Oct 09

1877 Trisel Bible Pages

Today, two pages from the 1877 Henry and Elizabeth Trisel Bible, pages that were included in Elizabeth (Feldman) Bahn Trisel’s Widow’s Pension Application.

Elizabeth (Feldman) Bahn married Henry Trisel 23 September 1865 and they raised their family in Black Creek Township, Mercer County, Ohio, about a mile north of Chatt. Henry died 15 February 1896 and, because he was a veteran of the Civil War, his widow Elizabeth was entitled to a widow’s pension. 

To receive her widow’s pension, Elizabeth Trisel needed to provide affidavits and documents to prove she was married to Henry Trisel, when they married, and to show if they had any minor children.

Among the items she sent to the United States Pension Office were two pages from the Henry Trisel family Bible. Elizabeth would have torn these pages from her family Bible to mail them to the U.S. Pension Office. There were no photocopy or fax machines in 1896, so Elizabeth sent the original Bible pages to them. These original Bible pages are part of her Widow’s Pension Application File, stored at the National Archives.

Written in her pension application: As further evidence of the date of her marriage she encloses her family record, being a page taken from her family Bible. That this record was made by a traveling man who came to the house and being a good scribe was allowed to transcribe the family record in this way in German text letters for a small compensation. He was in no way related to the family and was made some 19 years ago. She further states that she has no income whatsoever…

Below, the Family Record page from the Bible shows the birth dates of the Trisel family members. Translations: verheiraty/marriage; kinder/children.

Births, Henry Trisel Bible, 1877.

FAMILY RECORD
Heinrich Trisel-15 Juli 1834
Elisabetha Feldmann-22 Mai 1845
Verheiraty-23 September 1865

KINDER
Johann Fr. Trisel Bahn-31 Marz 1865
Elisabetha Trisel-24 Februar 1867
Margretha Trisel-22 Februar 1869
Jakob Trisel-17 Juli 1871
Eisabetha [?] Trisel-16 Mai 1874
Jakob August Trisel-16 Marz 1877
Frank Otto Trisel-17 Juni 1880
Maria Litha [?] Trisel-21 April 1883

Below is the record of deaths [gestorben] in the Henry Trisel family, stamped U.S. Pension Office Mar 31 1896:

Deaths, Henry Trisel Bible, 1877.

GESTORBEN
Unsere Leiber Vater Johann Heinrich Trisel ist gestorben 15 February 1896 [Our dear father Johann Heinrich Trisel died 15 February 1896]
Johann Fr. Trisel-10 September 1876
Elisabetha Trisel-15 August 1868
Jacob August Trisel-24 September 1888

These Bible pages show that daughter Elizabeth died in 1868, between  census enumerations, and may be otherwise unknown.

The child Johann Fr. Trisel, who died 10 September 1876, was actually Johann F. Bahn, Elizabeth’s son from her marriage to Johann Bahn, who died in the Civil War. 

[1] Elizabeth Trisel Bible, c1877, Family Record [births & deaths], additional evidence, Elizabeth Trisel’s widow’s pension appl. no. 629, 450, cert. no. 448,354, 27 Mar 1896, service of Henry Trisel (Pvt., 4th Independent Battery, Ohio Light Artillery, Civil War); Case Files of Approved Pension Applications…, 1861-1934; Civil War and Later Pension Files; Department of Veterans Affairs, Record Group 15, National Archives, Washington, D.C.

Oct 06

Tombstone Tuesday-L. William & Mina K. (Gunsett) Schumm

L. William & Mina K. (Gunsett) Schumm, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Van Wert County, Ohio. (2012 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of L. William and Mina K. (Gunsett) Schumm, located in row 3 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

SCHUMM
L. William
1884-1961
Mina K.
1886-1946

“William” Lorenz Schumm was born 16 August 1884, the ninth and last child born to Frederick (Jr) and Margaret (Ehrenmann) Schumm. He was baptized at home on 24 August 1884 with William Schumm and Ferdinand Schumm serving as his sponsors.

William’s mother Margaret (Ehrenmann) Schumm died of heart disease on 27 June 1885, less than a year after William‘s birth. William’s father Frederick married Maria Catharine Buechner on 6 September 1888.

