Aug 07

Architect Designs Building in Chatt, 1904

What building did an architect design in Chattanooga, Ohio, in 1904?

I was recently asked that question, which took me by surprise.

A building designed by an architect in our little village of Chattanooga? Really?

Let’s face it. The buildings in downtown Chatt are not complicated architectural marvels and I can’t think of one that would have been designed by an architect.

I always thought that most old buildings in the area were erected by a local crew who framed and constructed the building, without the help or advice of an architect. Maybe my thinking is too simplistic. You can tell I am not a carpenter.

Perhaps blueprints were used when those old buildings were constructed and the blueprint creator was probably called an architect.

Architect: a person who plans, designs, and oversees the construction of buildings.

So the question is, was it customary, around the turn of the century, to hire an architect to draw up a blueprint and oversee the construction of a frame structure in a village like Chatt?

I guess so.    

Which building?

The following was brought to my attention by Jodi, from Berne, Indiana. She is restoring an historic house in Berne that was designed by architect Abraham Bagley, sometimes spelled Boegly. Jodi has been researching architect Abraham Bagley and some of the area buildings he designed, which include several in Berne. She sent me the following information.

From The American School Board Journal, 1904, Vol. 28, p.27:

OHIO–
…Chattanooga—Plans by Architect A. Boegly, Berne, Ind., for parochial school….
[1]

A parochial school in Chatt. Interesting.

Please correct me if I am wrong, but I don’t believe the Methodist Church in Chatt had a school, so that leaves the other church in town, Zion Lutheran.

In the late 1800s and after the turn of the century there was a frame church school south of Zion’s church, in the lot across the road from the church. The frame school stood between the church and the parsonage, which was also a frame building at that time.

Zion Lutheran School, Chattanooga, Ohio (c1904)

My understanding has always been that Zion’s church school was for teaching the Bible, catechism, and German a couple half days a week during the summer, not like today’s parochial schools that operate on a full schedule.

The following excerpt, taken from a narrative written by one of Zion Chatt’s ministers, Rev. Reuben Valentine Smith, gives information about Zion’s school. Rev. Smith was Zion’s pastor from 1899-1905 and he wrote this narrative in 1955:

“…one of the [church council] members said…our preacher teaches a German school for our children every summer…I was to teach school several months every summer…three half days a week… if they really wanted an effective school I would give them one: five days a week, full time from July to Christmas, and in alternate years the catechumens would go on until Easter…that arrangement was accepted and carried out for the six years of my incumbency…we had a real school. The children came, an average of 35 to 40 a day, ages 6 to 14…” 

When Rev. Smith came to Chatt in 1899 it appears that he started a full-time school, five days a week. A real parochial school at Zion Lutheran, Chatt for six years.

He goes on to describe the school:

“…The school house was something–it was an old building about 28 by 14 feet. Some of the weather boarding was loose and part of the plastering was cracked. Instead of desks and seats there were old oaken benches with writing boards, each bench seating four pupils. There was an old box stove and a small reed organ. Later, largely through the kindness of Mr. and Mrs. Herzog, we got an adequate building…”

That last sentence could be the answer. It appears that Mr. and Mrs. Herzog funded either the renovation of the old building or a whole new school. It sounds like a new school building was built, probably designed by architect Abraham Bagley.   

It all fits. The time period coincides and the architect Bagley was local, from Berne. The above photo, taken about 1904, could be a photo of the newly-built parochial school. The building does look rather new and pristine, unlike the old structure Rev. Smith described.

Rev. Reuben Smith

Who knew that Zion Chatt had a real, full-time parochial school at one time! There are some old church records and minutes from that time period, but unfortunately they are written in the old German script and I cannot read that much German. Anyone who may have attended that school is long gone. My grandpa Miller, born in 1896, or some of his siblings would have been about the right age to attend, but I never heard that they attended a parochial school in Chatt. In addition, it would have been a little hike for the Millers, since they lived over 2 miles away.

I would love to hear from anyone who has any knowledge about Zion’s parochial school. Did anyone have any relatives that attended? What happened to the old church school building?

Next week, more about architect Abraham Bagley and some of the other local buildings he designed.      

