hand written notes and figures.
Grandpa didn't believe in smoking, drinking or swearing but he did have one vice, which was gambling. He would go to town on Saturday night and gamble.
It wasn't until after grandpa passed that I found out he was very interested in genealogy. Wish I had known when he was alive.

NOTES... by Thearen Beck
Walter left home at age 8 after he threw a hatchet at his stepfather (George Buckey) because he was beating his mother (Cynthia Ann Kelley) and Buckey ask him to leave. He went to live with Henry Decker in Geneva, Indiana for clothes and board. At age 10 he lived with a Mr. Zimmerman and learned German. Zimmerman died; Walter moved to Buena Vista, Indiana and lived with a preacher, Christable Aegly for 3 years and then with Ed Mann, who Walter said was real mean so he ran away and moved back to Henry Deckers' for 3-1/2 years. At this time he moved back to Ohio and lived in Shelby and Miami Counties doing any kind of work and farming. In 1903 Walter met and married Ethel and 2-years later moved to Mary Vances' house where he raised tobacco on 10 acres. They packed up and headed for Lawton, Oklahoma to homestead. Stopped in St. Louis on the way and almost got robbed. Stayed in a rooming house (2-days) across the street from the Depot, on the 25th floor. Watched a 20-mule team load gravel on flat boat. It was a rough section of town. They were impressed by the market section; bananas 10 cents/dozen. Offered steady job by contractor. Went by train to Lawton and offered a job in Tulsa, Oklahoma but refused. Rented a one room house by the depot and worked as a carpenter. Hunted bobcat with brindle dog. There was a smallpox epidemic so Walter sent Ethel back to Geneva, Indiana in June 1906 as she was pregnant. He shipped their dishes Bill of Stray and Walter followed in July. Worked as a stone mason in Geneva. Moved to Troy, Ohio; Nashville, Ohio; Port Jefferson, Ohio and sold fruit trees in Pennsylvania. Bought a house in Kessler, Ohio and it burned to the ground with everything in it. They lived in Casstown, Ohio; Christenburg, Ohio; and Anna, Ohio where Thearen was born; then moved to Port Jefferson when Thearen was 6 months old; to Kessler, Ohio; and then bought a farm near Sidney, Shelby County, Ohio; and back to Port Jefferson. Continued working as a carpenter/general contractor until he was in his 70's. 
Beck, Walter Herbert (I2005)

MEMORIES: by Jon W. Hormell
The old farmhouse had gas lights, a crank telephone and a tin roof with no insulation. During the hot summer months a summer porch provided a welcome relief for the young boys while sleeping; it was cooler than the upstairs bedroom.

NOTE: The Caesar's Creek valley was impounded in 1978 by the Army Corps of Engineers to assist with flood control in the Little Miami River watershed. The Hormell farm was in the path of the newly formed lake. 
Hormell, Clifford (I6704)

Memories: by Patricia Beck Hormell
For several years Helen ran a pre-school kindergarten from her home in Englewood, Ohio. She kept the children busy with games, songs and creative activities; interlaced with outdoor playtime and "show and tell". She laughed (and sometimes blushed) at the stories the children would tell and enjoyed teaching them new things. She liked to play cards-especially bridge. Helen and Harry belonged to a card club and often entertained their friends with small dinner parties before the games began. She also liked to read novels, dabbled in ceramics for awhile, and tried a few other crafts-including flower arrangement. Roses and daisies were her favorite flowers. Harry grew roses and she admired them; always having a vase full of buds in the house when they were in bloom. Helen came from a family with roots deep in religion and she carried on the tradition, being a longtime member of Concord United Methodist Church. Helen was a member of Eastern Star and Alpha Rho Tau (an art sorority). 
Lackey, Helen Louise (I6701)

Memories: by Patricia Beck Hormell
Harry married his third cousin Helen Lackey. Harry's great-grandfather, Milton John Hormell was a brother of Helen's great-grandmother, Rebecca Hormell Sellers. Dr. Milton John Hormell delivered Helen's Father, Dr. Burt Lackey.
In his younger days, Harry did woodworking and finished several items that remain in the family today. One item was a large dry sink, others were a corner cabinet, a bookcase and several magazine racks. He collected stamps, liked to play cards, work in his rose garden and tell jokes. On occasion he was seen doing jigsaw puzzles. He was a member of Toastmasters International and a former member of the Lions Club.
After retirement, Helen and Harry traveled to Australia for an extended vacation, to visit their daughter Joyce, who was living there at the time. In later years, Florida became their winter home where they enjoyed the company of friends, many also from Ohio. They joined in the dancing, exercising, card games, bingo, walks on the beach, bike riding and visiting local restaurants, where Harry liked to sample all good things. He was fond of pork chops and corn fritters. 
Hormell, Harry William (I6700)

