Jul 14

Tombstone Tuesday-William A. & Katherine M. (Schumm) Buechner

William A. & Katherine M. (Schumm) Buechner, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Van Wert County, Ohio. (2012 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of William A. and Katherine M. (Schumm) Buechner, located in row 5 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

William A.
Katherine M.

Adam Michael “William” Buechner was born shortly after midnight on 27 June 1865, according to Zion Schumm’s records. He was the second child born to John “Adam” Buechner and his second wife Maria Barbara (Pflueger) Schumm. Maria Barbara (Pflueger) was the widow of immigrant Ludwig Schumm (1817-1855).

William Buechner was baptized 2 July 1865, with Adam Dietrich, Michael Pflueger, and William Schumm serving as his sponsors.

The Adam Buechner family in 1870: Adam, 48; Barbara, 47; John; Rosina, 22; Hannah, 17; Jacob, 11; Frederick, 9; Margaret, 6; and William, 4. The parents were born in Germany and the children were all born in Ohio. The father Adam Buechner was a farmer. [1]

The Adam Buechner family in 1880: Adam, 58; Barbara, 58; John, 30; Margaret, 16; and William M A, 14. [2]

William’s father Adam Buechner died in 1885.

William Buechner married Katherine Schumm on 29 April 1894 at Zion Schumm.

“Katherine” Magdalena Schumm was born 5 March 1874, the second child born to Friedrich Schumm Jr and his first wife Margaret (Ehrenmann). Katherine was baptized on 8 March 1874, with Katharina Stamm, Katharina ___ [?] (standing in for Fr. Schumm), and Magdalena Schumm serving as her sponsors.

The Friedrich Schumm Jr family in 1880, residing on the family farm in Black Creek Township: Friedrich, 35; Margaret, 33; Katherine, 6; Hugo, 4; Leona, 2; and Henrietta, 10 months. [3]

The married couple, William and Katherine Buechner in 1900, six years after their marriage: William A, 34; Katherine, 26; Anna M, 3; Aaron H, 1; Barbara A Buechner, 77, [William’s mother]; and William Dock, 23, servant. William Buechner was a farmer. [4]

Their oldest child Anna Margaretha died in 1901.

The William Buechner family in 1910: William, 45; Katherine, 36; Aaron, 11; Paula, 9; Alma, 2; and Ida Stamm, 25, servant, doing housework.  [5]

The William Buechner family in 1920: William A, 54; Katharine M, 45; Aaron H, 20; Paula H, 19; and Alma B, 12. William’s occupation was farmer. [6]

The William Buechner family in 1930: William A, 64; Katherine, 56; Aaron H, 31; and Alma B, 22. [7]

William Buechner died 13 October 1955 and was buried on the 15th. William’s obituary:

William A. Buechner, 90, a retired farmer of Willshire Township in the Schumm community, died at 5:10 o’clock this morning in the home of his daughter, Mrs. Walter Allmandinger, in Willshire Township following a year’s illness.

Mrs. [sic] Buechner was born in Willshire Township June 27, 1865. His parents were Adam and Barbara (Pflueger) Buechner. His marriage to Katherine Schumm was on April 29, 1894.

Survivors are his wife; a son Aaron H. Buechner of Willshire Township; two daughter, Mrs. Allmandinger and Mrs. Henry J. Moellering of Fort Wayne and five grandchildren.

A daughter, Anna, a sister, five half-brothers and three half-sisters are deceased.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Allmandinger home, and at 2:30 p.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church at Schumm, of which he was a member. Rev. Hans Wiedenmann will conduct the service. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

The body, now at the Zwick Funeral Home in Decatur, Ind., will be removed to the Allmandinger home Friday and friends may call after 2 p.m. A request to omit flowers has been made. [8]

His widow Katherine (Schumm) Buechner died 25 June 1958.

William and Katherine (Schumm) Buechner had the following children:
Anna Margaretha (1897-1901)
Aaron Hugo (1899-1987), married Mildred Steinbauer
Paul Henrietta (1901-2004), married Walter L. Allmandinger
Alma Barbara (1907-1998), married Henry James Moellering

[1] 1870 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, p.439A, dwelling 134, family 135, Adam Buechner; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/7163/ : viewed 11 Jul 2020).