[1] The American School Board Journal, 1904, Vol. 28, p.27, “New Schools;” https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015084570996&view=1up&seq=4.

Aug 04

Tombstone Tuesday-Jacob F., Maria (German), & Ida K.M. Schumm

Jacob F, Mary (Germann), Ida Schumm, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Van Wert County, Ohio. (2012 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Jacob F, Maria (Germann), and Ida KM Schumm, located in row 10 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Ida K.M.
Tocher von
J.F. & M. Schumm
Geb. 26, Mar. 1877
Gest. 14, Juni 1914
Text. Rom. 8, v.17
AM Hause.
Mark 7, v.37

Maria
Schumm
Geb. 3, Juni 1847
Gest. 24, Jan. 1915
Text. Rom. 14 v.7 u. 8
AM Hause.
Den 90, Ps.

Jacob F.
Schumm
Geb. 12 Juni 1839
Gest. 24 Aug. 1927
Text Jes. 3v. 10
AM Hause.
Den 90. Ps.

SCHUMM

Translation: Ida K.M., daughter of J.F. & M. Schumm, born 26 March 1877, died 14 June 1914, Text Romans 8:17, Mark 7:37. Maria Schumm born 3 June 1847, died 24 January 1915, Text Romans 14:7,8, Psalm 90. Jacob F. Schumm, born 12 June 1839, died 24 August 1927, Text James 3:10, Psalm 90.

Jacob Frederick Schumm was born 12 June 1839 in Van Wert County, Ohio, the son of George Martin and Maria (Pflueger) Schumm. He went by the name Jacob, Jacob F, and/or Jacob Frederick, or a combination of those names. Both of his parents were German immigrants. The Schumms immigrated to America in 1833 and lived in Holmes County, Ohio, before settling in Van Wert County about 1837.

The George Schumm family in 1850, when Jacob Frederick was 11 years old: George, 38; Mary, 30; Fred, 11; Louis, 9; George, 8; John, 6; Rosina, 5; Margaret, 2; Mary, 1; Elizabeth Flecker [Pflueger], 14; and Jacob Bentz [Bienz], 24. The father George was a farmer. [1] Wife and mother Mary (Pflueger) Schumm was the sister of Elizabeth Pflueger. Elizabeth Pflueger and Jacob Bienz married a year later.

The George Schumm family in 1860: George, 47; Mary, 46; Frederick, 21; Louis, 19; George, 18; John, 17; Rosina, 15; Mary, 11; Jacob, 9; Christina, 7; Henry, 5; and Martin, 4 months. [2]  

Jacob Frederick Schumm married Mary Germann in Van Wert County on 27 April 1866. [3]

Maria “Mary” Germann was born in Van Wert County, Ohio, on 3 Jun 1847, the daughter of Frederick “Carl” Philip and Anna Elizabeth (Germann) Germann.

The Carl Germann family in 1850, when Mary was 3 years of age: Carl, 35; Maria E, 27; Philip, 6; Wilhelmina, 5; Mary, 3; and Peter, 1. [4]

The Carl Germann family 1860: Carl P, 41; Anna E, 35; Philip, 18; Mary, 13; John J, 8; Peter, 6; and Caroline, 1. According to this enumeration Mary was born in Ohio. [5]

Soon after their marriage Jacob Frederick and Mary (Germann) Schumm moved to Dublin Township, in neighboring Mercer County and they had a Shanes Crossing postal address. They resided near Rockford the rest of their married life.

Their family in 1870, four years after their marriage: Jacob Frederick, 31; Mary, 23; George, 2; and Rosina, 1. Jacob F was a farmer. [6]

Daughter “Ida” Carolina Margaretha Schumm was born near Rockford, Ohio, on 26 March 1877. She was baptized 2 April 1877, with Mrs. Margaretha Schumm, Carolina Germann, and Mrs. Margaretha Germann serving as her sponsors.

