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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More Post Offices in Willshire Township

Last week I featured a list of postmasters in the village of Willshire from 1822-1971.

During the time period from 1858 through 1971 there were five other post offices in Willshire Township–Abanaka, Glenmore, Greenwood/Wren, Leslie, and Schumm.

Tombstone Tuesday-Lamb Symbol

Fingers crossed that the notification e-mails for this blog post went out to Karen’s Chatt subscribers today and that they will continue once again.

Notifications stopped being sent out before Christmas and we have been working to correct the problem ever since.

Postmasters in the Hamlet of Willshire

In recent blog posts I listed the appointed postmasters in northern Mercer County from the 1840s through 1971, in the townships of Black Creek, Liberty, and Dublin.

Today I continue that list with the postmasters in another local town, Willshire, in Van Wert County.  

Tombstone Tuesday-Maria A. (Pflueger) Schumm

This is the tombstone of Maria (Pflueger) Schumm, located in row 5 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:
Maria A.
Ehefrau von
G.M. Schumm
Geboren
Den 20, Juni
1820
Gest. Den 25
Marz 1903
SCHUMM

Dublin Township Post Offices

Dublin Township in Mercer County, Ohio, had three post offices at one time. The oldest was established by 1836 and was first known as Shanes Crossing. It was located at Shanesville, now known as Rockford, which was founded in 1820 and is the oldest village in Mercer County.