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A SHOWALTER LINEAGE from SWITZERLAND in 1566

to ALSACE, FRANCE, to RHINELAND-PFALZ, GERMANY

to OHIO, U.S.A.

 

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INTRODUCTION

 

The chief source of data for the early Showalters is Rev. Paul Schowalter’s Genealogical Book of the Showalter Family, (1979) which was translated into English by Richard L. Showalter and has been presented to the Mennonite Heritage Center by Roy Moab Showalter.

 

Fig. 1 outlines my Showalter line of descent down to emigrant Heinrich Schowalter.  Note that in two descendancy stages (G à E) and (D à C), Rev. Paul was unable to determine from the records available which of two links was the correct one to be used.  I have attempted to show this situation by merging two descendancy lines into one with a “?” between them.

 

In 1936 the Schowalter name, with 98 persons, was the third most common name in the Mennonite congregations of the Palatinate, exceeded only by Krehbiel and Stauffer.  The chief congregations with numerous Schowalters were Deutschof-Geisberg (24), Monsheim-Obersuelzen (20), Neudorferhof (17) and Ludwigshafen (8).[1]

 

Fig. 2 outlines my Showalter line of descent starting with emigrant Heinrich/Henry Showalter.

 

I.                   HANS SCHONWALDER

 

HANS SCHONWALDER is first found in 1566 in the Strengelbach area where he owed a tax.[2] Strengelbach was in the Canton of Bern (now Aargau), Switzerland, near Zofingen which is half-way between Luzern and Basel (figs. 3 & 4). Zofingen was the last site of Mennonites in the Canton of Aargau.  As late as 1720 Hans Bachmann removed from Aargau to the Palatinate.[3]

 

According to Heinrich Fehr, a “Schonwalder” is a man who lives in a protected forest, i.e., a forest which is not cut for wood or timber but is protected so as to act as a barrier to catch and hold the snow in case of an avalanche.  The Schowalters were of the Mennonite faith.

 

The wife of Hans has not been identified and the only child identified is SILVESTER SCHOWALDER.

 

H.                SILVESTER SCHOWALDER

                                               

SILVESTER SCHOWALDER was born ca. 1550, married (1) BARBLIN HUNTZINGER, married (2) ANNA WIDMER.  Was Anna Widmer a daughter of Joseph Widmer, a Mennonite preacher who was seized in Feb. 1649 in the Emmental District, Canton of Bern, Switzerland?[4]

 

The children of Silvester & Barblin (Huntzinger) Schowalder were all baptized in Strengelbach:

 

i.                     VRENI SCHOWALDER, baptized 12 Apr. 1573.

 

ii.                   ULY SCHOWALDER, baptized 3 July 1575.

 

iii.                  FRIEDLY SCHOWALDER, baptized 13 Oct. 1577

 

iv.                 CASPER SCHOWALDER, baptized 10 May 1579.

                                                                                                                                    

v.                   HANS RUDOLF SCHOWALDER, baptized 1 Jan. 1583.

 

The children of Silvester (Vester) & Anna (Widmer) Schowalder were:

 

vi.                 MADLEN SCHOWALDER, baptized 22 Feb. 1590.

 

vii.                JAKOB (I) SCHOWALDER (See ¶G. below).

 

viii.              VESTER SCHOWALDER (See ¶G. below).

 

G.        JAKOB (I) & VESTER SCHOWALDER

 

As noted in the Introduction, two descendancy lines are possible here.

 

JAKOB (I) SCHOWALDER, baptized 27 Oct. 1594, married (1) ANNA LERCH 8 May 1615 in Zofingen Church, married (2) ANNA LIENHARD.

 

Jakob & Anna (Lerch) Schowalder had a son JAKOB (II) SCHOWALDER (See ¶F. below).

 

and:

 

VESTER SCHOWALDER, baptized 29 Oct. 1598, married BARBLI JAEGGI. They had the following children, all baptized in Strengelbach (Schleipfe):

 

i.                     ANNA SCHOWALDER, baptized 28 Sep. 1617, died before 1637.

 

ii.                   MADLEN SCHOWALDER, baptized 3 Jan. 1619.

 

iii.                  JAKOB (III) SCHOWALDER, (See ¶F. below).

 

iv.                 ELSBETH SCHOWALDER, baptized 18 Dec. 1625.

 

v.                   HEINRICH SCHOWALDER, baptized 1 Feb. 1629.

 

vi.                 ULI SCHOWALDER, baptized 12 Feb. 1632.

 

vii.                WERNI SCHOWALDER, baptized 9 Feb. 1634.

 

viii.              ANNA SCHOWALDER, baptized 11 Dec. 1636.

 

ix.                 RUDOLF SCHOWALDER, baptized 3 Dec. 1643.

 

F.                  JAKOB (II) & JAKOB (III) SCHOWALDER

 

JAKOB (II) SCHOWALDER, baptized in Strengelbach 9 Feb. 1617

 

and:

 

JAKOB (III) SCHOWALDER, baptized 25 June 1620, married MARGARETHA LUETWYLER.  They had the following two children, both baptized in Strengelbach:

 

i.                     ELSBETH SCHOWALDER, baptized 26 Oct. 1645.

 

ii.                   JAKOB (IV) SCHOWALDER, baptized 18 June 1648 in Strengelbach, died Apr. 1731 in Schafbusch (near Wissembourg).

 

E.                 JAKOB (V) SCHOWALDER

 

JAKOB (V) SCHOWALDER was either Jakob (II) Schowalder’s son or Jakob (IV) Schowalder.

 

The Schowalder family, along with a Dettweiler family, was expelled from Zofingen, Switzerland, by 1700 and removed to the Wissembourg area of Alsace et Lorraine, France. Upward of 2,400 Mennonites, mostly from Switzerland, were believed to live in Alsace at that time due to persecution by the Swiss government.[5] The Schowalders settled on a large farm called Schafbusch two miles east of Wissembourg in Alsace and the Dettweilers in Riedseltz (fig. 5).  They were tenant farmers.  The Catholic land owners knew from experience that these Mennonites industriously performed their labors and promptly paid their tithes.[6]  Other Mennonite families on the Schafbusch farm included Muellers, Borkholders, Webers, Schmitts, Hirshlers and Kraemers. They formed the Geisberg-Niederroedern congregation.  In 1776 it was called the Schafsbusch-Roederen-Geisberg congregation.  Services were held in a room reserved for that purpose, called the “Kirchenstube.”  Later, when the meetings were held in rotation on the various farms, the communion services were still held at Schafbusch.  In 1860, when the estate passed into non-Mennonite hands, Geisberg became the meeting center.[7]

 

The children of Jakob (V) probably included:

 

i.                     JAKOB (VI) SCHOWALTER, (See ¶D. below).

 

ii.                   ULRICH SCHOWALTER (See ¶D. below).

 

D.                JAKOB (VI) & ULRICH SCHOWALTER

 

Here again, two descendancy lines are possible:

 

JAKOB (VI) SCHOWALTER probably married KATHARINA [-?-]. She was born in Switzerland in May 1680, died 13 June 1727 in Schafbusch, Alsace.

 

and:

 

ULRICH SCHOWALTER signed with his mark 8 Jan. 1723 an inheritance inventory document of the manor estate in Niederroedern (fig. 6). Hans Kreybuehel (Krehbiel) and his wife Anna Schowalter were among the heirs named in this document.  Anna was born ca. 1698.[8]

 

C.                 HANS SCHOWALTER

 

HANS SCHOWALTER was probably a son of either Jakob (VI) or Ulrich Schowalter above.  He was born ca. 1700 at Geisberg (fig. 6), married KATHARINA KREHBIEL ca. 1726, died 1767 in Geisberg.  Katharina was a daughter of Jost & Magdalena Krehbiel of Pfrimmerhof. She was born ca. 1700 in Alsace.[9]   The first Krehbiel to emigrate from the Canton of Bern, Switzerland, was Jost Krähenbühl who, with others, went to the Palatinate in 1671.  In 1709 he purchased the Pfrimmerhof near Sippersfeld.[10]

 

Johan Casper von Hatzel, “His Royal Majesty, Councelor and Governor of the Hinterlands of Alsace,” had a castle built in Geisberg in 1711-1716.  It was built by the Mennonite farmers in the area.

 

By 1728 Hans & Katharina were renting the Diefenbacherhof near Reidseltz.  Since 1371 Diefenbacherhof had been under German rule.

 

A high-ranking government official named Belgrois in 1699 made an official judgment of the Mennonites in the Riedseltz area (which included Schafbusch).  His ruling was short and to the point: “They (the Mennonites) cleaned the land and put it back into productivity (by clearing off the wild-growing brush).  These people do not bother or hinder anyone, but live very peaceably.”

 

On 28 Apr. 1752 at a Mennonite conference of bishops and ministers of sundry lands held at Steinselz (near Schafbusch), various rules of conduct were drawn up.  Included among them were prohibition of the use of tobacco, shaving the beard and immodesty in dress.[11]

 

In addition to his profession as a farmer, Hans was a preacher or elder of his Mennonite congregation.  In 1762, a group of Palatine Mennonites visited Schafbusch and Niederroedern to minister unto the Swiss.  They brought back testimony and thankfulness for their good works signed by Hans Greibueiel (Krehbiel), Jakob Lehmen (Lehmann), Hans Schowalter and Johan Miller.  “All are Servants of the Lord & Elders.”[12]

 

The children of Hans & Katharina (Krehbiel) Schowalter were:

 

i.                     JOHANNES SCHOWALTER  (See ¶B. below).