The Jacob F Schumm family in 1880: Jacob F, 41; Mary, 33; George, 12; Rosina, 11; Louise, 9; Amelia, 7; Charly, 5; Ida, 3; and Mary, 6 months. All family members were born in Ohio and Jacob was a farmer. [7]

The Jacob F Schumm family in 1900: Jacob Schumm, 60; Mary, 52; George, 32; Amelia, 27; Ida, 23; Mary, 20; Philip, 17; and Ferdinand, 15. This enumeration indicates that Jacob and Mary had been married years and that Mary had given birth to 9 children, all of whom were living. [8]

The Jacob F Schumm family in 1910: Fred J, 70; Mary, 62; Ida C, 31; Ferd W 24. Fred was a farmer and the couple had been married 44 years. [9]

Maria (Germann) Schumm (1847-1915), son TFerdinand Schumm (1885-1970), J “Frederick” Schumm (1839-1927, s/o Geo Martin Schumm & Maria Pflueger) Lived on Township Line Rd, south of 33.

Their daughter Ida Schumm died near Willshire, Van Wert County, of uterine cancer on 14 June 1914. Zion Schumm’s records indicate she died of consumption. She was 37 years old, single, and her occupation was domestic. Ida may have been living with the Henry Schinnerer family when she died, since Henry was the informant on her death certificate. She was buried on the 15th. Church records indicate that she was survived by 4 brothers and 4 sisters. [10]

Ida’s mother Maria (Germann) Schumm died in Mercer County on 24 January 1915 after a lingering illness. She was buried on the 26th. She was survived by her husband and eight children. 

In 1920, widower Jacob Frederick resided in Van Wert County, near Willshire, living with his grandson William Schinnerer and William’s wife Martha (Schinnerer): William Schinnerer, 26, head; Martha Schinnerer, 26, wife; and Frederick Schumm, 80, widowed, relationship reported as father-in-law. [11] William Schinnerer was the son of Frederick’s daughter Maria “Louise” Schumm (1870-1952), who married Henry Friedrich Schinnerer

Jacob Frederick Schumm died 24 August 1927.

Jacob Frederick and Maria (Germann) had the following children:
George Martin Ludwig (1867-1958), married Suzanna “Barbara” Schinnerer
Anna Elizabeth “Rosina” (1868-1954), married Stephen E Germann
Maria “Louise” (1870-1952), married Henry Friedrich Schinnerer
Magdelina “Emilie” (1873-1964), married Otto L Germann
Charles/CJ (1875-1954), married Jeanetta Ann Bury; married Amalia Clara Germann
“Ida” Carolina Margaretha (1877-1914), not married
Clara “Maria” (1879-1971), married Frederick Weck
Philip Frederick Martin (1882-1968), married Leona Barbara Schumm
Ferdinand W (1885-1970), married Amber F Tickle

[1] 1850 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, p.166B, dwelling 114, family 131, George Shuman; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/8054/ : viewed 2 Aug 2020). 

[2] 1860 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, p.425, dwelling 1068, family 1062, George Schanen; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search419 /collections/7667/ : viewed 2 Aug 2020).

[3] “Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013,” Van Wert, 1865-1869, p.188, Frederick Schumm & Mary Garmann, 27 Apr 1866; database with images, FamilySearch.org (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:9392-SPBK-K?i=35&cc=1614804&personaUrl=%2Fark%3A%2F61903%2F1%3A1%3AXD24-KF7 : viewed 2 Aug 2020).

[4] 1850 U.S. Census, Harrison, Van Wert, Ohio, p.209B, dwelling 400, family, George P German; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/8054/ : viewed 3 Aug 2020).

[5] 1860 U.S. Census, Harrison, Van Wert, Ohio, p.443, dwelling 1325, family 1319, Charles P German; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com  (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/7667/ : viewed 31 Jul 2020).

[6] 1870 U.S. Census, Dublin, Mercer, Ohio, p.64A, dwelling 227, family 229, Fredrick Shreme; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/7163/ : viewed 3 Aug 2020).

[7] 1880 U.S. Census, Dublin, Mercer, Ohio, ED 182, p.383A, dwelling 249, family 263, Jacob F Schum; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/6742/ : viewed 31 Jul 2020).

[8] 1900 Dublin, Mercer, Ohio, ED 77, p.13, dwelling 276, family 280, Fredy J Schunni; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/7602/ : viewed 31 Jul 2020).

