Monthly Archive: March 2012

Mar 13

Tombstone Tuesday–Sophia & George Byer

Sophia & George Byer, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Ohio.

This is the tombstone of Sophia Byer and her son George, located in row 6 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is nearly unreadable now but was transcribed by the Mercer County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society in 1990. Their transcription: Byer, Sophia, wife of Jasper, died 10 March 1872, …

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Mar 09

The First Brewster Reunion, 1913

First Brewster Reunion, 1913, Adams County, Indiana.

It is always a pleasant surprise when some family-related information unexpectedly pops up right before your eyes. Last Friday I was doing some newspaper research at the Brumback Library in Van Wert. I was nearly finished and was looking through a book of abstracted articles from the Willshire Herald, waiting for a rain storm to end. …

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Mar 06

Tombstone Tuesday–Sixtus and Magdalene Gugel

Sixtus & Magealene Gugel, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Ohio.

This is the tombstone of Sixtus and Magdalene Gugel, located in row 6 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. The left side of the marker bears the inscription for Sixtus/Father and the right side for Magdalene/Mother. The bases are inscribed: GUGEL, Sixtus Gugel, Born 16 March 1817, Died 2 Jan 1884, age 66 …

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Mar 02

Confirmation Records

1897 Confirmation Class, Zion Lutheran, Chattanooga

One thing you can say about the German Lutherans—they kept very good church records. Although the handwriting can be difficult to read, they usually recorded a good deal of information and left a lot of valuable genealogical data for us today. I refer to the church records of both Zion Lutheran in Chattanooga and Schumm …

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