Tag Archive: Mercer County Ohio

Jul 12

Tombstone Tuesday–George & Anna B. Bollenbacher

George & Anna B. Bollenbacher, Liberty (aka Kessler) Cemetery, Liberty Township, Mercer County, Ohio

This is the tombstone of George and Anna B. Bollenbacher. It is inscribed, George Bollenbacher, 1830-1912; Anna B. his wife, 1836-1913. This beautiful monument is located in Liberty Cemetery, also known as Kessler Cemetery, on Oregon Road, Liberty Township, Mercer County, Ohio. The cemetery is about ½ mile from the Indiana state line and about …

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Apr 01

1916 Mercer County Directory

1916-Mercer-County-Ohio

A few years ago I purchased a 1916 Farm Journal Illustrated Directory of Mercer County, Ohio, on Ebay. It was published by the Wilmer Atkinson Company, publishers of the Farm Journal, from Washington Square, Philadelphia. It contains 208 pages, an alphabetical list of the people living in Mercer County with some information about them, advertisements, …

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Mar 29

Tombstone Tuesday—Jacob Miller

Jacob Miller (1843-1918), Zion Lutheran Mausoleum

This is the mausoleum marker of Jacob Miller. The mausoleum is located at the west side of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Ohio. I have never been able to find Jacob’s Ohio death certificate. The only records I have of his death are the church records, the mausoleum marker, and his obituary. Jacob’s wife Christine is …

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Mar 25

Working the Land

Carl Miller, Jacob’s son, planting corn

Most of my ancestors were farmers. They were among those who cleared and worked the land, a difficult but rewarding job that played an important part in the growth of our country. Johann “Jacob” Miller, my great grandfather, emigrated from Bavaria in 1871. On the ship’s passenger list Jacob stated that he was a farmer …

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Feb 18

Unusual Names—We’ve Got ‘Em

Johann Pankratius Schinnerer 1829-1857

Look carefully at this tombstone photo. I’m sure you noticed right away that two names are misspelled. Pankratius Schinnerer is such a common name! Who could possibly misspell it? Yes, some of my ancestors have very unusual names. Most of these uncommon names are in my German lines and are collateral ancestors, not my direct …

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