Tombstone Tuesday-Christoph Kreiselmeyer

Christoph Kreiselmeyer, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Van Wert County, Ohio. (2012 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Christoph Kreiselmeyer, located in row 7 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Christoph
Kreiselmeyer
Gest. den 28 Dec
1900
Alter 79Y
3M 7T

Christoph Kreiselmeyer died 28 December 1900, age 79 years, 3 months, 7 days.

Christoph Kreiselmeyer was born 21 October 1821 in Rothenburg, Mittelfranken, Bayern, according to Zion Schumm’s records. 

Christoph Kreiselmeyer immigrated to America by 1847 and married Susanna Schwab in Crawford County, Ohio, on 7 October 1847. [1]

Christoph and Susanna set up housekeeping in Crawford County and were enumerated there in 1850, residing in Cranberry Township with their one-year-old daughter Margaret. The Christoph Kreiselmeyer family in 1850: Christoph, 27, Germany; Susanna, 19, Ohio; and Margaret, 1, Ohio. Christoph was a farmer. [2]

Christoph and Susanna Kreiselmeyer moved to Willshire Township about 1854, when Zion Schumm’s records indicate their son John was born. Christoph and Susanna appear to be the first and founding Kreiselmeyer family in the Schumm area. They lived in Section 21, Willshire Township, on the 80 acre farm immediately north and east of the farm my great-grandfather Louis Schumm owned.   

The Christoph Kreiselmeyer family in 1860: Christoph, 38; Susan, 28, Mary C, 11; David, 9; John, 6; and Hannah, 1. [3]

The Christoph Kreiselmeyer family in 1870: Christoph, 48; Susanna, 39, John, 15; Hannah, 11; Friedrich, 7; Anna, 4; and William, 11 months. [4]

The Christoph Kreiselmeyer family in 1880: Christoph, 58; Susanna, 49; Hannah M, 21; Friedrich G, 17; and Anna RC, 14. [5]

Christoph’s wife Susanna (Schwab) Kreiselmeyer died 13 June 1894 and is buried in row 5 of Zion’s cemetery.

In 1900 Anna (Kreiselmeyer) Gunsett and her family lived with her widowed father Christoph Kreiselmeyer: Christoph Kreiselmeyer, 78, head; Anna R Gunsett, 34, daughter; Henry G Gunsett, 34, son-in-law; and Ida H Gunsett, 1, granddaughter. This enumeration indicates Christoph was a farmer who was born in Germany October 1821. It does not show the year he immigrated. [6]  

1900 Christoph lived with his daughter Anna Gunsett and her family. Or perhaps Anna and her family lived with Christoph, since he is listed as head of household: Christoph, 78, head; Anna R Gunsett, 34, daughter; Henry G Gunsett, 34, son-in-law; and Ida H Gunsett, 1, granddaughter. This enumeration indicates Christoph was born in Germany October 1821, that he was widowed, and that he was a farmer. It does not show the year he immigrated. [6]  

Christoph Kreiselmeyer died of typhus on 28 December 1900 at the age of 79 years, 2 months, and 7 days. He was buried on the 30th.

Christoph Kreiselmeyer, Zion Lutheran Cemetery. (2012 photo by Karen)

Christoph and Susanna (Schwab) Kreiselmeyer had the following children:
Katharina Margaretha Maria “Mary” (1848-1918), married Johann Gottfried Brenner; m. Peter Schmidt
David (1851-1865)
John (1854-1887), married Emma Seeman
Hannah Magdalena (1859-1939), married Jacob Gunsett
George Friedrich “Fred” (1863-1923), married Margaretha Buechner
“Anna” Rosine Caroline (1866-1929), married Henry Gunsett 
“WIlliam“ Henry (1869-1959), married Laura Langenberger; m. Jessie Juanita Hall
Gottfried Daniel (1875-1875)

[1] “Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013,” Crawford County Marriages, Vol. 3, p.46, George Christopher Kreisenmeyer & Susanna Schwab, 7 Oct 1847; FamilySearch.org (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:939K-BJ3K-HQ?i=46&cc=1614804 : viewed 17 Sep 2018).

[2] 1850 U.S. Census, Cranberry, Crawford, Ohio, p.451B, dwelling 1699, family 1705, Christopher Kriselmire; Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/8054/ : viewed 1 Feb 2021).

[3] 1860 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, p.150 [penned], dwelling 1072, family 1066, Christopher Railselmeyers; Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/7667/ : viewed 17 Sep 2018).