Donald R. Florea, 97, of Bainbridge died at 12:55 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 6, 2005 at Chillicothe Nursing and Rehab.
He was born Dec. 29, 1907 in Martinsville, Ohio, the son of the late Alva and Nora Alice Walker Florea.
He is survived by his wife, Ramona Doris Morse Florea; 13 children, Nora Meredith, of Coldwater, MI, Wayne Florea, of Milford, OH, Jim Florea, of Ft. Myers Beach, FL, Bea Hill, Phyllis Kidd, Henry Florea, JoAnna Slocum and Floyd Florea, all of Blanchester, OH, Caroline Snider, of Cornwall, NY, Rose Puckett, of Sardinia, OH, Dona Bate, of Montpelier, VT, Donald Florea Jr., of Hillsboro, OH and Dawn Marie Florea, of Bainbridge, OH; four stepchildren, John Green, of Lynchburg, OH, Roger Green and Carla Green, both of Hillsboro, OH, and Jim Green, Williamsburg, OH; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by a brother and two sisters.
Don was a member of the Eagles Lodge #2222 of Blanchester for over 50 years and was a real estate broker for many years. ...Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, 2005 at Bainbridge Church of Christ with Glenn Anderson officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenlawn Cemetery, Millford, OH. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the church Thursday. Arrangements by Smith-Moore Funeral Home, Bainbridge, OH. (Chillicothe Gazette, Tuesday, February 8, 2005) 
Florea, Donald Russell (I1723)

Cress, H. R. Cress 83
Union Township
Miami County Ohio
—Died Wednesday October, 1939 Good Samaritan Hospital Dayton, Ohio.
Survivors: his second wife, Rosa Vance Cress; children, Clarence C. Cress of Troy, Bert Cress of Medway, Ernest Cress of Miamisburg, Dewey Cress of West Milton, Edwin Cress of Ludlow Falls and Mrs. Dessie Kelly of West Milton area; 20 grandchildren; eight grandchildren; 2 brothers, D. R. Cress of West Milton and H. G. Cress of Troy.
—Born south of Frederick in Montgomery County Ohio to George and Ruth Mann Cress. At age of 8 yrs., his father moved the family to Union Township (Kessler Station) Married Emma Curtis, who died more than 50 years ago. Married a second time, to Rosa Vance.
—Cause of death was due to gangrene, which resulted in the amputation of left leg above the knee, on Tuesday—.Rev. Lester A. Hill, pastor of the West Union congregational Church officiating.
—He was a farmer in Union Township for many years. (source: Troy-Hayner Genealogy and History Center, Troy, Ohio - card file containing extracts of obituaries) 
Cress, Henry Rhodolphus (I2163)

Wilmington News-Journal
Wilmington, Ohio
6 November 1953, p16
Services Held for Mrs. Florea
Funeral services for Mrs. Leila E. Florea, who died Tuesday, were hled Thursday, at 2 p.m. at the Marsh Funeral Home.
...Rev. Benjamin V. Smith, of the Methodist Church, read the Scripture, and obituary, offered prayer, and delivered the sermon. Charles Fischer at the piano played "In the Garden" and "Will the Circle be Unbroken."
...Pallbearers were Arthur Pohlmeyer, James Florea, Fred Carter, O. D. Brock, Ralph Perkins and Ralph Engle. Burial was in Sugar Grove Cemetery. 
Mendenhall, Leila Ethel (I1973)