 

ii.                   KATHARINA SCHOWALTER, born ca. 1729, married HEINRICH HIRSCHLER of Schafbusch, died 18 Feb. 1810. The Hirschler family had emigrated from Switzerland to the Geisberg area of Alsace soon after 1700.[13]

 

iii.                  ULRICH SCHOWALTER, born ca. 1730 in Geisberg, married MARIA LEHMANN in 1758 in Geisberg, Alsace, died 28 Dec. 1796. Maria, born ca. 1731, died 10 Jan. 1797.  The children of Ulrich & Maria (Lehmann) Schowalter were:

 

a.       JOHANNES SHOWALTER, born 23 Mar. 1760 in Geisberg, married BARBARA NEFF 21 Jan. 1787 in Assenheim (Asselheim ?), died 8 Nov. 1840 in Laumersheim (fig. 7).  Barbara was born 29 Aug. 1761 in Assenheim (Asselheim ?) (fig. 8), died 15 Nov. 1838 in Laumersheim.[14]  The children of Johannes & Barbara (Neff) Schowalter were:

 

o        JACOB SCHOWALTER, born 17 Apr. 1788 in Assenheim (Asselheim ?), married 29 Oct. 1814 ELIZABETH KAEGY, died 6 Mar. 1853 in Friedelsheim.  Elizabeth was born 18 Sep. 1782 in Bolanderhof, died 20 Feb. 1845 in Weierhof.  Elizabeth was a daughter of Johannes & Anna Mariah (Dahlem) Kaegy.  Jacob & Elizabeth Schowalter’s son PETER SCHOWALTER was born 17 Nov. 1819 in Weierhof, Pfalz, married MARIA EYMAN 6/8 Apr. 1845, died 28 Apr. 1882 in Donnellson, Iowa.  Maria was born 22/28 Mar. 1824 in Biedesheim, died 1 June 1892 in Moundridge, Kan.  She was a daughter of Jakob Eymann, a granddaughter of Johannes Eymann and a great-granddaughter of Rev. Christian Eymann.  The latter was a brother of Barbara Eymann (see ¶B. below).[15]  For a continuation of the Peter & Maria (Eymann) Schowalter line, see Michael Hervey’s GEDCOM at http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com@cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=mdhervey&id=I04728 and/or Lyle von Riesen’s GEDCOM at http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=DESC&ab=vlvriesen&id=I880.

 

o        JOHANNES SCHOWALTER II, born 17 Aug. 1789 in Assenheim (Asselheim ?), married 11 Aug. 1816 in Assenheim (Asselheim ?) MAGDALENE HIRSCHSTEIN, died 2 June 1838 in Assenheim (Asselheim ?).  Magdalene was born 17 Mar. 1792 in Obersulzen, died 23 July 1879 in Assenheim (Asselheim ?).

 

o        MAGDALENE SCHOWALTER, born 1792 in Assenheim (Asselheim ?), married 21 June 1809 in Kohlhof PETER BLICKENSDORFER, died in Kohlhof.  Peter was born 1788 in Kohlhof, died 17 Mar. 1845 in Kohlhof.

 

o        CHRISTIAN SCHOWALTER, born 3 Dec. 1797 in Assenheim (Asselheim ?), married MAGDALENE BAHR, died 22 Jan. 1876 in Alsheim.  Magdalene was born 5 Oct. 1807 in Grenshof, died 23 Oct. 1887 in Alsheim.

 

o        BARBARA SCHOWALTER, born 1799 in Assenheim (Asselheim ?), married 5 Apr. 1826 near Assenheim (Asselheim ?) JOHANNES STAUFFER, died 10 Feb. 1869 in Obersuelzen.  Johannes was born in Eppstein, died 18 July 1867 in Obersuelzen.

 

o        ELIZABETH SCHOWALTER, born 1801 in Assenheim (Asselheim), married ca. 1830 near Assenheim (Asselheim ?) DANIEL STAUFFER.  Daniel was born 3 Mar. 1805 in Eppstein.

 

o        CHRISTINA SCHOWALTER, born 6 Dec. 1802 in Obersuelzen, married 1` May 1832 near Assenheim (Asselheim ?) JACOB STAUFFER, died 1 Apr. 1878 in Obersuelzen.  Jacob was born 4 Dec. 1804 in Eppstein, died 22 May 1843 in Obersuelzen.

 

b.      KATHARINA SCHOWALTER, born 1764, married JOHANNES BERGTHOLDT in 1790 in Alsheim.

 

c.       PETER SCHOWALTER, born ca. 1769 in Geisberg, married BARBARA EYMANN 1782 in Kühbörnscheshof.  Barbara, born 1750 (?), was a daughter of Jakob & Agnes (Fuchs) Eymann.[16]

 

d.      MARIA SCHOWALTER (?), born ca. 1769, married DANIEL von HUBEN, died 21 Nov. 1794.  Daniel was a miller in Wilgartswiesen.

 

e.       JAKOB SCHOWALTER, born 28 Oct. 1771 in Geisberg, married ANNA BARBARA ELLENBERGER 24 June 1795, died 9 June 1828 in Deutschof.  Anna was born 23 Feb. 1773, died 8 June 1856.  She was a daughter of Abraham & Christina (Graf) Ellenberger.[17]

 

f.        MAGDALENA SCHOWALTER, born ca. 1776, married JOSEPH SCHOWALTER 7 Jan. 1795 in Montforeterhof.

 

g.       BARBARA SCHOWALTER, born 16 Apr. 1778, married (1) JOHANNES LEHMANN of Heidelbingerhof, married (2) JEAN KRÄMER of Schafbusch.

 

h.       CHRISTIAN SCHOWALTER, born 1 Oct. 1779 in Geisberg, married MARIA ANN MÜLLER 9 Feb. 1801.  Maria was born 29 Sep. 1777 in Bavaria.

 

iv.                 CHRISTIAN SCHOWALTER, born ca. 1734 in Geisberg, married (1)  [-?-] LEHMANN in 1756, married (2) ELISABETH WIESLER of Einoed, died 25 Jan. 1807.  Elisabeth was born ca. 1735 at Wattweiler, near Zweibrücken.  She was probably a sister of Johannes Wissler and thus an aunt of Magdalena (Wissler) Schowalter (see ¶1. below and companion article “Our Wiesler/Wiessler/Wissler Line”).  In 1767 Christian became a preacher at the Mennonite congregation of Zweibrücken.  Christian and Elisabeth (Wiesler) Schowalter had a daughter ANNA SCHOWALTER. In 1788 Christian requested permission for Anna to emigrate to the Naumburgerhof.[18]

 

v.                   JAKOB SCHOWALTER, born 9 July 1740, married BARBARA MUELLER of Montforterhof.

 

vi.                 JOSEPH SCHOWALTER, born ca. 1749 in Geisberg, married ELISABETH HIRSCHLER of Kaplaneihof. Their daughter KATHARINA SCHOWALTER, born 12 July 1784 in Kleinbundenbach, married CHRISTIAN LEHMANN.[19]

 

Brothers of Hans probably included Jacob (VII), Christian, [20] and John Schowalter:

 

 

Sons Jacob, Jr., Christian, Valentine, Joseph, Daniel and possibly John all fought in the Revolutionary War.  Son Ulrich was a member of the Rangers of the Frontier.[23]

 

The children of Jacob (VII) and Maria Schowalter were:

 

i.                     PETER SCHOWALTER, born 1722, died 1775-8.  He may have been killed by Indians in Bucks Co., Pa.  Carl Sellers (ksellers@mcs.k12.nc.us) and Sally Carter (MtnRivers@aol.com) are descendants.

 

ii.                   JACOB SCHOWALTER, born 1724, died 1778 in New Britain Twp., Bucks Co., Pa.

 

iii.                  MARGARET SCHOWALTER married PETER BASSLER.  The Bassler family had accompanied the Schowalter family to America.

 

iv.                 CHRISTIAN SCHOWALTER, born 1727, married BARBARA SHERRICK, died in Apr. 1805 in Franklin Co., Pa.

 

v.                   BARBARA SCHOWALTER, born 1733, married Rev. HENRY FUNK, died 1824 in Singers Glen, Rockingham Co., Va.[24] Henry was born in 1730, died in 1817. Henry was a son of Heinrich & Anne (Meyer) Funck.[25] He was a Mennonite minister having been ordained in the Swamp district of Franconia, Montgomery Co., Pa. in 1768.  He was excommunicated because of the War Tax issue ca. They moved to Rockingham Co., Va. in 1786. Henry & Barbara had a daughter ELIZABETH FUNK who married her cousin Jacob Showalter (see ¶viii. below).

 

vi.                 JOHN SCHOWALTER married ESTHER FUNK, died in 1805 in Chester Co., Pa. where he was a preacher. Esther was a sister of Henry Funk (see ¶v. above).

 

vii.                JOSEPH SCHOWALTER died in 1802 in Chester Co., Pa.  He was a Mennonite minister and was ordained prior to 1773. He was a minister at the Siegfried Mennonite Church where the immigrant Schowalter family worshipped when they settled in America. Later he was the preacher at the Charlestown Mennonite Congregation in Chester Co.

 

viii.              VALENTINE SCHOWALTER, born 1738, married ANNA FUNK in 1765 in Pa., died in 1803 in Rockingham Co., Va. Valentine & Anna had a son JACOB SHOWALTER, born 1767.  Jacob married his cousin, Elizabeth Funk, ca. 1790 in Montgomery Co., Pa.  Elizabeth was a daughter of Henry & Barbara (Showalter) Funk (see ¶v. above).[26] Valentine & Anna also had a son JOSEPH SHOWALTER.[27]

 

ix.                 DANIEL SCHOWALTER, born 20 June 1738, married MARGARET SUTTER (SAUNDERS) in 1760, died 10 May 1822 in Broadway, Rockingham Co., Va. Margaret was born in 1734, died 1 Feb. 1816 in Broadway, Va.  In 1770 they moved to Chester Co., Pa. In 1780 Daniel was muster fined £1/4/1 while a private in Capt. Rowland’s Company, Chester Co. Battalion.  Then on 19 April 1781, he was muster fined $4.00  while in the 5th Company, 4th Battalion, Chester Co.[28]  In 1788 Daniel followed his sister Barbara and family (see ¶v. above) to Rockingham Co., Va. Members of the Sutter family also settled in Rockingham Co. In 1538 Jacob Suter of Switzerland had been persecuted for his Anabaptist faith.[29]  Their son JOSPEH SCHOWALTER (1776-1838) married ANNIE RHODES (1780-1853) 18 Feb. 1799 in Rockingham Co., Va.  Roy Showalter is a descendant. A John Rhodes, Mennonite minister, born near Zurich, Switzerland, emigrated to America in 1728, settled in Shenandoah Co., Va. in 1730 and later moved to Page Co., Va. (immediately NE of Rockingham Co.).  In Aug. 1766 Indians massacred eight members of this family.  A son was held captive by the Indians for two years.[30]

 

x.                   MARTHA ANN SCHOWALTER married (1) JOHN TRESSLER, married (2) JOSEPH TRISSEL. They settled near Broadway, Rockingham Co., Va. The Tressler Mennonite Church near Greenwood, Del., was begun in 1914.  The heirs of William Tressler donated a school building and ground to the church. In 1822 the first log meeting house of the Trissels Mennonite Church was built four miles southwest of Broadway. One of the first ministers serving this church was a Henry Rhodes (see ¶ ix. above).[31]

