May 27

Tombstone Tuesday–Hallot Bryan

Hallot Bryan, Memphis National Cemetery. (2014 submitted photo)

Hallot Bryan, Memphis National Cemetery. (2014 submitted photo)

This is the tombstone of Hallot Bryan, located in Section C, site 2740, Memphis National Cemetery, Memphis, Tennessee. The marker is inscribed:

Co. E
89 Ind Inf
September 13, 1863

Hallot Bryan was the fifth of seven known children born to Peter and Mary (Huey) Bryan, born about 1835 in Fairfield County, Ohio. [1] One account indicates that Peter and Mary had eight children. [2]

Hallot was a younger brother of my great-great-great-grandfather John Bryan. John was the father of Emily Bryan, who married William Reid. William and Emily were the parents of my great-grandmother Pearl (Reid) Brewster.

I was already familiar with this unusual first name because Hallot’s brother John named one of his sons Hallet. Hallet [the younger, 1853-1936] was a brother to Emily (Bryan) Reid and that is why the name Hallet may sound familiar to other Bryan researchers in the family. Hallot, subject of today’s post, was an uncle to the younger Hallet. They lived near each other and probably knew each other well.

I have seen his name spelled several ways—Hallot, Hallet, and Hallat. Since it is inscribed as Hallot on his tombstone I will use that spelling for this post.

I learned of the older Hallot Bryan several years ago from his father’s estate papers. Peter Bryan died in 1854 and Hallot was listed as one of his six children and an heir: Estate of Peter Bryan Dec’d. Heirs: Mary Bryan [wife]; 6 children: John Bryan; Joseph Bryan; Byantha Curtice, wife of Leonard Curtice; Hallett Bryan; Elizabeth Bryan; Peter Bryan. [3]

Hallot Bryan, Memphis National Cemetery. (2014 submitted photo0

Hallot Bryan, reverse of tombstone, Memphis National Cemetery. (2014 submitted photo)

Hallot’s parents, Peter and Mary (Huey) Bryan, were from Pennsylvania and moved to Ohio in the early 1820s. They resided in several Ohio counties before finally settling down in Jay County, Indiana, in about 1850. These counties included Coshocton, Licking, Fairfield, Putnam, and Allen. [2]

In 1830 the Peter Bryan family was living in Licking County. [4] Within five years they moved to Fairfield County, where Hallot was born in about 1835 or 1836. [1]

The Bryans moved once again and by 1840 set up residence in Monroe Township, Putnam County, Ohio. [5] At first it appears that they moved between 1840 and 1850, but I believe they were living at the same location during those years. The county boundaries changed in 1848 and Monroe Township, once located in Putnam County, was located in Allen County when the 1850 census was taken. [6]

The 1850 census was the first census in which Hallot was enumerated by name. He was 14 years old, born in Ohio, living with his parents Peter and Mary and siblings Joseph, Elisabeth, and Peter.  [7]

The Peter Bryan family moved to Jay County, Indiana, shortly after the 1850 census was enumerated. They probably followed their son John, who married Mary Huey in Jay County in 1848 and set up housekeeping there.

Peter Bryan [Sr] purchased 80 acres of land in Jay County on 19 September 1850 from Chris Huey. [8] Most of the Bryan family moved to Indiana soon after. Peter Bryan [Sr] died there in 1854, leaving his widow Mary and six children behind.

In 1860 Hallet Bryan was living with his widowed mother Mary. Hallet was 25 year of age, born in Ohio, and was a farmer. Mary was 62 years of age and born in Pennsylvania. Also living with them was Hallot’s younger brother Peter, age 21, born in Ohio, a laborer. They lived next door to Hallot’s brother Joseph. [9]

Memphis National Cemetery. (2014 submitted photo)

Memphis National Cemetery. (2014 submitted photo)

Less than three years later the Civil War was raging and young men were signing up with other locals to fight in the war. Hallot joined Company E of the 89th Indiana Infantry Regiment. He enlisted on 13 August 1862 and marched off to war from Indianapolis on 28 August, never to return to Indiana or see his family again. [1]

I am related to Hallot several different ways due to the Bryan/Huey intermarriages. Hallot was my third great granduncle [common ancestors Peter & Mary Huey Bryan]; my first cousin five times removed [common ancestors Jonas Huey & Unknown]; and my second cousin five times removed [common ancestors James Huey & Elizabeth].

