Jul 25

Hats Off to Family Reunions

It’s family reunion time once again. The event that brings family members from near and far to see and visit relatives, sometimes meeting for the first time. A time to catch up on family news and meet the new babies. Where there is an abundance of good food–old family favorites as well as new recipes–that create one big home-cooked buffet, spread over several tables. Looking through and trying to identify old photos.

We regularly attend two family reunions and they will be held the next two weekends. Our Miller reunion, for the descendants of my grandparents Carl and Gertrude (Brewster) Miller, is this weekend. About 50 relatives attend and the out-of-towners will begin to arrive Friday afternoon.

The biennial Schumm reunion, for the descendants of my third great-grandfather John George and Anna Maria (Fisher) Schumm, is scheduled for the next weekend, 3 August. About two hundred relatives usually attend the Schumm reunion, which is an all-day event..

This past week I looked at some old reunion photos and I noticed that the attendees were all dressed up at the first Schumm reunion, held in 1924. This is no surprise because the Schumm reunion has always been held after the Sunday worship service and people were still in their church clothes.

I also noticed that hats seemed to be very fashionable in the 1924, at least with the Schumms.

The men wore hats and the women wore hats.

The first Schumm reunion, 1924.

The first Schumm reunion, 1924.

The girls wore hats.

The first Schumm reunion, 1924.

The first Schumm reunion, 1924.

The boys wore hats. And knickers!

The first Schumm reunion, 1924.

The first Schumm reunion, 1924.

Even the very young children wore hats.

Schumm Reunion 1924.

Schumm Reunion 1924.

No one wore a hat for the photo taken at the first Brewster reunion in 1913.

The first Brewster reunion, 1913.

The first Brewster reunion, 1913.

Mainard Brewster was holding his hat. Perhaps the others took off their hats for the photo.

Mainard Brewster, holding hat, first Brewster reunion, 1913.

Mainard Brewster, holding hat, first Brewster reunion, 1913.

Below is what may have been the first Miller reunion, in about 1958.

Miller reunion, c1958.

Miller reunion, c1958.

Even though no Miller wore a hat to the 1958 reunion, some Millers liked to wear hats. Going back one generation, some of my great-grandfather Jacob Miller’s sons were sometimes photographed in a hat.

Chris Miller (1880-1911), son of Jacob Miller.

Chris Miller (1880-1911), son of Jacob Miller.

John Miller (1889-1964), son of Jacob.

John Miller (1889-1964), son of Jacob Miller.

Today ball caps are probably the most popular hats worn at reunions.

Hat or no hat, I am looking forward to seeing family this weekend and the next. I have already heard from some relatives who I have never met and who plan to attend the Schumm reunion this year. I am looking forward to meeting them.

And overeating on all that good reunion food…


Jul 22

Tombstone Tuesday–Kuhm Brother and Sister

Georg & Lena Kuhm, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2014 photo by Karen)

Georg & Lena Kuhm, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2014 photo by Karen)

The German words Bruder und Schwester are inscribed on the front of this marker, located in row 3 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Ohio.

Brother and Sister.

The column portion of this tombstone is now leaning against its base. It is a little difficult to see, but the base behind the column bears the name Kuhm in large letters.

At first I glance, looking at only the front of the tombstone, I thought it was probably the marker of two young siblings. But that is not the case. There is writing on two other sides of the marker that tell who the brother and sister were. Those inscriptions on the sides could easily be missed.

The north side of the marker is inscribed:

Gest den
26 Oct 1899
28J 10M 1T
Off. 1-11, Joh. 21:4

[Georg Kuhm died 26 Oct 1899, age 28 years, 10 months, 1 day.]

The south side of the marker is inscribed:

Gest den
3 Apr 1909
41J 8M 17T
1 Cor. 15: 42-43

[Lena Kuhm died 3 April 1909, age 41 years, 8 months, 17 days.]

They were not young children at all. Who were these two siblings, from a family that I know very little about? The only thing I know about the Kuhms is that is that there is a Miller/Kuhm marriage in the family. Pete Miller married Della Kuhm about 1914. Pete was the son of Jacob Miller [my great-grandfather] and his second wife Margaretha Strable. Pete was my granduncle and Della was the daughter of Michael Kuhm Jr and Maria Geier.

