Apr 12

Tombstone Tuesday–John H. & Elizabeth (Feldman) Trisel

John H & Elizabeth Trisel, East Bethel Cemetery, Blackcreek Township, Mercer County, Ohio. (2016 photo by Karen)

John H & Elizabeth Trisel, East Bethel Cemetery, Blackcreek Township, Mercer County, Ohio. (2016 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Henry and Elizabeth (Feldman) Trisel, located in row 8 of East Bethel Cemetery, Blackcreek Township, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

On the north side:
John H
Trisel
Geboren
19 July 1834
Gestorben
15 Feb 1896
Alter
61 J  6 M  26 T

On the south side:
Elizabeth
Trisel
Geboren
May 22, 1840
Gestorben
May 2, 1917

Although his name is inscribed as John H. on his tombstone he usually went by the name of Henry and I will refer to him as Henry in this post.

According to Zion Chatt’s records John Heinrich Trissel was born in Plossberg, Oberpfalz, and his wife Elizabeth (Feldman) was born in Gremsheim, Hesse-Darmstadt.

This Trisel family attended Zion Chatt at some time and a couple of their family baptisms and burials are recorded there. Their daughter Elizabeth Barbara was born 16 May 1874 and was baptized at Zion Chatt on 7 June 1874. Their son August Trisel’s death and burial were in the church records. He died 24 September 1888. The mother Elizabeth (Feldman) Trisel’s death was also recorded at Zion Chatt in 1917.

Another church record entry indicates that Heinrich “Tresser” transferred from the Roman Catholic Church on 19 May 1872. This may be the same Henry Trisel although the spelling of the surname is off. The records also indicate that his wife Elizabeth’s maiden name was Feldmann.

Some on-line information indicates that Henry Trisel and Elizabeth Feldman married 23 September 1865 in Hamilton County, Ohio, before to moving northward to Mercer County. I have not found their marriage record yet.

Henry Trisel served in the Civil War as a private in Battery 4, light artillery. He enlisted 2 August 1861 and was discharged 27 August 1864, serving 3 years, 3 months, and 10 days. His name was recorded as Henry “Tricel” in this record. He suffered from rheumatism and chronic diarrhea as a result of the war. [1]

Henry and Elizabeth married about 1865 but it was the second marriage for Elizabeth (Feldman) Trisel. Elizabeth married Johann Bahn on 24 July 1864 in Greenup, Kentucky. [2] Her husband Johann Bahn was a private in Company H, 183rd Ohio Infantry and was a POW. He mustered out on 27 April 1865 and perished on the Steamer Sultana that same day. [3]

Elizabeth (Feldman) Bahn was a war widow and gave birth to a baby boy about a month later. She named him John F. Bahn. Elizabeth married Henry Trisel later that year or the next and Henry adopted her son John F. Bahn. Elizabeth is shown as a widow and Henry is shown as her son John F. Bahn’s guardian in Johann Bahn’s Civil War Pension Index. [4] Unfortunately the boy John F. Bahn died in Mercer County in 1876 and is buried in Zion Chatt’s cemetery.

Henry and Elizabeth Trisel started their own family and were living and farming in Blackcreek Township, Mercer County, Ohio, at least by 1874, when their daughter Elizabeth Barbara was baptized at Zion Chatt. Henry owned 80 acres of land in Section 29 of Blackcreek Township, a little over a mile northeast of Chatt. His farm was located on what is now route 707, about ½ mile east of route 49, on the north side of the road. The name was spelled Treusal in the 1888 Mercer County plat map.