 

xi.                 ULRICH SCHOWALTER, born 1743, married SUSANNAH WATTERSON (WOLERSON?), died 1815 in Rockingham Co., Va. On 12 Jan. 1786 Ulrich Showalter of the Northampton Co. Militia received a £3/1/? Militia loan under Certificate 9564.[32]

 

 

 

B.           JOHANNES SCHOWALTER

 

JOHANNES SCHOWALTER was born in 1720, perhaps in Geisberg,[35] married (1) [-?-] [-?-] ca. 1739, married (2) BARBARA EYMANN after 1745/7, died ca. 1791 in Kirchheim an der Eck.[36]  His first wife died 1753/4 in Kirchheim an der Eck.[37] Barbara was born 24 Feb. 1728 at Niederroedern, Schlosshof, died ca. 1791.  She was a daughter of Christian & Anna (Gerber) Eymann.  According to “Eymann Family History & Genealogy” written by Peter Eymann in 1864 and translated into English by Albert J. Ruth in 1967, Christian Eymann was born 28 Apr. 1701 on the Sionerhof-Mauchenheim by Alzey in the Palatinate.  He first resided on a leasehold estate in Niederroedern in Alsace, then at Donnersberg, then on the Von Der Muehlenschen farm. He died on 30 Mar. 1767 in Kindenheim bei Grünstadt. His wife, Anna Gerber, was born 24 June 1706 in Schwammboden-Kirchspiel, Schwarsenegg, Switzerland, died 14 Feb. 1786 in Kindenheim bei Grünstadt.  Christian & Anna were married 8 Aug. 1724 in Lohmühle-Langmeil bei Winnweiler.[38]  Lyle von Riesen (vlvriesen1@attbi.com), Heinz Sprenger (sprenger@intospace.de) and Michael Hervey (mdhervey@optonline.net) have kindly provided much to the following data on the descendants of Johannes Schowalter.

 

According to research done at Landesarchiv Speyer, Johannes lived from 1743 until 1759 at Erbesbuedesheim.[39]  He then lived at Kirchheim an der Eck – now known simply as Kirchheim (fig. 11).  Mennonite families paid taxes annually to the government for protection.  Tax rolls for Erbesbuedesheim contain the following entries:[40]

 

-         1743: Johannes Schowalter, wife, 2 sons, 1 daughter & 1 farmhand since 1743 at Erbesbuedesheim.

 

-         1753: Johannes Schowalter, wife, son, 2 daughters.

 

On 17 Apr. 1770, Johannes was “confirmed as the oldest resident” according to a letter from Jakob Hirschler of Gerolsheim to his colleagues Peter Jutzy of Klinkarlbach and Johannes Barkholder of Hoeningen.  Jacob Hirschler was elder of the Mennonite congregation of Gerolsheim from 1758 to 1782.[41] Peter Jutzy was a preacher there from 1765 until after 1802.[42] In 1792 Johannes was referred to for the last time in a notarized document.

 

Mennonite families were permitted in the Palatinate as early as 1664 under Elector Karl Ludwig.  He gave this permission with a number of stipulations, however.  The Mennonites were allowed to have meetings for worship, but not in public church buildings, and in no case could any such meeting be attended by more than twenty persons.  The practice of baptism was forbidden the Mennonites.  They were informed that they must furnish the authorities lists of the names of all members of their congregations, and these lists must be revised as newcomers arrived.  Every Mennonite family was under obligation to give three florins “protection money” the first year, and six florins annually thereafter to the authorities. These and various other restrictions imposed upon Mennonites show that they did not have the recognized rights of citizenship; they were merely tolerated on certain conditions.

 

The known children of Johannes by his first wife were:

 

i.                     MARGARETE SCHOWALTER, born 1746 in Erbesbuedesheim, married RUDOLF ELLENBERGER 25 Feb. 1772, died 17 Mar. 1821 at Ruessingen at 75 years of age.  Rudolf was born 15 Sep. 1726, died 2 Sep. 1799.  He was from Rüssingen (fig. 9).

 

ii.                   JOHANNES SCHOWALTER, born ca. 1748/50, probably at Erbesbuedesheim, married CATHARINA LEHMANN 1772, died ca. 1780 in Rüssingen.  Catharina was born 1747/8 and died 9 Oct.  1804 in Haftelhof. She married (2) Heinrich Schmitt of Reidseltz.

 

The children of Johannes & Catharina (Lehmann) Schowalter were all born in Haftelhof:

 

a.       CHRISTIAN SCHOWALTER, born ca. 1773, married MAGDELINE BERY ca. 1798/9, died 8 Feb. 1856 at Singern bei Gerolsbach.  Magdeline, born ca. 1798, died 29 Sep. 1867.  She was the daughter of Isaak & Katharina (Hirschler) Bery.  The children of Christian & Magdeline (Bery) Schowalter were:

 

o        KATHARINA SCHOWALTER, born 11 Nov. 1798 at Hergersweiler bei Bergzabern (?) (now bad Bergzabern), married ABRAHAM SCHOWALTER 30 Apr. 1820, died 29 Sep. 1867. Abraham was born 18 Mar. 1796 at Deutschhof and died 20 May 1870 at Singern by Gerolsbach.  He was a son of Jakob Schowalter & Barbara Ellenberger.  Abraham & Kathrina had a son JACOB SCHOWALTER, born 1821, died 1872.  Jacob married MAGDALENA SCHMIDT in 1850.  She was born in 1825 and died in 1916.

 

o        MAGDALENA SCHOWALTER, born 14 May 1800 at Haftelhof, married JAKOB HAUSER.  He was born ca. 1795.

 

o        ELISABETH SCHOWALTER, born 2 Mar. 1803 at Haftelhof, died 22 July 1808.

 

o        MARIA SCHOWALTER, born 19 Feb. 1805 at Haftelhof, died 4 May 1808.

 

o        JOHANNES SCHOWALTER, born 10 Aug. 1807 at Haftelhof.

 

o        CHRISTIAN SCHOWALTER, born 24 Oct. 1809, died 25 May 1810 at Ingstetten, Bayern.

 

o        JAKOB SCHOWALTER, born 4 May 1811, married CHRISTINA BECHTEL 28 Sep. 1834, died 13 May 1850 at Ingtsetten. Christina was born 22 Mar. 1808 at Klingenthalerhof, Lobenfeld, daughter of Johannes Bechtel & Katharina Mehlinger.  Widow Christina and her children emigrated 1 June 1854 to Donnellson, Iowa.

 

The children of Jakob & Christina (Bechtel) Schowalter were:

-         MAGDALENA SCHOWALTER, born 7 Dec. 1836 at Klingenthalerhof, Lobenfeld, married JACOB VOGT 3 May 1857.  Jacob was born 10 Aug. 1833 in Bayern.

-         KATHARINA SCHOWALTER, born 20 Oct. 1838

-         JOHANNES (JAKOB) SCHOWALTER, born 9 Feb. 1840

-         ELISABETH SCHOWALTER, born 2 Nov. 1841.

 

o        CHRISTIAN SCHOWALTER, born 2 Sep. 1816, died 25 Nov. 1817.

 

o        CHRISTIANA SCHOWALTER, born 1819.

 

b.      BARBARA SCHOWALTER, born ca. 1773, married JAKOB LEHMANN 24 Mar. 1795, died 7 July 1837 in Niederrödern. Jakob was the son of Christian Lehmann & Katharina Bachmann of Niederroedern and a brother of Ulrich Lehmann (see ¶c. below). Most of the Lehman family had removed from Emmental, Canton of Bern, Switzerland, during the first two decades of the 18th century due to persecution.[43]  The children of Jakob & Barbara (Schowalter) Lehmann were:

 

o        HEINRICH LEHMANN, born 4 Apr. 1796 in Haftelhof, married ELISABETH LEHMANN 24 Feb. 1818.  Elisabeth was born 22 Mar. 1795, died 24 Dec. 1834 in Mörlheim.

o        KATHARINA LEHMANN, born 22 Aug. 1797.

o        JAKOB LEHMANN, born 7 Apr. 1799 in Deutschhof, died 7 Oct. 1799.

 

c.       MARIA SCHOWALTER, born 19 Nov. 1776, married ULRICH LEHMANN 8 Nov. 1797, died 29 Nov. 1830 at Kapellen.  Ulrich was born 25 July 1771 in Niederrödern, died 25 Sep. 1836 at Kapellen.  He was the son of Christian Lehmann & Katharina Bachmann of Niederroedern.  Ulrich & Maria lived at Hatelhof until 1808/9, then at Baerbelsteinerhof by Dahn and lastly, at Kapellen.

 

Johannes & Barbara (Eymann) Schowalter had seven children but only the first three survived childhood.  According to the Protestant Church Records of Kirchheim an der Eck, the other four were buried 1764-1770. 

 

iii.                  PETER SCHOWALTER (See ¶A. below)

 

iv.                 CHRISTIAN SCHOWALTER, born 20 Mar. 1757 in Erbesbuedesheim, married (1) BARBARA MOELLINGER 6 Feb. 1780, married (2) ELISABETH ELLENBERGER ca. 1784, died 15 Nov. 1828 at Hemshof. Barbara was born ca. 1753, died 30 Aug. 1783 at Hemshof.  Elisabeth was born 16 Mar. 1763, died 12 Mar. 1824 at Hemshof. The Mennonite congregation at Hemshof originally belonged to the Mannheim congregation.  It is not known when they joined Friesenheim.  It was perhaps the work of Heinrich Ellenberger, who was the first minister to serve the Eppstein and Friesenheim congregations for a salary.[44]

 

Elisabeth was the daughter of Abraham Ellenberger & Christiana Graf of Boechingen and a sister of Abraham Ellenberger (see ¶A.i. below).

