Jul 19

Tombstone Tuesday–John H. & Rosa C. (Bollenbacher) Becher

John H & Rosa C Becher, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

John H & Rosa C Becher, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of John H. and Rosa C. (Bollenbacher) Becher, located in row 10 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

BECHER
Rosa C.
1886-1962
John H.
1883-1950

John Henry Becher was born in Blackcreek Township, Mercer County, Ohio, on 7 October 1883, the first child born to Jacob and Mary (Kettering) Becher. Both of his parents were also born in Mercer County. John was baptized at Zion Chatt on 4 November 1883 with Johann Becher and Friederika Mamber as his sponsors. He was confirmed at Zion Chatt 6 June 1897 by Rev. August Affeld.

The first census John Becher was enumerated in was the 1900 census. The Bechers lived in Blackcreek Township and his father Jacob was a farmer.  The Jacob Becher household, as shown in 1900: Jacob, 41; Mary, 40; John H, 16; Minnie C, 14; Jacob E, 12; Ida M, 10; Ida C, 10; Sarah E, 7; James W, 4; Raymond C, 1. [1]

John Becher was still living with his parents in 1910. They resided in Blackcreek Township and John worked as a carpenter. [2]

A year later, in October or November of 1911, John Becher married Rosa Bollenbacher. [3] [4]

Rosa Bollenbacher was born in Adams County, Indiana, the daughter of Jacob and Maggie (Hoffman) Bollenbacher. Her father was born in Germany and her mother was born in Mercer County, Ohio. John and Rosa’s marriage license indicates Rosa was born 11 October 1886, [3] while their son’s death certificate indicates she was born 12 October 1887. [5]

In September 1918, when John registered for the draft, he and Rosa lived in Geneva, where John farmed. He was 35 years old and was described as being tall and slender with brown eyes and black hair. [6]

In 1920 John and Rosa lived in Jefferson Township, Adams County, Indiana: John H, 36, farmer; Rosa C, 33; Lavan E, 6; Vernon C, 11 months. Some of their closest neighbors were Harley and Ella Reef and Ray Duff. [7]

By 1930 the John Becher family had moved to Laotto, Noble County, Indiana, where they lived in a rented farm home. John farmed and they owned a radio. [8]

John Becher applied for the draft again in 1942, this time the World War II draft. At that time John and Rosa lived at RR1, Rockford, where John, age 58, was a self-employed farmer. [9]

Henry and Rosa moved a couple times again by 1940. The 1940 census enumeration indicates that all three family members had lived in rural Van Wert County in 1935. In 1940 they rented a home in Root Township, Adams County, Indiana, where John still farmed. Their oldest son LaVon had died in 1932 but their younger son Vernon was unmarried and living with them in 1940. Vernon had completed two years of college and his occupation is indexed as instructor in an “underwear college.”  [10] Hmmm. That would be an unusual college. I think it was probably read and indexed incorrectly and was likely some sort of industrial college.

John H. Becher died 21 February 1950 of paralysis, at the age of 66 years, 4 months, and 14 days. Zion Chatt’s records indicate that he was “a patient sufferer for four years.” He was buried on the 23rd with Rev. Waldo Byers in charge of the service. John was survived by his wife Rosa, their son Vernon, grandsons, John, Henry, Charles David; brothers Edward, James, Raymond, and sisters Mrs. Minnie B. Wilson and Mrs. Ella Reef. John’s death certificate indicates he died in rural Blackcreek Twp, 5 miles west of Rockford. It gives his cause of death as terminal hypostatic pneumonia, which he had for 36 hours. That was due to a cerebral hemorrhage he had a year ago, which was due to hypertension and arteriosclerosis. His occupation was a farmer. Yager Funeral Home in Berne was in charge of arrangements. [11]

Rosa died 3 June 1962 in Augusta, Richmond County, Georgia, likely living with her son Vernon there at the time of her death. [12] According to Zion Chatt’s records she died of heart failure and arthritis at the age of 75 years. She was survived by her son Vernon Becher. Rosa was buried on the 6th.

John H. and Rosa C. (Bollenbacher) Becher had two sons:
LaVon Eugene (1913-1932)
Vernon Chester (1919-2000), married ?

 

[1] 1900 U.S. Census, Black Creek, Mercer, Ohio, ED 74, p.7B, dwelling & family 153, Jacob Becher; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 10 Jul 2016); from FHL microfilm 1241303, from NARA microfilm T623, roll 1303.