In the Trisel household in 1880: Henry, 46; Elisabeth, 40; Margret, 11; Jacob, 9; Elisabeth, 6; Augustus, 3. Henry and Elisabeth were born in Germany and their children were born in Ohio. [5]

Henry Trisel died in Blackcreek Township on 15 February 1896, at the age of 61 years, 7 months, and 5 days. His occupation was farmer. [6]

John H Trisel, East Bethel Cemetery. (2016 photo by Karen)

John H Trisel, East Bethel Cemetery, north side of stone. (2016 photo by Karen)

In 1900 Elizabeth Trisel, 60, a widow of four years and now the head of the household, lived with her granddaughter Rosa V. Kable, age 9, in Blackcreek Township. They lived next door to Elizabeth’s son Otto and his wife Della. This record indicates that Elizabeth had given birth to 8 children but only five were living. It also indicates that she immigrated in 1862. [7]

In 1910 Elizabeth, 69, still resided with her granddaughter Rosa V. in Blackcreek Township. By this time Rosa was married to Amos B. Bollenbacher, 27, and they had been married a year. This record indicates Elizabeth immigrated in 1854 and that she had given birth to five children but that only three were living. [8] Which census is correct? Census information varies, depending on who provided the information.

According to Zion Chatt’s records Elizabeth Trisel died of a stroke on 2 May 1917 at the age of 76 years, 11 months, and 10 days. She was buried in East Bethel Cemetery on the 4th and the funeral was conducted by Rev. F.G. Reitz. Zion Chatt’s records indicate that she was survived by her children and grandchildren.

Elizabeth (Feldman) Bahn Trisel, East Bethel Cemetery. (2016 photo by Karen)

Elizabeth (Feldman) Bahn Trisel, East Bethel Cemetery, south side of stone. (2016 photo by Karen)

Her Ohio death certificate indicates that Elizabeth died of cerebral apoplexy in Celina on 2 May 1917; that she was 76 years, 11 months, and 9 days old, was a widow, born in Germany on 22 May 1840, and that her maiden name was Feldman. George H. Springer, of Celina, was the informant. She was buried on 4 May. [9]  

Henry and Elizabeth (Feldman) Bahn Trisel had the following children:
Jacob (1871-?)
Elizabeth “Barbara” (1874-?), married George H.  Springer
August Jacob (1877-1888)
Margaret (? ), married Geyer
Otto F (1880-1959), married Della Anselman
Maria “Mary” L (1883-?), married William Bauer

John H & Elizabeth (Feldman) Trisel, East Bethel Cemetery. (2016 photo by Karen)

John H & Elizabeth (Feldman) Trisel, East Bethel Cemetery. (2016 photo by Karen)

Henry Trisel, his wife Elizabeth, their son August, and their son Otto F. and his wife Dellie M. are all buried near each other at East Bethel Cemetery.

Trisel tombstones: Henry & Elizabeth, Otto & Dellie, August J, East Bethel Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2016 photo by Karen)

Trisel tombstones: Henry & Elizabeth, Otto & Dellie, August J, East Bethel Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2016 photo by Karen)

 

[1] 1890 U.S. Veterans Schedules, Blackcreek, Mercer, Ohio, ED 178, p.1, line 6, Henry Tricel; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 9 Apr 2016); from NARA microfilm M123, roll 64, Department of Veterans Affairs, Record Group 15.

[2] Kentucky Marriages, 1851-1900, compiled by Jordan Dodd; database on-line, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 28 Mar 2016.

[3] U.S. Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865, Historical Data Systems, comp; database on-line, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 28 Mar 2016).

[4] U.S. Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934, soldier John Bahn; Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 9 Apr 2016); from NARA microfilm T288, roll 16. Note: Henry Frissel listed as guardian of John Bahn and Elizabeth Bahn listed as widow.

[5] 1880 U.S. Census, Blackcreek, Mercer, Ohio, ED 179, p.324C, line 20, Henry Grisel; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 3 Apr 2016); from FHL microfilm 1255048, from NARA microfilm T9 , roll 1048.

[6] “Ohio, County Death Records, 1840-2001,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : accessed 9 Apr 2016); John H. Trisel, 15 Feb 1896; from Mercer, Ohio, Deaths, Vol. 1-2, p. from FHL microfilm 914954.

[7] 1900 U.S. Census, Blackcreek, Mercer, Ohio, ED 74, p.9B, dwelling & family 192, Elizabeth Trisel; Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 9 Apr 2016); from FHL microfilm 1241303, from NARA microfilm T623, roll 1303.

