Tombstone Tuesday-David Casto

David Casto, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Van Wert County, Ohio. (2012 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of David Casto, located in row 8 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

David Casto
died May 10
aged 65 yrs
3 mo & 28 d

As calculated from his tombstone, David Casto was born 12 January 1782.

Although David Casto’s sandstone tombstone is located in Zion Schumm’s cemetery, there is no mention of his death or burial in Zion Schumm’s records. In fact, no Casto is mentioned in their records.

The only connection I have found between a Casto and Zion Schumm’s cemetery is a Casto-Hartzog connection. In 1856 Eliza J. Hartzog (1841-1880), daughter of Solomon and Susanna (King) Hartzog, married James C. Casto (1835-1904). Solomon and Susanna (King) Hartzog are both laid to rest in row 8 of Zion Schumm’s cemetery, buried next to David Casto, but the Hartzogs are not mentioned in the church records. Eliza J. (Hartzog) Casto is buried in Hileman/Smith/Hartzog/Alspaugh Cemetery, just down the road from Zion Schumm, and her husband James C. Casto, who remarried after Eliza’s death, is buried at Woodland Union, Van Wert. The surname Casto is not that common and there is likely some connection between David Casto and James C. Casto.

A couple Castos are mentioned in the Willshire/Duckcreek church circuit records. In 1879 D. Casto was appointed trustee at Willshire and Hila B. Casto married Leonidas G. Brock in 1882.

A few Castos are buried in local cemeteries, the nearest to Zion Schumm’s cemetery being Hileman/Smith/Hartzog/Alspaugh Cemetery, where Elizabeth B Casto (1865-1872), William Casto (1848-1866), and William F. Casto (1864-1866) are buried. There is likely a connection to David Casto.

1924 Postcard to Rev. Lemuel Rice

Here is a 1924 postcard sent from Willshire, Ohio.

1924 postcard to Rev. Lemuel Rice.

The picture side of the postcard shows cows grazing by a river and says Greetings from Willshire, Ohio. It looks like it could be the banks of the St. Marys River.

The reverse side is postmarked Willshire, Ohio, 11 November 1924, addressed to Rev. and Mrs. Lemuel Rice, Ada, Ohio.

The postcard is from Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Bowen, who write:

Willshire, Ohio
Nov. 11th 1924
Dear Mr. & Mrs. Rice
This is just to greet you on your annivrsity [sic].
With congratulations and best wishes
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Bowen

1924 postcard to Rev. Lemuel Rice from Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Bowen.

This postcard is particularly interesting because Rev. Lemuel Rice was a Methodist minister in the Duckcreek/Willshire area in the early 1900s. Rev. Rice was mentioned in the Duckcreek Church records that I recently posted here on Karen’s Chatt, when he received a number of individuals into church membership at Willshire in 1908 and 1909. 

The Bowens likely knew Rev. Rice and his family through the church. The 1891 marriage of Joseph Bowen (1863-1937) and Ina M. Denman (1869-1938) was also mentioned in the Duckcreek marriage records.

Lemuel Rice was born in Knox County, Ohio, 20 August 1851, the son of Jonathan and Elizabeth (Ling) Rice. [1]

Lemuel Rice married Martha Florence Banbury 12 November 1874 in Knox County, married by Rev. Mattison. [2]

In 1880 the Lemuel Rice family live in Marion, Hardin County, Ohio, and in 1900 they lived in Alger, Hardin County, Ohio. Lemuel was a farmer in both enumerations.

Lemuel apparently became a minister between 1900 and 1908, when he is mentioned in the Duckcreek/Willshire church records.

By 1910 the Lemuel Rice family lived in Celina, where he is a Methodist minister. The family lived at 422 Fulton Street and consisted of Lemuel, 58; Florence M, 57; Bernice V, 34, daughter; and Dale R, 18, son. [3]

By 1920 Lemuel and Florence had moved to Ada, Hardin County, Ohio, where they resided at 138 S Johnson with daughter Bernice and her husband Lyman Connor. The family in 1920: Lemuel Rice, 67, head; Martha F Rice, 66, wife; Lyman Conner, 49, son-in-law; Bernice  Conner, 43, daughter.  Lemuel’s occupation was a minister. [4]

Lemuel Rice died at his home in Ada on 10 February 1928. He died from a heart attack at the age of 76 years, 5 months, and 20 days. He was buried on the 13th. [1]

Rev. Lemuel Rice’s obituary:

Ada, Rev. Lemuel Rice
Rev. Lemuel Rice, 76, retired Methodist minister, died at his residence on South Johnson Street, Ada, Friday afternoon, of paralysis.

Funeral services will be held at the M.E. church tomorrow at 2 p.m., conducted by Rev. Robert Kennedy assisted by Doc. Albert E. Smit. Interment will be at Woodlawn cemetery.

Rev. Rice is survived by two sons and four daughters: Mrs. Lyman Conner, Ada; Mrs. Addie Styles, Akron; Mrs. Barbara Hay, Harrod; Mrs. Arthur Anspach, Ada; Dale Rice, Mentor; and Charles Rice, Lansing, MIch. [5]  

Rev. Lemuel Rice’s wife Martha Florence (Banbury) died 8 Feb 1926.

[1] “Ohio, Deaths, 1908-1953,” Ada, Hardin County, Rev. Lemuel Rice, 10 Feb 1928; database with images (  : viewed 9 Sep 2021).

[2] “Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2016,” Knox County, Vol. 2, p.567, Lemuel W. Rice & Florence Banbury, 12 Nov 1874; database with images, ( : viewed 9 Sep 2021).