—William N. Grant, 65, died suddenly Monday at his home in Tobacco Township of a heart attack. Born in Logan County, Ohio, on Oct. 2, 1897, he was married to the former Lora Conklin on June 27, 1916, in Coleman. A member of the Gladwin County Farm Bureau, he had lived in Gladwin County 50 years.
—Surviving are his wife, Lora; his mother, Mrs. Josephine Grant; three daughters, Mrs. Eva Fuller of Ann Arbor, Mrs. Leora Gunderman of Clare, and Mrs. Betty Grove of Beaverton; five sons, Wilbur of Sanford, and Roy, Bert, Bill and Richard of Beaverton; a brother, Jacob of Beaverton; a sister, Mrs. Rachel Holycross; 29 grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
—Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Dale Methodist Church with the Rev. Donald Sailor officiating. Burial is in the Beaverton Cemetery. (Gladwin County Record dated 09-4/1963 Column - 3 Page - 1) 
Grant, William Nathanial (I5223)

The Piqua Daily Call
Piqua, Ohio
19 December 1969, p2
Mrs. Ethel Beck
Rites Conducted
LUDLOW FALLS — Funeral rites for Mrs. Ethel May Beck, 82, of Port Jefferson, sister of Ed Cress of Ludlow Falls, were held at 3 p.m. today in the Roy H. Miller Funeral Home, West Milton. Burial was in Glen Cemetery, Port Jefferson.
Mrs. Beck died Tuesday. Also surviving is a son, Theron of Englewood; three daughters, Mrs. Orelia Greene of N. Fairfield, Mrs. Louise Rosell of Spring Valley and Vivian Beemer of Troy; two brothers, Dewey Cress of West Milton and Ernest Cress of Dayton; 12 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren and on great great grandchild. 
Vance, Ethel May (I2006)

Mrs. Clara E. Hite
Mrs. Clara E. Hite, 76, was found dead in her residence, 2119 Kensington drive, at 8 p.m. yesterday. Dr. A. P. McDonald, coroner, said death was due to natural causes. Mrs. Hite lived alone although she had been in ill health for many years. She is survived by her son, Colvin, who found the body when he made his daily visit to her home, and by two daughters.

Mrs. Clara E. Hite
Services for Mrs. Clara E. Hite, 78, of 2119 Kensington dr., who died unexpectedly at her home Monday, will be conducted at 3 p.m. Thursday at the Hoyne funeral home, 635 Salem av. Burial will be in Glen Haven cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 3 p.m. Wednesday.

IN LOVING memory of our mother,
Mrs. Clara E. Hite, who passed away, Oct. 15, 1951.
You can only have one mother,
Patient, kind and true.
No other friend in all the world,
We be so true to you.
For all her loving kindness
She asks nothing in return.
When all the world forsakes you
To your mother you can turn.
Sadly missed by children, Muriel Bates, Walter Colvin, Gertrude Leeth

Cards of Thanks
WE WISH to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to all friends, relatives and neighbors for their acts of kindness, messages of sympathy and lovely floral offerings received during the death of our mother, Mrs. Clara E. Hite. We especially wish to thank Rev. J. Wiley Prugh of United Presbyterian church for his consoling sermon and the Hoyne funeral home for their efficient services. Gertrude Leeth, Muriel Bates, and Walter Colvin. (Source: Original newspaper clipping; name of newspaper and date published unknown, probably Dayton Daily News) 
Florea, Clara Estella (I10)

Dated March 5, 1900, filed in Probate Court, Miami County, Ohio November 9, 1905 – pg. 464
Last Will and Testament of George Cress
Know all men by these present that I George Cress do make and publish this my last Will and Testament.
—Item first. I give and bequeath to my son Horatio R. Cress One Thousand Dollars to be paid out of my Estate.
—Item Second. I give and bequeath to my son Adolphus R. Cress and Davis R. Cress my farm on which I now reside. Being 97 acres in the South East quarter of Section 10, ____ 6, Range 15, E. Union Township, Miami County, Ohio, to be divided as follows: Adolphus R. Cress to have all that part of said farm lying West of a line parellel with the East line of a ten acre tract owned by said Aldolphus Cress in said qr. Section. Also all the balance of said farm lying South of the said road. Also Eight acres of timber land in the South East corner of said farm as follows - beginning at the South East corner of said farm at the junction of the pike and ___ thence North for enough for a line parallel with North line of farm to make Eight acres thence West on said line to road thence South East with road to place of beginning. All the balance of said farm to my son Davis R. Cress. Provided said Davis R. Cress is to pay to my estate One Thousand Dollars in cash. All of said land to be subject to the dower of my wife Mary Cress if she should survive. In testimony hereof I have hereunto set my hand this 5th day of March A.D. 1900.
George Cress
Signed and acknowledged by said George Cress as his last will and testament in our presence: and signed by us in his presence.
Stella Kessler
Wirt Kessler 
Cress, George (I2322)

