Apr 17

Who was Jimson Johnson?

Who was Jimson Johnson?

My grandpa Miller knew him when he saw him. My dad saw him only once. All of my dad’s siblings have heard of him but none have ever met him.

Mr. Johnson was old enough to drive in the late 1920s and he traveled on the road between Willshire and Chatt at least once. It was on that day, long ago, when my grandfather and dad saw him, as they traveled that same road to Willshire.

Jimson Johnson may have even lived in the Willshire/Chatt area, although I have never found him in a census enumeration. But I know I never will find him there. There was a man by that name living in Ontario, Canada, at the beginning of the 20th century. But this was not our guy. [1]

Jimson is an unusual given name which cannot be found on various Meaning of Your Name websites. Going by naming patterns, the name could mean “son of Jim.” The Johnson surname often meant “son of John.” Was he the son of Jim or the son of John?

As far as I know we do not have any Johnson relatives, but growing up I heard the name Jimson Johnson many times and am very familiar with the name. Interesting, though, that his name is usually accompanied with a snicker. Who was he? Who was this Jimson Johnson?

There were other Johnson families in the area, like Ivan Johnson, who owned a garage in Chatt. But Jimson was not related to him or any of the other local Johnsons. I know this because Jimson Johnson came from nowhere and was related to no one around here.

Yes, there is a story behind this name. A story that shows what can happen when an frustrated parent is trapped in a car with an inquiring young child.

Carl Miller, father of Herb.

Carl Miller, father of Herb.

My grandpa Miller was not known for his patience. I believe that many of German heritage during that era were rather short-tempered. After all, they had a lot on their minds–farming, supporting a growing family, and the Great Depression. That could lead to a serious and stern disposition.

And there was my dad, the first son born to Carl and Gertrude Miller. He was about 3 years old at the time and was an inquisitive, talkative boy. My dad always went along to town with his father. Grandpa took him everywhere. The two of them, father and son, were in a car going to Willshire one day in the late 1920s.

The earliest photo I have of Herb Miller.

The earliest photo I have of Herb Miller.

As they drove to their destination my dad wanted to know who the person was in each and every car they met. He evidently thought his father knew the name of everyone on the road.

“Who is that?” “What is his name?” “Who is that?” “Who was that in that car?” Over and over and over again. During the whole ride to town and back. My dad was very persistent and my grandfather’s patience was nearly gone.

My dad’s father could not stand it any longer. He had heard enough questions. He had to do something to quiet his young son.

Grandpa did what he had to. He gave the driver of one car a name. Grandpa made up a name–Jimson Johnson. A name with a nice ring to it and fun for a child to say.

It was Jimson Johnson driving one of the cars they passed on the road to Willshire that day. Finally! Someone his father knew. Some person in a car had a name. My dad liked that.

It was actually very clever on my grandpa’s part. It satisfied my dad’s curiosity and when my dad got home he could not wait to tell his mother that they had seen Jimson Johnson that day.

Grandma wondered who in the world Jimson Johnson was and grandpa had to admit to her that he made up the name to quiet my dad.

Next Tuesday, 21 April 2015, will be the third anniversary of my dad’s passing. We miss him every day.

Herb Miller (1925-2014)

Herb Miller (1925-2012)

 

[1] 1901 Census of Canada, Ancestry.com index, accessed 16 April 2015. This index indicates Jimson Johnson was born in 1874 and resided in Bothwell, Ontario, in 1901.

Apr 14

Tombstone Tuesday–Paul E. & Lydia B. (Schumm) Schumm

Paul E. & Lydia B. (Schumm) Schumm, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. (2012 photoby Karen.

Paul E. & Lydia B. (Schumm) Schumm, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. (2012 photo by Karen.

This is the tombstone of Paul E. and Lydia B. (Schumm) Schumm, located in row 6 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

SCHUMM
Paul E.
1888-1970
Lydia B.
1883-1967

Paul Edwin Schumm was born in Willshire Township on 31 August 1888, the son of William and Anna Maria (Heffner) Schumm. He was baptized 9 September 1888 at Zion Schumm, with Heinrich Schumm II and Ferdinand Schumm as his sponsors.

In 1910 Paul lived on family farm east of Willshire with his widowed mother Mary and his siblings Oscar and Julia. Paul’s occupation was a farmer. [1]

According to church records, Paul Schumm married Lydia Schumm on 14 April 1914 at Zion Schumm’s parsonage. They were married by Rev. George J. Meyer and witnesses to the marriage were Oscar Schumm and Hilda Schumm.