[2] 1880 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 154, p. 450C, family 130, Adam Beichner; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/6742/ : viewed 11 Jul 2020).

[3] 1880 U.S. Census, Black Creek, Mercer, Ohio, ED 179, p.333B, line 31, Fredone Schuman; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/6742/ : viewed 15 Jun 2020).

[4] 1900 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 98, p.11, dwelling 219, family 224, William A Buechner; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/7602/ : viewed 11 Jul 2020)

[5] 1910 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 114, p.6A, dwelling 114, family 115, William Buechner; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/7884/ : viewed 11 Jul 2020).

[6] 1920 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 146, p.2A, dwelling & family 34, William A Buchner; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/6061/ : viewed 11 Jul 2020). 

[7] 1930 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 24, p.5A, dwelling 94, family 96, William A Buechner; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/6224/ : viewed 11 Jul 2020).

[8] William A. Buechner obituary, Van Wert Times Bulletin, Van Wert, Ohio, 13 Oct 1955, p.16; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com, viewed 11 Jul 2020.

Jul 10

Nimrod Headington Journal, 1852, part 21

This is the twenty-first in a series, the transcription of Nimrod Headington’s 1852 journal, Trip to California.

In his journal Nimrod Headington details his 1852 voyage from New York to San Francisco and his search for gold in California. [1] [2]

Nimrod, with several others from Knox County, Ohio, set sail from New York on 16 February 1852, traveling on the clipper ship Racehound. After 5 months at sea, on 18 July 1852, they docked at San Francisco and shortly afterward Nimrod began his search for gold in California.

Today’s blog post begins in February 1853, as Nimrod and his partners continue their search for gold. Nimrod has been panning for gold for seven months but has not struck it big yet. Some major obstacles have been the heavy snow, the weather, and the terrain. Nimrod’s story continues:

February 24th. A party of six of us started out on a bear hunt. When we got to the dividing ridge, we divided our company 3 and 3, and a part went up to the table rock, thinking old bruin was laying up there asleep. The 3 that I was with struck out north, as we supposed we would catch the bear running away from the other three. But we were lost and did not know it until we came out at a pine grove, which was just 2 miles north of our cabins and claims. And we struck for home, and this ended our bear hunt.

February 25th. Last night the snow commenced falling again, and it snowed without ceasing for 24 hours and then cleared off again. This storm created considerable excitement among the merchants, as they had all layed in supplies of provisions at a remarkable low price. And in consequence of the storm setting in so sudden, they thought they were going to make a fortune off of the miners right off. But the weather changed to very warm all of a sudden and they felt very much disappointed.

Sunday morning came, and it was warm and pleasant. But on account of the last snow that had fallen 4 foot, there was very little stir. We were informed that there was to be preaching at the cabin of Mr. O’Brien, and we all went but Jake Hardaker. But we had been wrongly informed, and we returned home. While we were gone, Jake had prepared a fine big duff for dinner, had it smoking hot, and a nice dip made of sugar, flour, and water. And we had a royal feast on that Sabbath Day.

February 29th. Monday. We went to work and the weather was very fine and pleasant all that week. When we came to divide the dust Sunday morning, we had sixty dollars each for our week’s work.

March 7th. We were engaged in cleaning out the ditch. We worked until noon, when it commenced to snow again very hard. So we had to quit, and when we panned out, we had sixteen dollars.

At two o’clock that day, we were summoned to attend a trial. A fellow had stolen some specimens of gold and some jewelry from a Mrs. Trigaskins. A jury of miners were soon impaneled and the man was tried and found guilty and sentenced to 36 lashes on the bare back and to leave the diggings as fast as his legs would carry him. He was tied to a large tree, but they did not take off his shirt or pants. The man that done the whipping gave him 12 lashes, then stopped a minute, then gave him 18 more and stopped again, then gave him 6 more, and then turned him loose. And he was soon out of sight. He would tell no one what his name was.

This morning it commenced to rain, and it continued that day and the greater part of the next day. So we did not work but 3 days that week on account of the storms.

March 20th. Our occupation was about the same as last week and attended with very poor success. When we came to divide, we only had one hundred and five dollars for all four of us, and we had to pay 22 dollars for water. This only left us $21 apiece.