Georg & Lena Kuhm, Zion Lutheran Cemetery. (2014 photo by Karen)

Georg & Lena Kuhm, Zion Lutheran Cemetery. (2014 photo by Karen)

I found very little information about the Kuhm brother and sister in my two favorite Internet go-to sites, Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org. So I went to one of my favorite and best local resources, Zion Chatt’s church records, where the family is mentioned a few times. [1]

The Kuhm family first appears in Zion’s records in 1875, when Michael Kuhm and his wife Elisabeth were baptismal sponsors for Elisabeth Hiller. There are a few Kuhm marriages, confirmations, and burials in Zion’s records. From these entries I learned that Elisabeth’s maiden name was Müller. That several, if not all, of Michael and Elisabeth’s children were born in Schillersdorf, Elsass, in what is now Germany. And that they immigrated sometime after 1863 and eventually lived in Jefferson Township, Adams County, Indiana.

Georg Kuhm, the brother named on the tombstone, was confirmed 6 April 1884 at Zion. This record gives his date of birth as 16 December 1871 and named his parents as Michael and Elisabeth Kuhm. He was likely born in Germany. Zion’s records indicate that he died in Hamilton County, Ohio, of a brain inflammation and stroke. He was survived by his widow, 2 children, his parents, and 6 siblings. The church burial record shows his age as 27 years, 10 months, and 10 days, which agrees with the 16 December birth date, but which disagrees with his tombstone inscription.

Georg Kuhm (2014 photo by Karen)

Georg Kuhm (2014 photo by Karen)

I did find a couple records for Georg Kuhm on Family Search and they add to the above information. Georg married Lizzie Goess in 1894 in Butler County, Ohio. [2] They had at least one son, Albert, born 12 April 1897, in Hanover Township, Butler County. [3] This would correspond with his death/burial information in the church records which states he was survived by a wife and 2 children and he died in Hamilton County, which is near Butler County. He was probably brought to his family and former home near Mercer County to be buried.

According to Zion’s records, his sister Magdalena “Lena” Kuhm was confirmed 16 April 1882. She died of pneumonia on 3 April 1909, at the age of 41 years, 8 months and 16 days and was buried on the 6th. Her calculated date of birth is 18 July 1867. Although the church records do not specifically name her parents, she communed with Michael and Elisabeth, the only Kuhm family in the area, and most importantly, her tombstone indicates she was the sister of Georg, who we know was the son of Michael and Elizabeth.

Lena Kuhm (2014 photo by Karen)

Lena Kuhm (2014 photo by Karen)

From the church records I was able to determine most of Georg and Lena’s siblings:
Maria Kuhm, married Georg Berron
Michael Kuhm Jr, married Maria Geier
Jacob Kuhm (1863-1899),married Julie Berron
Margaretha Kuhm, married Michael Schott

Bruder and Schwester.


[1] I have seen this name spelled Kuehm and Kühm, and our family usually pronounces the name as Keem, with a long e.

[2] “Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-1997,” index and images, FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : accessed 20 Jul 2014), George Kuehm and Lizzie Goess, 4 Feb 1894; citing Marriage Records 1890-1898, Vol. 6, p. 229, Butler County, Ohio; from FHL microfilm 355780.

[3] “Ohio, County Births, 1841-2003,” index and images, FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : accessed 20 Jul 2014), Albert Kuehm, 12 Apr 1897; citing Butler County, Ohio, Births, Vol. 3, p. 142-3; from FHL microfilm 373049.

Jul 18

Lunch with Darrel “Pete” Brewster

I don’t often get to meet the people I write about because I usually write about my ancestors and others who have passed away. But this past week I had the opportunity to meet my first cousin twice removed, Darrel Burton “Pete” Brewster.

I wrote a blog post about him on 12 October 2012, entitled “Pete Brewster-Professional Football Player.” Darrel lives in Missouri but is spending some time with family near Portland this summer. We talked on the phone a few weeks ago and arranged to meet. Joe and I met him for lunch in Portland last Wednesday.