The Frederick Schumm Jr family in 1900, the first census William was enumerated in, at the age of 15: Frederick, 56; Mary, 39; Hugo A, 24; Leona B, 22; Henrietta A, 20; Lawrence W [William], 15; Amos C, 8; Erna F, 5; Naomi M, 3. William’s father was a farmer. [1]

William’s father Frederick died in 1907.

William Schumm was enumerated with his step-mother and siblings in 1910: Mary, 49; William, 25; Amos, 18; Erna, 15; and Naomi, 12. They lived on what was called Schumm Pike and William was a farmer. [2]

William Schumm married Amanda Reidenbach on 17 December 1911 and they had 3 children:

Reinhardt Waldo (1912-1986), married Frieda Oleta Etzler
Edgar F. Schumm (1914-1944)
Amanda Barbara (1916-1965) married Leonard Etzler

William’s wife Amanda (Reidenbach) Schumm died 17 August 1916, at the age of 27. She died a few hours after the birth of their third child and is buried in row 10 of Zion Schumm’s cemetery.

Widower William Schumm married Mina Gunsett on 2 May 1918 in Van Wert County, Ohio. [3]

Minnie “Mina“ Katharine Gunsett was the daughter of Jacob Gunsett and Magdalena Schmidt, born in Van Wert County on 26 September 1886.

The Jacob Gunsett family in 1900, when Mina was 13: Jacob, 44; Hannah, 41; Daniel, 19; Frederick, 15; Mina, 13; Lydia, 11; and Henrietta, 9. [4]

By 1910 Mina, 23, had moved to Los Angeles, California, where she worked as a servant in the Robert Cuzner household: Robert L Cuzner 52; Alvena Cuzner, 41; Margaret Cuzner, 13; William G Cuzner, 17; and Mina C Gunsett, 23, born in Ohio. [5]

Mina returned to Van Wert County by 1918 and married William Schumm.

The William Schumm family in 1920: William, 35; Mina, 33; Reinhart, 7; Edgar, 5; Amanda, 3; and Margaret, 3 months. William was a farmer. [6]

The William Schumm family in 1930: William, 44; Mina, 42; Reinhart, 17; Edgar, 15 Amanda, 13; Margaret, 10; Richard, 7; and Elmer, 5. [7]

The William Schumm family in 1940, residing on U.S. Route 33, which was formerly US Route 54. The family: LW [William], 55; Mina, 53; Edgar, 25; Margaret, 20; Richard, 17; and Elmer, 15. [8]

Their son Edgar Schumm was killed in France in 1944, during World War II.

Mina (Gunsett) Schumm died in the Van Wert County Hospital on 19 October 1946. She was buried on the 23rd, with Rev. A.P. Schlegel in charge of the services.

William Schumm died 15 September 1961 in Van Wert. William’s obituary:

L. WILLIAM SCHUMM
Rockford- L. William Schumm, 77, a retired farmer and former resident of Rockford, died at 2:30 a.m. Friday in the Van Rue Geriatric Center in Van Wert, where he had been a patient nine days.

Mr. Schumm was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church, Willshire. He was born Aug. 16, 1884, in Rockford, a son of Frederick and Margaret Ehrenmann Schumm.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Zion Lutheran Church, Willshire, Rev. E.H. Zacharias will officiate and burial will be in the church cemetery.

Those who wish to do so may make memorial contributions to the Cancer Society.

Surviving are three sons, Reinhardt of Convoy, Richard of Detroit, and Elmer of Rockford Rt. 2; two daughters, Mrs. Leonard Etzler of Convoy ad Mrs. Jack Shaffer of Van Wert; one brother, Amos of Rockford Rt. 2; three sisters, Mrs. Maria S. Dietrich, Mrs. Erna Schumm, and Mrs. Naomi Schumm both of Willshire and seven grandchildren. Calling hours at the Ketcham Funeral Home, Rockford, are from 10:30 a.m. Saturday until noon Sunday when the body will be removed to the church. [9]

William & Mina (Gunsett) Schumm had the following children:
Margaret Louise (1919-2009), married Charles Shaffer
Richard E (1922-1990), married Eileen H Swanson
Elmer Jacob (1924-1963), married Esther Ferne Schmid

[1] 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).

[2] 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 5 Oct 2020).