March 21st. Worked hard all day. Three of us and only got fifteen dollars and had to pay $6 for water. Worked until noon and quit. Gave up the ditch, satisfied that there was nothing in it that would pay us. And that afternoon McCafferty, Moffit, and myself went and bought out 2 men that were working a claim close to us. Their names were McKeever and Bryan, and we paid them six hundred dollars all down, and they started the next day for Australia.

The next day I went to work on one of the claims with 2 other hands, and I got $20 and fifty cents. McCafferty worked on the other claim with two hands and got twelve dollars.

The next day I worked with some hands, and I got thirty-one dollars, and McCafferty got eighteen. The next day we had to move the [torm] and did not get to work until afternoon. I got eighteen and McCafferty nineteen dollars.

Sunday, March 22nd. Rained all day and the next day, so that we had to stay in the cabin. This gave us a good chance to wash our shirts and to patch our trousers and darn our old socks. And in this way we spent the time. Flour is now worth $22 per hundred, beef 25 cents per pound. We began to fatten up a little and felt better.

March 30th. Weather is fine. We shoveled snow until noon. Washed in the afternoon. I got $16 and Mack got $18. Next day I got $19 and Mack $18. The next [day] I got $26 and Mack $19. The next day I got $36 and Mack $20.

Sunday, April 3rd. The day was very fine, and all nature seemed to spring forth. And [I] clap these hands at the appearance of spring, as I had been working hard all the week. I was glad to see Sunday come to rest my weary body and limbs.

Sunday, April 11th. This week we worked four days, and we got four hundred and ninety dollars. The express train came in just at night, and I hastened to the post office, thinking to hear from home and friends, but was disappointed again and came back feeling sad on account of it. But when Monday morning came and we went at our work again, dull care had soon vanished.

On Sunday, April 25th, Mr. John McCafferty was taken sick very suddenly and grew worse every hour until the following Saturday, when he died at eleven o’clock that night. The next morning Mr. Moffitt and myself procured some rough boards and, with the help of Mr. Morrison, made a rough coffin. And at 2 o’clock on Sunday, we carried the body about ¼ of a mile where some of our neighbor miners had kindly prepared a grave, where we deposited the body without any ceremonies.

Mr. McCafferty had a son-in-law Myron Bunce, who took charge of his effects and stepped into his place as a partner with Moffitt and myself.

From the first of May 1853 to the first of July, we had good weather and made use of it until the water began to give out. And we made pretty fair [wages] in that short time. [3]

To be continued…

Nimrod’s panning for gold was finally paying off. He mentions that his share of gold the last week in February was $60, which would be about $2000 today. Nimrod and his partners were finding gold but I wonder how much profit they really made after paying their expenses.

I will post Nimrod’s journal in increments, but not necessarily every week.

[1] Nimrod Headington at the age of 24, set sail from New York in February 1852, bound for San Francisco, California, to join the gold rush and to hopefully make his fortune. The Panama Canal had not been built at that time and he sailed around the tip of South America to reach the California coast.     Nimrod Headington kept a diary of his 1852 journey and in 1905 he made a hand-written copy for his daughter Thetis O. Tate. This hand-written copy was eventually passed down to Nimrod’s great-great-granddaughter, Karen (Liffring) Hill (1955-2010). Karen was a book editor and during the last two years of her life she transcribed Nimrod’s journal. Nimrod’s journal, Trip to California, documents his travels between February of 1852 and spring of 1853.

[2] Nimrod Headington (1827-1913) was the son of Nicholas (1790-1856) and Ruth (Phillips) (1794-1865) Headington. He was born in Mt. Vernon, Knox County, Ohio, on 5 August 1827 and married Mary Ann McDonald (1829-1855) in Delaware County, Ohio, in 1849. Nimrod moved to Portland, Jay County, Indiana, by 1860 and during the Civil War served in the 34th Indiana Infantry as a Colonel, Lieutenant Colonel, and Major. Nimrod died 7 January 1913 and is buried in Green Park Cemetery, Portland. Nimrod Headington is my fourth great-granduncle, the brother of my fourth great-grandfather, William Headington (1815-1879).

[3] Nimrod Headington’s journal, transcription, and photos courtesy of Ross Hill, 2019, used with permission.