[9] 1910 U.S. Census, Dublin, Mercer, Ohio, ED 110, p.13A, dwelling, family, Fred J Schumm; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/7884/ : viewed 31 Jul 2020).

[10] “Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953,” Willshire Twp, Van Wert County, Ida KM Schumm, 14 Jun 1914; database with images, FamilySearch.org (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33S7-9PK3-S2V2?i=1874&cc=1307272&personaUrl=%2Fark%3A%2F61903%2F1%3A1%3AX8XJ-MB9 : viewed 3 Aug 2020).

[11] 1920 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 146, p.6A, dwelling 115, family 116, William Schinnerer; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/6061/ : viewed 31 Jul 2020).

Jul 31

Old Photo of Chatt Bar

Today, an old photo from Chattanooga, Ohio, taken in front of the Chatt Bar some time before 1918. As far as I know, the Chatt Bar has always been in the same location.

Chatt Bar, before 1918. Photo courtesy of Doug Roebuck.

This photo is from Doug Roebuck. It is interesting to see the unusual shape of the roof-line, the hitching post with a horse tied tied to it, and a sign in the window-Smokes and Liquor. 

There are seven men standing in front of the building. Doug can identify one person in the photo, his great-grandfather Fred Heffner, the man with a mustache standing to the far right. Fred Heffner owned the establishment at the time.

Doug wonders who the other men in the photo are. 

Maybe some of you have seen this photo before and can identify the other men.

Close up of men in front of Chatt Bar. Fred Heffner standing on the far right. Photo courtesy of Doug Roebuck.

Doug Roebuck is also a Merkle descendant. Merkle & Egger once owned and operated a grocery in Chatt and ran a huckster wagon in the area.

Merkle & Egger, Chattanooga, Ohio. (photo courtesy of Doug Roebuck)

I would love to hear from someone who can identify the men standing in front of the Chatt Bar in the above photo.

Jul 28

Tombstone Tuesday- Philip F. & Leona B. (Schumm) Schumm

Philip F. & Leona B. Schumm, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Van Wert County, Ohio. (2012 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Philip F. and Leona B. (Schumm) Schumm, located in row 5 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

SCHUMM
Philip F.
1882-1968
Leona B.
1877-1958

“Philip” Frederick Martin Schumm was born in Dublin Township, Mercer County, Ohio, on 12 September 1882, the son of Frederick Jacob and Maria (Germann) Schumm.  Philip was baptized at home on 24 September 1882 with Philip Germann, Frederick Schumm Jr, and Martin Schumm serving as his sponsors.

Philip Schumm, enumerated with his family in 1900: Frederick J Schumm, 60; Mary, 52; George, 32; Amelia, 27; Ida, 23; Mary, 20; Philip, 17; and Ferdinand, 15. [1]

Philip F. Schumm married Leona Schumm on 5 Nov 1907 at Zion Schumm’s parsonage.

“Leona” Barbara Schumm was born 18 September 1877, the daughter of Frederick (Jr) and Margaret Ehrenmann. Leona was baptized 30 September 1877 with Barbara Schumm and Katherine Bienz serving as her sponsors.

Leona Schumm, enumerated with her family in 1880, residing on the family farm in Black Creek Township, Mercer County: Frederick Schumm, 35; Margaret, 33; Catharine, 6; Hugo, 4; Leona, 2; and Henrietta, 10 months. [2]

Leona’s mother Margaret (Ehrenmann) Schumm died 27 June 1885 and in 1888 her father married Mary Catherine Buchner.

The Frederick Schumm Jr family in 1900: Frederick, 56; Mary, 39; Hugo A, 24; Leona B, 22; Henrietta A, 20; Lawrence W, 15; Amos C, 8; Erna F, 5; Naomi M, 3. Leona had 5 full siblings and 3 step-siblings living at this time. [3]

Philip and Leona and their family in 1910, living on a farm in Black Creek Township, Mercer County, Ohio: Philip F, 27, Leona B, 32; and Marie M, 1. Philip was a farmer and the census shows they lived on Schumm Pike. [4]

By 1920 the Philip Schumm family had grown: Philip, 37; Leona, 42; Marie, 11; Emma, 8; Velma, 5; and Anna, 2. Philip continued to farm. [5]

Emma, Marie, Kate, and Velma Schumm.