[3] “Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013,” Van Wert County, Vol. 15, p.200, Lawrence William Schumm & Mina Catharine Genosett; 12 May 1918 database with images, FamilySearch.org (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HY-67ZG-D7?i=140&cc=1614804&personaUrl=%2Fark%3A%2F61903%2F1%3A1%3AZZ18-KZMM : viewed 20 Sep 2020).

[4] 1900 U.S. Census, Harrison, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 79, p.11, dwelling 92, family 94, Jacob Gunsett; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/7602/ : viewed 5 Oct 2020).

[5] 1910 U.S. Census, Los Angeles Assembly District 71, Los Angeles, California, ED 201, p.3B, dwelling 61, family 65, Robert L Cuzner; digital image by subscription Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/7884/ : viewed 5 Oct 2020).

[6] 1920 U.S. Census, Black Creek, Mercer, Ohio, ED 124, p.1B, dwelling & f92amily 13, LW Schumm; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/6061/ : viewed 28 Sep 2020).

[7] 1930 U.S. Census, Black Creek, Mercer, Ohio, ED 1, p.1A, dwelling & family 3, L William Schwinn; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/6224/ : viewed 28 Sep 2020).

[8] 1940 U.S. Census, Black Creek, Mercer, Ohio, ED 54-1, p.1A, house visited 3, LW Schumm; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/2442/ : viewed 28 Sep 2020).

[9] The Lima News, Lima, Ohio, 16 September 1961, p.4; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com.

Oct 02

Two More 1896 Chatt-area Affidavits

I recently wrote about young John F. Bahn, the ward of Henry Trisel, who lived near Chattanooga, Ohio, in the late 1800s. Young John Bahn (1865-1876) was the son of Henry’s wife Elizabeth (Feldman) Trisel and her first husband Johann Bahn. Johann Bahn served in the Civil War and perished in the Sultana explosion on his way home from the war in April 1865. Young John Bahn is buried in Zion Chatt’s cemetery, but his real last name is not inscribed on his tombstone.

Young John’s mother Elizabeth (Feldman) married Henry Trisel in September 1865. Henry Trisel also served in the Civil War. Young John Bahn, Elizabeth (Feldman) Trisel, and Henry Trisel were all eligible for Civil War pensions at one time or another.

In order to prove their eligibility for their pensions they had to submit various documents to the government, documents which are now stored at the National Archives.

Among these documents are affidavits from some of the Trisel’s Mercer County neighbors. Last week I transcribed an affidavit made by their neighbor Jasper Byer.  

Today, 2 more transcriptions of affidavits by Trisel neighbors John Leistner, Adam Bollenbacher, and Caroline Baker.   

Henry Trisel died 16 February 1896 and these affidavits were taken for Elizabeth Trisel’s [Henry’s widow] Widow’s Pension Application claim. Elizabeth was entitled to a pension because Henry served in the Civil War. The affidavits were taken by attorney Albert G. Stewart, South Main Street in Rockford. I have left out some of the boilerplate and transcribed just the main parts.

Affidavit by Adam Bollenbacher & John Leistner.

24 April 1896
Personally came before me Adam Bollenbacher aged 53 years and John Leistner aged 50 years, citizens of the County of Mercer, State of Ohio, and whose Post Office addresses are Chattanooga, Ohio, and entitled to credit and who, being duly sworn, declare in relation to aforesaid claim as follows:

We were well acquainted with Henry Trisel the above named soldier and his wife Elizabeth Trisel the above named claimant and have known them intimately ever since the year 1870 when they moved from Cincinnati Ohio to Liberty Township Mercer County Ohio. We know that during that time they lived together as husband and wife and raised a family of five children and that they so lived together up to the death of said Henry Trisel. We also know that said claimant was never divorced from said Henry Trisel.

We also know that said Claimant has no other property except a widows dower interest in an 80 acre farm that the improvements on said farm are very poor, consisting only of a [?] frame house of few rooms, and an old log barn, almost rotted down.

There are about 55 acres under cultivation. Such a farm would rent for about three dollars an acre for improved land or from 160.00 to 200.00 for the farm.

She has one son living at home at present but she has no means of compelling him to remain at home and he is already talking of leaving her and going for himself.

She is still living on the farm because the estate of Henry Trisel is not yet settled and there is no probability that she will be permitted to remain more than a year as the children will demand a division and then she can hold only a one third dower interest. We also know that the children of said soldier, Otto Trisel and Mary Louisa Trisel, are both alive at this date.