Pike County, Ohio
I Elias Walls of Scioto County and State of Ohio being weak in body but of sound mind and memory do make and publish this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following that is to say first I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Sabina Walls all my household furniture bed and bedding also four head of horses and eight head of cattle and sixteen head of sheep also thirty two head of hogs. I also give and devise to my beloved wife Sabina Walls her heirs and assigns all that my message or tenement situate lying and being in the County of Pike on Scioto river adjoining Loyd Howard upper line to hold to her the said Sabina Walls her heirs and assigns so long as the said Sabina Walls remains my widdow. I also give bequeath my second son Moses Walls Fifty Dollars. I also give and bequeath my eldest daughter Nancy Brian Fifty Dollars. I also give and bequeath my third son George Walls Fifty Dollars. I also give and bequeath to my three sons William Walls, Elza Walls and Leaven Walls children of Sabina Walls to come in as heirs to what at the mariage or death of my wife Sabina Walls of my personal and real estate with my daughter Mary and my son Branson Walls. The above estate personal and freehold to be divided equally with the above. five children, four sons and one daughter. As witness I have herunto set my hand and seal this third day of April in the year of our Lord 1837.
Elias (his mark) Walls (seal)

Signed Sealed Published and declared by the above named Elias Walls to be his last Will and Testement in the presence of us who have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses in the presence of the Testator.
Elza Walls
Martha Wilson
Charley (his Mark) Eulett 
Walls, Elias (I365)

Last Will and Testament of William Runkle Sellers
—Know all whom it may concern that I William R. Sellers of the County and State of Ohio being advanced in life, and feble in body but still possessing a sound mind make this as my last will and testament.
—1st After paying funeral expenses & all other just debts I bequeath to my wife Elizabeth Sellers fourteen chairs, two tables, all the bed & bedding, all the carpets, all the cupboardware, two stoves, one bureau, one sofa, two mirrors & one buggy & harness of my chattle property to be over and above what the law will allow her, the above named articles to be selected by her. In addition to the above I will that she have a lawful share of the remaining chattle property and one years support.
—2nd I will that my Daughter Amanda J. Russell have twenty two acres of land, off of the South side of the farm that I now live on, the line to run parallel with the south line of said farm, through the whole length. The above land is to be for her sole use and benefit during her natural life, free from any control of her husband J. M. Russell, and at her death it is to be for the sole use and benefit of her heirs. Also the small frame house and lot where they now reside, subject to the same restrictions except that if she elects to sell it at any time she shall be free to do so. Also notes and receipts for money furnished her husband by way of advancement at various times, as per notes and receipts herewith filed, amounting to seven hundred and four dollars and forty-six cents ($704.46). In consideration of all the foregoing I charge them three thousand dollars ($3,000) Provided also that if my wife should die before I do, she is to share equal with the other heirs in what I have willed to my wife.
—3rd I will that the remainder of my real and personal property be sold on such terms as my Executors may think best, and equally divided between Ferdinand Sellers, Robert Sellers, Wm. W. Sellers, Mary A. McDonald, late Mary A. Sellers, Nancy M. Bernit, late Nancy M. Sellers, subject to the following restrictions. Viz: My wife is to have five hundred dollars out of the first money that may be realsed from the sale of the real and personal property, and two items and dollars of the last payment on the farm, when sold is to remain on interest for her sole use and benefit, and if she shall find that the forgoing provisions is not sufficient to give her a liberal support she shall have the privilege of using any part of the last provision of two thousand? and dollars.
—In the above distribution of my estate Ferdinand Sellers is to be charged without interest, with fourteen hundred and twenty six dollars ($1,426.00) already advanced, as will more fully appear by reference to receipts & notes herewith filed. Robert Sellers is to be charged with two hundred & sixty two dollars, without interest as per receipts filed __. Wm. Wesley Sellers is to be charged with two hundred and twenty dollars, and Mary McDonald with one hundred dollars – all without interest as in case of the others.
—If in the final settlement of my estate, there shall be a surplus over three thousand dollars to each of the last named for heirs, including what has already been advanced to each of them as herein charge in that event my Daughter Amanda J. Russel is to share equal with the other heirs in the distribution of said surplus.
—For the faithful execution of the foregoing, as my last will and testament, I hereby appoint Ferdinand Sellers and Robert Sellers as my executors and removing all former wills or instruments of writing. I hereby affix my hand and seal this 5th day of July 1869.
Wm. Sellers (Seal)
Signed and Sealed in
Presence of A. Sellers
H. W. Donley 
Sellers, William Runkle (I7308)