The Philip Schumm family in 1930, living on what at that time was called State Route 54 in Black Creek Township: Philip P, 47; Leona B, 52; Maria M, 21; Emma B, 19; Velma L, 15; and Anna K 13. [6]

The Philip Schumm family in 1940, living on US Route 33, formerly Route 54: Philip, 57; Leona, 62; Velma, 25; and Anna, 23. [7]

Kate, Velma, Philip, Marie, and Emma Schumm, 1962.

Leona died in Celina, Ohio, on 4 October 1958. Leona (Schumm) Schumm’s obituary:

Mrs. Leona Schumm
Mrs. Leona Schumm, 81, a lifetime resident of Rt. 2, Rockford, died at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Gibbons Hospital in Celina following a stroke.

She was born Sept. 18, 1877 in Blackcreek Township.

She was married Nov. 5, 1907 to Phillip [sic] Schumm who survives.

Also surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Marie Fuelling of Decatur, Ind., Mrs. Emma Boerger of Decatur, Ind., Mrs. Ann Boschoss [sic] of Monroeville, Ind. And Velma at home; eight grandchildren, two brothers Amos Schumm of Rt. 2, Rockford and William Schumm, Van Wert, three sisters, Mrs. Mary Dietrich of Willshire, Mrs. Emma Schumm of Willshire and Mrs. Naomi Schumm of Willshire.

She was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church.

Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Friends may call after 11:30 a.m. Sunday at the Ketcham Funeral Home in Rockford until 1 p.m. when the body will be removed to the church. [8]

Philip Schumm died in Rockford, Ohio, on 29 December 1968. Philip Schumm’s obituary:

PHILIP F. SCHUMM
Rockford- Philip F. Schumm, 86, of Rt. 2, Rockford, died at 5 pm. Sunday at Smith’s Nursing Home where he had been a patient for about a week.

Born Sept. 12, 1882, he was the son of J.F. and Maria (Germann) Schumm. He was a lifetime resident of the vicinity, and was a farmer.

His marriage to Leona Schumm was solemnized Nov. 5, 1907. Mrs. Schumm died Oct. 4, 1858.

Survivors include four daughters, Mrs. Erwin (Maria) Fuelling of Rt. 5, Decatur, Mrs. Otto (Emma) Boerger of Rt. 3, Decatur, Miss Velma Schumm at home and Mrs. Arthur (Anna) Bischoff of Benson, Ariz.; a brother, F.W. Schumm of Celina; a sister, Mrs. Fred Weck of Rt. 2, Ohio City, and eight grandchildren.

Mr. Schumm was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church, Rt. 1, Willshire.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Zion Lutheran Church with the Rev. Herbert G. Walther officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Friends may call at the Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home, and at the church after 10 a.m. Wednesday.  [9]

Philip and Leona (Schumm) Schumm had the following children:
Marie Margaretha (1908-2003), married Erwin F. Fuelling
Emma Sophie Barbara (1911-2017), married Otto L. Boerger
Velma Louise (1914-2016), not married
Anna Katherine (1917-2014), married Arthur W. Bischoff

[1] 1900 U.S. Census, Dublin, Mercer, Ohio, ED 77, p.13, dwelling 276, family 280, Fredy J Schunni; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/7602/ : viewed 26 Jul 2020).

[2] 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).

[3] 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).

[4] 1910 U.S. Census, Black Creek, Mercer, Ohio, ED 107, p.2A, dwelling, family, Philip F Schwinn; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/7884/ : viewed 26 Jul 2020).

[5] 1920 U.S. Census, Black Creek, Mercer, Ohio, ED 124, p.1B, dwelling/family 16, PF Schumm; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/6224/ : viewed 26 Jul 2020).

[6] 1930 U.S. Census, Black Creek, Mercer, Ohio, ED 1, p.1A, dwelling/family 4, Philip P Schwinn; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/6224/ : viewed 26 Jul 2020).

[7] 1940 U.S. Census, Black Creek, Mercer, Ohio, ED 54-1, p.1A, household 4, Philip E Schumm; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/2442/ : viewed 26 Jul 2020).