Lydia Barbara Schumm was born 12 September 1883, the daughter of John Christian and Wilhelmina “Minnie” (Breuninger) Schumm. Lydia was baptized with her twin sister Hilda Maria on 23 September 1883 at Zion Schumm. Sponsors for the twins were Mrs. Sarah Schumm, Mrs. Rosine Schinnerer, Mrs. Hannah Germann, and Margaretha Buechner. Lydia’s mother Minnie was the sister of my great-grandmother Sarah (Breuninger) Schumm, one of the above sponsors.

A few years later, on 5 June 1917, Paul Schumm applied for the WWI Draft in Van Wert. He was married with one child at that time and lived at route 2 Willshire. He was of medium height, stout build, had light blue eyes, and dark brown hair. [2]

In 1920 Paul, age 31, and Lydia, age 36, lived on their farm east of Willshire, where Paul farmed. They owned their home and also in the household were daughters Mildred M, 3 years, and Delores M, 3 months, as well as Paul’s widowed mother, Mary Ann, age 64. [3]

Paul and Lydia remained on their family farm on the northeast corner of route 81 and Harrison-Willshire Road and in 1940 their household consisted of Paul, 51, Lydia, 56, daughters Mildred, 23, Lola, 17, Ellen, 15, and Paul’s sister-in-law Salome Schumm, age 47. Paul was a farmer and daughter Mildred was a secretary at an elevator. In fact, Mildred worked at the grain elevator in Willshire, where a few years later she trained my mother in the ins and outs of bookkeeping. [4]

Lydia Schumm died at home on 10 May 1967, at the age of 83 years, 7 months, and 28 days. She was buried on 14 May, with Rev. Elmer Braun in charge of the service. According to Zion Schumm’s records survivors included her husband; daughters Mildred Franz, Delores, Lola, and Ellen Black; sisters Hilda, Salome, and Elizabeth Linser; a brother Arnold; and 2 grandchildren.

Paul E. Schumm died at the Van Wert County Hospital on 8 September 1970, at the age of 82 years, 8 days. He was buried on 12 September, with Rev. Robert Schuler in charge of the service. According to church records survivors included four daughters; one brother, Oscar; and 2 grandchildren.

Paul and Lydia had the following children:
“Mildred” Maria (1916-2004), married Christian Franz
“Dolores” Minnie (1919-2014)
“Lola” Thelma (1922- )
“Ellen” May (1925- ), married Ray Black

 

[1] 1910 U.S. Census, Willshire Township, Van Wert County, Ohio, ED 114, p.1B, dwelling 15, family 15, Mary Schumm, from FHL microfilm 1375251, from NARA microfilm T624, roll 1238.

[2] U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, database on-line, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 15 April 2015), from NARA microfilm M1509, roll 1851249.

[3] 1920 U.S. Census, Willshire Township, Van Wert County, Ohio, ED 146, p.4B, dwelling 81, Paul E. Schumm; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com, (www.ancestry.com : accessed 12 April 2015); from NARA microfilm T625, roll 1446.

[4] 1940 U.S. Census, Willshire Township, Van Wert County, Ohio, Ed 81-26, p.8A, house no. 164, Paul Schumm; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 12 April 2015); from NARA microfilm T627, roll 3163.

Apr 10

2015 OGS Conference, Columbus, Ohio

Greetings from Columbus, Ohio! I am here to attend the 2015 Ohio Genealogical Conference, “Ohio, Your Genealogical Cornerstone.” The society’s 54th annual conference is being held 8-11 April at the Sheraton at Capitol Square. Miriam, my genealogy friend and traveling companion, and I have been here since Wednesday evening.

Wednesday was quite a busy day. I left home at the crack of dawn, headed to the Vera Bradley outlet sale in Fort Wayne. By the end of the day I was meeting up with genealogy friends here in Columbus. I have been on the go ever since.

OGS never fails to put on a first class conference and this year is no exception. Some of the nation’s best genealogy speakers are here and I look forward to hearing and learning more today and tomorrow.

Thursday I learned about Ohio’s early laws and history, researching school records, forensic genealogy, circumstantial evidence, and organizing DNA matches. Each of those sessions was excellent and I can’t wait to hear and learn more tomorrow.

Below are a few photos from this year’s conference.