Darrel "Pete" Brewster & Karen. (2014 photo by Karen)

Darrel “Pete” Brewster & Karen. (2014 photo by Karen)

Darrel is still very tall and gets around well despite being a professional football player and having a few joint replacements over the years. He has striking light blue eyes and is a humble, Christian man. He mentioned that his 64th wedding anniversary was the day before. His wife Vivian passed away in 2012 and I could tell he still misses her very much.

He said the Brewsters call him Darrel, but Vivian’s side of the family call him Pete. How did he get the nickname Pete? Originally friends called his brother “Pete” but they later started calling Darrel by that nickname and it stuck. He said his mother did not care for that nickname.

Darrel was born in 1930 near Jefferson School, in Jefferson Township, Adams County, Indiana, not far from Berne and Chatt. He lived there until he was about four years old, when his family moved to Portland.

Darrel’s father died when he was 12 years old and his mother married Orlie Walker a few years later. His father, Fred E. Brewster, is buried in Neptune Cemetery, just east of Neptune, but his mother, Nellie E. (Bricker) Brewster Walker, is buried at Green Park Cemetery, Portland, beside her second husband.

Darrel enjoys music and plays rhythm guitar to this day. He said he enjoys bluegrass gospel music. His love of music comes honestly and has always been part of his family. He said that in the 30s his father would go to Chatt and play his fiddle with other area musicians on a flat bed wagon. Darrel’s uncle Charlie played the mandolin, which Darrel inherited.

Darrel & Joe. (2014 photo by Karen)

Darrel & Joe. (2014 photo by Karen)

Darrel was a natural athlete and his height was an advantage. He loved to play basketball and was an Indiana Basketball All Star while at Portland High School. He wanted to play football his senior year at Portland, but his mother wouldn’t let him because she thought the game was too dangerous. So his older sister Esther signed the permission slip to play, without their mother’s knowledge.

After high school Darrel went to Purdue University on a basketball scholarship, but he also played football there. He played football very well at Purdue. So well that in 1952 he led the Purdue Boilermakers to a Big Ten football co-championship, was selected as the team’s MVP, and was named to the National College Football All-Star Team. He was a five-time letterman at Purdue and is a member of Purdue’s Athletic Hall of Fame in both basketball and football.

In 1952 he was drafted by the Chicago Cardinals [today the Arizona Cardinals] but was immediately traded to the Cleveland Browns. He had a very good career with the Browns that included two NFL championships, 210 receptions, 3,758 receiving yards, and 21 touchdowns. He played seven seasons with the Browns, from 1952-58.

Pete Brewster football card, signed by "Pete" on 16 July 2014. (2014 photo by Karen)

Pete Brewster football card, signed by “Pete” on 16 July 2014. (2014 photo by Karen)

I asked him about his pro football career and he said back then there weren’t many players on a team so he played on offense, defense, and special teams. He mentioned that during one game he was hit very hard by Dick “Night Train” Lane. Lane, who played for Detroit at the time, was a defensive back and was known as the #2 “most feared tackler.”

After Darrel left the Browns he played for the Steelers from 1959-60. Paul Brown was Darrel’s coach at Cleveland and Buddy Parker was his coach at Pittsburgh. He played in the NFL for nine seasons before becoming an assistant receivers coach for the Kansas City Chiefs, from 1964-1974. There he worked with Hank Stram.

The Chiefs won Super Bowl IV on 11 January 1970, the culmination of the 1969 season, when Darrel was rewarded with a Super Bowl ring.

I wondered if he would wear The Ring when we met for lunch Wednesday, or if he only wore it on special occasions. I noticed right away that he was wearing it. It was hard to miss. We were extremely excited when he took his ring off and asked if we wanted to see it and put it on. Heck yes!

Karen with Darrel's Super Bowl ring. (2014 photo by Karen)

Karen with Darrel’s Super Bowl ring. (2014 photo by Karen)

It is a large, heavy ring with lots of embellishments that represent the Chief’s Super Bowl victory over the Minnesota Vikings. The ring contains a lot of information. The top is red, the Chief’s color, and around the border is engraved Kansas City Chiefs, World Champions, 1969. The diamonds form the shape of a football and the ten small stones represent that the Chiefs were in the AFL for 10 years.