 

Christian was a leader of the Friesenheim Mennonite congregation. On 21 June 1807 the Friesenheim Mennonites acquired the right to share the Protestant church building in Friesenheim for the sum of 400 guilders.  The document was signed for the Mennonites by Christian Schowalter of Hemshof and Johannes Moellinger of Ruchheim.[45]

 

Christian and Barbara (Moellinger) Schowalter had a son:

 

a.       JAKOB SCHOWALTER, born 14 (13?) Feb. 1780/1 at Friesenheim/Hemshof, married (1)  ELISABETH  GRAF 4 Dec. 1803, married (2) KATHARINA EICHER 15 May 1815 at Ruchheim,  died 4 Dec. 1820 in Ruchheim (fig. 7).[46]  Elisabeth was born14 Feb. 1784, died in Ruchheim 23  Nov. 1807, age 23. She was a daughter of Jacques Graf & Anna Margaretha Staufer.[47] Katharina was born in 1781 (14 July 1784 in Rauenthalerhof?), died 17 Sep. 1859, married (2) 29 Apr. 1829 Heinrich Ellenberger of Goennheim (fig. 9) and later  of Donnellson, Iowa.  He was pastor of Mennonite churches in Friedelsheim, Erpzolsheim, Eppstein and Friesenheim, before emigrating in 1850.[48]   Katharina was a daughter of Jakob Eicher & Maria Leonhard.

 

The known children of Jakob & Elisabeth (Graf) Schowalter were:

 

o        ELISABETH SCHOWALTER, born ca. 1817, married JAKOB RENNER, died 15 Apr. 1871 at Ruchheim.

 

o        JEAN/JOHANNES SCHOWALTER, born 4 Jan. 1805, died 30 Jan. 1808 in Ruchheim, age 3 years.[49]

 

o        CATHERINE SCHOWALTER, died 1 June 1807 in Ruchheim, age 8 days.[50]

 

Jakob & Katharina (Eicher) Schowalter probably had a daughter:

 

o        ELISABETH SCHOWALTER, born ca. 1817, married JAKOB RENNER, died 15 Apr. 1871 at Ruchheim. [51]

 

Christian & Elisabeth (Ellenberger) Schowalter had the following children:

 

b.      BARBARA SCHOWALTER, born 5 Aug. 1785 at Hemshof, married JAKOB EYMANN in 1809, died 22 Nov. 1822.  Jakob was born 25 Feb. 1766 in Kindenheim, died 17 June 1816 in Dackenheim, the son of Rev. Christian Eymann and Maria Dahlem.  Rev. Christian Eymann was a brother of Barbara (Eymann) Schowalter (see ¶B. above).  Thus Barbara Schowalter married her grandmother’s nephew.[52]  Jakob was the Mayor of Dackenheim (fig. 7) and the widower of Agnes Wuertz who was the widow of Jakob Schowalter (see ¶v. below).

 

c.       CHRISTIAN SCHOWALTER, born 1786 at Hemshof, married MAGDALENA EYMANN 6 Oct. 1813, died 6 (26?) Sep. 1840 at Dackenheim bei Grünstadt (fig. 7).  Magdalena was born 1793 in Dackenheim bei Grünstadt.[53]  She was the daughter of Jakob Eymann & Agnes Wuertz, widow of  Jakob Schowalter (see ¶v. below).

 

The children of Christian & Magdalena (Eymann) Schowalter were:

 

o        JAKOB SCHOWALTER, born 9 Mar. 1818, married ELISABETH SCHOWALTER 25 Aug. 1839, died 23 July 1877 at an institution in Kilchberg, Switzerland.  Elisabeth was born 19 Dec. 1817 in Dackenheim and died 19 Feb. 1872. She was a daughter of Christian Schowalter & Katharina Krehbiel (see ¶v.c. below).  The children of Jakob & Elisabeth Schowalter were:

-         ABRAHAM SCHOWALTER, born 29 June 1840, died 18 Jan. 1875.

-         CHRISTIAN SCHOWALTER, born 20 Oct. 1842, married CHRISTINA SCHATER 21 Nov. 1871, died 26 Sep. 1902.

-         JAKOB SCHOWALTER, born 15 Dec. 1844, died 5 Feb. 1874.

-         JOHANNES SCHOWALTER, born 30 Mar. 1846, died 19 July 1867.

-         PETER SCHOWALTER, born 2 July 1847, died 23 Jan. 1871.

-         DANIEL SCHOWALTER, born 1 Jan. 1849, died 22 Jan. 1849.

-         KATHARINA SCHOWALTER, born Dackenheim 26 June 1850, married CHRISTIAN SCHOWALTER 22 Feb. 1873, died 2 July 1920.  Christian was born 13 Dec. 1844, son of Christian & Christina (Rohrer) Schowalter (see ¶v.c. below).

-         DAVID SCHOWALTER, born Dackenheim 17 Nov. 1851, married CHRISTINA SCHOWALTER 4 May 1876, died 14 Mar. 1925.  Christina was born 10 Mar. 1863, daughter of Christian & Christina (Rohrer) Schowalter (see ¶v.c. below).

-         DANIEL SCHOWALTER, born14 Aug.1858, died 19 Apr. 1860.

 

o        CHRISTIAN SCHOWALTER, born 9 Feb. 1820 at Dackenheim, married ELISABETH RISSER 19 (29?) June 1843, died 15 June 1888 in Friedelsheim.  Elisabeth was born 10 Dec. (Feb.?) 1817 at Friedelsheim (fig. 7), died 4 Apr. 1871. She was a daughter of Daniel Risser & Maria Lichti.  The children of Christian & Elisabeth (Risser) Schowalter were:

-         MARIA SCHOWALTER, born 7 Sep. 1843 in Friedelsheim, died 18 Apr. 1871.

-         KATHARINA SCHOWALTER, born 19 Oct. 1844 in Friedelsheim, died 29 Oct. 1914.

-         ABRAHAM SCHOWALTER, born 29 Nov. 1845, married (1) MAGDALENA MÜLLER 10 Sep. 1874, married (2) VERONIKA SCHOWALTER 23 June 1883, died 12 Mar. 1913.  Veronika was born 16 Aug. 1845, daughter of Christian & M. (Bär) Schowalter.  She was the widow of Peter Hochstättler.

-         DANIEL SCHOWALTER, born 11 June 1847 in Friedelsheim, married ELISABETH BEYSIEGEL ca. 1874.

-         CHRISTIAN SCHOWALTER, born 3 July 1854 in Friedelsheim, died 27 Jan. 1878.

-         CHRISTINA SCHOWALTER, born 26 Apr. 1857 in Friedelsheim, died 21 Mar. 1925.

-         BARBARA SCHOWALTER, born 14 Oct. 1860 in Friedelsheim, married HEINRICH MESSING 31 Oct. 1890, died 5 Aug. 1924.

 

d.      PETER SCHOWALTER, born 27 Sep. 1792, married (1) KATHARINA JOTTER 3 Dec. 1818, married (2) BARBARA SCHOWALTER 15 Jan. 1828, died 6 Mar. 1833 at Hemshof.  Katharina was born in 1790 (1801 in Scharrau?), died 3 Feb. 1827 (1833?)[54] at Hemshof. She was a daughter of Johannes Jotter & Magdalena Hackmann.  Barbara was born 2 Feb. 1803, died 6 Aug. 1884.  She was a daughter of J. Schowalter & Barbara Ellenberger of Deutschhof bei Weissen.

 

The children of Peter and Katharina (Jotter) Schowalter were:

 

o        ELISABETH SCHOWALTER, born 2 Apr. 1820 in Hemshof bei Ludwigshafen, married JOHANNES RISSER 15 Aug. 1836.  Johannes was born 21 Nov. 1810 in Friedelsheim.

 

o        BARBARA SCHOWALTER, born 17 May 1825 at Hemshof, married (1) her cousin JOHANNES STAUFFER of Hemshof 21 Oct. 1843, married (2) PETER NEFF 6 July 1852, died 31 Dec. 1885.  Johannes was born 28 Feb. 1820 in Hemshof and died 1 May 1851.  He was a son of Heinrich Stauffer III and Magdalena Jotter.  Magdalena (born 1800) was a sister of Katharina Jotter.[55]  Thus, Barbara Schowalter married her cousin Johannes Stauffer. Peter was born 30 Nov. 1824 at Assenheim, died 6 Oct. 1905 at Hemshof.  He was a son of Abraham Neff and Magdalena Krehbiel.  Peter & Barbara Neff had a son CHRISTIAN NEFF, Doctor of Theology of Weierhof, born 18 Feb. 1863 on the Hemshof near Ludvigshafen, married 28 Dec. 1889 BABETTE CHRISTINE LYDIA KREHBIEL of Weierhof, died 30 Dec. 1946 and buried in the Weierhof Mennonite cemetery. Christian was pastor of the Weierhof, Palatinate, Mennonite Church 1887-1939 and 1940-1943.[56]  Babette was born 13 Jan. 1871, died Oct. 1937.

 

The children of Christian & Babette (Krehbiel) Neff were:

 

-         DOROTHEA NEFF, born 14 Oct. 1891.

-         ANNELIESE NEFF, born 18 Nov. 1892, died 9 Mar.1923.

-         MATHILDE NEFF, born 9 Dec. 1894, died 25 Dec. 1980.

-         KATHARINA NEFF, born 11 May 1896, died 15 Feb. 1982.

-         HANS NEFF, born 17 Nov. 1897 in Weierhof, died 24 Sept. 1974.  Hans had a son ERNST CHRISTIAN NEFF, born 18 Aug. 1930 in Weierhof.

-         HERBERT NEFF, born 8 Dec. 1896 (?), died 3 June 1911.

 

Peter and Barbara (Schowalter) Schowalter had a son PETER SCHOWALTER, born 9 Aug. 1832 at Hemshof, married BARBARA SCHOWALTER of Deutschhof 16 May 1864, died 24 June 1910.  Barbara was born 22 (2?) Oct. 1836 at Deutschhof and died 6 Nov. 1900 at Hemshof.  She was a daughter of J. Schowalter & Katharina Schmitt.  Peter & Barbara Schowalter had the following children in Hemshof:

-         DANIEL SCHOWALTER, born 30 July 1866, died 23 Dec. 1866.

-         BARBARA SCHOWALTER, born 7 July 1868, married KARL HAUS 25 Mar. 1890, died 11 Mar. 1916.  Karl was born 1 Feb. 1859, died 11 July 1895 in Töchter.

-         HEINRICH SCHOWALTER, born 8 Nov. 1873, died 26 Dec. 1873 (1877?).

 

e.       CHRISTINA SCHOWALTER, born 11 June 1795 at Hemshof, married JOHANNES DEUTSCH 17 Feb. 1813.  Johannes was born in 1793 in Friesenheim.  Johannes & Christina (Schowalter) Deutsch had a son JACOB DEUTSCH, born in May 1814 in Hemshof, married ELISABETH EYMANN 6 Dec. 1842, died in 1881.  Elisabeth was born 30 Apr. 1826 in Wächbacher Hof, died in 1880.  Jacob & Elisabeth (Eymann) Deutsch had a son ABRAHAM DEUTSCH, born in 1849.

