Mar 27

More 1910 Plat Maps of Blackcreek Township

This week I decided to post some more of the Blackcreek Township plat maps from the 1910 Decennial Appraisement book.

Last week I posted images of sections 29-32, sections which are on both sides of State Route 49 going north from Chatt. Today’s section images continue north toward Willshire, again on both sides of Route 49, and include sections 5, 6, 7, 8, 17, 18, 19, and 20..

Below is a map of Blackcreek Township to aid in locations.

Blackcreek Township, Mercer County, Ohio.

Blackcreek Township, Mercer County, Ohio.

Indiana is the western border of sections 6, 7, 18, and 19. State Route 49 divides sections 5 and 6, 7 and 8, 17 and 18, 19 and 20, north and south.

Sipe Road is the southern border of section 19. Wilson Road divides sections 19 and 20 east to west, but stops in the middle of the section 19, half way between Route 49 and Indiana.

Section 19, Blackcreek Township, Mercer County, Ohio.

Section 19, 1910  Blackcreek Township, Mercer County, Ohio.

Section 20, Blackcreek Township, Mercer County, Ohio.

Section 20, 1910 Blackcreek Township, Mercer County, Ohio.

Rockford West divides sections 17 and 18 east to west.

Section 18, Blackcreek Township, Mercer County, Ohio.

Section 18, 1910 Blackcreek Township, Mercer County, Ohio.

Section 17, Blackcreek Township, Mercer County, Ohio.

Section 17, 1910 Blackcreek Township, Mercer County, Ohio.

Winkler Road borders sections 7 and 8 on the north. McGough road is on the south border of section 8 and Frank Road goes through section 7 east to west. Stetler Road divides section 7, as well as sections 18 and 19, north to south.

Section 7, 1910, Blackcreek Township, Mercer County, Ohio.

Section 7, 1910 Blackcreek Township, Mercer County, Ohio.

Section 8, 1910, Blackcreek Township, Mercer County, Ohio.

Section 8, 1910 Blackcreek Township, Mercer County, Ohio.

Sections 5 and 6 border Van Wert County on the north and Winkler Road is on the South.

Section 6, 1910, Blackcreek Township, Mercer County, Ohio.

Section 6, 1910 Blackcreek Township, Mercer County, Ohio.

Section 5, 1910 Blackcreek Township, Mercer County, Ohio.

Section 5, 1910 Blackcreek Township, Mercer County, Ohio.

I hope you enjoy looking at these plat maps as much as I do.

Mar 24

Tombstone Tuesday–William Schumm

William Schumm, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Van Wert County, Ohio. (2012 photo by Karen)

William Schumm, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Van Wert County, Ohio. (2012 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of William Schumm, located in row 8 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

SCHUMM
Wm. Schumm
Died
Dec. 28, 1906
66 Y. 3 M. 12 D.
Text. Luke 2:29-32

Wilhelm “William” Schumm was born 16 September 1840, the first known child born to Johann “Friedrich” and Magdalena (Meyer) Schumm.

William’s father was born in Ruppertshofen, Württemberg, in 1814 and was one of five Schumm siblings who immigrated to America with their father Johann Georg Schumm in 1833. Most of the Schumm family settled in Van Wert County about 1838 so William was likely born near Schumm.

William’s father Friedrich was one of the original land owners in the Schumm area of Van Wert County. Friedrich Schumm applied for a land patent from the United States government on 26 April 1837 to acquire the northeast quarter of Section 22 in Willshire Township, consisting of 160 acres. [1] Friedrich sold this land on 10 March 1840 and purchased the northwest quarter of Section 26 in Willshire Township from his father Johann Georg on the same day. [2] This purchase also consisted of 160 acres and is likely where William and his siblings grew up. Their land was located on northeast corner of Willshire Eastern and Schumm Road. Friedrich Schumm deeded ½ acre of this land to the Dütch Lutheran Church in 1842 [3] and a frame church was built there in 1855. The frame church was located just north of Zion’s cemetery, across the road from the current church.

William Schumm married Anna Maria Heffner on 12 February 1874 at Zion Lutheran, Chatt. Anna Maria was the daughter of George and Sophia (Martin) Heffner and was from Mercer County, near Chatt. After their marriage William and Anna Maria resided in Blackcreek Township for a year or two before moving to Van Wert County, near Schumm.