We further declare that we have no interest in said claim and are not concerned in its prosecution. This affidavit was written by A.G. Stewart at Rockford Ohio on the 24th day of April 1896 in my presence and from my oral statement above and I was not aided or prompted by

[signed] John Leistner and Adam Bollenbacher

1896 affidavit by John Leistner & Adam Bollenbacher.

The other affidavit:

15 October 1896
On this 15th day of October, 1896 A.D., personally appeared before me a Notary Public in and for the aforesaid county, duly authorized to administer oaths, Caroline Baker aged 54 years, a resident of Liberty Township in the County of Mercer and State of Ohio, whose Post Office address is Chattanooga, Mercer Co Ohio, well known to me to be reputable and entitled to credit and who, being duly sworn, declares for himself, in relation to aforesaid case, as follows:

That she has been acquainted with the Claimant Elizabeth Trisel, and her late husband Henry Trisel, ever since the spring of 1870 when they moved from Cincinnati Ohio to Liberty Township Mercer County Ohio. They moved on to the next farm to ours and we were very intimate friends and were much together visiting back and forth. I learned from our intercourse and from Henry Trisel’s early history as he gave it to us that he had never been married previous to his marriage to the Claimant who was then the widow of John Bahn.

From my information on the subject I am perfectly satisfied and willing to state that Henry Trisel was never married prior to his marriage to the Claimant. I am also satisfied and convinced that the Claimant was not married to any person other than John Bahn, previous to her marriage to Henry Trisel. I know that Elizabeth Trisel the Claimant has not remarried since the death of Henry Trisel, her late husband. I have lived near her all the time and know she has not remarried.

I further declare that I have no interest in said case and am not concerned in its prosecution.

[signed] Caroline Baker

1896 affidavit by Caroline Baker.

Who were these neighbors of the Trisels?

John Leistner (1845-1917), was the son of Andrew and Barbara Leistner and was married to Leanna (Hinton) (1848-1928). He lived in Black Creek Township, a little north of Chatt, on route 49. He and his wife are buried in Kessler/Liberty Cemetery, Mercer County.

Adam Bollenbacher (1840-1901), was the son of Johann George and Maria Elisabeth Henrietta (Alt) Bollenbacher and was married to Christina (Koch) (1842-1908). He lived northeast of Chatt in Black Creek Township, on the Black Creek/Liberty Township line, about 4 miles east of route 49. He and his wife are buried in St. Paul UCC Cemetery.

Caroline Baker (1842-1914) was the daughter of Johann George and Maria Elisabeth Henrietta (Alt) Bollenbacher and was the wife of Jacob J Baker (1840-1889). She lived north of Chatt in Black Creek Township, on the Black Creek/Liberty Township line, about a mile east of route 49. She is buried in St. Paul UCC Cemetery.

Interesting that Adam and Caroline were brother and sister.

Sources:
Affidavits by John Leistner, Adam Bollenbacher, and Caroline Baker, Elizabeth Trisel’s widow’s pension appl. no.629450, 24 Apr 1896 & 15 Oct 1896, service of Henry Trisel (Pvt., 4th Independent Battery, Ohio Light Artillery, Civil War); Case Files of Approved Pension Applications…, 1861-1934; Civil War and Later Pension Files; Department of Veterans Affairs, Record Group 15, National Archives, Washington, D.C.

Sep 29

Tombstone Tuesday-Pvt. Edgar F. Schumm

PVT. Edgar F. Schumm, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Van Wert County, Ohio. (2020 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Edgar F. Schumm, located in row 3 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

1914-1944
PVT. Edgar F. Schumm
Died in battle at Montigny,
France

Edgar Friedrich Schumm was born near Rockford, Mercer County, Ohio, on 18 November 1914, the son of William and Amanda (Reidenbach) Schumm. He was baptized at home by Rev. George J. Meyer on 6 December 1914, with Victor Schumm and Theodore Hoffmann serving as his sponsors.     