[8] 1910 U.S. Census, Blackcreek, Mercer, Ohio, ED 107, p.9B, dwelling 196, family 198, Any B. Bollenbacher; Ancestry.com  (www.ancestry.com : accessed 9 Apr 2016); from FHL microfilm 1375227, from NARA microfilm T624, roll 1214.

[9] “Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : accessed 9 Apr 2016), Elizabeth Trisel, 2 May 1907; from Celina, Mercer, Ohio, from FHL microfilm 1984014.

Apr 08

More Postmarks from Chattanooga, Ohio

For the longest time I had hoped to see an honest-to-goodness Chattanooga, Ohio, postmark and I finally got to see and photograph one last December. [see: A Chattanooga, Ohio, Postmark , 29 Jan 2016]

But since that time I have seen more Chattanooga, Ohio, postmarks than I ever expected. I found them, and some Chattanooga Post Office receipts, among papers that belonged to my great-grandfather Jacob Miller.

Below is an 1899 registered letter receipt from the Chattanooga, Ohio, post office.

Registered Letter Receipt 1899, Chattanooga, Ohio, postmark.

Registered Letter Receipt 1899, from the post office at Chattanooga, Ohio.

 

I also found the receipts of several postal money orders purchased by Jacob Miller that bear the Chattanooga postmark.

The postal money order receipt below is dated 23 November and what looks like the year 1903. It was for $1.60.

Postal Money Order receipt from Chattanooga, Ohio, dated 29 Nov, 190?

Postal Money Order receipt from Chattanooga, Ohio, dated 29 Nov, 190?

The second money order receipt is dated 12 November 1904.

Postal Money Order receipt from Chattanooga, Ohio, dated 12 Nov 1904.

Postal Money Order receipt from Chattanooga, Ohio, dated 12 Nov 1904.

The third money order receipt is dated 20-something March, but I cannot make out the year or the amount.

Postal Money Order receipt from Chattanooga, Ohio, dated March, 190?.

Postal Money Order receipt from Chattanooga, Ohio, dated March, 190?.

The Post office at Chattanooga, Ohio, also rented boxes. Jacob Miller rented box number 96 and the rental fee was $.10 a year. There is no date on his two box receipts I found but they were both probably from about the same time period as the money orders. These were both signed by Andrew Leistner, Chattanooga’s Postmaster.

Jacob Miller's Chattanooga, Ohio, Post Office box rental receipt.

Jacob Miller’s Chattanooga, Ohio, Post Office box rental receipt.

Jacob Miller's Chattanooga, Ohio, Post Office box rental receipt.

Jacob Miller’s Chattanooga, Ohio, Post Office box rental receipt.

The reverse of the box receipts had the rules and regulations:

Post Office box rules.

Post Office box rules.

 

Apr 05

Tombstone Tuesday–August J. Trisel

August J Trisel, East Bethel Cemetery, Blackcreek Township, Mercer County, Ohio. (2016 photo by Karen)

August J Trisel, East Bethel Cemetery, Blackcreek Township, Mercer County, Ohio. (2016 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of August Jacob Trisel, located in row 8 of East Bethel Cemetery, Blackcreek Township, Mercer County, Ohio. This marker is inscribed:

AUGUST
J
Son of
Henry & E.
Trisel
Died
Sept 24
1888
Aged
11Y, 6M, 8D

Augustus “August” Jacob Trisel was born in March of 1877 in Blackcreek Township, Mercer County, Ohio, to Henry and Elizabeth (Feldmann) Trisel.

The on-line FamilySearch.org index of the Mercer County, Ohio, probate birth records indicates that August was born 16 May 1877 in Blackcreek Township to Henry and Elizabeth “Fullman” Tressel. [1] However, after looking at the image of the original record on-line I believe the month is March and not May. Zion Chatt’s church records indicate that his mother’s maiden name was Feldmann, not Fullman.