In 1880 the William Schumm family lived in Willshire Township where William worked as a “house carpenter.” There were four children in the household at that time: Mary Amelia, 5; John Henry H., 3; George Fred O., 3; Rudolphus R., 11 months. [4]

In 1900 their family consisted of William, 59; Maria, 44; Hugo, 23; Rudolph, 20; Theodore, 18; Conrad, 16; Bertha, 14; Paul 12; Oscar, 9; and Julia, 4. William was a farmer and they lived between Willshire and Schumm. [5]

William and Anna had the following children:

Amelia “Emilie” Marie (1874-1952), married Samuel William August Koch
John Henry “Hugo” (1876-1955), married Amalia Maria Schumm
Georg Frederick “Otto” (1876- ), married Alma B. Hoppe
Alexander “Rudolph” (1879-1913), married Bertha A. Liebmann
“Theodore” Henry Martin (1881-1944), married Doretta May Altheon
“Conrad” Adam (1883-1955), married Eva Meyers
“Bertha” Ottilie (1886-1947), married Henry W. Garrison
“Paul” Edwin (1888-1970), married Lydia Barbara Schumm
“Oscar” Albert (1890-1984), married Hilda Marie Schumm
Juliana “Julia” Gertrude (1895-1966), married Fred John Buechner

William died 28 December 1906 was buried on the 31st. According to Zion Schumm’s records, survivors included children Emilie Koch, Hugo, Otto, Theodor, Rudolf, Conrad, Bertha, Paul, Oscar, and Julia; 5 grandchildren; and siblings: Fredrick, Ludwig, Georg, Henry, Rev. Ferd Schumm, Katherine Stamm, Johanna Zimmermann, Maria Zimmermann, and Barbara Schumm. William’s wife was not mentioned, but she also survived him.

 

[1] U.S. Bureau of Land Management, “Patent Search,” database, General Land Office Records (http:www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/default.aspx : accessed 23 March 2015), entry for Frederick Schumm, Lima Office, Doc. no. 9728.

[2] Van Wert County, Ohio, Deeds, Vol. E:280, Recorder’s Office, Courthouse, Van Wert, Ohio.

[3] Van Wert County, Ohio, Deeds, Vol. N:207, Recorder’s Office, Courthouse, Van Wert, Ohio.

[4] 1880 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 154, p.456C, family 246, Schumm; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.Ancestry.com : accessed 14 March 2015); from FHL film 1255074, from NARA microfilm T9, roll 1074.

[5] 1900 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 97, p.11A, dwelling 219, family 234, William Schumm; digital images by subscription Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 22 March 2015); from FHL microfilm 1241329, from NARA microfilm T623, roll 1329.

Mar 20

1910 Decennial Appraisement of Blackcreek Township

Last week I posted images of pages from the 1910 Quadrennial Assessor’s Report of Blackcreek Township. The booklet belonged to my great-grandfather Jacob Miller who owned an 80 acre farm in Blackcreek Township.

During that time period Ohio was in the process of changing its tax laws, switching from a decennial appraisement of real property (every ten years) to a quadrennial appraisement (every four years). A general appraisement was made in 1910 and another appraisement was to be made in 1914. [1]

Decennial Appraisement 1910 Black Creek Township

1910 Decennial Appraisement. Black Creek Township, Mercer County, Ohio.

Several years ago, while researching at the Mercer County Courthouse, I photographed some images from a much larger hard cover book, “Decennial Appraisement, 1910, Black Creek Township.” This book contains plat maps drawn of each of the township’s 36 sections. It includes the exact same information as the 1910 Quadrennial Assessor’s Report as well as some additional information about the assessment. [2]

Blackcreek Township, Mercer County, Ohio.

Blackcreek Township, Mercer County, Ohio.

Additional information about the Jacob Miller farm, as recorded in the 1910 Decennial Appraisement:

• He had 63 plowable acres, 7 acres of meadow and pasture land, 10 acres uncultivated & woodland.
• His land was valued at $63 per acre, making a total value of $5040, excluding buildings.
• $88 was deducted for the value of roads
• The Miller home was valued at $800, the barns $500, and other buildings $100, for a total value for lands and buildings of $6352.
• The County Board of Equalization added $50 on land, $0 on buildings, for a total value of $6402, as equalized by the County Board.
• The State Board of Equalization added $1600.50, making a total value of $8002, as equalized by the State Board.

Below are four images from the 1910 Decennial Appraisement of Blackcreek Township, sections 29-32, north of Chatt on either side of Route 49. Sections 30 and 31 border Indiana and are west of State Route 49. Sections 31 and 32 border Liberty Township and are on the north edge of Chatt. Sections 29 and 32 are on the east side of State Route 49.

Section 29 Blackcreek Twp 1910

Section 29 Blackcreek Twp 1910

Section 30 Blackcreek Twp 1910

Section 30 Blackcreek Twp 1910

Section 31 Blackcreek Twp 1910

Section 31 Blackcreek Twp 1910

Section 32 Blackcreek Twp 1910

Section 32 Blackcreek Twp 1910

I plan to post all of the section maps on a static page on this website soon.