Darrel's Super Bowl IV ring. (2014 photo by Karen)

Darrel’s Super Bowl IV ring. (2014 photo by Karen)

Engraved in the one side of the ring is the Super Bowl trophy and above the trophy is Chiefs 23-7 Vikings with the word POISE below the trophy. Engraved on the other side is BREWSTER Asst Coach; 62, 69, 66; Chiefs 17, Raiders 7; a large A surrounded by 10 stars, and the word Confidence at the bottom. [The Chiefs won the 1969 AFL Championship by defeating the Oakland Raiders 17-7. The 62, 66, and 69 represent the years the Chiefs won three league championships.]

Darrel's Super Bowl IV ring. (2014 photo by Karen)

Darrel’s Super Bowl IV ring. (2014 photo by Karen)

Darrel said he is interested in learning about his Brewster family roots and that no one in his family has much genealogical information. I think I can help them with that. I was glad that I took a couple albums of old Brewster photos and some print-outs of information about Daniel Brewster, our common ancestor.

Daniel Brewster (1845-1917) was Darrel’s grandfather and my great-great-grandfather. Darrel’s father was the son of Daniel and his second wife, Mary Loverda Bebout. I descend from Daniel and his first wife, Sarah Fetters. Daniel’s oldest child, Philip (1868-1935), was my great-grandfather, and the father of my grandmother Gertrude (Brewster) Miller.

Darrel by his memorial plaque, East Jay Middle School football field. (2014 photo by Karen)

Darrel by his memorial plaque, East Jay Middle School football field. (2014 photo by Karen)

Before we left Portland Wednesday Darrel drove us around the town. He showed us the memorial plaque erected in his honor in 2012, located beside the field where he used to play high school football. [1] The field was renamed Brewster Field in 2012 and is now the East Jay Middle School football field. He also drove past two of the homes in Portland where he lived as a boy.

What a nice visit we had. Thank you Darrel!


[1] The memorial plaque at East Jay Middle School football field is inscribed:

The football field at East jay Middle School, the former football field of Portland High School, is dedicated to honor the career of Pete Brewster, class of 1948.
• Member of Portland Panther Varsity Football and Basketball teams.
• Named as 1948 Indiana High School Basketball All Star.
• Played Basketball and Football at Purdue University.
• Named to 1952 College Football All Star team.
• Played 9 season in the NFL 1952-1960.
• Earned two NFL championships with the Cleveland Browns (1954 and 1955)
• Retired from the NFL in 1960 after accumulating 210 receptions, 3,758 receiving years, and 221 touchdowns as an offensive end.
• An Assistant Coach for the NFL Kansas City Chiefs that won Super Bowl IV in 1969.
• Inducted into the Indiana Football Hall of Fame in 1976 and the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 1998.
• Inducted into the Purdue Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007.
This Jay School Corporation board resolution made on this day, July 16, 2012.
Greg Wellman, President
Mike Masters, Vice President
Larry Paxson, Secretary
Mike Shannon, Beth Krieg, Ron Laux, Jim Sanders, members
Dr. Tim Long, Superintendent


Jul 15

Tombstone Tuesday–Anna M. (Grauberger) Reichard

Anna M. (Grauberger) Reichard, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

Anna M. (Grauberger) Reichard, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Anna M. (Grauberger) Reichard, located in row 1 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:


Anna Maria Grauberger was born 27 November 1900, the daughter of Michael Heinrich “Henry” and Emma (Baker) Grauberger. [1] However, her Mercer County birth record indicates she was born 22 November 1900. [2] I tend to go with the church record, which was recorded before the county record.

Anna was baptized at Zion Chatt on 27 January 1901, with Heinrich Becker and Anna Maria Becker as sponsors. She was confirmed 30 May 1915 at Zion by Rev. W.F.H. Heuer.