[4] 1870 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, p.436A, dwelling 95, family 96, Christ Kreisshnier; Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/7163/ : viewed 1 Feb 2021). 

[5] 1880 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 154, p.449A, family 109, C. Krieselmyer; Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/6742/ : viewed 1 Feb 2021).

[6] 1900 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, Ed 98, p.10, dwelling 196, family 201, Christ Kreiselmeyer; Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/7602/ : viewed 8 Feb 2021).  

Grove School No.8, Black Creek Township

Today, a nice old photo of students standing outside Grove School, Black Creek Township, Mercer County, Ohio. The photo was taken about 1933 and was sent to me by a reader, Linda.

Grove School, Black Creek Twp, Mercer County, Ohio, c1933. Melville Gehm, front row, 2nd from left.

Linda can identify one person in the photo, the late Melville Gehm. Melville is the second boy on the left in the front row. She also believes there are several Gause children in the photo, one being the fourth boy from the left in the front row.

Grove School No. 8 was located in Section 33, on what is now State Route 707, a little west of the Wabash Road intersection. This school is shown on the 1876, 1888, and 1900 Mercer County maps.

On the 1888 map below the red arrow points to Grove School No. 8. The green arrow points to Wildcat School No. 9, at the corner of 49 and 707. The turquoise arrow points to what used to be the location of East Bethel Church. East Bethel Church is no longer there but the cemetery remains.

Grove School, Section 33, 1888 Black Creek Twp map.

Has anyone else seen the Grove School photo before? I would like to hear from anyone who knows about Grove School or who can identify some other students in the photo.

Tombstone Tuesday-Susanna (Schwab) Kreiselmeyer

Susanna (Schwab) Kreiselmeyer, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Van Wert County, Ohio. (2012 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Susanna (Schwab) Kreiselmeyer, located in row 5 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Susanna
Ehefrau
Christoph
Kreiselmeyer
Geboren
16 Jan 1831
Gestorben
13 Juni 1894
Alter 63y 4m 28t

Susanna, wife of Christoph Kreiselmeyer, born 16 January 1831, died 13 June 1894, age 63 years, 4 months, 28 days.

Susanna Schwab was born 16 January 1831 in Auburn Township, Crawford County, Ohio, according to her death and burial record at Zion Lutheran Church, Schumm. Her father’s name was David Schwab.  

Susanna Schwab married Christoph Kreiselmeyer, a German immigrant, in Crawford County, Ohio, on 7 October 1847. Since Susanna was under 18 years of age her father David Schwab had to give his permission for her to marry. Nice, because that gives us the name of Susanna’s father. [1]

Christoph and Susanna set up housekeeping in Crawford County and were enumerated there in 1850, residing in Cranberry Township with their one-year-old daughter Margaret. Cranberry Township is adjacent to Auburn Township, where Susanna’s family and her father David lived. The Christoph Kreiselmeyer family in 1850: Christoph, 27, Germany; Susanna, 19, Ohio; and Margaret, 1, Ohio. Christoph was a farmer. [2]

Christoph and Susanna Kreiselmeyer moved to Willshire Township about 1854, when Zion Schumm’s records indicate their son John was born. Christoph and Susanna appear to be the first and founding Kreiselmeyers in the Schumm area.

The Christoph Kreiselmeyer family in 1860: Christoph, 38; Susanna, 28, Mary C, 11; David, 9; John, 6; and Hannah, 1. [3]

The Christoph Kreiselmeyer family in 1870: Christoph, 48; Susanna, 39, John, 15; Hannah, 11; Friedrich, 7; Anna, 4; and William, 11 months. [4]

The Christoph Kreiselmeyer family in 1880: Christoph, 58; Susanna, 49; Hannah M, 21; Friedrich G, 17; and Anna RC, 14. [5]

Susanna (Schwab) Kreiselmeyer died of breast cancer on 13 June 1894, at the age of 63 years, 4 months, and 28 days. She was buried on the 15th.  