 

f.        MAGDALENA SCHOWALTER, born ca. 1798.

 

v.                   JAKOB SCHOWALTER, born ca. 1760 at Kirchheim an der Eck, married AGNES WUERTZ ca. 1782, died 24 June 1792 at Dackenheim.  Agnes was born ca. 1763 in Münchhof bei Hochspeyer, married (2) Jakob Eymann in June 1792, died 17 July 1808 at Dackenheim bei Grünstadt.  She was the daughter of Peter Wuertz and Magdalena Schwarz of Muenchhof by Hochspeyer.[57]  Jakob Eymann was a nephew of Barbara Eymann who married John Schowalter (see ¶B. above).

 

On 1 Mar. 1785 Jakob inherited the Sattelhof farm with 64 Morgen (about 40 acres) of land located in Dackenheim at Brunnengasse from the Kroeter family.

 

The children of Jakob & Agnes (Wuertz) Schowalter were:

 

a.       PETER SCHOWALTER, born 27 Oct. 1783 at Dackenheim bei Grünstadt, married MARIE SOPHIE VOLZ  2 May 1813.  Marie was born 1 Jan. 1790 at Herxheim/Berg, daughter of David Volz & Marie Veronika Herschler.  The family emigrated, arriving in Baltimore 30 Sep. 1833.[58] At the time of the 1840 census they were living in Butler Co., Ohio.

 

The children of Peter & Marie (Volz) Schowalter were:

 

o        JOHANNES SCHOWALTER, born 10 Sep. 1815. Barry C. Showalter (barry.showalter@dfa.state.ar.us) is a descendant.

 

o        MAGDALENA MARIA SCHOWALTER, born 12 Feb. 1819, married FREDERICK FISCHER (FISHER).

 

o        FRIEDRICH SCHOWALTER, born 16 July 1822.

 

b.      JOHANNES  SCHOWALTER, born in 1786, married MARGARETTE SCHMITT of Gerolsheim.

 

c.       CHRISTIAN SCHOWALTER, Sr., born 3 Sep. 1789 in Dackenheim bei Grünstadt, married KATHARINA KREHBIEL 20 Feb. (or 2 Mar.) 1812 at Dannenfels, died 8 Mar. 1871 at Dackenheim.  Katharina was born in 1786 in Donnersbergerhof, died 10 Mar. 1862 at Dackenheim.  She was a daughter of Michael Krehbiel and Elisabeth Galle. Her father was probably the Michael Krehbiel who in 1755 leased a farm as a hereditary possession from the reigning prince. It contained nearly 200 acres of arable land and meadow on Donnersberg which is the highest mountain (2,320') of the Haardt Mountains of the Palatinate (named Mont Tonnerre during the French occupation).[59]

 

The children of Christian, Sr., and Katharina (Krehbiel) Schowalter were:

 

o        ELISABETH SCHOWALTER, born 30 Jan. 1813, died before 19 Dec. 1817.

 

o        JAKOB SCHOWALTER, born, 3 Aug. 1814, died before 1816.

 

o        JAKOB SCHOWALTER, born 24 Feb. 1816, married KATHARINA MARGARETHE ALT 29 Oct. 1846, died 1 July 1869, buried at Neuleiningen (fig. 8).  Katharina was born 24 Mar. 1826, died 15 Feb. 1905 at Dackenheim. She was the daughter of Heinrich Ludwig Alt & Katharina Sippel. The 17 children of Jakob & Katharina (Alt) Schowalter were:

-         JAKOB SCHOWALTER, born 25 Oct. 1847, married ANNA MARIA KOPF of Ludwigshafen ca. 1880, died 16 Dec. 1883.

-         CHARLOTTE SCHOWALTER, born 18 Feb. 1849, married ADAM SIPPEL 29 Dec. 1877.

-         CHRISTIAN SCHOWALTER, born 28 July 1850, married KATHARINA MARGARETHE BAUER 4 Apr. 1878, died 8 May 1894 in Ludwigshafen.  Katharina was born 9 Feb. 1853 in Dackenheim, died 15 July 1897 in Ludwigshafen.  Christian was a mailman.

-         MAGDALENA SCHOWALTER, born 13 Aug. 1851, married JAKOB ENGEL 29 Dec. 1877, died 25 Apr. 1893.

-         HEINRICH SCHOWALTER, born 20 Sep. 1852, died 6 July 1894.  He never married.

-         LUDWIG SCHOWALTER, born 23 Nov. 1853, married ANNA SCHREIBER ca. 1875, died 6 July 1894.  Anna was born 5 Aug. 1856, died 15 Oct. 1893.  Ludwig was a tailor.

-         PHILIPP SCHOWALTER, born 23 Nov. 1853, died 5 Mar. 1885.

-         JOHANNES SCHOWALTER, born 18 Feb. 1855 in Dackenheim, married (1) SIBYLLE SIPPEL 4 May 1884, married (2) MAGDALENE ENGEL 25 July 1903, died 2 Oct. 1934 in Ludwigshafen.

-         ELISABETH SCHOWALTER, born 16 May 1857 in Dackenheim, married ADAM ZUBER, died in 1925 in Ludwigshafen.

-         ABRAHAM SCHOWALTER, born 2 July 1858, married KATHARINA SUTOR 2 Dec. 1893 in Gerolsheim, died 2 Aug. 1943.  Katharina was born 23 June 1870, daughter of Johannes & A. M. (Wiesler) Sutor.

-         SUSANNE SCHOWALTER, born 5 Sep. 1859, married KARL MAURER in Edenkoben.

-         KATHARINA SCHOWALTER, born 29 Dec. 1860, died 4 Feb. 1863.

-         KARL SCHOWALTER, born 7 Feb. 1862, died 2 Apr. 1898 in Dackenheim.  Never married.

-         DAVID SCHOWALTER, born 2 June 1863, died 1 Feb. 1894 in Dackenheim.  Never married.

-         KATHARINA SCHOWALTER, born 16 Aug. 1864, married JOHANNES SIPPEL 20 Jan. 1885.

-         CHRISTINA SCHOWALTER, born 10 Sep. 1866, never married.

-         PETER SCHOWALTER, born 17 Nov. 1867, died 20 May 1900, never married.

 

o        ELISABETH SCHOWALTER, probably born 19 Dec. 1817 at Dackenheim bei Grünstadt, married JAKOB SCHOWALTER 25 Aug. 1839, died 19 Feb. 1872.  Jakob was born 9 Mar. 1818, died 23 July 1877 in Kilchberg, Switzerland (see ¶iv.c. above). The children of Jakob & Elisabeth (Schowalter) Schowalter were:

-         ABRAHAM SCHOWALTER, born 29 June 1840, died 18 Jan. 1875.

-         CHRISTIAN SCHOWALTER, born 20 Oct. 1842, married CHRISTINA SCHATER 21 Nov. 1871, died 26 Sept. 1902.

-         JAKOB SCHOWALTER, born 15 Dec. 1844, died 5 Feb. 1874.

-         JOHANNES SCHOWALTER, born 30 Mar. 1846, died 19 July 1867.

-         PETER SCHOWALTER, born 2 July 1847, died 23 Jan. 1871.

-         DANIEL SCHOWALTER, born 1 Jan. 1849, died 22 Jan. 1849.

-         KATHARINA SCHOWALTER, born 26 June 1850 in Dackenheim, married CHRISTIAN SCHOWALTER 22 Feb. 1873, died 2 July 1920.  Christian was born 13 Dec. 1844 in Dackenheim, died 23 Nov. 1887.

-         DAVID SCHOWALTER, born 17 Nov. 1851 in Dackenheim, married CHRISTINA SCHOWALTER 4 May 1876, died 14 Mar. 1925.  Christina was born 10 Mar. 1853, died in Dackenheim 20 Dec. 1926.

-         DANIEL SCHOWALTER, born 14 Aug. 1858, died 19 Apr. 1860.

 

o        CHRISTIAN SCHOWALTER, born 1 Nov. 1818 at Dackenheim, married CHRISTINA ROHRER 11 June 1843, died 25 Apr. 1894.  Christina was born 29 Sep. 1822 at Eppstein (fig. 7), died 3 Apr. 1880 at Dackenheim.  She was a Mennonite and the daughter of Johannes Rohrer & Christina Litchti.  Christian was the Mayor of Dackenheim. The 16 children of Christian & Christina (Rohrer) Schowalter were:

-         CHRISTIAN SCHOWALTER, born 13 Dec. 1844 in Dackenheim, married KATHARINA SCHOWALTER 22 Feb. 1873, died 23 Nov. 1887.  Katharina was born 26 June 1850, daughter of Jakob & Elisabeth Schowalter (see ¶iv.c above).  Katharina died 2 July1920 in Dackenheim.

-         MARIA SCHOWALTER, born 14 Dec. 1846, married JAKOB KREHBIEL 10 Dec. 1868, died 13 Nov. 1914.  Jakob was a son of Christian & Katharina (Krehbiel) Krehbiel and widower of Katharina Herstein.

-         ELISABETH SCHOWALTER, born 7 Nov. 1848, married JOHANNES SCHMIDT 25 Sep. 1873 in Gundersheim, died 22 Nov. 1896.  Johannes was born 22 Apr. 1842, died 1 July 1902.

-         KATHARINA SCHOWALTER, born 28 Oct. 1849, died 20 Nov. 1849.

-         CHRISTINA SCHOWALTER, born 28 Oct. 1849, died 20 Nov. 1849.

-         JAKOB SCHOWALTER, born 26 Sep. 1850, died 16 Dec. 1952.

-         JOHANNES SCHOWALTER, born 18 Mar. 1852 in Dackenheim, married MARIA STEUER 15 Sep. 1877, died 8 Oct. 1934 in Gerolsheim.  Maria was born 7 Sep. 1856, died 8 Oct. 1918, daughter of schoolmaster Andreas & Katharina (Hirschler) Steuer.

-         CHRISTINA SCHOWALTER, born 10 Mar. 1853, married DAVID SCHOWALTER 4 May 1876, died 20 Dec. 1926 in Dackenheim.  David was born 17 Nov. 1851, died 14 Mar. 1925, son of Jakob & Elisabeth (Schowalter) Schowalter (see ¶iv.c. above).