Newspaper: Wilmington News-Journal (Wilmington, Ohio), 14 February 1945, p5
Hormell-Haines Marriage Is Announced
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Haines, of New Burlington, are announcing the marriage of their daughter, Frances Louise, to Clifford Hormell, Jr, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Hormell, Sr., also of New Burlington.
The wedding took place February 3, in the First Methodist Church parsonage, Xenia, with the Rev. R. B. Wilson officiating. They were accompanied by the bride's parents.
The bride wore an aqua blue wool dress with brown accessories and a corsage of red roses.
Both Mr. and Mrs. Hormell are graduates of Kingman high school and she is employed at the National Cash Register Co., in Dayton, while he is engaged in farming. 
Family (F2662)

William Shrader
—Funeral services for the late William Shrader, aged resident of 223 South Seventh street, Tippecanoe City, Ohio, took place Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock at Zion Lutheran church with Dr. W. L. Guard officiating. Interment at Nashville cemetery. The deceased passed away at his home on Tuesday night at nine o'clock after an illness of several weeks from cancer.
—William Shrader, son of Charles and Rosanna Shrader, was born Dec. 25, 1845 on the Dixie Highway, Miami county, O. and departed this life at the advanced age of 80 yrs., 4 mo. and 10 days. He was a veteran of the Civil war of Co. G, 147 Reg. O. V. I. On Jan. 22, 1872 he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Knife. To this union were born 7 children. He is survived by the widow, one son Wesley Shrader, 17 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren and two aged sisters, Mrs. Mary Vance aged 84 years. and Mrs. Martha Honeyman aged 75 years. Four daughters and two sons
preceded the father in death.

WE hereby wish to extend our thanks to all neighbors and friends for their kindness and sympathy shown during the sickness and after the death of our dear husband and father and grandfather, William Shrader; to Coppock & Lee, to Dr. W. L. Guard for his consoling words, and for the beautiful floral tributes.
Schrader, William A. (I2952)

—Jacob "Jake" K. Grant, 85, of Beaverton, died Monday, Jan. 15, 2001 at home following a long illness. Born Sept. 9, 1915 in Beaverton, he was the son of John F. and Josephine (Leeth) Grant. He lived in Gladwin County most of his life. Jake married Marie Wagner, May 29, 1942 in Paradise, Ohio. He was a truck mechanic for Robinson Industries, retiring in 1972 after 28 years. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the United States Army.
—Besides his wife he is survived by two sons, Ivan and wife Beverly of Beaverton and Terry and wife Judy of Utica; two daughters, Peggy and husband Terry Govitz of Gladwin, and Leta and husband Rick Painter of McMillan; 14 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; one great-granddaughter, Melanie Allor in 1996; one brother, William in 1963; and two sisters, Rachel Holycross in 1969 and Esther Moorman in 1945.
—Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow (Thursday) at Hall Funeral Home, Beaverton with Rev. Henry List officiating. Military honors will be performed by the VFW Post 7303. Visitation will be 2 to 9 p.m. today (Wednesday) at Hall Funeral Home, Beaverton. 
Grant, Jacob Kenneth (I5226)