Jul 07

Tombstone Tuesday-Arnold L. & Naomi M. (Schumm) Schumm

Arnold L & Naomi M (Schumm) Schumm, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Van Wert County, Ohio. (2012 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Arnold L. and Naomi (Schumm) Schumm, located in row 7 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Arnold L.

Naomi M.

Arnold Ludwig Schumm was born 7 August 1890, the son of John Christian Schumm and Wilhelmine “Minnie” Breuninger. He was baptized at Zion Schumm on 17 August 1890, with Henry Schumm II and Wilhelm Buchner II serving as his sponsors.

Arnold’s mother Minnie (Breuninger) Schumm died in 1899.

Arnold Schumm, age 10, with his family in 1900: John Schumm, 50; Victor A, 18; Hilda M, 16; Lydia, 16; Elizabeth, 12; Arnold, 10; Salome, 7; and Otis, 23. His father John Schumm was a farmer. [1]

The John Schumm family in 1910: John, 60; Hilda, 26; Lydia, 26; Arnold, 19; and Salome, 17. [2]

The John Schumm family in 1920: John, 70; Arnold, 28; and Salome, 25. [3]

Arnold Schumm married Naomi Schumm on 16 November 1922 at the home of Naomi’s parents in Black Creek Township, Mercer County, Ohio. Rev. Bienert officiated and Amos Schumm and Salome Schumm were witnesses to their marriage.   

Naomi Margaretha Schumm was the daughter of Fredrick Jr and Mary (Buchner) Schumm and was born 2 March 1897. She was the fifth and last child born to Friedrick and Mary Schumm. Her mother Mary (Buchner) was the second wife of Frederick Jr and Naomi had six living step-siblings when she was born.

Naomi Schumm was baptized at home on 14 March 1897, with Mrs. Heinrich Buchner and Barbara Schumm serving as her sponsors.

Naomi Schumm, with her family in 1900, on the family’s farm in Mercer County: Friedrich Schumm, 56; Mary, 39; Hugo, 24; Leona, 22; Henrietta, 20; Lawrence, 15; Amos, 8; Erna, 5; and Naomi, 3. [4]

Naomi‘s father Frederick Schumm Jr died 24 December 1907.

In 1910 Naomi lived with her widowed mother Mary (Buchner) Schumm and Naomi’s siblings: Mary Schumm, 49; William, 25; Amos, 18; Erna, 15; and Naomi, 12. [5]

Naomi lived with her brother Amos and his family in 1920. Their mother Mary (Buchner) Schumm also lived with them: Amos, 28; Esther, 26; Ruth, 0; Naomi, 22; and Mary, 58. [6]

In 1926, four years after their marriage, Naomi gave birth to twins, a boy and girl, but they died the same day or were stillborn. A daughter, Lois, was born in 1928.

Naomi’s mother Mary (Buchner) Schumm died 16 February 1930.

The Arnold Schumm family in 1930: Arnold, 39; Naomi, 32; and Lois, 1. [7]

Arnold and Naomi had two more children in the next ten years. Frederick was born in 1933 and Wilma in 1936.

The Arnold Schumm family in 1940: Arnold, 49; Naomi, 43; Lois, 11; Frederick, 6; and Wilma, 3. Arnold was a farmer. [8]

Arnold Schumm died at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on 29 March 1968. He died from an aneurysm and atherosclerosis and was buried on 1 April. [9]

His widow Naomi (Schumm) Schumm died in Van Wert County on 26 January 1982.

Arnold and Naomi (Schumm) Schumm had the following children:
Twins, male & female (1926-1926)
Lois M (1928-2002)
Frederick J (1933-2015), married Eileen Saalfrank
Wilma Louise (1936-2020), married Paul Frederick Schmidt

[1] 1900 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 98, p.11, dwelling 216, family 221, John Schumm; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/7602/ : viewed 28 Jun 2020).

[2] 1910 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 114, p.6A, dwelling 111, family 112, John G Schumm; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/7884/ : viewed 28 Jun 2020).

[3] 1920 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 146, p.2B, dwelling & family 42, John C Schumm; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/6061/ : viewed 28 Jun 2020).

[4] 1900 U.S. Census, Black Creek, Mercer, Ohio, ED 74, p.2, dwelling & family 29, Frederick Schumm; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/7602/ : viewed 17 May 2020).