A big THANK YOU to one of my patients who took these photos for me at Memphis National Cemetery a few weeks ago while on vacation.

Coming up Friday: Private Hallot Bryan’s Civil War service.

[1] Compiled Service Record, Hallot Bryan, Pvt., Co. E, 89th Indiana Infantry; Record Group 94, National Archives, Washington, DC.

[2] Biographical and Historical Record of Jay and Blackford Counties, Indiana (Chicago : The Lewis Publishing Company, 1887), 899.

[3] Peter Bryan estate, loose papers, Box 8, 1854, Jay County Historical Society, 903 E. Main St, Portland, Indiana.

[4] 1830 U.S. Census, Madison, Licking County, Ohio, p. 415, line 14, Peter Bryan; digital image by subscription, ( : accessed 25 May 2014), from FHL Film 0337945, from NARA Series M19, roll 134.

[5] 1840 U.S. Census, Monroe, Putnam County, Ohio, p. 338, line 2, Peter Bryan; digital image by subscription, ( : accessed 25 May 2014), from FHL Film 0020174, from NARA Series M704, roll 422.

[6] There was a boundary Change in 1848. Monroe Township was transferred from Putnam County, Ohio, to Allen County, Ohio:,_Ohio.

[7] 1850 U.S. Census, Monroe, Allen County, Ohio, p. 369B (stamped), p. 738 (penned), dwelling 1924, family 1924, Peter Byan; digital image by subscription, ( : accessed 25 May 2014); from NARA Series M432, roll 657.

[8] Jay County Indiana Land Deeds, Book F: 476, Recorders Office, Portland, Indiana.

[9] 1860 U.S. census, Bearcreek, Jay County, Indiana, p. 75 (penned), dwelling 531, family 537, Hallet Bryan; digital image by subscription, ( : accessed 25 May 2014); from FHL microfilm 803269, from NARA microfilm M653, roll 269.

May 23

Military Honor Roll, Mercer County, Ohio

To commemorate Memorial Day this year I am participating in the Honor Roll Project, started by Heather Wilkinson Rojo in 2010. Her project is an effort to compile photographs and transcriptions of military honor rolls from across the country. The transcriptions will make the names available on Internet search engines for family, researchers, and others. Heather will post a compilation of the participating bloggers on Memorial Day and will make those posts permanently available on her Honor Roll Project.

Mercer County, Ohio, erected a Veterans Memorial in 1997 at the corner of Main and Logan Streets in Celina. It consisted of a large dark granite memorial flanked by a wall with five Roll of Honor plaques and a dedication plaque.

Mercer County Veterans Memorial, 1997. (2014 photo by Karen)

Mercer County Veterans Memorial, 1997. (2014 photo by Karen)

A few years later the memorial was taken down when the streets were widened. The granite portion of the memorial is now located at Lake Shore Park and the Roll of Honor plaques are housed at Celina’s VFW Post 5713, 1118 West Logan Street.

War Memorial, Lake Shore Park, Celina, Mercer County, Ohio. (2014 photo by Karen)

Veterans Memorial, Lake Shore Park, Celina, Mercer County, Ohio. (2014 photo by Karen)

The granite memorial reads: IN HONOR OF THE FALLEN HEROES OF MERCER COUNTY, Who at the call of their country entered the service to fight for the highest of American Principles. Dedicated May 26, 1997.