[3] 1910 U.S. Census, Celina Ward 1, Mercer, Ohio, ED 117, p.2B, dwelling & family 38, Lemuel Rice; digital image by subscription ( : viewed 9 Sep 2021).

[4] 1920 U.S. Census, ED 96, p.1B, dwelling 21, family 25, Lemuel Rives; digital image by subscription ( : viewed 9 Sep 2021).

[5] Rev. Lemuel Rice obituary, The Lima Morning Star and Republican-Gazette, Lima, Ohio, p.5, 12 Feb 1928;, viewed 9 Sep 2021. 

Tombstone Tuesday-Rising/Setting Sun Symbol

A rising sun tombstone inscription symbolizes renewed life, new life, eternal life, and the eternal light of heaven.

Rising/Setting Sun Symbol

A setting sun inscription indicates death and the end of the earthly life.

Is this inscription a sunrise or a sunset?

Why not both!

As the setting sun, representing that the earthly life has ended, but as a sunrise, representing the hope and promise of a new beginning in eternal life.

We Will Never Forget

We will never forget.

September 11th, 2001.

Nearly every one of us remember where we were and what we were doing 20 years ago when we heard the news that two planes flew into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, that a third plane crashed into the Pentagon, and that a fourth plane crashed into a field in rural Pennsylvania.

The images of those terrorist attacks are burned into our memories.

At 8:46 a.m. Flight 11 crashed into the North Tower.

At 9:02 a.m. Flight 175 crashed into the South Tower.

At 9:59 a.m. the South Tower collapsed.

At 10:48 a.m. the North Tower collapsed.

At 9:37 a.m. Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon.

At 10:03 a.m. Flight 93 crashed in Somerset County, southeast of Pittsburgh. 

Tomorrow, the 20th anniversary of September 11, we remember the nearly 3000 people who died that day, as a direct result of the attacks, and we remember and honor the police, firemen, and others who sacrificed their lives to help others that day and in the days that followed.

And, a never-ending thank you to the brave men and women who, after 9-11, voluntarily joined our armed forces to protect us from future attacks.

We must never forget.

We will never forget.

Tombstone Tuesday-Elisabeth (Herzog) Brenner

Elisabeth (Herzog) Brenner, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Van Wert County, Ohio. (2012 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Elizabeth (Herzog) Brenner, located in row 8 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Ehegattinn des
Herin G. J. Brenner
Feb. 22, 1805
Mai. 7, 1875
Alter 70y, 2m, 15t

Elisabeth, wife of Mr. G.J. Brenner, born 22 February 1805, died 7 May 1875, aged 70 years, 2 months, 15 days.

According to the Zion Lutheran Schumm church records Elisabeth Herzog was born in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, on 22 February 1805. She married John George Brenner in 1840 and they had one son, Johann Gottfried, who was born in 1845. Elisabeth Brenner died 7 May 1875 at noon and was buried on the 11th. As is so often seen in these older records there are some discrepancies, and some dates and ages are a day or so off.

According to Van Wert County marriage records John George Brenner married Elisabeth Herzog in Van Wert County, Ohio on 14 Jan 1840, married by Jacob Harper JP. [1]

The John Brenner family lived in the Willshire/Schumm area in 1850. Their household in 1850: John Brenner, 51, Germany; Elisabeth Brenner, 46, PA; Gottfried Brenner, 5, Ohio; and Cyrus Reed, 8, Ohio. [2] According to Zion Schumm’s records, Cyrus Reid was the foster son of John Brenner. Cyrus died 6 May 1857, at the age of 15 years, 10 months, and 2 days, after getting chilled and developing pneumonia. He was buried on 7 May, buried in row 5 of Zion Schumm’s cemetery.   

The John Brenner family in 1860: John Brenner, 62, Wuerttemberg; Elisabeth, 55, PA; Godfrey, 16, OH; and Catharine Airman, 10, OH. The 10-year-old could be Catharine Ehrman/Ehrenman, perhaps another foster child. John Brenner was a farmer.

The John Brenner family in 1870, now living with their son John Gottfried Brenner and his wife of 3 years, Mary (Kreiselmeyer): John, 73; Elizabeth, 65; JC Brenner, 25; and Mary Brenner, 21. [4]

According to her county death record Elisabeth Brenner died of palsy in Willshire Township on 6 May 1875, at the age of 70 years, 2 months, and 1 day. She was born in Pennsylvania and was a housekeeper. [5]

John George and Elisabeth (Herzog) Brenner had one child:
John Gottfried Brenner (1845-1879), married Katharina Maria Margaretha “Mary” Kreiselmeyer

I do not know who Elisabeth’s parents were. And I wonder if Herzog was her maiden name. She married John Brenner in 1840, at the age of 35, I wonder if she may have been a widow who had been married to a Herzog. As always there are unanswered questions…

[1] “Ohio Marriages, 1800-1958,” Van Wert Marriages, image 25, John Brenner & Elizabeth Harzogg, 14 Jan 1840; database, ( : viewed 6 Sep 2021).

[2] 1850 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, dwelling 354, family 373, John Brenner; digital image by subscription, ( : viewed 6 Sep 2021).

[3] 1860 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, dwelling 1073, family 1067, John Bauner; digital image by subscription, ( : viewed 6 Sep 2021).

[4] 1870 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED, dwelling 101, family 102, JC Brenner; digital image by subscription,  ( : viewed 6 Sep 2021).

[5]“Ohio, County Death Records, 1840-2001,” Van Wert County, Vol. 1, p.102-3, Elisabeth Brenner, 6 May 1875; database with images, p.102-3, ( : viewed 6 Sep 2021).