-         KATHARINA SCHOWALTER, born 3 Mar. 1854, died 3 Aug. 1854.

-         ANNA SCHOWALTER, born 23 Apr. 1855, died 3 Nov. 1870.

-         HEINRICH SCHOWALTER, born 13 Nov. 1856, died 11 July 1885.

-         JAKOB SCHOWALTER, born 22 Aug. 1858, died 25 Sep. 1858.

-         JAKOB SCHOWALTER, born 9 Sep. 1859, married (1) ANNA BEUTLER in Sembach 19 Feb. 1887, married (2) EMMA EYMANN 21 May 1895 in Otterberg, married (3) CHRISTINA BIEHN.  Anna died 14 May 1890, Christina was a daughter of Christian & [ -? - ] (Schowalter) Biehn of Weinsheim.

-         KATHARINA SCHOWALTER, born 17 Feb. 1862, died 8 Jan. 1863.

-         AUGUST SCHOWALTER, born 19 July 1863.

-         MAGDALENA SCHOWALTER, born 27 Apr. 1865, married JOHANNES WÜRTZ 27 Nov. 1888, died 19 Nov. 1934.  Johannes was born 24 Nov. 1861, son of Heinrich & Katharina (Danner) Würtz of Rosenthalerhof.  Johannes died 23 Aug. 1909.  He was a saddle-maker in Landau.

 

vi.                 [-?-] SCHOWALTER, buried 2 Sept. 1764 as an Anabaptist child.

 

vii.                [-?-] SCHOWALTER, died 9 Mar. 1767, buried 11 Mar. as an Anabaptist child.

 

viii.              [-?-] SCHOWALTER, born 1768, died 29 Apr. 1769, buried 3 May as a Mennonite daughter.

 

ix.                 [-?-] SCHOWALTER, died 2 Jan. 1770, buried 4 Jan. as an Anabaptist child.

 

 

A.        PETER SCHOWALTER

 

PETER SCHOWALTER, born in 1755 in Erbesbuedesheim, married ELISABETH HASSERT ca. 1788, died 30 Oct. 1827 at Ruchheim[60] (fig. 7).  Elisabeth was born in 1765 at Ruchheim and died 16 Apr. 1794 at Ruchheim.

 

Ruchheim was settled by Mennonites of the Eppstein congregation in 1732. The deacon for Ruchheim was Ludwig Gross.  In 1766 it was united with Erpolzheim, Friedelsheim and Spitalhof; in 1787 with Assenheim; in 1805 independent with Melchior Eberly and Johannes Wiesler as preachers.[61]

 

The children of Peter and Elisabeth (Hassert) Schowalter were:

 

 

i.                     ELISABETH SCHOWALTER, born 26 Sept. 1779 in Ruchheim, married ABRAHAM ELLENBERGER 17 (27?) Feb. 1805, died 17 Mar. 1872. Abraham was born 11 Sept. 1782 in Böchingen, a son of Abraham Ellenberger & Christiana Graf of Boechingen and a brother of Elisabeth Ellenberger (see ¶B.iv. above). Boechingen is in Germany, about 13 miles NNE of Wissembourg.

 

The known children of Abraham & Elisabeth (Schowalter) Ellenberger were:

 

a.       PETER ELLENBERGER, born 12 Nov. 1805 in Ruchheim, died 12 Feb. 1826 in Ruchheim.[62]

 

b.      ABRAHAM SCHOWALTER, born 8 July 1807.

 

c.       CHRISTINA ELLENBERGER, born 18 Nov. 1809 in Ruchheim, died 13 Feb. 1896 in Nawarya, Galicia..  On 19 Nov. the birth record was signed by Didier Charles Hausam, Mayor of Ruchheim. Witnesses were George Phillippe Nau (age 42) and André Mersinger (age 51), both farmers (fig. 10). The birth record was in French since all of Germany west of the Rhine was under French rule from 1794 to 1814.[63] Christina married PETER SCHOWALTER (see ¶iv. below).

 

d.      HEINRICH ELLENERGER, born 8 June 1813 in Ruchheim.

 

ii.                   CATHARINA (KATHARINA/CHRISTIANA) SCHOWALTER, born 1780, married CHRISTIAN STAUFFER of Joehlingen 18 Apr. 1807, died in Mar. 1822 in Ruchheim.  Christian was born 1756 in Untergrimperm, died 23 Mar. 1834.  The children of Christian & Catharina (Schowalter) Stauffer were all born in Ruchheim:

 

a.       CATHARINA STAUFFER, born 7 Apr. 1811.

 

b.      CHRISTIAN STAUFFER, born 1814.

 

c.       CHRISTIAN STAUFFER, born 1817.

 

iii.                   HEINRICH SCHOWALTER (see ¶1. below).

 

iv.                 PETER SCHOWALTER, born 16 Oct. 1790 (or 16 Apr. 1789) at Ruchheim, married (1) ELISABETH HAUSAM 24 Aug. 1809, married (2) his niece CHRISTINA ELLENBERGER, died 11 Feb. 1860. Elisabeth was born 1787. Christina was born 18 Nov. 1809 at Ruchheim, died 13 Feb. 1896 in Nawarya, Galicia (now in SE Poland).  She was a daughter of Abraham Ellenberger and Elisabeth Schowalter. Elisabeth (Schowalter) Ellenberger was Peter’s sister (see ¶i. above).

 

Peter & Christina had a daughter CHRISTINA SCHOWALTER, born 21 Nov. 1844, married JAKOB STAUFFER of Galicia in 1863, died 25 Dec. 1914 in Galicia.  Jakob was born 2 Feb. 1835 in Hemshof, died 29 May 1916 in Potsadki, Galicia.  He was a son of Jakob Stauffer & Barbara Schowalter.

 

 

1.         HEINRICH/HENRY SCHOWALTER/SHOWALTER

 

HEINRICH/HENRY SCHOWALTER/SHOWALTER, born in 1789 in Ruchheim, Canton of Mutterstadt, married MARGARET (MAGDALENA) WIESLER/WISSLER/WIESSLER 26 Jan. 1815, died before 1850 in Van Wert Co., Ohio.  Margaret was born ca. 1793, died probably before 1850 in Allen Co. or Van Wert Co. She was a daughter of Johannes Wiesler & Anna Kindig/Kündig from Mutterstadt (see “Our Wiesler/Wiessler/Wissler Line,” #A). 

 

We know that our Schowalter family departed Le Havre, France, aboard the Henri IV in 1836.  Why they decided to emigrate can only be surmised.  The United States was experiencing a period of flush times.  On the other hand, the Germans were expecting a famine as severe as that which followed 1816.  Instead of the bulk of the emigrants being made up of single young men, an increasing proportion now consisted of family groups.[64]

 

The European relocations of Heinrich and his ancestors from as far back as is known are shown in figure 11.

 

No doubt their first question was, “How can we reach the sea?”  Living near the Rhine River, the obvious answer was to proceed down the river to ports in the Netherlands.  Traditionally the Dutch shippers had made the most of this natural advantage by developing a passenger business employing the redemptioner system (i.e., the emigrant obtained passage by becoming an indentured servant).  But when that system was abrogated, the Dutch found it difficult to compete with ports which, maintaining steady commercial relations with the New World, were able to transport emigrants as a business incidental to their main purpose. Le Havre, France, was the first outlet to the sea to gain prominence, due primarily to the importation of raw cotton for overland transport to the cotton mills in the hills of Alsace. To handle this trade, new transatlantic ships were built, the docks of Le Havre were enlarged, steamboats and barges multiplied on the Seine, and hundreds of freight wagons were placed upon the roads of eastern France.[65]

 

We don’t know if our Schowalter family used these wagons but Franz Eicher did in the spring of 1833.  He reported that at the French border the teamsters weighed all the baggage and women and small children and charged 15 francs for each 100 pounds to be hauled.  The men and boys and all able-bodied women and girls had to walk.  It took the Eicher family a month to cross France to Le Havre.[66] Most of the emigrants, however, started toward the West in the style of their American contemporaries – in covered wagons.  The family carriage was arched with sailcloth and the interior packed with women, children and baggage.  At Paris the horses were sold and the journey on to Le Havre continued by steamboat.  Others avoided Paris and traveled by road directly to Le Havre where the wagons were oftentimes taken apart and packed in the hold of the ship, to be reassembled upon reaching the American shore for traveling over the mountains into the West.[67]

 

Another unknown is how our Schowalters arranged passage on the Henri IV from Le Havre to New York City.  Recruiting agents from emigration business houses at Le Havre would journey a day or two along the road to meet the advancing Germans.  Later on they extended their operations by opening local offices within Germany and Switzerland.[68] Regardless of what arrangements our Schowalters made, no doubt they needed accommodations in Le Havre while awaiting the departure of the Henri IV.  In all these cases the emigrants were frequently overcharged.

 

The square-rigged ship Henri IV was built in New York by Christian Bergh & Co. in 1826, 116' in length with a 28' - 8" beam and a 14' - 4" depth of hold.  Her displacement was 427 tons.[69] She was the smallest ship in Francis Depau’s “Havre Old Line” packet service.  Francis Depau had married Silvie, the daughter of Count de Grasse (victor of the Chesapeake Capes in 1781).  As a young girl, she had fled from France to Charleston during the French Revolution.[70] In spite of her small size, the Henri IV was credited with the quickest westward port-to-port passage of 20 days.[71] Her average westward passage was 36 days and her longest 55 days.[72] The shortest sea-lane distance as used by sailing packets between Le Havre and New York was 3,163 miles.[73] In the early 1830s the cost of steerage passage was 120-150 francs.[74] The “Old Line Havre Packet” ships were scheduled to depart Le Havre the 15th of each month.[75] We know that our Schowalter family arrived New York City 16 Sep. 1836 aboard the Henri IV.[76] So maybe they departed Le Havre 15 Aug. 1836.

 

The List or Manifest of all Passengers taken on-board the ship Henri IV whereof Kearney is Master, from Havre Burthen 427 30/95th tons lists:

 

-         6 farmers who belong to France, bound for U.S.

-         100 farmers who belong to Germany, bound for U.S.

-         2 cabin passengers who belong to France, bound for New Orleans

-         2 cabin passengers who belong to France, bound for U.S.