Children of Christoph and Susanna (Schwab) Kreiselmeyer:
Katharina Margaretha Maria “Mary” (1848-1918), married Johann Gottfried Brenner; m. Peter Schmidt
David (1851-1865)
John (1854-1887), married Emma Seeman
“Hannah” Magdalena (1859-1939), married Jacob Gunsett
George Friedrich “Fred” (1863-1923), married Margaretha Buechner
“Anna” Rosine Caroline (1866-1929), married Henry Gunsett 
“WIlliam“ Henry (1869-1959), married Laura Langenberger; m. Jessie Juanita Hall
Gottfried Daniel (1875-1875)

Susanna (Schwab) Kreiselmeyer, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Van Wert County, Ohio. (2012 photo by Karen)

[1] “Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013,” Crawford County Marriages, Vol. 3, p.46, George Christopher Kreisenmeyer & Susanna Schwab, 7 Oct 1847; FamilySearch.org (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:939K-BJ3K-HQ?i=46&cc=1614804 : viewed 17 Sep 2018).

[2] 1850 U.S. Census, Cranberry, Crawford, Ohio, p.451B, dwelling 1699, family 1705, Christopher Kriselmire; Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/8054/ : viewed 1 Feb 2021).

[3] 1860 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, p.150 [penned], dwelling 1072, family 1066, Christopher Railselmeyers; Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/7667/ : viewed 17 Sep 2018).

[4] 1870 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, p.436A, dwelling 95, family 96, Christ Kreisshnier; Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/7163/ : viewed 1 Feb 2021).  

[5] 1880 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 154, p.449A, family 109, C. Krieselmyer; Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/6742/ : viewed 1 Feb 2021).

 

Hopewell Township Postmasters

I continue with area postmaster lists and information about their small post offices, most of which no longer exist. Many of these post offices have names I had never heard of and were located in little hamlets that no longer exist. I find it is interesting to locate these places on a current map. Occasionally an old building that was once a general store still remains at a crossroad where there was once a little village.

Today, a list of postmasters in Hopewell Township, Mercer County, Ohio. Hopewell Township is the township in which we reside.

1888 Map, Hopewell Township, Mercer County, Ohio

Hopewell Township had three post offices at one time, Earley, Stedke, and Tama.

The Earley Post Office was located at Oregon Station, where Oregon Road and Weitz Road meet. The hamlet of Oregon Station was established about 1831 and, as is usually the case, had a train station. A tile mill, store, cream station, cider mill, and the Home Telephone Company were also located at Oregon Station.

Stedke, aka Shively’s Corner, had a post office and was located at the intersection of State Route 118 and Frahm Pike. The railroad did not go through Stedke but there was a store there. The corner is still widely known as Shively’s Corner.  

Hopewell’s third post office was at Tama/Tamah. Tama is still a recognizable village that had a post office by 1888, as well as a train station, tile mill, elevator, store, basket weaver, doctor, and a blacksmith shop.  

Hopewell Township Post Offices, 1900 map

The postmasters of Hopewell Township, Mercer County:

Earley: post office established by 1888 at the hamlet of Oregon Station. Oregon is cross-referenced as a railroad hamlet established about 1831 in the east part of the township, with Earley post office set up by 1888.
Thomas J. Earley, 1 Jun 1881
Clinton L. Bader, 4 Jun 1883
Jacob L. Crider, 15 Jan 1885
James Weaver, 9 Oct 1902
Charles S. Johnson, 5 May 1908
Post office discontinued 30 Sep 1912; mail sent to Celina

Stedke/Stedeke: hamlet with post office in the west central part of the township; also called Shively’s Corner. Shively’s Corner is cross-referenced as the local name for Stedke.
John W. Shively, 12 Mar 1890, 6 Mar 1901
Post office discontinued 17 Aug 1903; mail sent to Celina

Tama/Tamah: hamlet on the railroad, near the north edge of the township, with a post office set up by 1888.
James Higbee, 22 Jan 1884
John F.[?] Hill, 16 May 1884
Ulysses G. Ross, 25 May 1887
Sylvester N. Ross, 20 May 1889
Charles S. Behymer, 28 May 1890
Perry C. Miller, 26 Nov 1895
John W. Fetters, 13 May 1898
Frank Shambaugh, 29 Jan 1900
John F. Shambaugh, 20 Feb 1900
George W. Rutledge, 30 Nov 1900
William T.[?] Groves, 10 Nov 1902
Post office discontinued 31 May 1907; mail sent to Celina

1900 Map, Hopewell Township, Mercer County, Ohio

By 1912 all three post offices in Hopewell Township had closed and their mail was sent to Celina.

Sources:

Mercer County Chapter OGS, Mercer County, Ohio Combined 1888, 1900 Atlases and 1876 Map of Mercer County, Ohio, (Mt. Vernon, IN : Windmill Publication, Inc., 1999).