Anna Grauberger confirmation photo, . (photo courtesy of Deb Bollenbacher Reichard)

Anna Grauberger confirmation photo, 1915. (photo courtesy of Deb Bollenbacher Reichard)

Anna had three sisters who were named in the church records: Laura Margaretha (b. 1904), Esther Lavina (b. 1911), and Edna Elizabeth, (b. 1913).

Anna Grauberger birth record, Mercer County, Ohio.

Anna Grauberger birth record, Mercer County, Ohio.

Anna Grauberber married John E. Reichard of Willshire on 26 April 1925. The ceremony was performed in the bride’s home by Zion’s pastor, Rev. Jacob E. Albrecht. The church records indicate that John was 19 and Anna was 24.

According to their probate marriage record John was the son of James and Minnie (Sonday) Reichard and was born 26 September 1905. His occupation was a printer. [3]

John Reichard-Anna Grauberger marriage record, Mercer County, Ohio, Vol. 12, p. 358.

John Reichard-Anna Grauberger marriage record, Mercer County, Ohio, Vol. 12, p. 358.

In 1930 John and Anna lived on State Street in Willshire, where John was still working as a printer and Anna was a housewife. [4] He in fact printed The Willshire Herald, known today as The Photo Star. He was later Willshire’s postmaster. My mom recalls that Anna used to make dresses for her and her sisters when they were little girls.

Anna died 17 May 1942 of septicemia/infection in her blood stream, according to Zion’s records. She was 41 years, 5 months, and 20 days old. She was buried on 20 May and was survived by her husband, son, mother, and three sisters.

Her widowed husband married Dolores E. (Book) Habegger in 1944 and they had a son, Daniel. John died in 1976 and is buried beside Dolores in Willshire Cemetery.

John and Anna Reichard had two children. Their first son, Harold Lee Reichard, was born 7 November 1926 and died the same day of collapsed lungs. According to his death certificate he was buried in the Chattanooga Cemetery, [5] but there is no record of his burial in the church records and no tombstone exists.

Harold Lee Reichard death certificate.

Harold Lee Reichard death certificate.

Their second son, Eugene Vernon Reichard, was born 13 April 1928 and was baptized at Zion Chatt on 14 June 1928. His parents were his baptismal sponsors. Eugene married Betty Weinman in 1948. He died 17 September 2009 and is buried in Willshire Cemetery.

John, Anna (Grauberger) Reichard, and Son Eugene. (photo courtesy of Deb Bollenbacher Reichard)

John, Anna (Grauberger) Reichard, and son Eugene. (photo courtesy of Deb Bollenbacher Reichard)

I remember “Gene” Reichard very well because he was our Motorists Mutual Insurance agent for many years, from the time we were married in 1973, until the time he retired.

Anna’s obituary:

Wife and Mother is Beckoned to Eternal Home
There was universal regret and sincere sympathy expressed throughout the Willshire-Chattanooga community Sunday night and Monday morning—regret for the passing of a worthy young wife and mother, sympathy for the bereaved husband and young son—when it became known that Anna Marie Reichard, wife of Postmaster John E. Reichard, of Willshire, had yielded to death’s summons. She died at the Adams County Memorial hospital in Decatur, Indiana at 9:15 p.m., Sunday, May 17.

 Ill since March 19, her condition became so unsatisfactory that hospital care and treatment was regarded as imperative, she was taken to the hospital one week ago last Thursday. Failure to react favorably to treatment, a blood test showed an advanced stage of septicemia, and lacking powers of resistance, the inevitable resulted.

Born a daughter of the late Henry Grauberger and Mrs. Emma Grauberger in Blackcreek township, Mercer County, Ohio, she was aged 41 years, five months and 20 days. Always of a religious inclination, she was confirmed as member of the Zion Lutheran church at Chattanooga, May 30, 1915, continuing active in the various phases of the church work until deterred from doing so by ill health.

She was united in marriage with John. E. Reichard, April 26, 1925, since which time she had been a resident of Willshire, and for the past 18 months, was assistant postmaster, which brought her a community-wide acquaintance, which began in 1929, when she assisted Mr. Reichard in the publication of The Willshire Herald, and by all who knew her she was held in the highest of esteem.