—Marie R. Grant, 93, of Beaverton, Michigan passed away at Mid Michigan Gladwin Pines on Saturday, August 8, 2015.
—She was born in Gladwin County on November 16, 1921, the daughter of Justus & Julia (Robinson) Wagner. She was united in marriage to Jacob Grant in Paradise, Ohio on May 29, 1942. He predeceased her in 2001. Marie was a lifetime resident of Gladwin County and she was owner of Grants Jewelry in Beaverton.
—Her memory lives on in the hearts of her children: Ivan Grant of Beaverton; Leta (Rick) Painter of Beaverton; Peggy (Terry) Govitz of Gladwin and daughter in-law Judy Grant of Gladwin. Her children blessed her with 14 grandchildren; 26 great grandchildren; 1 great-great granddaughter. She is also survived by her brother: Marv (Bonnie) Wagner of Beaverton. She is preceded in death by her husband: Jacob Grant; son: Terry Grant; great-granddaughters: Melanie Allor and Darian Card; parents: Justus & Julia Wagner; sisters: Lizzie Clauss; Elanora Puzar.
—Honoring her wishes, cremation will take place and Memorial Services will be conducted by Pastor William Raymor on Friday, August 14, 2015, 6:00 P.M. with visitation beginning at 3:00 P.M. at Hall-Kokotovich Funeral Home, Beaverton, Michigan. ( 
Wagner, Marie R. (I5230)

—Moorman, Esther - DEATH CLAIMS MRS. MOORMAN - Mrs. Esther Moorman died at Samaritan Hospital this morning after a lingering illness. She was the daughter of John and Josephine Leeth Grant, and was born in Champaign County, Ohio February 14, 1908. and moved to Ashland County 20 years ago. She was a member of the United Brethren Church of Paradise Hill. She was married to Oscar Moorman on February 5, 1927, who survives her. She is also survived by two daughters, Dona Isabelle and Dora Irene, and one son, Dick Oscar, all at home; her mother Mrs. Josephine Milligan of Ashland: two brothers and one sister, William and Jacob Grant of Beaverton, Mich., and Mrs. Rachel Holycross of Richwood, Ohio. She was proceeded in death by her father in January 1916. Funeral services will be held at the Gilbert Funeral Home on Monday at 2:30 p.m., Rev E,A. Ewing of Paradise Hill in charge and burial in Ashland Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home this evening from 7-9, and Sunday evening from 7-9.
(Ashland Times Gazette 29 December 1945) 
Grant, Esther Irene (I5225)

—MRS. SARAH BACHTELL FOX, aged 79 years, widow of James B. Fox, of Mount Zion, near Highfield, Md., died in the Frederick County Emergency Hospital, Monday night at 8 o'clock. Her husband died in the same hospital January 16. Both were admitted at the same time.
—Surviving are two daughters and a son, Mrs. J. C. Thompson, Edgemont, Mrs. R. E. Beam, Waynesboro, and Arthur Bachtell, Edgemont. A brother, Samuel Sutter, Illinois, 21 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren also survive.
—The funeral will be held Tuesday afternoon at 12:30 o'clock from the M. L. Creager Funeral Home, Thurmont, with services in the Lutheran Church at Edgemont at 1:30 o'clock in charge of Elder L. J. Flohr. Interment will be made in Stouffer's cemetery, near Greensburg. [The Record Herald Newspaper - Waynesboro, Franklin Co., Pennsylvania - Wednesday, February 9, 1938] 
Suter, Sarah Elizabeth (I5932)

Last Will and Testament of John Benham
—In the name of the Benevolent Father of All:
I, John Benham Senior, of the county of Montgomery and State of Ohio do make and publish this my last will & testament.
—Item 1st - I give and devise to my beloved wife Abigail Benham , in lieu of her dower, the farm on which we now reside, situate in Washington Township Montgomery County, Ohio, containing about fifty acres, during her natural lifetime.
—Also, all the good and chattles belonging to me at the time of my decease, she however selling so much thereof as may be sufficient to pay just debts.
—Item 2nd - I will and devise my grandchildren, being the children of Sarah Hatfield, deceased; Richard Benham, deceased; John Benham, deceased, ten dollars each, to be paid to them by my Executors after the decease of my said wife.
—Item 3rd - After the decease of my said wife, I direct that my said farm be sold by my Executors hereinafter named and the proceeds thereof, together with the proceeds of chattle property that may be unconsumed by my said wife be equally divided amongst my children as follows: Mary Silver, Aaron Benham, Ivens Benham, Samuel Benham, Charlotte Blair, Lydia Meterd, Tildia June Surface, William P. Benham, and Levi Benham, provided any of the above named children should decease before they should receive their shares, then I direct that their share be divided between those that may be living, and that their children be paid ten dollars each as the grandchildren before mentioned.
—I do hereby nominate and appoint David Thatcher and Sydney D. Maxwell, Executors of this my last will and testament hereby authorizing them to sell, and deeds to make and to purchasers for the Real Estate before mention in such manner either private of public sale at any time after the decease of my said wife. I further authorize and impower them to adjust and settle all business of any nature whatsoever. In testimony whereof I have hereto set my hand and seal this twenty first day of June A.D. 1862.
John Benham (seal)
—Signed sealed and acknowledged by said John Benham as his last will and testament, in our presence, and signed by us at his request in his presence.
W. G. Ewing, Jr.
S. L. Clutch 
Benham, John (I562)