Edgar’s mother Amanda died on 17 August 1916, a few hours after the birth of their third child. Edgar’s father William Schumm married Minnie “Mina” Gunsett in Van Wert County on 2 May 1918. [1]

The William Schumm family in 1920, when son Edgar was 5 years old: William, 35; Mina, 33; Reinhart, 7; Edgar, 5; Amanda, 3; and Margaret, 3 months. The father William was a farmer. [2]

The William Schumm family in 1930, when son Edgar was 15: William, 44; Mina, 42; Reinhart, 17; Edgar, 15 Amanda, 13; Margaret, 10; Richard, 7; and Elmer, 5. They lived near Philip Schumm and his family, west of Rockford. [3]

Edgar’s 1940 census enumeration is interesting. His name is written at the very end of the Black Creek Township section and is grouped with the Ben Bollenbacher family on the Ancestry.com index. Edgar Schumm’s name is the last name written but the enumerator indicates that he was actually enumerated with Black Creek household number 3, which is the William L. Schumm household. It shows Edgar’s enumeration was a continuation of household no. 3’s enumeration. I believe the person writing the census forgot to write Edgar’s name with his family and added his name at the end of the section, but still linking him to his actual family. Edgar, age 25, worked at a mill/feed factory. This enumeration also shows that the William Schumm family lived on U.S. Route 33, which was formerly US Route 54. The family: William, 55; Mina, 53; Margaret, 20; Richard, 17; and Elmer, 15. [4]

Sometime after 1940 Edgar Schumm moved to Van Dyke, Michigan, where he worked for Rotary Electric & Steel. It was there, in Michigan, that he applied for the draft and his draft registration card provides this information: Edgar Frederick Schumm, address 20741 Huron, Van Dyke, Macomb Co, Michigan; age 25, born in Rockford 18 Nov 1914; 5’5”, 150 pounds, gray eyes, brown hair, light complexion. Employer: Rotary Elec. Steel, Mound Road, Warren, Macomb Co, Michigan. Lawrence W. Schumm, RR2, Rockford, was the person who would always know his address. [5]

Private Edgar F. Schumm went overseas to battle in Europe in April 1944 and was killed in action 13 November 1944 on the battlefield in Montigny, France. He was 29 years, 11 months, and 25 days old.  

A Rockford soldier, Pvt. Edgar Schumm, has been killed in action in Germany according to word received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Schumm. He met death on Nov. 13, the war department message said. [6]

Another:

Mr. and Mrs. William Schumm of west of Rockford have been notified that their son, Pvt. Edgar F. Schumm was killed in action in Europe Nov. 13. He had been in the service for a year and was sent overseas last April.

Surviving besides his parents are two sisters, Margaret of Van Wert and Amanda of Harrison township, and three brothers, Elmer at home, Richard with the Marines on Guam island and Rinehart, in an Army camp in Virginia. [7]

His name is listed among those on Mercer County’s WWII Roll of Honor, listed as EF Schumm:

WWII Roll of Honor, Mercer County, Ohio. (2014 photo by Karen)

How difficult it would have been for Edgar’s family, losing a son in battle and having two other sons serving in the war at the same time.

Edgar Schumm had the following full siblings:
Reinhart Waldo (1912-1986), married Frieda Oleta Etzler
Amanda Barbara (1916-1965) married Leonard Etzler

Edgar Schumm had the following half siblings:
Margaret Louise (1919-2009), married Charles Shaffer
Richard E (1922-1990), married Eileen H. Swanson
Elmer Jacob (1924-1963), married Esther Ferne Schmid

[1] “Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013,” Van Wert County, Vol. 15, p.200, Lawrence William Schumm & Mina Catharine Genosett; 12 May 1918 database with images, FamilySearch.org (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HY-67ZG-D7?i=140&cc=1614804&personaUrl=%2Fark%3A%2F61903%2F1%3A1%3AZZ18-KZMM : viewed 20 Sep 2020).

[2] 1920 U.S. Census, Black Creek, Mercer, Ohio, ED 124, p.1B, dwelling & family 13, LW Schumm; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/6061/ : viewed 28 Sep 2020).

[3] 1930 U.S. Census, Black Creek, Mercer, Ohio, ED 1, p.1A, dwelling & family 3, L William Schwinn; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/6224/ : viewed 28 Sep 2020).

[4] 1940 U.S. Census, Black Creek, Mercer, Ohio, ED 54-1, p.61A, line 26, house visited 3, Edgar Schumm; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/2442/ : viewed 28 Sep 2020).

[5] WWII Draft Registration Cards for Michigan, 1940-1947, Records of Selective Service System, 147, box 1067, Edgar Frederick Schumm; Ancestry.com.

