Karen Bennett

Greetings from the Chattanooga, Ohio, area. Yes, Ohio has its very own Chattanooga, aka Chatt, a small village in west-central Ohio, near the Indiana border. I have been doing family history research for over 20 years and am a Board-Certified genealogist, certified by the Board for Certification of Genealogists®. My main genealogical interests are family research, cemetery research, and historical and genealogical research of the Chatt area, with a focus on two area Lutheran Churches, both named Zion Lutheran, one in Chatt and the other in Schumm, Ohio. Family names I am researching include Miller, Schumm, Brewster, Rueck, Reid, Headington, Huey, Bryan, Whiteman, Schinnerer, Scaer, Breuninger, Bennett, and a few others. I belong to several lineage societies, including the Daughters of the American Revolution, U.S. Daughters of 1812, First Families of Ohio, and First Families of Mercer and Van Wert Counties. I am also a retired dental hygienist and our church organist. I hope you enjoy Karen's Chatt.

Most commented posts

  1. Haunted Mercer County? — 28 comments
  2. The Old Willshire Hotel — 27 comments
  3. Florence (Schumm) Miller (1929-2016) — 21 comments
  4. Genealogy Roadshow to Debut — 18 comments
  5. Spitler Grocery Huckster Truck, Willshire, Ohio — 18 comments

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Tombstone Tuesday-Vacant Chair with Shoes Grave Marker

A pair of child’s shoes on a small vacant chair indicates the site of a child’s grave, even if there is no identifying information on the marker. One of the shoes is usually on its side.

Jacob Bolenbaugher Will, 1843

Below is the 1843 will of Jacob Bolenbaugher, of Van Wert County, Ohio.

I am not sure who Jacob Bolenbaugher was or if the spelling of this surname eventually changed to Bolenbaugh or Bollenbacher.

Tombstone Tuesday-John Andrew Lillich

This is the tombstone of John Andrew Lillich, located in row 5 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

John
Andrew
Lillich
Born
Oct. 6, 1792
Died
June 16
1847
Aged
54 Y, 8 m, 10d

Old Chatt Bar Advertising Item

I have been doing one of the things I do best during the cold, snowy winter months–going through files, closets, and rooms, sorting, rearranging and purging. I find this a fun thing to do, if I am in the mood. As it turns out, I have certainly been in the mood for the last couple months.

Tombstone Tuesday-Hand Pointing Up Symbol

A very common tombstone symbol is a hand pointing upward, pointing toward heaven.