Those who survive in their grief are the husband, John E. Reichard, one son, Eugene Reichard, the mother, Mrs. Emma Grauberger, and three sisters, Mrs. John Sipe of near Monroe, Indiana; Mrs. Guy Krall of Rockford, and Mrs. Robert Clase of Chattanooga, Ohio. One son, who died in infancy, preceded her in death.

Mrs. Reichard had been a hospital patient at three different times, undergoing a major operation March 13, 1941, and from that time on the state of her health was all but precarious until the end.

Funeral services from the Grauberger residence, six miles south of Willshire, at 2 o’clock, and from the Zion Lutheran church at 2:30 o’clock Wednesday afternoon, with Rev. Carl Yahl, conduction, the body being laid to rest in the burying-ground of that church. [6]

Thanks to Deb (Bollenbacher) Reichard for providing Anna’s obituary and family photos!


[1] The early church records show the surname name as Becker. Later records spell the name Baker.

[2] “Ohio, County Births, 1841-2003,” index and images, FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : accessed 13 Jul 2014), Blackcreek Township, Mercer County Births, For the Year Ending March 31st, 1901, unpaginated. Her date of birth was recorded on April? Her baptism was recorded on about 27 January 1901, closer to her birth date. Her age at death also agrees with the date of the church record.

[3] ”Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-1994,” index and images, FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : accessed 13 Jul 2014), Mercer County Marriage Records 1920-1925, Vol. 12: 358, John Reichard and Anna Grauberger, 26 April 1925.

[4] 1930 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 22, p. 252 dwelling 88, family 88, John Reichard; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 13 July 2014); from FHL microfilm 2341624, from NARA microfilm T626, roll 1890.

[5] “Ohio, Deaths, 1908-1953,” index and images, FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : accessed 13 July 2014), Harold Lee Reichard death certificate.

[6] Undated newspaper clipping, courtesy of Deb (Bollenbacher) Reichard.

Jul 11

Holmes County, Ohio, 2014

This past week we spent a few days in Holmes County. In addition to the beautiful eastern Ohio countryside in this Amish community, there is an abundance of shopping opportunities, handcrafted Amish items, cheese, wine, and lots of delicious home-style food. It is also the area where several of my ancestors lived for awhile on their way westward.

Sugarcreek, Holmes County, Ohio. (2014 photo by Karen)

Sugarcreek, Tuscarawas County, Ohio. (2014 photo by Karen)

Ohio is often called the Gateway to the West because so many settlers traveled through Ohio, either overland or on one of Ohio’s waterways. When I sat down and thought about it I was surprised at how many of my ancestors not only traveled through Ohio, but actually lived in the Holmes County area for a few years. Below is a list of my ancestors that once resided in the area.

Both the Schumms and the Pfluegers lived in Holmes County in the early 1830s. Both families worshiped with the Evangelical United Zion Congregation in Winesburg, where several family members were married and where some of their children were baptized. Christian Pflueger owned land in the area between Winesburg, Walnut Creek and Berlin. Both families moved to Van Wert County in about 1838. Johann Georg Schumm and Christian Pflueger are my third great-grandfathers.

Christian Pflueger lived in this area of Holmes County in the 1830s. (2014 photo by Karen)

Christian Pflueger lived in this area of Holmes County in the 1830s. (2014 photo by Karen)

My great-grandfather John Scaer was born in Baltic in 1864. This little village is actually located in three counties–Coshocton, Holmes, and Tuscarawas–but John’s obituary states that he was born in Tuscarawas County. John’s family later moved to Monroeville, Indiana.

Baltic, Ohio. (2014 photo by Karen)

Baltic, Ohio. (2014 photo by Karen)

The Baltic branch spelled their name “Scarr” and we found Scarr tombstones in West Lawn Cemetery in Baltic. The Monroeville branch probably changed the spelling to Scaer and some of them later went on to change the spelling to Scare. My mom recalls her mother Hilda and Hilda’s brother Oscar Scaer traveling to Baltic to visit their Scarr relatives.

