June 2021 archive

1887 Duckcreek Church Member List

Old church records are often difficult to find or are non-existent. So it is a treat to have a few early records from Duckcreek Church, Blackcreek Township’s the first church.

Tombstone Tuesday-Spanish-American War Marker, Charles S. Hatch

Continuing with grave markers with a military connection, here is a local marker of a Spanish-American War veteran. This may be the only Spanish-American War marker I have seen.

Duckcreek Church, Mercer County, Ohio

The first religious society in Blackcreek Township, Mercer County, Ohio, was a Methodist Episcopal class at the Duckcreek school house. The class was formed by Rev. Joshua Smith in about 1856 and among its first members were A.M. Counterman & wife, Alonzo Cross & wife, George Clark & wife, and William Harper & wife.

Tombstone Tuesday-WWI Military Inscriptions

During this time between our two patriotic holidays, Memorial Day and the Fourth of July, I will feature military tombstone inscriptions on Tombstone Tuesday.

Drury GAR Post 372, Neptune, Ohio

I showed some examples of the GAR (Grand Army of the Republic) insignia inscribed on local tombstones. The GAR, founded in 1866, was an organization comprised of Union Civil War Veterans. Below is an undated photo of the members of Neptune’s Drury Post GAR, No. 372.