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).

Mar 25

Electrical Wiring by Reef & Miller

ELECTRICAL WIRING
See W.J. REEF or HERBERT MILLER, one mile north of Chattanooga, OH., to road 707 then west to first and second house. All types of wiring including central distribution for farm homes and power…emergency calls 24 hours a day. Free estimates.

Pre-1957 local newspaper ad.

Pre-1957 local newspaper ad.

I found this undated newspaper clipping the other day. It would have been published before 1957 because it mentions the first and second houses west of 49 on 707. Before my parents built their stone house in 1957 they lived on the other corner of the intersection, in a house they rented from Johnny and Clara Reef. Note that there is no phone number listed on the ad. I don’t know about Johnny and Clara, but it was many years after that before my parents had a phone.

Wavil Jennings “Johnny” Reef was born 13 June 1901 near Bryant, Indiana. His given name was Wavil Jennings but nearly everyone called him Johnny. Sometimes he went by W.J. Reef. Johnny married my great-aunt Clara Miller in 1925.

Wavil "Johnny Reef (1901-1964)

Johnny Reef (1901-1964)

Johnny and Clara lived just down the road from where I grew up and I remember them very well. Until I was about six years old we lived next door to them, with just a small field in between the two houses. When I was a toddler I used to run down to their house to see their daughter Cindy. I have seen those old home movies and I ran right down 707 to get to their house.

Johnny was a farmer and he was also the local electrician and my dad worked with him. I’m sure that Johnny was a mentor to my dad. Johnny and my dad wired a lot of homes and barns in the area and they put up many night lights on area farms. Johnny did the electrical wiring for my parents’ new home in 1957 and I would guess that my dad worked with him on that job. Anyone who remembers Johnny knows that he was just plain ornery.

Johnny Reef wiring a night light on the Miller farm.

Johnny Reef wiring a night light on the Miller farm.

I am not sure how long Johnny and my dad worked together. Johnny passed away on 6 June 1964. My dad continued to do electrical work and called his small business H.M. Miller Electric. While going through papers and photos I had hoped to find some paperwork with his business header but the only thing I have found so far is this pen with the inscription, Compliments of H.M. Miller Electric.

Compliments of H.M. Miller Electric

Compliments of H.M. Miller Electric

Compliments of H.M. Miller Electric

Compliments of H.M. Miller Electric

Mar 22

Tombstone Tuesday–Stanley L. Regedanz

Stanley L Regedanz, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. (2015 photo by Karen)

Stanley L Regedanz, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. (2015 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Stanley L. Regedanz, located in row 4 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Stanley L.
Son of
Wm & O.A.
Regedanz
Born
Feb. 24, 1910
Died
Mar. 11, 1910

Stanley Lemoyne Regedanz was born in Ohio, probably at the Regedanz home in Blackcreek Township, on 24 February 1910, the first child born to William John and Ona Alice (Johnson) Regedanz. He was baptized on 11 March 1910, with Mrs. Regedanz as his baptismal sponsor.

Stanley’s parents married 26 February 1909 in Mercer County, Ohio. His father William was born in Hopewell Township in about 1885 to Henry and Emma (Wenker) Regedanz. His mother Ona was born in Washington Township, Mercer County, Ohio, on 27 Feb 1888 to Frank and (unknown) Johnson, as written on their marriage license. [1]

William and Ona attended Zion Chatt for a few years and it was during that time that Ona was baptized and confirmed as an adult. Two of their children, Stanley and Clifford, were also baptized there.

Stanley died of pemphigus on 11 March 1910, at the age of 14 days. Pemphigus is skin disease where watery blisters or sores form on the skin and/or mucus membranes. [2]

Stanley Regedanz Death Certificate

Stanley Regedanz Death Certificate

Zion’s records indicate that Stanley was 16 days old and was buried on the 12th.

About a month after Stanley’s death William and Ona were enumerated in the 1910 census. They were living in Blackcreek Township and they had been married a year. The census indicates they had no children, but their only child had just died. William was 25 and Ona 22 years old. Both were born in Ohio and William farmed. They lived near John Leistner, Fred Wick, and Henry Secrest. [3]

William and Ona went on to have nine more children. They had a stillborn male child on 21 May 1911. He was born premature and is also buried in Zion Chatt’s cemetery. [4]

Their other children:
Inez (c1915)
Clifford Vernon (1916-1947)
Glenn F (c1920)
Forest E. (1925-1993)
Bernice L (c1924)
Ralph E. (1926-1974)
Herbert Leon (1928-1991)
Dorothy

William Regedanz died in 1980 and Ona died in 1977. Both are buried in Mercer Memory Gardens, near Celina.

 

[1] “Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : accessed 17 Mar 2016), Wm J Regedanz and Ona Johnson, 26 Feb 1909; from Mercer County Marriages, Vol.9, p.499; from FHL microfilm 914958.

[2] “Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed 17 Mar 2016), Stanley Lemoyne Regedanz, 11 Mar 1910; from Blackcreek Twp, Mercer, Ohio deaths, file no. 16387; from FHL microfilm 1927358.

[3] 1910 U.S. Census, Black Creek, Mercer, Ohio, ED 107, p.2B, family 45, William Regedanz; digital images by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 17 Mar 2016); from FHL microfilm 1375227, from NARA microfilm T624, roll 1214.

[4] “Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed 17 Mar 2016), Wm John Frederick Regedanz in entry for Regedanz, 26 May 1911; from Liberty Twp, Mercer, Ohio deaths, file no. 28955; from FHL microfilm 1952987.

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