[5] 1910 U.S. Census, Black Creek, Mercer, Ohio, ED 107, p.2A, dwelling & family 26, Marry Schwinn; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/7884/ : viewed 17 May 2020).

[6] 1920 U.S. Census, Black Creek, Mercer, Ohio, ED 124, p.1B, dwelling & family 15, Amos Schumm; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/6061/ : viewed 28 Jun 2020).

[7] 1930 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED, p. dwelling 95, house, 97, Arnold Schuman; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/6224/ : viewed 28 Jun 2020).

[8] 1940 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 81-28, p.5A, house visited 41, Arnold Schumm; Schumm; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/2442/ : viewed 28 Jun 2020).

[9] Indiana Death Certificates, 1899-2011, 1968, roll 5, Arnold Louis Schumm death certificate, 29 Mar 1968; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com, viewed 28 Jun 2020.

Jul 03

Fourth of July 2020

Tomorrow is the Fourth of July, also known as Independence Day, the day we have celebrated as our nation’s birthday since 1776. It has been 244 years since the Continental Congress officially adopted the Declaration of Independence, declaring that the thirteen colonies were no longer part of Great Britain, but were independent sovereign states that were part of a new nation.

This Fourth of July holiday will be much different than the ones we remember in years past. Many local fireworks displays and pubic events have been canceled. A few communities still plan to have fireworks but here at home we will probably watch a national celebration display on TV.

This whole year has been out of the ordinary and each month brings a new and different calamity. We have seen a pandemic, the shut-down of most everything in many states, stay-at-home orders, the threat of murder hornets, a Sahara dust storm, and destructive riots all over the country. American citizens have experienced a lot so far in 2020. Stop! Enough! It has been bleak and depressing at times and the unrest and uncertainty continues.

And here we are, half way through the year, at the 2020 July 4th weekend.

Now is the time. The time to celebrate our great nation and to be thankful we live here. We are so fortunate to live in America. 

Now is the time to be patriotic. The time to fly our flag. The time to respect our flag.

Now is the time to remember the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America. To think about what it means and take that meaning to heart.

Now is the time to proudly sing our National Anthem.

Now is the time to use our First Amendment right to speak up for our democracy and for freedom.

Now is the time to stand up for our liberties and our Bill of Rights. Freedom of Speech. Freedom of Religion. The right to keep and bear arms, just to mention a few.   

Now is the time to wear red, white, and blue. The time to be a patriot.

We live in the greatest nation on earth. Many people from other nations want to come to America and become American citizens. They would not want to come here if they did not feel they would have a better life here. America provides liberty, justice, freedom, and unlimited opportunities for all. 

Now, more than ever, is the time to stand up for America.

Now is the time. Before it is too late.

Below is The American’s Creed, which we recite it at our DAR meetings. It was the winning submission in a 1917 national writing contest for a creed of the United States. William Tyler Page used phrases from the Declaration of Independence, the Preamble to the Constitution and Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address in his entry. The American’s Creed was adopted by the U.S. House of Representatives in 1918.:

The American’s Creed
I believe in the United States of America as a government of the people, by the people, for the people; whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed; a democracy in a republic; a sovereign Nation of many sovereign States; a perfect union, one and inseparable; established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice, and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes.

I therefore believe it is my duty to my country to love it, to support it Constitution, to obey its laws, to respect its flag, and to defend it against all enemies. —William Tyler Page

From a patriotic song:

“And I’m proud to an American, where at least I know I’m free. And I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me.” –Lee Greenwood

Have a happy and safe Independence Day!

God Bless America!



Jun 30

Tombstone Tuesday-Christian Whiteman

In honor of Independence Day, which we celebrate this weekend, today’s blog post features my Revolutionary War ancestor, Christian Whiteman.

Christian, my fifth great-grandfather, fought for American independence during the Revolutionary War. He was a private in the Berks County, 6th Battalion, Pennsylvania Militia during the Revolution and is the ancestor that I proved for membership in The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).

Christian Whiteman, Reber Hill Cemetery, Pickaway County, Ohio. (2002 photo by Karen)

Christian Whiteman’s marker is located in Section 14 of Reber Hill Cemetery, Walnut Township, Pickaway County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

MAR 16, 1762   Dec 23, 1827

We took a research trip to Reber Hill Cemetery in 2002, located at 16810 Winchester Road, Ashville, Oho. The caretaker at Reber Hill Cemetery has a file that contains many burial cards and according to Christian’s card, Christian Whiteman’s remains were moved to Reber Hill Cemetery on 14 September 1894. The caretaker noted that remains from several small local cemeteries were moved to Reber Hill. 