MEMORIES... from Fran Lackey
Born to Harold and Maude Douthett September 15, 1926 in Xenia, Ohio. I grew up during the depression years and lived in the country south of Xenia. My father worded on the railroad, but we had a big garden, chickens, and other farm animals. I ha a dog, Buster, and two pet sheep, Maggie and Jigaboo, which I loved very much. We did not have modern facilities; we had an outside "John", etc. I had two brothers and on sister; they were much older than me and they had all left home.
When I was in the third grade, we moved to town so my father could be closer to his work. I was excited because I could roller-skate and ride my bicycle on the sidewalk, and there were other kids living close by. Things went pretty well until we had a tragedy, my married brother Bud was killed (murdered) when I was twelve years old. It threw the household into terrible turmoil. It, of course, made me very sad. Bud's daughter, my niece Peggy, came to live with us.
I took lessons on the piano in the third grade and the violin, in the fifth grade. I played in the orchestra at Xenia Central from junior high through my senior year. Among the people I became acquainted with in the orchestra, was Bob Lackey. I thought he was great.
My favorite subjects in high school were home economics and music. I worked in the candy department at Kresges through high school. After graduation I got a job in the office at Delco in Dayton. It was during the Christmas season, December 1945, I went to J. C. Penney's to shop. I saw this Marine, whom I recognized as Bob Lackey. We talked for a while and then he said he would "see me around". That very afternoon, I received a phone call and it was Bob and he asked me for a date that night, and I agreed. We saw each other a few times before he had to return back from leave.
I received an engagement ring, Christmas 1946. We were married August 23, 1947. We both went to Athens, Ohio, where Bob was attending Ohio University. I worked as secretary at McBees, Inc. until well after Bob's graduation. Bob worked with the IRS in Athens until March 1951, when we moved to Gary, Indiana. At this time I was pregnant with Dan who was born September 8, 1951. Then I became pregnant with Dave, who was born September 5, 1952. It was a challenging time to say the least.
In April 1953 we left Gary, Indiana (Bob joined Dayton Tire & Rubber Co. in Dayton, Ohio) and returned to the Dayton area. We build a house in Xenia in 1957. This house was small but had a basement which we made into a recreation room. I had always wanted to teach children, so I took courses at Central State in Early childhood and opened a Nursery School in the recreation room, operating nine months out of the year. The school grew to 20 children per day.
In August 1969 Bob was selected to be part of a "startup team" for a new Dayton Tire plant in Oklahoma City. We moved there in October 1969. In the long run for me this was a good move, but in the short-run, it was difficult to leave my private school business. I knew I wanted to continue teaching, so I attended OSU Tech in Oklahoma City and received my certificate to teach in Oklahoma. I taught in various private kindergartens, but mostly at The Village School, where I taught 13 years, until I retired in 1992. In total, upon retirement, I had taught 35 years of kindergarten.
In 1980 I was asked to serve on the OECTA (Oklahoma Early Childhood Teacher's Association) board and have been on this board serving until the present; serving in various offices. Also during my teaching years I was active in volunteer work with church; serving as president and in other offices in the Women's Ministry; children's church, vacation bible school, and singing in the choir; serving as choir secretary.
I enjoyed square dancing for many years, and served with Bob in various offices in Silver Spurs Square Dance Club. Also I am a member of the Gideon Auxiliary, where Bob has been a Gideon for several years.
I have enjoyed my kitchen; cooking and baking, especially cookies and cakes which are my specialty. Family and friends have been very supportive of this hobby!
With all of these activities, none was more important and enjoyable than doing my "grandmothering" duties, helping out when the granddaughters, Simone and Anna were born. Although the girls have lived miles away, I try to keep in touch and send things of interest.
Our family enjoyed camping and traveling together. In later years we have enjoyed traveling, Bob and I, at times to be with our children in the East. We have enjoyed some memorable trips in the west and south. Also we are now members of a local travel club, with which we travel several times a year.
The Lord has been very good to me over the years; especially giving me strength and encouragement to see me through the lymphoma cancer years since 1992 and breast cancer in 2000. I am looking forward to serving others, using my God given talents in this way has brought me great joy! 
Douthett, Frances Aileen (I6801)
48 Robert Ellsworth Lackey
Mary was born to Burt and Jessella Lackey March 1, 1919 in Xenia, Ohio. She graduated from Xenia Central High School in 1937. Upon graduation she became a laboratory technician apprentice at McClelland hospital under Dr. Rayburn McClelland. Mary joined the army in 1945 and served 2-1/2 years as a lab technician. Upon leaving the service she married Don Pipher in 1948. She and Don built a house on Omalee Drive in Xenia. A daughter, Marilyn, was born October 16, 1949. Don died February 1953. Mary worked in a loan company office for a while but, after taking additional medical training, she became a lab technician at the V.A. Hospital in Dayton, Ohio where she worked until her retirement in 1985. 
Lackey, Mary Esther (I6799)