 

for a total of 110 passengers.  Included in this list is our Schowalter family:

 

-         Hien Schowalter, 46, M

-         Margt, 43, F

-         Martin, 18, M

-         Hien, 15, M

-         Anna, 13, F.

 

Immediately above our Schowalter family in the list is:

 

-         Jno Hausam, 45, M

-         Susana, 40, F

-         Anna Maria, 22, F

-         Peter, 19, M

-         Michel, 17, M

-         Johan, 14, M

-         Jacbo [Jacob?], 13, M.

 

And immediately below our Schowalter family in the list is:

 

-         Geo. Hausam, 30, M

-         Cathn, 28, F

-         Adam, 3, M

-         Martin, 1, M.

 

Another family on the list is:

 

-         Jacob Filbert, 30, M

-         Cathn, 32, F

-         Martin, 12, M

-         Anna Maria, 10, F

-         Elizabeth, 5, F

-         Michel, 5, M

-         Peter, 6 mos., M.

 

We know that our Heinrich Schowalter’s brother Peter Schowalter married (1) Elizabeth Hausam 24 Aug. 1809 (see ¶A.ii. above).  Peter married (2) Christina Ellenberger who was born 18 Nov. 1809 in Ruchheim.  Perhaps this indicates that Elizabeth Hausam was also from the Ruchheim area. Didier Charles Hausam was the mayor of Ruchheim in 1809 when he signed Christine Ellenberger’s birth record (see ¶A.iii.a. above).

 

There was also a Catharina Elisabetha Hausam born 23 Sept. 1803 in Ruchheim, married (1) Martin Lauer 25 Feb. 1823 in Ruchheim, married (2) Jacob Peter Filbert 24 June 1835 in Ruchheim.  By her first husband, Martin Lauer, Catharina had the following children, all born in Ruchheim:

-         Martin Lauer, born 18 Jan. 1824

-         Anna Maria Lauer, born 8 Aug. 1826

-         Elizabetha Lauer, born 14 Jan. 1829

-         Elizabetha Lauer, born 22 May 1831.

 

By her second husband, Jacob Peter Filbert, Catharina had a son Peter Filbert, born 29 Jan. 1836 in Ruchheim.[77] This family definitely was on the Henri IV with our Showalters.  According to Bob Hitchcock (bdhitch@aol.com), Michael Filbert, age 5, was a son of Jacob Filbert by a previous marriage.

 

Then came the grimmest part of the whole arduous migration, the ocean crossing itself. The ordinary ship of the period had two decks; the immigrants were normally carried in the “’tween decks” between the upper and lower.  The orlop, beneath the lower deck, was ordinarily used for heavy freight, but there were times when even its musty space was utilized for immigrants.  Frequently there was less than six feet between decks, so that a tall man could not stand erect.  Seldom were there any portholes: the only ventilation came through the hatchways, which were generally fastened down in bad weather.  A few hanging lamps gave a fitful light in an atmosphere which grew every hour more foul.  Eager to make the most of the space which they had chartered, the shippers erected tiers of wooden bunks so close together that there was barely room to pass between them and that scant space was inevitably cluttered with baggage.

 

Food was a major source of difficulty.  The packets carried their “farmyards” with a cow for milk and with sheep, pigs, and poultry; but those were for the cabin passengers, who were fed bountifully and served by obsequious Negro stewards.  None of that was for the poor devils ‘tween decks.  Their passage money entitled them only to bread, salt meat and a few other supplies.  They not only had to bring most of their own food, but cook everything themselves.  Grates were erected on deck, but only a few might crowd around them at a time and the less aggressive might have to wait hours to get near the fire.  In stormy weather the grates were too exposed to be used at all and, as no fires were allowed below decks, it was a case of eating uncooked food or going hungry.  When adverse winds stretched out the passage beyond the usual time, the immigrant’s private stock of food would sometimes become exhausted.

 

The attitude of the ship’s officers was at times an added source of unpleasantness in the steerage.  They might be delightfully gracious to the cabin passengers, because the captain secured a generous share of their passage money and it paid to give the ship a popular reputation.  The courtesy that went with a $140 fare, however, was not wasted on the passengers who paid $20.  The income from the steerage all went to the owners and the emigrants would probably not be traveling again anyway.  The result was an attitude which descended from cold indifference to rough brutality, depending upon the individuals.  The mates reveled in breaking up steerage fights, generally sailing in and knocking down all in the vicinity without often trying to determine the aggressor.[78]

 

In spite of the above, all of our Schowalter family arrived safely in New York City 16 Sep. 1836.  They were among the 58,000 alien passengers who did so that year.[79]

 

The first records so far discovered of our Showalters in America are two private cash entries recorded 20 Sep. 1839 in which the two Showalter sons, Martin & Henry, each paid $100 for land in Van Wert Co., Ohio.  The purchases were made at the Lima, Ohio, Land Office and the two brothers were both recorded as residing in Crawford Co., Ohio.

 

Why and how our Showalters went to Crawford Co. is not known.  A study of the 1840 census does not reveal any of the fellow passengers on the Henri IV in Crawford Co. at that time.  Nor was there any one by the name of Ellenberger, Hassert, Kendig/Kindig, Schowalter/Showalter or Wiesler living there to whom our family might have been related.  And no Schowalter/Showalter paid any taxes in Crawford Co. for the years 1836-38, or owned any land.[80]

 

Probably our Showalters traveled up the Hudson & Mohawk Rivers and then via the Erie Canal to Lake Erie by boat and then followed the Scioto Trail (now Ohio State Highway #4) south from Sandusky to Crawford Co.  How long this journey took is not known.  The Erie Canal leg from Rome to Buffalo took Saphronia Skeels & her family six days in Sep. 1833.[81]

 

By the time of the 1840 census, Henry Showalter was head of the following household in Bath Twp./Town of Lima, Allen Co., Ohio (p. 125):

-         1 male 15-20  [son Henry]

-         1 male 20-30  [son Martin]

-         1 male  40-50  [Henry]

-         1 female  10-15  [daughter Anna]

-         1 female  50-60  [wife Margaret].

 

Note that Margaret was probably only about 47 years old and Anna about 17 years old according to the Henry IV passenger list.

 

As mentioned above, sons Martin & Henry initiated the purchases of land in Van Wert Co. in 1839.  Probably they did not settle there until after the 1840 census was taken, at which time they resided in neighboring Allen Co.  However, it must not have been much later since son Hein married Mary Hertz in Van Wert Co. 16 Sep. 1841 (see ¶ii. below).

 

In the 1850 census for Harrison Twp., Van Wert Co., father Henry Showalter, born Germany, is shown living with his son Henry.  He is listed as 29 or 39 years of age but this is no doubt an error for 59.  Margaret, his wife, does not appear in the census.

 

In the 1860 census for Harrison Twp., Van Wert Co., father Henry, born Bavaria, is again shown living with his son Henry but this time his age is correctly recorded as 69.  Again, Margaret does not appear.

 

Floyd Showalter (see ¶2.k. below) reported to Lloyd Henney that Hein & Margaret Showalter lived in Pennsylvania before moving to Van Wert Co.[82]

 

No death or burial records have been found for either Henry or Margaret Showalter.

 

The three children of Hein & Magda Schowalter were all born in Ruchheim, Canton of Mutterstadt, County of Speyer, Bayern:

 

i.                     MARTIN SCHOWALTER/SHOWALTER, born 25 Sep. 1818 (fig. 12),[83] married (1) ANNA AUCKER 2 July 1840 (1843?) by Elias Everson, Pleasant Twp. J.P.,[84] married (2) ELIZABETH McGARVEY 16 Oct. 1848 by Joseph Gleason, Pleasant Twp. J.P.,[85] died 2 (7?) Aug. 1859, buried Sugar Ridge Cemetery, Tully Twp.[86] (fig. 16). Martin’s tombstone has been read “D. Aug. 2, 1859 10 Yrs 10D” by Mrs. Gene Carter, 233 W. First St., Van Wert, OH 45891. Probably it originally read 40 (not 10) years.  Note that the true dates of Martin’s two marriages require further research.  Martin’s second wife, Elizabeth, subsequently married John Himmerdinger 16 Jan. 1862.

 

While still a resident of Crawford Co., Ohio, Martin on 20 Sep. 1839 purchased for $100 at the Lima Land Office the East half of the SE quarter of Section No. 35 in Twp. No. 1 South, Range No. 1 East, containing 80 acres at $1.25/acre (figs. 13 & 14).[87] On 2 Dec. 1839 Twp. 1 South, Range 1 East was made a township by the Van Wert Co. Commissioners and named Tully Twp.  It is the extreme NW township in Van Wert Co. (fig. 15).  Section No. 35 is near the SW corner of the township (fig. 16).  This “land entry” initiated the proceedings that, if successfully completed, would result in the issuance of a patent to Martin.[88] Such was the case and on 1 June 1845 his patent was issued (fig. 17).[89]

 

On 4 Oct. 1841 “Personally appeared in Open Court Martin Showalter of the age of twenty three years a native of Bavaria and makes oath & says that it is bona fide his intention to become a citizen of the United States and to forever renounce and abjure all fidelity & allegiance to every foreign Prince, Potentate, State or Sovereignty whatever and particularly to Louis Charles Joseph King of Bavaria of whom he is now a subject.”[90]

 

On 26 Apr. 1847: “Martin Showalter an alien a native of Bavaria and now resident of this County this day came into Court and made application to be fully naturalized and to become a citizen of the United States, and it appearing to the satisfaction of the Court that the said Martin Showalter on the fourth day of Oct. 1841 before the Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas of Van Wert County Ohio had taken the oath of intention to become a citizen of the United States and it appearing to the satisfaction of this court by the oaths of Henry Showalter and John R. Woodruff that the said Martin Showalter has resided in the United States five years, that he is of good moral character, that he is attached to the principles of the Constitution of the United States, and well disposed to the good order and happiness of the same, and the said Martin Showalter on being admitted by this Court, took the oath to support the Constitution of the United States of America and that he now doth absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure allegiance and fidelity to every foreign Prince, Potentate, State or Sovereignty what so ever and particularly to Louis Charles Joseph King of Bavaria of whom he as formerly a subject.”[91]

 

In the 1850 census for Tully Twp., Martin Showalter was head of the following household (p. 188):

-         Martin Showalter, 37, M, born Germany

-         Elisabeth Showalter, 23, F, born Ohio

-         Desvillan Showalter, 5, M, born Ohio

-         Diana McGarvay, 4, F, born Ohio.