[2] 1910 U.S. Census, Black Creek, Mercer, Ohio, ED 107, p.1A, visited & family 6, Jacat Becker; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 10 Jul 2016); from FHL microfilm 1375227, from NARA microfilm T624, roll 1214.

[3] “Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : accessed 16 Jul 2016), John H Becher and Rosa Bollenbacher; from Adams, Indiana county clerk office; from FHL microfilm 2321467.

[4] Only the marriage license is on FamilySearch.org, and without a return no marriage date is available.

[5] Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011, Von E Becher; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 16 Jul 2016); from Indiana State Board of Health, Indiana Archives and Records Administration, Indianapolis, Indiana.

[6] U.S. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, Adams, Indiana, John Henry Becher; Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 17 Jul 2016); from U.S. Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, NARA microfilm M1509, roll 1439777.

[7] 1920 U.S. Census, Jefferson, Adams, Indiana, ED 4, p.9A, dwelling 180, family 194, John H Beches; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 16 Jul 2016); from NARA microfilm T625, roll 420.

[8] 1930 U.S. Census, Swan, Noble, Indiana, ED 20, p.3A, dwelling & family 63, John H Becher; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 16 Jul 2016); FHL microfilm 2340355, from NARA microfilm T626, roll 620.

[9] Draft Registration Cards for Fourth Registration for Ohio, 4/27/1942, NAI #623234, Records of the Selective Service System, Record Group 147; John Henry Becher, Mercer, Ohio, serial no. 137; Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 17 Jul 2016).

[10] 1940 U.S. Census, Root, Adams, Indiana, ED 1-16, p.9B, line 66, John H Becher; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 16 Jul 2016); from NARA microfilm T627, roll 1024.

[11] “Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : accessed 16 Jul 20165), John Henry Becher, 21 Feb 1850; State File no. 10959; from FHL microfilm 2372554.

[12] Georgia Death Index, 1919-1998, Georgia Department of Health, Division of Vital Records 1998, Rosa B Becher, 3 Jun 1962; Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 17 Jul 2016).

 

Jul 15

Max W. Friddle/Friedell Revisited

Ancestry.com’s recent partnership with the Indiana Archives and Records Administration has been a real boon to my research. That partnership made nearly 17 million Indiana birth, death, and marriage records digitally accessible on Ancestry.com. The available records include Indiana marriage records from 1958-2005, Indiana death records from 1900-2011, and Indiana birth certificates from 1907-1940. Wa-hoo!

Last week I posted Carrie Wren (Edgington) Eichhorn Friedell’s death certificate, which I recently found on Ancestry.com. I had not known the exact date of her death before that. Her tombstone only had her death year of 1965. Her death certificate also confirmed some of the information that I had already learned about her during my research.

But why stop there? Maybe I could learn what happened to Carrie’s second husband, Max W. Friddle, aka Max W. Friedell. After all, Max was an Indiana native, too, although he has been more difficult to track. He definitely stayed under the radar. To my knowledge he was able to avoid all but the 1880 and 1900 censuses. Where was he all those other years? He would have been almost non-existent had he not been mentioned in all those newspaper articles. And there were plenty of them. In later years his first wife even reported several times that she was his widow. But she wasn’t. He was still alive.

I thought I had found Max’s tombstone on Find a Grave.com last year, but I wasn’t 100% sure. If it was his tombstone, he or someone had changed his name back to Friddle for the inscription. Did he change his name back to Friddle again? Apparently yes.

I am happy to report that I was successful in my search for Max’s death certificate on Ancestry.com.

Maw W. Friddle death certificate. [1]

Maw W. Friddle death certificate. [1]

Max’s death certificate confirmed the information I had already learned about him. Max Welton Friddle was born in Parker Indiana on 16 February 1874, the son of Robert McClellan and Adalaide (Robinson) Friddle. His father was born in South Carolina and his mother in Indiana. Max died of chronic myocarditis at a residence on 405 North Martin Street in Muncie, Delaware County, Indiana. He passed away at 10:00 p.m. on 5 March 1944, at the age of 70 years and 18 days. His death certificate indicates he was divorced and gives his occupation as a retired oil worker. [That’s him!] He was buried in Fairview Cemetery, Randolph County, Indiana, on the 7th. M.L. Meeks & Sons, Muncie, were in charge of the funeral. The informant for his death information was Mrs. Adne Viola Godwin, of the same North Martin Street address. [1] Adna Viola (Friddle) Godwin was Max’s sister, whose home was at 405 North Martin Street. [2]

Max’s death certificate also indicates that he had recently moved to Muncie from Nevada. Max had moved back to Indiana and was living with his sister when he died. Nevada! Was that where he was hiding out all those years? And yes, I searched for him yet again in the 1940 census, this time in Nevada, but found nothing. I even checked to see if he might have been living with one of his siblings in 1930 or 1940. Nothing. Still staying under the radar…

You can see a photo of Max Friddle’s tombstone on Find a Grave.com. He shares a tombstone with Naomi A. Friddle (1896-1899). [3] I do not know who Naomi was. Perhaps a niece?