 

[1] “Taxation Work and Experience in Ohio,” The Ohio Journal of Commerce, Volume 2, No. 10, 3 September 1910, p.148; Google Books.com (https://books.google.com : accessed 19 March 2015).

[2] Additional columns in the Decennial Appraisement book include: PO address; description of property [legal]; no. of acres classified [broken down as arable and plow land, meadow & pasture land, uncultivated & wood land]; value per acre excluding buildings; deduct value of roads; value of all buildings [broken down as houses, barns, other building]; amount added or deducted by County Board of Equalization on lands; amount added or deducted by County Board of Equalization on buildings; total value as equalized by County Board; amount added or deducted by State Board of Equalization; total value as equalized by State board.

Mar 17

Tombstone Tuesday–Anna Maria (Heffner) Schumm

Anna M. Schumm, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. (2012 photo by Karen)

Anna M. Schumm, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. (2012 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Anna Maria (Heffner) Schumm, located in row 11 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Anna M. Heffner
Wife of
Wm. Schumm
1855-1931

Anna Maria Heffner was born 7 December 1855 in Mercer County, Ohio, the daughter of George and Sophia (Martin) Heffner. She was baptized at Zion Lutheran Church in Chattanooga but the date of her baptism was not recorded. Her baptismal sponsors were John Becher and Anna Maria Becher.

Anna Maria Heffner grew up on the Heffner farm near Chatt and was confirmed at Zion Chatt on Palm Sunday, 21 March 1868, by Rev. George Heintz.

Anna Maria married William Schumm on 12 February 1874 at Zion Chatt. William was the son of Johann Friedrich and Magdalena (Meyer) Schumm, from Van Wert County. After their marriage William and Anna Maria resided in Blackcreek Township for a year or two and  their first child Amelia was born there late in 1874. Amelia was baptized at Zion Chatt early in 1875. They probably moved to Van Wert County, near Schumm, shortly afterward because the rest of their children were baptized at Zion Schumm.

Anna and William were parents of the following children:
Amelia “Emilie” Marie (1874-1952), married Samuel William August Koch
John Henry “Hugo” (1876-1955), married Amalia Maria Schumm
Georg Frederick “Otto” (1876-?), married Alma B. Hoppe
Alexander “Rudolph” (1879-1913), married Bertha A. Liebmann
“Theodore” Henry Martin (1881-1944), married Doretta May Altheon
“Conrad” Adam (1883-1955), married Eva Meyers
“Bertha” Ottilie (1886-1947), married Henry W. Garrison
“Paul” Edwin (1888-1970), married Lydia Barbara Schumm
“Oscar” Albert (1890-1984), married Hilda Marie Schumm
Juliana “Julia” Gertrude (1895-1966), married Fred John Buechner

Note that Hugo and Otto were twins.

In 1880 the William Schumm family lived in Willshire Township, where William worked as a “house carpenter.” They lived a couple houses from my great-great-grandfather Louis Breuninger. [1]

Anna Maria’s husband William died 28 December 1906. She never remarried and raised their youngest children by herself.

In 1910, four years after William’s death, Anna Maria remained on the family farm with their three youngest children, Paul, Oscar, and Julia. [2]

In 1920 widow Anna Maria was living with son Paul, his wife Lydia, and their two children, Mildred and Delores. They lived one house away from my great-grandfather John Scaer and his family, who lived on Willshire Eastern Road. [3]

In 1930 Anna Maria was living with her son Oscar, his wife Hilda, and their children, Hildred, Harold, and Roman. Anna Maria was 74 years old then. [4]

Anna Maria died a year later, on 16 March 1931, in Harrison Township, Van Wert County, at the age of 75 years, 3 months and 9 days. She had fractured her femur in February and died from complications of the fracture. She was buried on the 18th. [5]

Her husband William is also buried in Zion Schumm’s cemetery and has a separate marker in row 8.

 

[1] 1880 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 154, p.456C, family 246, Schumm; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.Ancestry.com : accessed 14 March 2015); from FHL film 1255074, from NARA microfilm T9, roll 1074.

[2] 1910 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED114, p. 1B, dwelling 15, family 15, Mary Schumm; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.Ancestry.com : accessed 14 March 2015); from FHL microfilm 1375251, from NARA microfilm T624, roll 1238.

[3] 1920 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 146, p.4B, dwelling 81, family 82, Paul E. Schumm; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.Ancestry.com : accessed 14 March 2015); from NARA microfilm T625, roll 1446.