Julie Minot Overton, The Ohio Genealogical Society, Ohio Towns and Townships to 1900: A Location Guide, (Mansfield, Ohio : Penobscot Press, 2000).

Record of Appointment of Postmasters, 1832-1971, National Archives, Roll #100, Target 12, Vol. 38 (1873-1891), p.316-317, & Vol. 79 (1891-1930) p.367-368; digital image, Ancestry.com, viewed 2 Jan 2021.

Too Big for My Britches!

I’ve gotten too big for my britches!

This old saying seems appropriate after another week of website woes.

A week ago we thought everything had been fixed on Karen’s Chatt. Blog post notifications seemed to be going out to subscribes once again and the website seemed to be working normally after some upgrades.

But this past weekend brought on a new set of problems.

I had some trouble posting Friday’s blog post and several people contacted me that they could not get on the website to read the post. Friday afternoon I found that I could not get on the website either because of a server time-out Error 522. I could not even log in as the site’s webmaster. GoDaddy had parked Karen’s Chatt, whatever that means.

Things went from bad to worse by Sunday morning when I saw that Karen’s Chatt website was gone–at least here at the Bennett house. It appeared that my domain name was gone, too, although the message I saw on the screen said that GoDaddy’s Broker Service may be able to get it for me. The message also assumed I was interested in a domain name that would feature women’s clothing. Why not?

Where was Karen’s Chatt and where were all my blog posts and photos?

All sorts of things were running through my head. Even a few conspiracy theories.  

Did someone steal my website? People try to hack into the website all the time but we have the latest security measures to avoid that.

Did my domain name somehow not get renewed? It is set up for auto-renewal.

Had Karen’s Chatt been censored by Big Tech? People and business are being censored by this dreadful cancel culture, but let’s face it, Karen’s Chatt is not a hotbed of controversy. Perhaps there is an occasional disagreement about deciphering a tombstone inscription or interpreting a church record, but mainly I just try to relay information about local history and people and report facts. Although today there is a move to rewrite or erase history, I should hope the information here does not fall into that category.

I texted son Jeff about the situation as soon as we got home from church and was surprised to learn that he had no problem viewing Karen’s Chatt. He even said it was working lightening fast. Really? How could that be? We called Joe’s sister and she said she could also bring up the website with no problems.

Here at home it was a different story. We could not access Karen’s Chatt on any of our devices or computers. And it wasn’t just us, because at least two subscribers could not view the website either.

What was going on?

The website wasn’t censored. If it were no one would have been able to view it.

Now I started to worry that I had picked up a redirect virus. That is, a virus that redirects you to a different website, not the one you intend to visit. If that were the case the virus would have to be on our cell phones, which we use as hot spots for our computers. Very unlikely and probably not even possible. Plus that would not explain the two subscribers who could not view the website either.

Thankfully son Jeff was able to get to the heart of the matter and solve the problem.

I have been blogging on Karen’s Chatt for exactly ten years now. Jeff set up the website for my birthday in 2011. Karen’s Chatt is not like most websites because I do not delete items. Other websites, like retail websites, remove and add items regularly.

Not so with Karen’s Chatt. I add information and photos twice a week and never delete anything. I have done this for 10 years. It adds up to a lot: 2 posts/week x 52 weeks x 10 years = a lot of blog posts and photos. The website keeps getting bigger and bigger and bigger.

After ten years I had nearly reached the capacity of the server. I was shocked to learn that I had 225,000 files on a server with a capacity for 250,000 files. The website was nearly maxed out, causing it to run very slowly. That was hosing everything up. That is where the problem was.

Karen’s Chatt had gotten too big for its britches and was bursting at the seams.

Jeff moved Karen’s Chatt to a new server. He actually moved it to a small business server with 60 GB of storage. As a small business now, I am currently using 25 GB. At the rate I have been going I should be able to blog and post photos for another ten years, although I don’t know if I have enough ideas for another 10 years!

So, we will see how things go this week. The Bennetts are certainly eager to know and we have our fingers crossed.

Blog post notifications have not been going out for some time but I kept writing the posts. Some posts you may have missed and may want to catch up on: Postmasters in Willshire, Willshire Township, and Dublin Township; Tombstone Tuesday; tombstone art; and my high school assignment of writing the Christmas story in Latin.

Thanks for reading Karen’s Chatt!