[8] The Lima News, Lima, Ohio, 5 Oct 1958, p.A4, Leona Schumm obituary; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com.

[9] Van Wert Times Bulletin, Van Wert, Ohio, 30 Dec 1968, p.2, Philip Schumm obituary; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com.

Jul 24

Nimrod Headington, After the Gold Rush

Last week’s blog post was the final installment of Nimrod Headington’s 1852 journal, Trip to California. Nimrod was a young man in his mid-twenties when he returned from California.  What did Nimrod do after he returned from his gold rush adventure in 1853? What did he do the rest of his life?

Nimrod Headington (1827-1913)

Nimrod returned to his home and family in Ohio after sailing back from California. He had been away for nearly two years, away from his wife Mary Ann (McDonald) and two children, Charles and Thetis. Years later, in 1905, he made a copy of his California journal for his daughter Thetis.

Nimrod and his family moved to Jay County, Indiana, around 1853 and his wife died there 24 December 1855. She is buried in Liber Cemetery, Wayne Township.

Nimrod married Rebecca (Shank) Hawkins in Jay County, Indiana, on 15 September 1856. [1] Rebecca was previously married to Nathan Hawkins and had several children from her first marriage. Her husband Nathan died in 1853.

In 1860 Nimrod and Rebecca and their children resided in Wayne Township, Jay County, Indiana: Nimrod Headington, 35; Rebecca Headington, 41; Charles F Headington, 10; Thetis O Headington, 6; Hilinda H Hawkins, 17; Nancy AM Hawkins, 14; Rachael H Hawkins, 11; Sarah G Hawkins, 9; Nathan B Hawkins, 7; and John J Hawkins, 23. [2]

Nimrod fought for the Union in the Civil War and earned the rank of Colonel.

The Nimrod Headington family in 1870, where Nimrod and Rebecca operated the Headington House Hotel in Portland: Nimrod Headington, 43, Ohio; Rebecca Headington, 51, Pennsylvania; Charles Headington, 19, Ohio, clerk in drug store; Thetis O Headington, 16, Indiana; John J Hawkins, 32, Indiana, law student; Sarah G Hawkins, 19, Indiana; Nathan B Hawkins, 17, Indiana, clerk in store; Minnie Gillum, 3, Indiana; Isaac Silvernale, 25, Bavaria, dry goods merchant; Catharine Isenhart, 18, Indiana, servant; William H Hart, 23, Illinois, hardware merchant; Edward H Brown, 16, Ohio, clerk in hardware store; George Swisher, 18, Ohio, clerk in furniture store; Henry Ruth, 29, Ohio, photograph artist; and George Rush, 22, Tennessee, hostler. [3]

Nimrod’s second wife Rebecca (Shank) Headington died 1 April 1880 and is buried in Green Park Cemetery, Portland, Indiana.

Nimrod and his children in 1880: Nimrod, 53, widower, keeping hotel; Minnie, 13, daughter, at school; Maggie Senters, 24, servant; Sarah Mead, 19; servant; George Rush, 28, servant; Edward Murthey, 24, servant. [4]

Nimrod married Ruth Ann (Haines) Watson on 6 April 1881. Ruth was previously married to Joseph Watson. [5]

The Nimrod and Ruth in 1900: Nimrod Headington, 72, fire insurance agent; Ruth Headington, 69, living on Main Street in Portland. Ruth had not given birth to any children. [6]

Nimrod and Ruth in 1910: Nimrod, 82; Ruth, 79, residing on West Walnut Street in Portland. [7]

Nimrod Headington died of apoplexy in Portland on 7 January 1913, at the age of 85. He was buried in Green Park Cemetery, Portland, on 10 January. His death certificate indicates he was born in Knox County, Ohio, to Nicholas and Ruth (Philips) Headington, both of Maryland. [8]

Nimrod’s widow Ruth died 4 February 1915 at the age of 84. [9] Nimrod and Ruth did not have any children.

The following is Nimrod’s biographical sketch, published in 1901.

