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:

16 Jan 1831
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; ( : viewed 17 Sep 2018).

[2] 1850 U.S. Census, Cranberry, Crawford, Ohio, p.451B, dwelling 1699, family 1705, Christopher Kriselmire; ( : viewed 1 Feb 2021).

[3] 1860 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, p.150 [penned], dwelling 1072, family 1066, Christopher Railselmeyers; ( : viewed 17 Sep 2018).

[4] 1870 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, p.436A, dwelling 95, family 96, Christ Kreisshnier; ( : viewed 1 Feb 2021).  

[5] 1880 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 154, p.449A, family 109, C. Krieselmyer; ( : 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.


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,, 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!

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.

1886 map of Willshire Township, Van Wert County, Ohio.

Leslie was the second post office established in Willshire Township, the first being the post office in the town of Willshire, established around 1822. Leslie had a post office by 1858.

1886 map of Willshire Township, showing post offices of Leslie, Glenmore, Abanaka, and Schumm.

It is interesting, but not surprising, that most of these post offices were located by a railroad track.

The list of postmasters in the Willshire Township villages through 1971:

Abanaka, hamlet in the east central part of the township, established on the railroad in 1879:
Samuel Beldon, 8 May 1880
Philip H. Krick, 23 Mar 1882
Jeremiah Agler, 7 Mar 1887
Frances M. German, 29 Mar 1902
Ora C. Shaffer, 14 Feb 1905
Post office discontinued 14 Jul 1906; mail sent to Dull

Glenmore/Glenmoore, railroad hamlet at the east edge of the township, in the north half:
James B. Dull, 1 Apr 1886
Christopher W. Walters, 7 Mar 1891
John W. Chilcote, 29 May 1891
Jacob W. Stilgenbauer, 18 Oct 1892
Harry R. Medaugh, 27 May 1902
Miles J. Tindall, 1 Mar 1903
William McKee Miller, 10 Apr 1905
Mail sent to Ohio City June 1905; order rescinded 8 Jul 1905
Walter A. Hileman, 12 Jul 1905
Mail sent to Ohio City, 29 Nov 1905; order rescinded 1 Dec 1905
Jacob W. Stilgenbauer, 26 Dec 1906
Post office discontinued 31 Oct 1907; mail sent to Ohio City
James C. Frank, 12 Mar 1908, 6 Oct 1913
Reid R. Kohn, 12 Oct 1915
Samuel C. Hunter, 18 Nov 1918
Miles Ross, 2 Feb 1931, retired 28 Feb 1953
Ottis C. Agler, 30 Apr 1954
Post office discontinued 19 Oct 1957; mail sent to Ohio City

Greenwood, 1886 map of Willshire Township

Greenwood, hamlet near the northwest corner of the township, on the railroad; with Wren post office in 1886. See Wren.

Leslie, post office in the northeast part of the township in 1886:
George Leslie, 16 Jul 1858
Silas B Brown, 2 Dec 1863
Post office discontinued 31 Aug 1865
Post office re-established 27 Nov 1866
David S. Wolfe, 27 Nov 1866
Jacob W. Abell, 20 Apr 1867
Wilson S. Rhodes, 10 Sep 1867
Nicodemus C. Chilcote, 3 Mar 1873
John Fry, 13 Nov 1876
William H. Bechtol, 20 Sep 1880
Philip J. German, 8 Jul 1889
Wilson S. Rhodes, 4 Feb 1890
Post office discontinued 3 Sep 1891; mail sent to Glenmore

Schumm, hamlet in the south-central part of the township, with post office set up by 1886:
Martin J. Schumm, 31 Dec 1881
Henry Schumm, 29 Apr 1885
George F. Schumm, 30 Jun 1885
Henry M. Schumm, 4 Aug 1886
William A. Colter, 23 Sep 1903
Herbert I. Hileman, 18 Jun 1904
William O. Tickle, 27 Feb 1905
Elias F. Sheets, 21 Dec 1905
Logan Wolfe, 29 Mar 1906
Gustave J. Schumm, 13 Nov 1912
George Weinman, 14 Sep 1916, 22 Nov 1916
Mrs. Pearl A. Debolt, 26 Nov 1928, 26 Feb 1929
Matie M. Stevens, 19 Nov 1929
Mrs. Cleta A. Johns, 1 Dec 1930
George Weinman, 23 Nov 1931
Post office discontinued 15 Jan 1940; mail sent to Willshire
Post office reinstated 16 Apr 1940
Emanuel H. Schumm, 16 Apr 1940
Post office discontinued 6 Jun 1953
Mail sent to Willshire

Wren, post office at the village of Greenwood:
Adam C. Sheets, 6 Jun 1883
Jason L. Moser, 30 Jun 1884
John C. Horine, 1 Jun 1885
Jason L. Moser, 16 Aug 1889
W. B. Frisinger, 14 Aug 1893
John Merica [?], 18 Jul 1898
George W. Dull, 5 Aug 1912
Russell D. Stewart, (acting PM 1 Jan 1944), 18 Aug 1944, 28 Jul 1962
Marlin F. Gehres, 17 Jun 1963


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, Van Wert County, Roll #101, Target 16, Vol. 25A (1857-73) p.428 and Vol. 38 (1873-1891), p.476-77, and Vol. 79 (1891-1930) p.577-8, and Vol. 55 (1930-30 Sep 1971); digital image,, viewed 21 Jan 2021.

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. There have been many behind-the-scenes updates and changes but the website looks pretty much the same on the desktop and it looks and works better on mobile devices.

Even though the notifications did not go out I continued to post two blog posts a week, as I have for the past 10 years. Those, along with all the posts I have ever written, are always here on the website to read. So, if you haven’t been checking the website regularly in the past few weeks you have some catching up to do.

Now, for today’s Tombstone Tuesday, the lamb symbol on a tombstone.    

Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Van Wert County, Ohio, 1913 lamb, Florence Marie Schumm, 2 mo.

A lamb carved on a tombstone usually marks the grave of a young child.

Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio, 1873 lamb, Heinrich Hoffmann, 8 mo.

A lamb symbolizes purity, innocence, and youth.  

Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio, 1872 lamb, Frederick W Brandt, 26 d.

Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio, 1872 lamb, Anna M Wick, 2 y.

Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Van Wert County, Ohio, 1892 lamb, Friedrich Stegmeier, 2 yr.

This symbol was often used in the late 1800s, usually carved on marble tombstones. Marble markers are subject to weathering and acid rain. As a result, after many years in the elements, the figures and inscriptions on marble markers are often worn and hard to read. Even so, you can usually determine if the carving is a lamb. So, when the inscription is illegible or most of the tombstone is destroyed, if you see a lamb on the marker you can usually figure that a child is buried there. This can be helpful if you are looking for a child’s grave near the parents’ tombstone on in a family plot.

Kessler (aka Liberty) Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio, lamb on double marker, illegible.