Another piece in the puzzle.

Today I am grateful that the Indiana Archives and Ancestry.com has made all of these Indiana records available. I know I will use them a lot.

 

[1] Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011, Max Welton Friddle; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 1 Jul 2016); from Indiana State Board of Health, Indiana Archives and Records Administration, Indianapolis, Indiana.

[2] Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011, Adna V. Godwin; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 1 Jul 2016); from Indiana State Board of Health, Indiana Archives and Records Administration, Indianapolis, Indiana.

[3] Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : accessed 1 Jul 2016); Max W. Friddle memorial #62330387.

Jul 12

Tombstone Tuesday–Jacob & Mary (Kettering) Becher

Jacob & Mary (Kettering) Becher, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

Jacob & Mary (Kettering) Becher, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Jacob and Mary Becher, located in row 3 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Jacob Becher
1859-1916
Mary Becher
1860-1923
BECHER

According to Zion Chatt’s Familienbuch, Jacob Becher was born 8 May 1859 in Mercer County, Ohio, the third of ten children born to Johannes and Anna Maria (Becker) Becher. Jacob’s father Johannes Becher was born in Thuisburnn, District Oberfranken, Kingdom of Bavaria, and his mother was born in Bethlehem, Northampton County, Pennsylvania. Jacob’s parents were living in Mercer County by 1855, where all of their children were born.

Although Zion’s records indicate that Jacob Becher was baptized in Mercer County, there is no record of his baptism at Zion Chatt. However Jacob was confirmed at Zion Chatt on 4 May 1873.

Jacob Becher married Mary Kettering on 12 October 1882 in Mercer County. They were married by Rev. W.G. Nicol. [1]

Mary Kettering was born in March of 1860. [2] Zion’s records indicate that she was born in Washington Township, Mercer County, Ohio. Find a Grave indicates that she was the daughter of Henry and Margaret (Fennig) Kettering, [3] but I have not found a record that names her parents. This surname was spelled Kettenring in some of the church records.

The first census the Jacob Becher family was enumerated in was the 1900 census. They lived in Blackcreek Township and Jacob was a farmer. The Jacob Becher household, as shown in 1900: Jacob, 41; Mary, 40; John H, 16; Minnie C, 14; Jacob E, 12; Ida M, 10; Ida C, 10; Sarah E, 7; James W, 4; Raymond C, 1. Mary had given birth to 8 children and all 8 were living. This record indicates they had been married 18 years. [2]

The Jacob Becher household in 1910: Jacob, 50; Mary, 50; John HF, 26; Caroline MA, 24; George JE, 22; Ida FC, 20; Iva MM, 19; Sarah EC, 17; James WT, 14; Clarence OR, 12; Samuel OL, 9. The family lived on Leininger Pike in Blackcreek Township where Jacob was a farmer and their son John was a carpenter. Jacob and Mary had been married 27 years and Mary had given birth to 10 children and 9 were living. [4]

Jacob Becher died of a stroke on 28 October 1916 at the age of 57 years, 5 months, and 20 days. He was buried on the 30th. He was survived by his widow, children, and brothers and sisters.

In 1920 widow Mary (Kettering) Becher, 59 years of age, lived in Blackcreek Township with three of her children: James, 24; Ida, 27; and Oscar, 19. Her son James was a farmer. [5]

Mary (Kettering) Becher died of pneumonia on 17 March 1923. She was buried on the 19th and was survived by 4 sons, 4 daughters, and 13 grandchildren, according to Zion Chatt’s records.