August was enumerated in only one census, the 1880 census, and was enumerated with his family. The Trisel family is indexed as “Grisel” so it took a little time to find them in the 1880 census. In the Trisel household: Henry, 46; Elisabeth, 40; Margret, 11; Jacob, 9; Elisabeth, 6; Augustus, 3. Henry and Elisabeth were born in Germany and their children were born in Ohio. [2]

East Bethel Cemetery, Blackcreek Township, Mercer County, Ohio. (2016 photo by Karen)

East Bethel Cemetery, Blackcreek Township, Mercer County, Ohio. (2016 photo by Karen)

August Trisel’s death and burial are recorded in Zion Chatt’s records although he is not buried in Zion’s Cemetery. Zion’s minister likely officiated at his funeral and the church record indicates that he was the son of Henry and Elizabeth Trisel, born 10 March 1877. Zion’s records also show that August died 24 September 1888 and was buried in East Bethel Cemetery on the 25th.

August’s death is also recorded in Mercer County probate, recorded as 20 September 1888. This record indicates that he died of an inflammation of the brain and gives his age as 11 years, 11 months, and 6 days. [3]

Trisel tombstones: Henry & Elizabeth, Otto & Dellie, August J, East Bethel Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2016 photo by Karen)

Trisel tombstones: Henry & Elizabeth, Otto & Dellie, August J. East Bethel Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2016 photo by Karen)

August is buried next to his brother Otto Trisel and Otto’s wife Dellie. Their parents Henry and Elizabeth are buried on the other side of Otto and Dellie.

 

[1] “Ohio, County Births, 1841-2003,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : accessed 3 Apr 2016), Augustus Tressel, 16 May 1877; from Black Creek, Mercer, Ohio, Births, Vol. 1, p.206; from FHL microfilm 914953.

[2] 1880 U.S. Census, Blackcreek, Mercer, Ohio, ED 179, p.324C, line 20, Henry Grisel; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 3 Apr 2016); from FHL microfilm 1255048, from NARA microfilm T9 , roll 1048.

[3] “Ohio, County Death Records, 1840-2001,” database with images, FamilySearch (https:familysearch.org : accessed 3 Apr 2016), Jacob A. Trisel, 20 Sep 1888; from Blackcreek, Mercer, Ohio, Deaths, Vol. 1-2, p.; from FHL microfilm 914954.

Apr 01

Treasures Among the Stuff

Joe and I have been spending nearly all of our spare time going through lots and lots of stuff. Below are some photos of some interesting things we found this week.

When was the last time you saw a pair of nylon stockings with seams? Have you ever seen any? In the original box to boot.

Belle-Sharmeer Stockings, "designed for the individual"

Belle-Sharmeer Stockings, “designed for the individual.”

Wrapped in their original tissue paper.

Original tissue paper in box of hose.

Original tissue paper in box of hose.

Do you remember when ladies used hankies?

Ladies hankies with in box.

Ladies hankies in box.

Just like new, in the box.

Hankie Box I

How about an apron made with hankies?

Apron with hankies sewn on bottom.

Apron with hankies sewn on bottom.

Meanwhile, Joe found some interesting items in the garage.

Some handcuffs, from my dad’s days with the sheriff’s auxiliary and/or Lima State Hospital.

Handcuffs

Two helmet liners and an Army bag.

Helmet Liners & Bag

Bless his heart, eagle-eye Joe found another Herb Miller Electric advertising item.

Miller Electric

Miller Electric key chain.

Miller Electric key chain.

That key chain was in a drawer with some of my dad’s other favorite items, which included firecrackers and bottle rockets. Anyone who knew my dad knows how much he enjoyed setting them off and pulling pranks with them.

Finally, a lucky horseshoe.

Horseshoe

It was our lucky day!

 

 

 

Mar 29

Tombstone Tuesday–John F. (Bahn) Trisel

John F, adopted son of Henry Trisel, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

John F, adopted son of Henry Trisel, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of John F., the adopted son of Henry Trisel, located in row 3 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

John F.
Adopted Son of
Henry Trisel
Died
Sept. 9, 1876
Aged
11 ys.  4 ms.