War Memorial, Lake Shore Park, Celina, Mercer County, Ohio. (2014 photo by Karen)

Veterans Memorial, Lake Shore Park, Celina, Mercer County, Ohio. (2014 photo by Karen)

The plaques contain the names of Mercer County soldiers who were killed in action during various wars. The brass name plaques were furnished by Celina’s VFW but the WWI Roll of Honor plaque is older and was once located in the courthouse.

Dedication plaque.

Dedication plaque. (2014 photo by Karen)

Dedicated to those men and women from our community who honorably served and continue to serve in the armed forces of the United States during peace time. They served and continue to protect what our war veterans fought and died to defend, our American way of life.

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

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

Honor Roll
In honor of the fallen heroes of Mercer County, who at the call of their country entered the service to fight for the highest American principles.

Charles C Adams
William Adams
Clem A Beckman
Robert Birkmeyer
Hubert H Bretz
William F Breymaier
Joseph A Buschur
Clifton Coats
Enis E Cole
Clotaire S Desch
J Coter Dugan
Glen D Echart
Eli Eichar
Harry M Eichar
Charles B Fishbaugh
August A Fleck
Elzie M Florence
Earl Frank
August Froning
George Fullenkamp
Charles E Gebele
Leo J Gast
Ira Goodwin
Herbert F Gottes
Edward Hay
Charles W Hitchens
Arland Kennedy
Leo Knapschaffer
Leo Kothman
W A Leiser
Emmet Mannix
Eldon M McAfee
Emmet J Meeker
Charles W Meyer
Richard W Moeller
Lewis U Moorman
Cecil Nolan
Jerome Obringer
Fred Overman
Albert Pierstorff
Howard Pifer
Grover C Powell
Fred G Rammel
Henry J Rammel
Albert W Rhodes
Harry Rindler
Charles F Schaadt
Gilbert Schoap
William E Searight
Ernest Shock
Leo J H Silk
Dole M Smith
Charles V Snyder
George W Spohn
Jacob Weaver
Roland D Wiley
Aloys J Will
Thomas U Wolfe
Harry H. Reinders
“The right is more precious than peace.
We shall fight for the things we have
Always carried nearest to our hearts,
To such a task we dedicate our lives.” Woodrow Wilson

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

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

World War II 1941-1946
Arthur D Alt
James R Anderson
Floyd Andrews
Thomas Anthony
Robert Bailey
Herman Baker
James A Bernard
William Bettinger
Albert Beyke
Ernest Bohman
Kenneth Boise
Joseph Bollenbacher
Paul A Buschur
James Collins
Robert J Collins
Virgil W Colson
Albert R Custer
Albert DeCurtins
Walter Diller
Glen Enyart
Doyt W Faurot
Donald Fell
Carl R Felver
Glen C Gilmore
Lowell Golder
Richard W Gray
Harold Hainline
Howard Hammer
Robert E Harrod
Jerome Harting
Sylvester C Heckman
Herbert Heitkamp
Gale Hileman
Louis Imwalle
Vincent M Jolly
Clyde Kaffenberger
Marcus T King
Charles K Kingsley
Owen P Klentz
Othmar Klosterman
Wilson W. Lehman
Eugene Limes
Elmer Long
Clarence W Martin
Paul F Maryz
Muryl K McCristy
Clifford McGee
Norbert Mescher
Joseph Meyer
Lee Meyer
Donald L Moore
Jack A Murlin
John E Muter
Leo Nerderman
James F Nevergall
John Niblick Jr
Glenn A Piper
Carl E Pond
Harvey Protsman
Neal Putman
Russell R Reed
Robert V Reno
Herbert Sanning
Donald Schmitz
E F Schumm
Edward J Schuster
Robert F Shaffer
Albert Shiverdecker
Luke Shockman
William Shockman
Richard Smalley
Frank Sommers
Corger L Squires
Walter Staugler
Francis Stelzer
Maurice Sullivan
Raymond J Thien
Robert D Vanderhorst
Robert Vantilburg
Cyril F Wehrkamp
Lester V Wurster
Cletus G Bice