...Barent Van Rotmers (Röttmer) was born in 1591 or 1595 in Osterbruch, Hannover, Preußen, Germany or Otterndorf (about five miles from Altenbruch, also in Hannover). He married Gysje Geesje BARENTSDOTTER in 1611 in Osterbruch, Hannover. Barent died in Europe before 1632 and did not emigrate. 
Van Röttmer, Barent (I11246)

...Gysje (Gissel or Geesie) Geesje Barentsdotter was born in 1591 in Osterbruch, Germany. She was known as Barents and Barentsdr. (Barentsdotter) meaning “daughter of a man named Barent”. At the time Gissel was living on the Schaepensteegje or Sheep Alley in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Geesie’s husband Barent Rottmer is never listed, so it is assumed he died before 1632. After Barent died, she married Pieter Jacobse Van Rynsburgh. They emigrated on the Den Waterhondt which sailed from the Texel on 15 June 1640 and had arrived in New Amsterdam by 25 Oct 1640.
...Pieter Jacobsz Van Rynsburgh was the gunner at Fort Orange. He filed a joint will with Gysje in June 1642 in New Amsterdam. On 12 Apr 1658 Pieter made the first of three payments to the deacons for an adult pall at Fort Orange, so it is likely that Geesjie had died that previous winter or in the spring. Pieter went on to marry Elisabeth d’Honneur.
...Gissel or Geesie Barentsdr. [Barentsdochter] assisted her daughter Annatie Barents Van Rottmer at the signing of banns on 27 March 1632 for her marriage to Albert Andriessen. Annetie was 24 years old. When Annatie’s brother Barent Barents signed his banns at the age of 22, on 21 Apr. 1632 he too was assisted by his mother. At the time Gissel was living on the Schaepensteegje or Sheep Alley in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Geesie’s husband Barent Rottmer is never listed, so it is assumed he died before 1632.
...The passenger list of Den Waterhondt, which sailed from The Texel in June or July 1640 for New Netherland, lists Gijsje Berents, wife of Pieter Jacobsz. Gijsje was charged with board on den Waterhondt in 1640 and credited with 28 days work done by her husband at the home of Arent van Curler. Pieter Jacobsz may have been the “constapel” of Fort Orange, who on 15 April 1652 by order of Johannes Dyckman, tore van Slichtenhorst’s proclamation from the house of Gijsbert Cornelisz, tavern keeper.

1662 . . . Baptismal record transcription from church records by Hoes 81 – March 13. Cornelia, daughter of Eva Bratt and Roleof Swartwout, had as her baptismal sponsors Cornelis Slecht, Jannetje Pels, Willemje Jacobs, and Geesje Barents. Geesje Barents was the child’s maternal great grandmother.

1667 . . . Baptismal sponsor as noted. Child: Cornelia. Reference ID: 81. Bapt. Date: 13 Mar 1667. Parents: Roeloff Swartwout and Eva Swartwout. Sponsors: Cornelis Slecht; Jannetje Pels; Willempje Jacobs; Thomes Loodewycksen and Geesje Barents . Source: Kingston Baptismal Register. 
Barent, Geesje (I11247)

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