Colonel Nimrod Headington was born in Mt. Vernon, Ohio, in 1827, and has lived in Portland, Indiana, since 1853. In September, 1861, he, with James W. Campbell, raised a company for the war of the Rebellion, which was assigned to the Thirty-fourth Indiana Infantry, and on its organization he was elected first lieutenant, and a year and a half later promoted to captain, his commission bearing date April 10, 1863. He was later commissioned major of his regiment, and January 3, 1865, lieutenant-colonel. He was mustered out February 21, 1866, his entire time of service being four years and five months. Colonel Headington participated in the battle of Baker’s Creek, or Champion Hills, where he was in command of his company, which lost seventeen men, killed and wounded, the entire division losing fifteen hundred men. Then followed the siege of Vicksburg, in which his regiment took an important part, and after the fall of Vicksburg moved on Fort Jackson, and thence to New Orleans, and participated in the Tesch campaign in Louisiana. Soon after this campaign they were sent via New Orleans to Matagorda Bay, and thence up the Rio Grande River four hundred miles to Ringgold Barracks, where their last duty was performed. Colonel Headington had many narrow escapes from rebel bullets during his long term of service, but his health became impaired, and for number of years following his discharge he was a continual sufferer from the effects of his army service.

In 1870 the Colonel built the Headington House, which he conducted twelve years. He was appointed postmaster in 1878, and served seven years. The faithfulness with which he discharged his duties as postmaster is indicated by the fact that at the end of his service his accounts were examined and it was found that he was indebted to the department nine cents, for the payment of which he holds a receipt. He is now engaged in the real estate and insurance business. In 1857 and 1858 he was surveyor of Jay County. Politically the Colonel is a Republican. He was reared a Democrat, but the firing on the nation’s flag at Fort Sumter changed his politics.

Colonel Headington was first married November 6, 1849, to Mary McDonald, by whom he had two children: Charles F., who is a member of the firm of Cartwright & Headington, and Thetis O., now the widow of the late Charles T. Tate. The mother died January 24, 1855. He was again married in September, 1858, [sic] to Rebecca Hawkins, who died April 1, 1880. His present wife was Mrs. Ruth A. Watson, daughter of William Haines. [10]

Soon I will post Nimrod’s complete journal on a static page on Karen’s Chatt, so it will be easier to read in its entirety.

[1] “Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007,” Vol. B:269, Nimrod Headington & Rebecca Hawkins, 14 Dec 1856; FamilySearch.org (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:9392-C91D-B?i=154&cc=1410397&personaUrl=%2Fark%3A%2F61903%2F1%3A1%3AV6RP-1CL : viewed 22 Jul 2020)

[2] 1860 U.S. Census, Wayne, Jay, Indiana, p.147, dwelling, family, Nimrod Headington; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/7667/ : viewed 25 Jun 2008).

[3] 1870 U.S. Census, Wayne, Jay, Indiana, p.187, dwelling 221, 220, Nimrod Headington; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/7163/  : viewed 9 Jun 2008).

[4] 1880 U.S. Census, Portland, Jay, Indiana, ED 155, p.424C, dwelling & family 29, Nimrod Headington; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/6742/ : viewed 22 Jul 2020).

[5] “Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007,” Vol. E:165, Nimrod Headington & Ruth A Watson, 6 Apr 1881; FamilySearch.org (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:9392-HT9F-T6?i=110&cc=1410397&personaUrl=%2Fark%3A%2F61903%2F1%3A1%3AV6RP-WBW : viewed 22 Jul 2020).

[6] 1900 U.S. Census, Portland, Jay, Indiana, ED 74, p.6, dwelling & family 148, Nimrod Headington; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/7602/ : viewed 22 Jul 2020).

[7] 1910 U.S. Census, Portland Ward 1, Jay, Indiana, ED 80, p.3A, dwelling 65, family 66, Nimrod Headington; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/7884/ : viewed 22 Jul 2020).

[8] Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011, Year 1913, roll 9, Nimrod Headington, 7 Jan 1913; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com.

[9] Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011, Year 1910-1919, roll 9, Ruth A Headington, 4 Feb 1915; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com.

[10] Biographical Memoirs of Jay County, Indiana, (Chicago:  B.F. Bowen Co., Publishers, 1901), 300-1.

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