2015 OGS Conference theme.

2015 OGS Conference theme.

Judy Russell, JD, CG, CGL, aka The Legal Genealogist, was the keynote speaker. She makes the law very interesting.

Judy Russell, 2015 OGS keynote speaker.

Judy Russell, 2015 OGS keynote speaker.

Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG, before her session about school records.

Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG.

Peggy Clemens Lauritzen

Sisters Betsy Potts and Cindy Freed. Cindy is holding her new book, Ancestors in a Nation Divided.

Betsy Potts & Cindy Freed, with Cindy's book, "Ancestors in a Nation Divided."

Betsy Potts & Cindy Freed, with Cindy’s book, “Ancestors in a Nation Divided.”

2015 program chair Shelley Bishop did a great job planning the program and scheduling the speakers.

Shelley Bishop, 2015 OGS Program Chair.

Shelley Bishop, 2015 OGS Program Chair.

The exhibit hall. I always enjoy looking through the books and seeing new products and services.

Exhibit Hall, 2015 OGS Conference.

Exhibit Hall, 2015 OGS Conference.

Friday concluded with a social hour, “A Brick Wall Busting Good Time,” that included live music by Steve Brown and friend.

Friday evening entertainment.

Friday evening entertainment.

I am looking forward to two more days of learning, getting together with old friends, and making new ones.

Thanks to everyone who worked to make this conference a success.

 

 

Apr 07

Tombstone Tuesday–Hugo H. & Amalia M. (Schumm) Schumm

Hugo H. & Amalia M. (Schumm) Schumm, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. (2012 photo by Karen)

Hugo H. & Amalia M. (Schumm) Schumm, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. (2012 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Hugo H. and Amalia M. (Schumm) Schumm, located in row 3 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

SCHUMM
Hugo H.
1876-1955
Amalia M.
1880-1946

Johann Heinrich “Hugo” Schumm was born 28 August 1876 in Willshire Township, Van Wert County, Ohio, the son of Wilhelm “William” and Anna Maria (Heffner) Schumm. He was baptized at Zion Lutheran Schumm on 3 September 1876 and Heinrich Lankenau and Johann Bienz were his baptismal sponsors.

Hugo Schumm married Amalia Schumm on 17 September 1905 at Zion Schumm. They were both from the Schumm parish and were married by Rev. C.W. Giese. Hugo’s occupation was a farmer when they married.

Amalia Maria Schumm was born 6 October 1880 in Willshire Township, Van Wert County, the daughter of Henry George “H.G.” and Anna Maria (Roehm) Schumm. Amalia was baptized 17 October 1880 at Zion Schumm and her baptismal sponsors were Mrs. Rosina Roehm and Mrs. Maria Neubrecht.

Within four years of their marriage the couple moved to Chicago, Illinois, where they resided 709 S. Campbell Avenue. Hugo’s twin brother lived with them in 1910 and both Hugo and Otto worked as truckmen for the railroad. Hugo and Amalia had had no children. [1]

Their only child, Theodore W., was born in Chicago in 1913.

In 1920 Hugo, Amalia, and Theodore lived in a rented a home at 3027 Polk Street in Chicago. Hugo still worked for the railroad, as a checker at an office. [2]

In 1930 the Schumm family of three rented their home at 3522 Carroll Avenue in Chicago. Hugo was 53, Amalia 49, and Theodore 17 years of age. Hugo still worked for the “steam” railroad, but as a tally man at that time. Amalia was not employed. [3]

Hugo and Amalia remained in same rented house on Carroll Street in Chicago in 1940. Their son Theodore had moved out or married by this time and Hugo, at age 64, worked as a tally man for a freight presser, where he had earned $1500 in 1939. [4]

According to Zion Schumm’s records, Amalia died 13 July 1946 in Decatur, Indiana, at the age of 65 years, 9 months, and 7 days. She was buried on the 16th. The minister in charge was Rev. A. Moeller.

Zion Schumm’s records also indicate that Hugo Schumm died 28 May 1955 at the age of 78 years and 9 months. He was survived by a son Theodore.

Hugo and Amalia had one child:
Theodore W. (1913-1992), married Ida M. Braner

 

[1] 1910 U.S. Census, Chicago Ward 13, Cook County, Illinois, ED 671, p2B. dwelling 34, family 37, Hugo Schumms; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 5 April 2015); from FHL microfilm 1374268, from NARA microfilm T624, roll. 255.

