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

Author's posts

Jacob Miller’s Final Years in Germany

This week, taking a break from the Duckcreek Church records, some information about my paternal great-grandfather Johann “Jacob” Miller. Information about his last couple of years in Bierbach, before immigrating to America in 1871.

Tombstone Tuesday-Anna M. (Roehm) Schumm

This is the tombstone of Anna M. (Roehm) Schumm, located in row 7 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Anna M.
Ehefrau von
H.G. Schumm
Geboren
24 Mai 1857
Gestorben
23 Sept 1901

Duckcreek Church Marriage Records, 1881-1891

Continuing on with the few Duckcreek Church records that I have, the marriages that were recorded at the church from 1881-1891. This marriage information includes the marriage date, the name of the groom and bride, and occasionally some additional information.

Tombstone Tuesday-Star Symbol

The star symbol on a tombstone can symbolize divine guidance, eternity, or immortality, as well as hope, dreams, and life everlasting. For early Christians the five-pointed star represented the five wounds of Christ.

Duckcreek Church Officers, 1879-1880

Perhaps your ancestor was a church officer or trustee at the former Duckcreek Church. Below is a list of the Duckcreek Church leaders and trustees from 1879-1880.