Jacob and Mary (Kettering) Becher had the following children. All ten of them were shown in Zion Chatt’s records and all were baptized at Zion.
“John” Henry Friedrick (1883-1950), married Rosa Bollenbacher
Caroline Wilhelmine Anna “Minnie” (1885-1964), married Richard S Wilson
George Jacob “Edward” (1887-1975), married Hulda Berron
Ivy Maria Margaretha “Ida” (1890-1928), married Samuel Baumgartner
Ida Friedrika Katharine (1890-1949), married Firm Shifferly
Sarah Ellen Jane “Ella” (1893-1967), married HJ Reef
James William Diebold (1895-1959), married Eva L. Burry
Clarence Oliver Rehman “Raymond” (1897-1956), married Clara Catharine Fogle
Samuel “Oscar” LeRoy Becher (1900-1922)
Clella Alice Alberta (1903-1903)

 

[1] “Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : accessed 10 Jul 2016), Jacob Becher and Mary Kettering, 12 Oct 1882; from Mercer County Marriages Vol. 5, p.161, from FHL microfilm 914956.

[2] 1900 U.S. Census, Black Creek, Mercer, Ohio, ED 74, p.7B, dwelling & family 153, Jacob Becher; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 10 Jul 2016); from FHL microfilm 1241303, from NARA microfilm T623, roll 1303.

[3] Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : accessed 10 Jul 2016); Mary (Kettering) Becker memorial #29627223.

[4] 1910 U.S. Census, Black Creek, Mercer, Ohio, ED 107, p.1A, visited & family 6, Jacat Becker; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 10 Jul 2016); from FHL microfilm 1375227, from NARA microfilm T624, roll 1214.

[5] 1920 U.S. Census, Blackcreek, Mercer, Ohio, ED 124, p.8A, dwelling 158, James Becher; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 10 Jul 2016); from NARA microfilm T625, roll 1418.

Jul 08

Carrie Wren Friedell Revisited

Nearly a year ago I researched and wrote about Carrie Wren Friedell, a mystery woman buried in Zion Chatt’s cemetery, who was not mentioned in the church records. Last August I turned what I learned about her and her family into a four-part miniseries, Zion Chatt’s Mid-Summer Mystery. From my research, all done on-line, I eventually learned that Carrie was buried next to her mother, Eliza (Bobo) Edgington.

Eliza’s broken tombstone was also a mystery in Zion’s cemetery. Her tombstone was broken in two and most of the engraving was unreadable. I don’t know how many years it had been broken in two, broken on the third letter of her surname, making it illegible. Her name looked like Eliza Edo.

Eliza (Bobo) Edgington, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. (2015 photo by Karen)

Eliza (Bobo) Edgington, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. (2015 photo by Karen)

So, by researching Carrie I learned the identity of the woman buried beneath the broken tombstone and quite a bit about her daughter Carrie Wren (Edgington) Eichhorn Friedell.

But questions still remained about Carrie W. Friedell, who lived most of her life in Indiana. Her mother Eliza died in about 1876 and Carrie died in 1965. Eliza’s broken tombstone is unreadable. I wondered, after nearly 90 years, who knew that Eliza was buried in Zion Chatt’s cemetery and who knew to bury Carrie beside her? Why wasn’t the information in Zion’s records? What was the exact date of Carrie’s death?

Carrie W. Friedell, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

Carrie W. Friedell, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

Even now, after a year has gone by, I still search for and still find information about Carrie. Piece by piece. Bit by bit.

A few weeks ago, through a partnership with the Indiana Archives and Records Administration, Ancestry.com added a lot of Indiana records to its website. The partnership made nearly 17 million Indiana birth, death, and marriage records digitally accessible on Ancestry.com. The available records include Indiana marriage records from 1958-2005, Indiana death records from 1900-2011, and Indiana birth certificates from 1907-1940.

That was some wonderful news to me since we live so close to the state line and I do a fair amount of Indiana research.

Once I learned the Indiana information had been added to Ancestry.com I decided to do another search for Carrie W. Friedell to see what I might find. After all, I still did not know Carrie’s exact date of death. I only knew she died in 1965. And that she very likely died in Indiana.

I entered Carrie’s name and the year she died and ta-da! There it was. Carrie Wren Friedell’s Indiana death certificate, right before my eyes!

Carrie Wren Friedell, Indiana Death Certificate, Ancestry.com.

Carrie Wren Friedell, Indiana Death Certificate, Ancestry.com. [1]

Carrie Wren Friedell died at the Delaware County Home, Muncie, Indiana, on 12 March 1965, at the age of 92 years. She had lived there for the past five years. Her parents were given as Benjamin F. Edgington and Eliza Bobo. Carrie was born in Delaware County, Indiana, on 31 March 1873. Her death certificate indicates she was a retired school teacher and a widow. She died of congestive heart failure, caused by arteriosclerotic heart disease. E.M. Rust Funeral Home, Albany, Indiana, was in charge of the arrangements. And there it is, right on her death certificate: burial at the Lutheran Cemetery at Chattanooga, Ohio, on 15 March, 1965. The informant was indicated as “records of county home.” [1] That sounds like a rather sad, lonely end to our Carrie’s life.