[4] 1930 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED24, p.2B, dwelling 42, family 43, Oscar Schumm; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com, (www.Ancestry.com : accessed 14 March 2015); from FHL microfilm 2341624, from NARA microfilm T6256, roll 1890.

[5] “Ohio, Deaths, 19089-1953,” index and images, FamilySearch (www.FamilySearch.org : accessed 14 March 2015), Maria W Schumm, 16 March 1931; citing Harrison, Van Wert, Ohio; from FHL microfilm 1992426.

 

 

 

Mar 13

1910 Quadrennial Assessor’s Report of Blackcreek Township

I get pretty excited when I run across old documents and papers. This past week I acquired a little booklet that is 105 years old and that certainly fits the bill!

My mom recently came across some old papers my dad had saved. This little 8 page booklet, “Quadrennial Assessor’s Report of Blackcreek Twp. Mercer County, Ohio, 1910,” once belonged to my dad’s grandfather, Jacob Miller, who owned 80 acres in Blackcreek Township. The booklet was printed by Bote Print, Celina, Ohio.

Quadrennial Assessor's Report of Blackcreek Twp., Mercer County, Ohio, 1910.

Quadrennial Assessor’s Report of Blackcreek Twp., Mercer County, Ohio, 1910.

In 1910 J.L. Morrow, was the auditor and D.T. Ruffner, was the assessor. The Board of Equalization consisted of Fred Heiby, L.N. Kiser, Frank Dillhoff, L.L. Marsh, surveyor, and J.L. Morrow, clerk of the board. Today the Equalization Board “helps ensure uniformity and fairness in property taxation through its oversight of the appraisal work of local county auditors.” [1] It likely served the same purpose 100 years ago.

This was a quadrennial report—made every four years. Today reappraisals are conducted every six years and values are updated the third year following each sexennial reappraisal. [1] In 1910, taxes on this appraisement were not be collected before December 1911.

There are no towns in Blackcreek Township but Chatt is immediately to the southwest. Blackcreek Township is bordered by Van Wert County on the north, Indiana on the west, Liberty Township on the south, and Dublin Township on the east.

Approximately 350 different names are written in the quadrennial booklet. They are not listed in alphabetical order but instead are listed in order by section number. You can get idea of who lived near each other if you know how the sections are numbered. Section no. 1 is in the northeast corner of the township. Section numbering goes west for 6 sections, then down one row and back east, then down one row and back west. Back and forth. Six sections across and six sections down. The last section, no.36, is in the southeast corner. A section contains 640 acres.

You can see how the sections are numbered by looking at the map below. The section number is written in the center of each section.

Blackcreek Township, Mercer County, Ohio.

Blackcreek Township, Mercer County, Ohio.

The Charles [Charlie] and Labadie Reservations are listed at the end of the booklet, after Section 36, but they were in the northeast section of the township, in Sections 1 and 2.

The columns in the booklet:

  1. In whose name assessed
  2. Range
  3. Town
  4. Section
  5. No. of acres
  6. Total value of lands excluding buildings
  7. Deduct value of roads and ditches
  8. Total value of lands and buildings

My great-grandfather Jacob Miller is on page 6. He owned 80 acres of land in Section 30. His land value was $5040, $88 deducted for roads and ditches, and $6352 total value of lands and buildings.

Below are scans of the book’s pages.

1910 Blackcreek Quadrennial Assessor's Report, p.1.

1910 Blackcreek Quadrennial Assessor’s Report, p.1.

1910 Blackcreek Quadrennial Assessor's Report, p.2.

1910 Blackcreek Quadrennial Assessor’s Report, p.2.

1910 Blackcreek Quadrennial Assessor's Report, p.3.

1910 Blackcreek Quadrennial Assessor’s Report, p.3.

1910 Blackcreek Quadrennial Assessor's Report, p.4.

1910 Blackcreek Quadrennial Assessor’s Report, p.4.

1910 Blackcreek Quadrennial Assessor's Report, p.5.

1910 Blackcreek Quadrennial Assessor’s Report, p.5.

1910 Blackcreek Quadrennial Assessor's Report, p.6.

1910 Blackcreek Quadrennial Assessor’s Report, p.6.

1910 Blackcreek Quadrennial Assessor's Report, p.7.

1910 Blackcreek Quadrennial Assessor’s Report, p.7.

1910 Blackcreek Quadrennial Assessor's Report, p.8.

1910 Blackcreek Quadrennial Assessor’s Report, p.8.

This document can be helpful to locate individuals who owned land and most likely lived on that land in Blackcreek Township in 1910.

It is a  very nice little booklet and I am so glad the Millers saved nearly everything.

 

[1] Ohio Department of Taxation, Real Property Tax, http://www.tax.ohio.gov/real_property.aspx : assessed 11 March 2015.

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