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.

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Duckcreek Baptisms, 1874-1882

Continuing on with the Duckcreek Church records that I have, that also include information for a couple other Methodist churches in the area.

Tombstone Tuesday-Oak Leaf Symbol

Oak leaves inscribed on a tombstone symbolize strength, endurance, eternity, honor, faith, virtue, liberty, stability, and hospitality. It is a symbol of the power of the Christian faith and some believe that the cross of Christ was made from an oak tree.

Duckcreek Church Member List, 1905-1913

Continuing with the Duckcreek Church records that I have, today some membership records, from 1905-1913.

Tombstone Tuesday-Frederick A. Schumm

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

FREDERICK A. SON OF
L.E. & C.E. SCHUMM
MAR. 18, 1923
MAY 9, 1923

175th Anniversary of Zion Lutheran Church, Schumm

Last Sunday was the 44th Schumm reunion but 2021 also marks a noteworthy anniversary for Schumm’s congregation, the 175th anniversary of the founding of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church at Schumm, Ohio.