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

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

Korea 1950-1955
Harold E Birt
Paul B Borgert
Cletus F Brunswick
Ermal M Dorsten
Alvah M Huerkamp
William A Kelly
Charles W. Lemunyon
Donald E Lowry
Charles C McDevitt
Paul M Miesse
George L Miller
Richland A Noll
William A Raudabaugh
Ralph E Siefring
Jerry D Wolfe

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

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

Vietnam 1961-1975
Sammy A Barga
Danny Cheadle
David K Deeter
Cary Fosnaugh
Nicholas Franzer
Lawrence D Jackson
Wayne A Painter
Benny J Sapp
John W. Smith

Lebanon-Grenada, Panama, Persian Gulf, Mercer County, Ohio. (2014 photo by Karen)

Lebanon-Grenada, Panama, Persian Gulf, Mercer County, Ohio. (2014 photo by Karen)

PANAMA                       1989-1990
PERSIAN GULF             1990
No Mercer County lives lost.

I remember Cary Fosnaugh and Benny Sapp, who were killed in Vietnam. They also graduated from Parkway.

They plan to eventually place the Roll of Honor name plaques, that are now at the VFW, with the granite memorial at Lake Shore Park, making the memorial complete once again.


Celina's American Legion Roll of Honor, WWI & WWII. (2014 photo by Karen)

Celina American Legion Post 210 Roll of Honor, WWI & WWII. (2014 photo by Karen)

Celina’s American Legion Post 210 has a war memorial in front of their post, located at 2510 State Route 703, Celina. Their memorial shows the names of Mercer County’s WWI and WWII soldiers killed in action.

I have also created a permanent page on Karen’s Chatt for Mercer County’s Honor Roll. It is in the header section of the home page, under Military.




May 20

Tombstone Tuesday–John F. Merkle

John F. Merkle, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

John F. Merkle, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of John Francis Merkle, located in row 7 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

John F.
Feb 2, 1870
July 27, 1895

John Merkle was the son of Joseph and Lucinda (Kentner) Merkle, born in Wapakoneta, Auglaize County, Ohio. [1]

There are conflicting records concerning John’s date of birth. His Auglaize County birth record indicates he was born 13 December 1869. [1] That would appear to be the most reliable record, but the 1870 census, taken only months after his birth, indicates he was five months old and born in February 1870. [2] Finally, his tombstone is inscribed with 2 February 1870 as his birth date. Note that John’s parents were still living when he passed away and likely purchased his cemetery marker.

In 1870 the Joseph Merkle family was living in Wapakoneta, Auglaize County. At that time John was living with his parents and three sisters. [2]

The Merkle family moved to neighboring Mercer County by 1880. They resided in Chattanooga where John’s father worked as a blacksmith and his sister Mary taught school. [3]

The Merkle family attended Zion Lutheran Church when they lived in Chattanooga. John’s mother Lucinda was confirmed as an adult at Zion in 1885 and several of John’s siblings were baptized, confirmed, and married there.

John was the victim of a fatal accident on 27 July 1895 in Chicago. The following newspaper report tells of his misfortune:

Drowned in the Calumet
J.S. Merkle, 35 years old [sic], of No. 104 East Ninety-Second street, a well-known carpenter and contractor of South Chicago, was drowned in the Calumet River between Ninety-Ninth and One Hundredth streets last evening. His body was not recovered. Merkle went out in a boat alone for a row. A short time after the boat was found floating in the river bottom up and Merkle could not be found. [4]

John Merkle drowning, 1895

John Merkle drowning, The Inter Ocean, Chicago, Ill, 28 July 1895

This newspaper account gives his ages as 35, which appears to be an error. I believe he was 25 when he drowned. I do not know if John’s body was ever recovered but Zion Chatt’s records indicate that he was buried on the 30th. The church record verifies the above information–that John Francis Merkle, son of Joseph and Lucinda, drowned on 27 July 1895 in the Chicago River when his sailboat capsized. It also indicates that he was survived by his parents and siblings.

John’s parents and several of his siblings are also buried in Zion Chatt’s Cemetery.