Cemetery, Baltic, Ohio. (2014 photo by Karen)

West Lawn Cemetery, Baltic, Ohio. (2014 photo by Karen)

Nicholas and Ruth (Phillips) Headington left Maryland about 1820 and settled in Knox County for a few years before moving on to Jay County, Indiana. While in Knox County they lived near Mt. Vernon, where several of their children were born. Nicholas was my fifth great-grandfather and fought in the War of 1812.

Louis Breuninger, my second great-grandfather, was living in Canal Dover in 1840. The town is called Dover today and is in Tuscarawas County. By 1850 Louis had moved to Green Bay, Wisconsin, where he married Maria Seckel in 1851. Louis moved his family to the Schumm area by 1870.

Down the road from Dover is New Philadelphia, where Jackson Brewster and his family stayed for a short time on their way from Fayette County, Pennsylvania, to Adams County, Indiana, between 1860-1870. Jackson is my third great-grandfather.

Joe has at least one ancestor who lived in the area. His fourth great-grandfather Jonathan Grant came to what is now Holmes County in 1809 and is credited as being the first white settler in the county. A street in Wooster is named in his honor and he lived in the area the remainder of his life. He is buried in a private cemetery in Holmes County. McCulloch Cemetery, near Holmesville, is located on a back road, beyond a field, in a thicket, on an Amish farm. We did not visit the cemetery this trip, although I understand that his tombstone has been replaced with a new military marker, noting his Revolutionary War service.

Near Walnut Creek, Holmes County, Ohio. (2014 photo by Karen)

Near Walnut Creek, Holmes County, Ohio. (2014 photo by Karen)

It rained several times during this week’s trip and it probably would have been a muddy mess to get across the field to the cemetery. Perhaps the next visit we will see Jonathan’s new tombstone.

Although this year’s trip was not intended to be a research trip, we did visit the little village of Baltic and walked through West Lawn Cemetery there. We drove through Mt. Vernon and through Centerburg, the geographical center of Ohio, the real Heart of Ohio. We took our time and took the scenic route home and marveled at the beautiful countryside where our ancestors once lived. In 2005 we visited Winesburg and Jonathan Grant’s grave. In the future we plan to visit New Philadelphia and Dover.

Cemetery, Tuscarawas County, Ohio. (2014 photo by Karen)

West Lawn Cemetery, Baltic, Ohio. (2014 photo by Karen)

[The following is the non-genealogy portion of this post.]

The rain. A couple of our recent trips have been rained out and this is becoming an unfortunate recurring theme for us. Last year we sat through a rain delay at the Great American Ball Park on the Fourth of July. After about four hours of nonstop rain, with no dry weather in sight, the ballgame was cancelled.

This week it rained most of Monday afternoon after we arrived in Berlin and we were drenched the next day in Sugarcreek. The rain stopped after that and we had beautiful weather for the rest of our trip.

Walnut Creek, Ohio. (2014 photo by Karen)

Walnut Creek, Ohio. (2014 photo by Karen)

A side trip was a detour through a very large marsh. A portion of Route 83 was closed between Wooster and Millersburg and we decided to make our own detour around the closed road. We turned onto the closest road before the road closing with the intent of going “around the block.” The problem is that roads do not make a square in hilly areas. Square blocks are for flat areas, like Mercer County.

The map showed that turning right would take us through Killbuck Marsh Wildlife Area. That sounded interesting. At first. We both like birds and other wildlife. I looked at the detour as an opportunity to see some unusual wildlife in the marsh.

As we drove into the marsh one concern was a sign warning of high water, cautioning travelers not to travel through the marsh during periods of heavy rain. Luckily the road was fairly dry and the rain came later.

It was a marsh all right, with lots of water and lily pads on both sides of the road. In other areas the woods enveloped both sides of the road. We became a little concerned when the pavement ended and we found ourselves driving on a narrow, half-gravel, half-dirt road, in a very forlorn and desolate area.

The only wildlife we saw as we drove through was a dead opossum and a couple buzzards. Eventually we came to pavement again and we did go “around the block.” Sort of.

We look forward to going back to the Holmes County area again in the near future.

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