Who was this young man? There is no death or burial record for John F. Trisel in Zion Chatt’s records.

Zion Chatt’s records give a little information about the Trisel family who adopted him. Henry and Elizabeth Trisel and some of their children attended Zion Lutheran in Chattanooga at one time.

Some Trisel burials are recorded at Zion Chatt but they are not all buried in Zion’s cemetery. Henry Trisel, his wife Elizabeth (Feldmann), their sons Jacob August and Otto F., as well as Otto’s wife Dellie M. are all buried at East Bethel Cemetery, about two miles down the road from the farm the Trisels once owned and lived on.

The Trisels mentioned in the church records:
Elizabeth Barbara Trisel, daughter, born 16 May 1874, baptized at Zion Chatt on 7 June 1874
Jacob August Trisel, son, died 24 September 1888
Mrs. Elizabeth Trisel, nee Feldmann, died 2 May 1917

Another church record entry indicates that Heinrich “Tresser” transferred from the Roman Catholic Church on 19 May 1872. This may be the same person although the spelling is off. The records also indicate that his wife Elizabeth’s maiden name was Feldmann.

Henry Trisel and his wife Elizabeth were both German immigrants. Some accounts indicate that they married [1865] and lived in Hamilton County, Ohio, before moving to Mercer County. In Mercer County Henry purchased 80 acres of land in Section 29 of Blackcreek Township, a little over a mile northeast of Chatt. His farm was located on what is now route 707, about ½ mile east of route 49, on the north side of the road. The name was spelled Treusal in the 1888 Mercer County plat map.

But who was John F., the adopted son of Henry Trisel?

There is a burial entry in Zion Chatt’s records of a young man and that record nearly matches this tombstone inscription. The death and burial entry is for Johann Friedrich Bahm, who died 19 September 1876 at the age of 11 years, 5 months, and 9 days. That is all that was written.

The information in the church records does not match the tombstone inscription exactly, but it is very close.

Is it just a coincidence? Or were these two young men one and the same? Was this adopted boy John F. Bahm?

Also interesting is the name written on the bottom of Henry Trisel’s Civil War Pension index card–John Bahn. Who was John Bahn and why is his name on the bottom of the card? [1]

Henry Trisel Civil War Pension

Henry Trisel Civil War Pension

Bahm? Bahn? The names are very close.

I keep digging.

Eliza Feldman married Johann Bahn on 24 July 1864 in Greenup, Kentucky, [2] which would have been about 10 months before the birth of John F., the adopted son.

The Civil War was in progress. There were several John Bahns in the Civil War and I looked at the one from Ohio. He enlisted as a private in Company H, 183rd Ohio Infantry on 26 September 1864. He was a POW and mustered out on 27 April 1865 and was on the Steamer Sultana. He did not survive the war. [3] How tragic to survive the Civil War and a POW camp, but in the end, on the way home, to perish on the Sultana.

It appears that today’s subject was the biological son of Civil War veteran John Bahn, but I am not absolutely one hundred percent sure. It all seems to fit together. Elizabeth Feldman married John Bahn. John went off to war and Elizabeth was pregnant. John was killed on the Sultana about a month before their son Jon was born. Elizabeth married Henry Trisel in 1865 and Henry adopted John. The son John died in Mercer County and Zion Chatt’s records give his surname [birth name] as John F. Bahm. His tombstone shows his name as John F., the adopted son of Henry Trisel.

As is often the case, more research is needed.

 

[1] Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934, card for Henry Trisel, Ohio; database on-line, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : Accessed 28 Mar 2016); from NARA microfilm T288_479.

[2] Kentucky Marriages, 1851-1900, compiled by Jordan Dodd; database on-line, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 28 Mar 2016.

[3] U.S. Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865, Historical Data Systems, comp; database on-line, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 28 Mar 2016).

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