I would have been spared hours and hours of research had the Indiana records been available on Ancestry.com  a year ago.

But what fun would that have been? There would have been no research challenge if I had found all that information on just that one record. If that had been the case I probably never would have learned Carrie’s interesting life story.

After all, the fun is in the hunt, right?

 

[1] Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011, Carrie Wren Friedell; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 1 Jul 2016); from Indiana State Board of Health, Indiana Archives and Records Administration, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Jul 05

Tombstone Tuesday–Henry R. & Mary A. (Menche) Baker

Henry R. & Mary A. (Menche) Baker, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

Henry R. & Mary A. (Menche) Baker, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Henry R. and Mary A. (Menche) Baker, located in row 1 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Father   B   Mother

Henry R. Baker
1851-1914
Mary A. His Wife
1856-1915

BAKER

Reverse:
O, Let us think of all they said
And all the kind advice they gave
And let us do it, now they’re dead
And sleeping in their lovely grave.

Fortunately, Zion Chatt’s records give quite a bit of information about this couple, although this surname is rather challenging to research in the church records. The name seems to be spelled Becker in the older records while the more recent entries spell it Baker. But not always. I wrote a blog post about this on 26 June 2015, Becker or Baker.

Heinrich “Henry” Baker [spelled Becker in Zion Chatt’s Familienbuch]  was born 13 September 1851 in Piqua, Ohio, the seventh child of Johannes and Barbara Catharine (Wiedmann) Becker, which was also spelled Baker in later records. Henry’s father was born in the Kingdom of Bavaria and his mother was born in Wuerttemberg.

Zion Chatt’s records indicate that Henry “Becker” married Anna Maria Menche on 16 April 1874. The couple’s parents were given as Johann and Barbara Becker and John and Barbara Menche. Their marriage license and return indicates they were married in Van Wert County on 30 May 1874 by Rev. Schmidt. They applied for their marriage license on 13 April. [1]

Anna Maria Catharina “Mary” Menche [spelled Maenche in Zion Chatt’s Familienbuch and Manche in some other records; Manche seems to be the more recent spelling variation] was born 7 April 1856 in Hamilton, Butler County, Ohio, the first child born to Johannes “John” and Barbara (Hopf) Menche. Mary’s father was born in Hessen Darmstadt and her mother was born in the Kingdom of Bavaria. The John Menche family moved to the town of Willshire by 1860, where John was a shoemaker. According to the Zion’s Familienbuch Mary’s father John Menche died in 1865 while in the Army, after the end of the Civil War. He was Private John Manch/Manche, age 36, Co. B, 62nd OVI, who mustered out 24 September 1864 and died at Belle Isle POW camp in Richmond, Virginia, on 15 June 1865. John is now buried at Richmond National Cemetery, after being moved from Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond. [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] His widow Barbara filed for a widow’s pension 21 August 1865. [7]

After their marriage Henry and Mary (Menche) Baker lived in Blackcreek Township, Mercer County. Their household in 1880: Henry, 28, farm labor; Mary A, 24, wife; Theodore W, 4, son; Amelia B, 2, daughter; Lucy, 4 months, daughter. Daughter Lucy was born in February 1880. Also in the household was David Betsel, 16, hired labor, no relationship given; John Baker, 71, father, unemployed; and Barbra Baker, 68, mother. John and Barbra Baker were Henry’s parents and both were born in Bavaria. [8] 

The Henry Baker household in 1900: Henry, 48; Mary A, 44; Caroline J, 17; Anna C, 14; Clara, 9; Frederica, 6. This enumeration indicates that Mary had given birth to 7 children and all 7 were living. Henry farmed and all family members were born in Ohio. [9]

The Henry Baker household in 1910: Henry R, 56; Mary A, 54 (enumerated as Marry); Clara, 19 (enumerated as Clark); and Freda R, 16. Henry’s occupation was stock farmer and this document indicates they lived on State Line Road in Blackcreek Township. [10]

According to Zion Chatt’s records Henry Richard Baker died of tuberculosis on 19 November 1914 at the age of 63 years, 2 months, and 6 days. He was buried on the 22nd and Rev. Brobst was in charge of his funeral service. Henry was survived by his widow, 6 daughters, 1 son, and 12 grandchildren. Henry’s death certificate also indicates that he died of tuberculosis. It was signed by Chattanooga physician Charles Watkins and HB Cowan of Willshire was the undertaker. [11]

Mary Ann (Menche) Baker died of Bright’s disease on 21 April 1915 at the age of 59 years and 14 days. She was buried on the 23rd and was survived by her children and a brother and sister.