[2] 1920 U.S. Census, Chicago Ward 13, Cook County, Illinois, ED 792, p.1B, dwelling 8, family 14, Hugo Schumm; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 5 April 2015); from NARA microfilm T625, roll 322.

[3] 1930 U.S. Census, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, ED 1073, p.1B, dwelling7, family 17, Hugo H. Schum; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 5 April 2015); from FHL microfilm 2340193, from NARA microfilm T626, roll 458.

[4] 1940 U.S. Census, Chicago Ward 28, Cook County, Illinois, ED 103-1811, p.61A, house no. 3522, Hugo Schumm; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 5 April 2015); from NARA microfilm T627, roll 978.

Apr 03

1914 Appraiser’s Plat Book, Liberty Township

The past couple weeks I have shown some 1910 plat maps of Blackcreek Township. While at the courthouse I did not find 1910 maps of Liberty Township, nor do I have Liberty Township’s 1910 Quadrennial Assessor’s Report.

However I did find the 1914 Appraiser’s Plat book for Liberty Township, Mercer County, Ohio. The maps in this book are not quite as neat as those in the Blackcreek book but they are still very interesting and helpful in locating someone’s property.

1914 Appraiser's Plat, Liberty Township, Mercer County, Ohio.

1914 Appraiser’s Plat, Liberty Township, Mercer County, Ohio.

Liberty Township is immediately south of Blackcreek Township, with Indiana on its west side, Washington Township on its south side, and Hopewell Township to the east. Chattanooga is in the northwest corner of Liberty Township, between sections 5 and 6.

Today I have posted sections 5, 6, 7, 8, 17, and 18 in Liberty Township. State Route 49 runs between sections 5 and 6, 7 and 8, and 17 and 18. Below is a current map of the Liberty Township to aid in locating the sections.

Liberty Township, Mercer County, Ohio.

Liberty Township, Mercer County, Ohio.

Section 5 is bounded by Strable Road and Blackcreek Township on the north, State Route 49 on the west, Schaadt Road on the south, and section 4 to the east. Tama Road runs through the center of section 5. Zion Lutheran Church is located on the west edge of section 5, in the middle of the section, on the corner of State Route 49 and Tama Road. In addition to the Lutheran church the map shows Zion’s cemetery on Tama Road, as well as the parsonage and the church school south of the church on route 49.

Section 5, Liberty Township, 1914 Appraiser's Plat Book.

Section 5, Liberty Township, 1914 Appraiser’s Plat Book.

The east side of section 6 is the west side of Chatt. Section 6 is bounded by Strable Road and Blackcreek Township on the north, Indiana on the west, section 7 on the south, and State Route 49 on the east.

Section 6, Liberty Township, 1914 Appraiser's Plat Book.

Section 6, Liberty Township, 1914 Appraiser’s Plat Book.

Section 7 is south of section 6. Indiana is on the west side and Route 49 is on the east side. Oregon Road is at the south end of sections 7 and 8.

Section 7, Liberty Township, 1914 Appraiser's Plat Book.

Section 7, Liberty Township, 1914 Appraiser’s Plat Book.

Section 8 is east of section 7 and is bounded by Schaadt Road to the north, 49 to the west, and Oregon Road to the south. Chatt School was on the northwest corner of section 8, at the corner of 49 and Schaadt Road.

Section 8, Liberty Township, 1914 Appraiser's Plat Book.

Section 8, Liberty Township, 1914 Appraiser’s Plat Book.

Section 17 is south of section 8 and is bounded by Oregon Road to the north, 49 to the west, Frahm Pike to the south, and Linn Road to the east. There was a school in the southwest corner of section 17, at the corner of 49 and Frahm Pike.

Section 17, Liberty Township, 1914 Appraiser's Plat Book.

Section 17, Liberty Township, 1914 Appraiser’s Plat Book.

Section 18 is west of section 17 and south of section 7. It is bounded by Oregon Road to the north, Indiana to the west, Frahm Pike to the south, and 49 to the east. Kessler Cemetery, aka Liberty Cemetery, is not shown on the 1914 map but is in the northeast portion of section 18.

Section 18, Liberty Township, 1914 Appraiser's Plat Book.

Section 18, Liberty Township, 1914 Appraiser’s Plat Book.

I hope you enjoy looking at the 1914 Liberty Township plat maps and that you locate some of your ancestors on the them.

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