Whiteman Section 14, Reber Hill Cemetery. (2002 photo by Karen)

It is unknown where Christian was first buried. Perhaps he was first buried on one of the Whiteman properties in Pickaway or Fairfield County.

Christian Whiteman was born 16 March 1762, possibly in Berks County, Pennsylvania. Some speculate that he was born in Germany. It is not known who his parents were.

Christian married twice during his lifetime and both marriages took place in Pennsylvania. His first marriage was possibly to Catherine Greiner. Christian and his first wife had two children, Jacob (1795-1859) and Sarah (1796-?). Jacob, Jacob’s wife, and their son Henry are also buried in the same Section of Reber Hill Cemetery.

Christian’s son Jacob, Jacob’s wife and son are also buried in Section 14. (2002 photo by Karen)

Christian’s first wife died about 1796 and he married Hannah Huey in about 1798. Hannah (1773-1850) was the daughter of James and Elizabeth Huey.

In 1798-99 Christian Whiteman and his family resided in Georges Township, Fayette County, western Pennsylvania, where Christian paid taxes. [1] Christian and his family were enumerated in the U.S. census in 1800 in Georges Township. In the household were 2 males 0-10, 1 male 10-16, 1 male 26-45, 1 female 0-10, and 1 female 26-45. [2]

Christian and his family moved to Ohio a few years later. Between 1804-1805 Christian purchased over 300 acres of land in Fairfield County, Ohio. [3] Christian was among the taxpayers in Amanda Township in 1806. [4] This was not a residence tax and does not prove that Christian was actually living in Fairfield County in 1806.

But in 1810 Christian was a Resident Taxpayer in Fairfield County and that indicates he was living there. He owned 315 acres of land in Section 30, Township 13 [Amanda Township] and paid a Resident Tax of $3.15. [5]

Christian Whiteman died in Amanda Township, Fairfield County, on 23 December 1827. He was buried on or near one of the family farms but was moved to Reber Hill Cemetery about 60 years later.

Reber Hill Cemetery, Pickaway County, Ohio. (2002 photo by Karen.)

Christian did not leave a will. He didn’t have to. Instead of writing a will, he left some interesting land deeds, where he divided his land among his children before he died. Those maintenance deeds in both Pickaway and Fairfield Counties contain a lot of family information and is of great genealogical interest.

Christian’s widow Hannah (Huey) Whiteman died 26 November 1850 is buried in Cheshire Cemetery, Delaware County, Ohio.

Christian and Hannah (Huey) Whiteman had seven children:
James E. (1799-1873), married Mary North
Elizabeth (1800-1854), married Jacob Ekelberry
John (1803-?) married Sarah Smith
Mary (c1805-1855), married Isaac Huey
Christian (c1806-c1846), married Mary/Polly Neigh
Haney (1809-1864), married Sarah Wilson
Anna (1811-1838), never married

I descend from Christian Whiteman’s daughter Mary, who married Isaac Huey. Mary and Isaac, along with some other members of Christian’s family, moved to Jay County, Indiana, a few years after Christian’s death. Christian and some of his descendants left some very interesting legal documents that give priceless genealogical information.

[1] Fayette County, Pennsylvania Taxpayers, 1785-1799, T.L.C. Genealogy (Miami Beach, Florida, 1991), 167.

[2] 1800 U.S. Census, Georges, Fayette County, Pennsylvania, p. 554, line 5, Christian Whiteman; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/7590/ : accessed 29 June 2014).

[3]  Tract Book and Entries, Congress Lands 22 Ranges and U.S. Military Lands, Vol. 1, Auditor of State [Ohio], LOV 230:476, 480, microfilm #GR8285, Ohio Historical Society, Columbus, Ohio. 

[4] Esther Weygandt Powell, compiler, Early Ohio Tax Records (1971; reprint, Baltimore, Maryland : Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1985), 102.

[5] Resident Duplicate for Fairfield County, Ohio, 1910, microfilm #GR2343, p. 1, Ohio Historical Society, Columbus, Ohio.

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