Henry & Mary (Manche) Baker. Children: Anna, Amelia, Lula, Theodore, Caroline, Clara, and Freda.

Henry & Mary (Manche) Baker. Children: Anna, Amelia, Lula, Theodore, Caroline, Clara, and Freda.

Henry and Mary (Menche) Baker had the following children:

William “Theodore” (1875-1932), married Mary Bolenbacher
“Amelia” Barbara Emilie (1877-1950), married John McGough
Maria Louise (1880-1964), married Birch L. Baumgardner
Ida “Caroline” (1882-bet 1950-64), married S.L. Evans
Anna Catharina (1885-aft 1964), married Louis S Egger
Clara (1890-bet 1950-64), married Leo Merkle
Friederike “Frieda” (1893-aft 1964), married Sam Egger

One of Zion Chatt’s large stained glass windows was given in memory of Henry and Mary Baker by their children. It is the beautiful south window which depicts an angel reporting Christ’s birth to the shepherds. Below the window, in the stained glass: In Memory of Father and Mother, Henry and Mary Baker. Henry and Mary passed away a couple years before the current church was built in 1916.

Zion's south window, given in honor of Henry and Mary Baker. (2011 photo by Karen)

Zion’s south window, given in honor of Henry and Mary Baker. (2011 photo by Karen)

Dedication below Zion's south window. (2011 photo by Karen)

Dedication below Zion’s south window. (2011 photo by Karen)

[1] “Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : accessed 4 Jul 2016), Henry Baker and Mary Menche, 30 May 1874; from Van Wert Marriages, Vol. 4, p.229; from FHL microfilm 1015860.

[2] U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865, National Park Service, Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, from film M552, roll 67;database online,  Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 4 Jul 2016), John Manche.

[3] U.S, Burial Registers, Military Posts, and National Cemeteries, 1862-1960; database on-line, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 4 Jul 2016); from  records of the Department of Veterans Affairs, 1773-2007, The National Cemetery Administration, Washington, D.C., NARA Record Group 15.

[4] U.S, Burial Registers, Military Posts, and National Cemeteries, 1862-1960; database on-line, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 4 Jul 2016); from  records of the Department of Veterans Affairs, 1773-2007, The National Cemetery Administration, Washington, D.C.,  NARA Record Group 15, and Department of the Army, Office of Quartermaster General, Burial Registers of Military Post and National Cemeteries, c1862-c1960, Records of the Office of the Quartermaster General, 1774-1985, NARA Record Group 92.

[5] U.S. Burial Registers, Military Posts and National Cemeteries, 1862-1960, database on-line, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 4 Jul 2016); from Burial Registers, compiled 1867-2006, documenting 1831-2006, The National Cemetery Administration, Washington, D.C., NARA record Group 15.

[6] National Cemetery Interment Control Forms, 1928-1962, database on-line, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 4 Jul 2016); from Interment Control Forms, A1 2110-B, Records of the Office of the Quartermaster General, 1774-1985, National Archives at College Park, Maryland, Record Group 92.

[7] U.S. Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934, database on-line, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 4 Jul 2016); database on-line, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 4 Jul 2016); from General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934, NARA microfilm T288.

[8] 1880 U.S. Census, Black Creek, Mercer, Ohio, ED 179, p.323B, dwelling & family 2, Henry Baker; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 3 Jul 2016); from FHL microfilm 1255048, from NARA microfilm T9, roll 1048.

[9] 1900 U.S. Census, Black Creek, Mercer, Ohio, ED 74, p.9B, dwelling & family 195, Henry Baker; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 3 Jul 2016); from FHL microfilm 1241303, from NARA microfilm T623, roll 1303.

[10] 1910 U.S. Census, Black Creek, Mercer, Ohio, ED 107, p.1B, dwelling & family 15, Henry R Bakes; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 3 Jul 2016); from FHL microfilm 1375227, from NARA microfilm T624, roll 1214.

[11] “Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : accessed 4 Jul 2016), Henry Richard Baker, 19 Nov 1914; from Black Creek, Mercer, Ohio, file no. 62079; from FHL microfilm 1983285.

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