John Merkle birth record, Vol. 1, p.25, item 83, Auglaize County, Ohio.

John Merkle birth record, Vol. 1, p.25, item 83, Auglaize County, Ohio.

[1] Ohio, County Births, 1841-2003,” index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 18 May 2014), Joseph Merkle in entry for John Merkle, 13 Dec 1869; citing Vol. 1 p. 25, item 83, Wapakoneta, Auglaize, Ohio; FHL microfilm 959200.

[2] 1870 U.S. Census, Wapakoneta, Auglaize County, Ohio, p. 36 (penned), dwelling 304, family 298, Joseph Merkley; digital image by subscription, ( : accessed 18 May 2014); from FHL film 552671, from NARA film M593, roll 1172.

[3] 1880 U.S. Census, Liberty, Mercer County, Ohio, ED 188, p. 2 (penned), dwelling 13, family 14, Joseph Markrle; digital image by subscription, ( : accessed 18 May 2014); from FHL microfilm 1255048, from NARA microfilm T9, roll 1048.

[4] “Drowned in the Calumet,” The Inter Ocean, Chicago, Illinois, 28 July 1895, p.2; digital image by subscription, ( : accessed 18 May 2014).

May 16

Live Streaming From the 2014 NGS Conference

Last week, 7-10 May, was the annual National Genealogical Society [NGS] Conference, held in Richmond, Virginia. The 2014 Conference, entitled Virginia: The First Frontier, offered over 175 lectures during the four day conference.

Genealogical conferences, whether national, state, or local, are a wonderful means to learn and network. I enjoy attending them as often as I can, if they are within reasonable driving distance, which for me is no more than five to six hours travel time. It would have been about a nine hour drive to this year’s conference. Plus it just did not fit into my schedule this year. So I did not attend the 2014 NGS Conference.

Although I was not there in person, I was able to see a few of the sessions. Live. Right here at home, in my office, on my PC.

Viewing_PCThat’s right. This year NGS offered something new, something for those of us that could not attend the conference for one reason or another. For the first time NGS offered “live streaming” of certain sessions, making those sessions available to persons with an Internet connection anywhere. I was able to watch and listen to the sessions live, at the same time they were being presented. Or I can watch them later if I was busy when they were shown live. Roots Tech, a conference that focuses on genealogy and technology, has offered live streaming the past couple of years.

NGS offered ten sessions for live streaming, in two tracks that consisted of five sessions each. They chose lectures on popular topics presented by nationally known speakers. You could chose to view either or both tracks, at a cost of $65/track or $115 for both, for NGS members. Non-members could also sign up for the live stream, at $80/track or $145 for both. Membership has its advantages.

Track one was Records and Research Techniques and track two was Virginia Resources and Migration Patterns.

I chose to watch track one, which consisted of two lectures on Thursday afternoon and three on Friday morning. Sessions were: “Using Evidence Creatively, Spotting Clues in Run-of-the-Mill Records,” Elizabeth Shown Mills; “Can a Complex Research Problem Be Solved Solely Online?” Thomas W. Jones; “Using NARA’s Finding Aids and Website,” Pamela Boyer Sayer; “Disputes and Unhappy Differences…Surprises in Land Records,” Sharon Tate Moody; and “A Sound Mind and Body, Using Probate Records in Your Research,” Michael Hait.

I watched Elizabeth Shown Mills and Tom Jones present their sessions live on Friday. Then on Saturday I watched Sharon Tate’s presentation a few hours after its completion. I will watch the other two sessions some time in the future.

The nice thing is that I can watch the lectures as often as I want, whenever I want, for ninety days after the end of the conference. NGS On Demand Online Access was to be available within 24 hours of the recording, but it was actually available sooner than that. I watched one of Saturday’s sessions a few hours after the session had ended.

Live stream registrants also received a digital version of the conference syllabus, all 628 pages in PDF format. The syllabus includes the handout material for each session, which is usually four pages per session. The syllabus itself is a great source of information and interesting to look through.