[6] Greenville Daily Advocate, Greenville, Ohio, 6 Dec 1944, p.6; digital image, Newspapers.com.

[7] The Journal Herald, Dayton, Ohio, 10 Dec 1944, p.12; digital image, Newspapers.com.

 

 

Sep 25

Jasper Byer Affidavit, 1896

Last week I identified the last name of Henry Trisel’s young ward, John F. Bahn, the son of Henry’s wife Elizabeth (Feldman) Trisel and her first husband Johann Bahn. Johann Bahn served in the Civil War and perished in the Sultana explosion on his way home from the war in April 1865. Young John, their son, is buried in Zion Chatt’s cemetery, but his tombstone does not indicate his real last name.

Young John’s mother Elizabeth (Feldman) married Henry Trisel in September 1865. Henry Trisel also served in the Civil War. Young John Bahn, Elizabeth (Feldman) Trisel, and Henry Trisel were all eligible for Civil War pensions at one time or another.

These events, as well as proof of pension eligibilities, generated quite a few documents, which I ordered from the National Archives to research the story of young John and his family.

Among the documents were affidavits from some of Henry Trisel’s Mercer County neighbors.

Below is the transcription of one of those documents, the affidavit of Jasper Byer.

Jasper Byer and Henry Trisel lived about a mile apart. Both lived on route 707, Henry east of route 49 and Jasper west of route 49.

Henry Trisel died 16 February 1896 and Jasper Byer’s affidavit was taken 27 March 1896, taken for Elizabeth Trisel’s [Henry’s widow] Widow’s Pension Application. The affidavit was taken by attorney Albert G. Stewart, age about 68, who lived on South Main Street in Rockford.

Jasper Byer affidavit, Elizabeth Trisel widow’s pension application, 1896.

The affidavit:

State of Ohio, County of Mercer
In the matter of Widows Orig No. 629.450 of Henry Trisel, Ind Battery Lt Artillery Ohio vols.

On this 27th day of March, A.D. 1896, personally appeared before me a notary public in and for the aforesaid county, duly authorized to administer oaths, Jasper Byer, aged 55 years, a resident of Black Creek Tp in the County of Mercer and State of Ohio whose Post Office address is Chattanooga Ohio well known to me to be reputable and entitle to credit and who, being duly sworn, declares for himself, in relation to aforesaid case, as follows:

That he had been acquainted with Henry Trisel the above named soldier and Elizabeth Trisel his wife and now widow, since the month of January 1870 at which time they moved from Cincinnati Ohio to Liberty Township in Mercer County Ohio. I lived then a near neighbor to them and have lived near to them ever since to the present time and my acquaintance with them has been very intimate, although I am not in any way related to either of them.

I know that said Henry Trisel died on Saturday February 15th 1896 for the reason that I was at the house on the same day and saw the corpse and attended the funeral on the next day and saw him buried. I remember the date and the circumstances very distinctly.

I also know that said Henry Trisel and Elizabeth Trisel have lived together as man and wife since the time I first knew them in 1870 and have raised a family of children. That Henry Trisel when he died was the owner of and Eighty acre farm in Black Creek Township, Mercer Co Ohio and he owned no other real estate and had no money at interest but was in debt for a small amount probably about one hundred dollars or a little more.

From my intimate acquaintance with the said parties I know that the said Elizabeth Trisel has no income whatever and possessed no property of any kind except her interest in her late husband’s farm, that her interest in said farm is only that of a Widows Dower to wit the use of one third of said farm during her lifetime, and furthermore that she has no one who is legally bound for her support and is dependent on her own daily labor for a support.

This affidavit as written by A.G. Stewart at Rockford Ohio on the 27th day of March 1896 in my presence and from my oral dictation alone and I was not aided or prompted by any written or printed statement on recited prepared or dictated by an other person whosoever.  [1]

Jasper Byer affidavit, 1896.

Another little piece of Chattanooga-area history.

[1] Affidavit by Jasper Byer, Elizabeth Trisel’s widow’s pension appl. no. 629,450, 27 Mar 1896, service of Henry Trisel (Pvt., 4th Independent Battery, Ohio Light Artillery, Civil War); Case Files of Approved Pension Applications…, 1861-1934; Civil War and Later Pension Files; Department of Veterans Affairs, Record Group 15, National Archives, Washington, D.C.

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