LectureNGS selected Playback Now to broadcast sessions live and show the recordings after that. The live stream was simple enough to set up. I simply went to the conference live streaming website and logged in with my password. It worked extremely well. The video and audio were excellent. The video was a good mix as it went back and forth between the speaker and their Power Point slides.

There were a coupe disadvantages to the live stream for me:

  • It used a lot of data. I use my tablet as a hot spot for my Internet connection and I found that two sessions use about 1 GB of data.
  • There was a limited number of sessions for live streaming.
  • I did not get to chose the sessions I wanted to view.  They were already chosen.

It appears the 2014 NGS Conference live stream was a success. I received an e-mail from NGS yesterday announcing that they were taking registrations until 31 May for post-conference viewing of the ten sessions mentioned above. Before the conference over 400 signed up for the live stream, but others learned about it after the conference and want the opportunity to view the sessions, too. Post-conference registrants will be allowed to view sessions in track one, track two, or both tracks for the next three months, at the pre-conference price. The digital syllabus is also included.

I also have another option to hear the lectures I missed. I can purchase an audio recording from JAMB Tapes, Inc. They offer recordings of most conference sessions on audio CD for $12 each. The 2014 conference CDs will be available soon. And I can follow right along with my syllabus.

I still enjoy attending conferences in person to learn, to network with other genealogists, to see old friends and meet new ones, to shop in the exhibit hall, and to see the various conference venues, but I cannot attend every year. Live streaming was a nice opportunity to see some presentations this year.

It is almost the next best thing to being there.





May 13

Tombstone Tuesday–Infant Son & Daughter of A.L. & N.M. Schumm

Infant son and daughter of A.L. & N.M. Schumm, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Van Wert County, Ohio. (2012 photo by Karen)

Infant son and daughter of A.L. & N.M. Schumm, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Van Wert County, Ohio. (2012 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of stillborn twins, the son and daughter of Arnold and Naomi (Schumm) Schumm, located in row 8 of Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Infant Son & Dau. of
A.L. & N.M. Schumm

Zion Schumm’s records show only that the infant son and daughter of A.L. Schumm were buried in 1926.

Ohio death records indicate that a stillborn male was born on 18 April 1926 in Van Wert County to Arnold L. and Naomi Schumm and was buried on 19 April. [1] The index below shows the information about the stillborn infant. [2] Neither of the state records mention the twin girl, although the FamilySearch record was an abstract of the original.

SchummStillbo DR 1926, ODH - Copy

Ohio Death Index 1908-1932.

About the parents: According to Zion Schumm’s records, Arnold Ludwig Schumm was born 7 August 1890, the son of John and Wilhelmine (Breuninger) Schumm. “Naemi” Margaretha Schumm was born 2 March 1897 to Fredrick Jr and Maria (Buechner) Schumm. Her name was spelled Naemi in her baptism and marriage records, but was spelled Naomi in later church records.

Arnold and Naomi were married at her parents’ home on 16 November 1922 by Rev. R.O. Bienert. Witnesses to their marriage were Amos Schumm and Salome Schumm.

It appears that the twins were the first children born to Arnold and Naomi. Other children born to the couple:

Lois Margaret 1928
Frederich John 1933
Wilma Louise 1936

Arnold Schumm died in 1968 and Naomi died in 1982.

[1] “Ohio, Deaths and Burials, 1854-1997, ” index. FamilySearch ( : accessed 11 May 2014), Infant Schumm, 18 Apr 1926; citing Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, reference item 11 cn 40; FHL microfilm 1952874.

[2] Ohio, Deaths, 1908-1932, 1938-2007, and 1958-2007, from Death Certificates and Index, Ohio Division of Vital Statistics, December 20, 1908-December 31, 1953, on-line database, ( : accessed 11 May 2014), Stillbo Schumm, 18 Apr 1926; from State Archives Series 3094, p.7530, Ohio Historical Society, Columbus, Ohio.

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