Was Desvillan a son by Martin’s first wife Anna, and was Diana a daughter of Martin’s second wife Elisabeth by a previous marriage?

 

On 17 Oct. 1851 Martin & Elisabeth Showalter sold to George Denig for $600 the E½ of the SE¼ of Section 35, Township 1 South, Range 1 East, containing 80 acres, i.e., the land Martin had purchased in 1839.[92]

 

Martin’s will and estate papers have not as yet been examined.  All that is known so far is that his brother Henry was appointed executor/administrator on 13 Aug. 1859.[93]

 

Probably Martin & Anna had a son DESVILLAN SHOWALTER, born ca. 1845. 

 

The children of Martin & Elizabeth Showalter were:

 

a.       SARAH SHOWALTER, born Mar. 1854, married JOHN FEIGERT 10 Feb. 1876 by John David Gachenheimer,[94] died 1940. John was born 2 Oct. 1849 in Van Wert, Ohio, died 1926.  He was a house carpenter. John was a brother of Carolina Feigert (see ¶2.vii. below).

 

In the 1900 census for Van Wert County, Harrison Twp., Ohio, John Feigert was head of household at 328 North Market St. (E.D. 88, sheet 13, line 54):

-         Feigert, John, born Oct. 1848, 51, married 24 years, born Ohio, parents born Germany, carpenter, unemployed 3 months, owns mortgaged house

-         Feigert, Sarah, wife, born Mar. 1854, 46, married 24 years, bore 4 children, 3 living, born Ohio, father born Germany, mother born Ohio

-         Feigert, Lewis T., son, born Mar. 1877, 23, single, born Ohio, parents born Ohio, salesman in a clothing store, unemployed 0 months

-         Feigert, Ora Amelia, daughter, born June 1881, 18, single, born Ohio, parents born Ohio

-         Feigert, Emmanuel R., son, born Aug. 1883, 16, single, born Ohio, parents born Ohio, salesman in a shoe store.

 

In the 1910 census for Van Wert City, Van Wert Co., Ohio, John Feigert was head of the following household at 328 North Market St. (E.D. #101, family #180):

-         Figert, John, 60, married 35 years, born Ohio, parents born Germany, house carpenter, house mortgaged

-         Figert, Sarah, 56, married 35 years, born Ohio, bore 4 children, 2 living, born Ohio, father born Germany,  mother born Ohio

-         Figert, Ora, daughter, 29, single, born Ohio, parents born Ohio.

 

At the time of the 1920 census, the family was living at 324 Gordon Ave., Van Wert.

 

Both John & Sarah Feigert were buried in Section 67, Row 5, Woodland Cemetery, Van Wert.

 

The children of John & Sarah (Showalter) Feigert were:

 

§         STEPHEN FEIGERT, born 10 Mar. 1877 in Harrison Twp., probably died before 1880.

 

§         LEWIS T. FEIGERT, born Mar. 1877, married BESSIE L. LARK, died 9 Feb. 1938 at the home of his son Paul F. Feigert at 388 N. Walnut St., Van Wert, buried in Section 67, Row 5, Woodland Cemetery.  Bessie was born 1881 in Pa., died 1926, also buried in Woodland Cemetery.[95]  Lewis was a salesman in a clothing store.  In 1910 Lewis & Bessie were living at 669 North Market St (E.D.  #101, family #127):

-         Feigert, Lewie, 33, married less than a year, born Ohio, parents born Ohio, salesman in a clothing store, rents a house.

-         Feigert, Bessie, wife, 26, married less than a year, no children, born Ind., parents born Pa.

 

The children of Lewis & Bessie (Lark) Feigert were:

-         PAUL FREMONT FEIGERT, born 9 Aug. 1910, married MILDRED CATHERINE, died 29 Aug. 1995.  Mildred was born 1 Jan. 1911, died 12 Feb. 1991. Paul enlisted in the Navy on 5 Mar. 1942. Both Paul & Mildred were buried in Section 67, Row 5, Woodland Cemetery.  They had no known children.

-         HELEN L. FEIGERT, born ca. 1913.

-         SARAH ELEANOR FEIGERT, born ca. Apr. 1916, married EDGAR HUFFINE.  He was born in 1911.  Edgar & Sarah (Feigert) Huffine had no known children.

 

§         NORA APOLOMIA FEIGERT, born 19 Dec. 1879 in Harrison Twp., baptized 23 Jan. 1880 at the German Evangelical Protestant Church, died 27 Jan. 1880 (cause of death: cramps), buried in the 11th row, 26th stone from the left, Evangelical Protestant Cemetery.

 

§         ORA AMELIA (EMILIE) FEIGERT, born 26 June 1881, baptized 11 Sept. 1881 at the German Evangelical Protestant Church, married OSCAR A. STETLER 10 Sept. 1910 in Van Wert by Rev. James A. Gordon, died 1925.  Oscar was born 14 Dec. 1881.  He was a laborer. Ora was a clerk.  They had no known children.

 

§         EMMA R. FEIGERT, born 10 Aug. 1883.

 

§         EMANUEL RICHARD FEIGERT, born 27 Aug. 1883, died 17 Mar. 1905, buried in Section 67, Row 5, Woodland Cemetery.  In 1900 Emanuel was a salesman in a shoe store.

 

b.      HENRY SHOWALTER, born Oct. 1855/6, married ANNA MARGARET GERMANN 6 May 1897 By Rev. J. H. Klausing,[96] died 1946.  Anna Margaret was born Sep. 1865, died 1946. They were both buried in Row 17 in the Evangelical (Lutheran) Protestant Cemetery, Harrison Twp.[97] They had no children. Henry was a stock buyer/dealer.

 

In the 1900 census for Harrison Twp. Van Wert Co., Ohio, the following entry appeared for Henry Showalter (E.D. 79, sheet 16, line 32):

-         Showalter, Henry, head, born Oct. 1856, 43/4, married 3 years, born Ohio, father born Germany, mother born Ohio, stocking buyer, owns farm free of mortgage

-         Showalter, Annie, wife, born Sep. 1865, 34, married 3 years, no children, born Ohio, parents born Germany.

 

In the 1910 census for Harrison Twp., Van Wert Co., Ohio (E.D. 90, family #150), the following appeared:

-         Showalter, Henry, head, 54, married 13 years, born Ohio, parents born Germany, stock dealer, general stock, rents house

-         Showalter, Anna M., wife, 44, married 13 years, no children, born Ohio, parents born Germany.

 

In the 1920 census for Willshire Twp., Van Wert Co., Ohio, taken 10 Jan., Henry & Anna were living on Center Road (E.D. 145, sheet 2B, line 88):

-         Showalter, Henry, head, owns farm, 65, married, born Ohio, parents born Germany, stock buyer in stock yards, own account.

-         Showalter, Annie, wife, 55, married, born Ohio, parents born Germany.

 

c.       WILLIAM SHOWALTER, born 3 Mar. 1858 in Van Wert, married MARY ELLEN HENRY 6 May 1897. Following Mary Ellen’s death, William went to live with his daughter Olive and her family in Montana.  He took with him Lottie, Laverne, Earl and Ora.

 

The children of William & Mary Ellen (Henry) Showalter were:

 

§         IDA MAE SHOWALTER.

 

§         OLIVE (SARAH) SHOWALTER married WILL FRY. They lived in Montana.

 

§         LOUIE SHOWALTER.

 

§         PEARL SHOWALTER.

 

§         LOTTIE ETHEL SHOWALTER.

 

§         CLARENCE SHOWALTER.

 

§         CLAUDE SHOWALTER.

 

§         IVY SHOWALTER.

 

§         MABEL LAVERN SHOWALTER.

 

§         EARL CLARENCE SHOWALTER.

 

§         ORA MARIE SHOWALTER married [-?-] WAITE.  In 1983 they were living at 485 North 3rd St., Montpelier, ID  83254.[98]

 

§         CARL SHOWALTER, stillborn.

 

ii.                   HEINRICH/HENRY SCHOWALTER/SHOWALTER (see ¶2. below).

 

iii.                  ANNA SCHOWALTER/SHOWALTER, born 26 Aug. 1823 (fig. 18).[99] No record has been found for Anna beyond 1840 when she was living with her parents and brothers in Allen Co., Ohio.

 

2.      HEINRICH/HENRY SCHOWALTER/SHOWALTER

 

HEINRICH/HENRY SCHOWALTER/SHOWALTER, born 1 Jan. 1821 in Ruchheim (fig. 19),[100] married MARY ELIZABETH HERTZ 16 Sep. 1841 (fig. 20) in Tully Twp., Van Wert Co., by William Henney, J.P.,[101] died 4 Jan. 1881 of lung fever,[102] buried in Glenn Presbyterian Cemetery, Harrison Twp.[103] (fig. 21).  Mary Elizabeth was born 12 Jan. 1824 in Becherbach bei Kirn, Hesse-Homburg, Germany, died 1 Oct. 1909 at the home of her son Abe Showalter, 3 miles south of Convoy, Harrison Twp.  Cause of death: senile debility with chronic diarrhea.  Contributory: accidental injury – broken arm.[104] Her funeral was held 3 Oct. at the Mt. Zion Lutheran Church in Harrison Twp. with about 1,000 in attendance fig. 20A).[105] Mary is reported to have been buried in the Glenn Presbyterian Cemetery but no stone has been found.  She was a member of the Harrison Twp. Presbyterian Church.  Mary was a daughter of Peter & Anna E. (Klein) Hertz.

 

In 1838 Mary discovered about 100 lbs. of bullets and some silver plate buried on what is now the corner of Main & Markey Sts. in Van Wert.  No doubt the cache had been buried by some of Wayne’s army on its march from Fort Adams to Fort Defiance.[106]

 

Like his elder brother Martin, Henry Showalter of Crawford Co., Ohio, purchased on 20 Sep. 1839 for $100 at the Lima Land Office 80 acres of land.  Henry’s tract was described as the “West half of the SE quarter of Section #35, Township #1 South, Range #1 East” (figs. 22 & 23).[107] Thus Henry’s land was immediately to the west of Martin’s land (fig. 16).  The patent in Henry’s name was issued 1 June 1845 (fig. 24).

 

From the May 1845 term of the Van Wert County Common Pleas Journal, vol. A, 1837-1847, p. 233:

“In the matter of Henry Showalter

 an alien

Henry Showalter an alien a native of Germany comes and makes application for final naturalization setting forth that he came into the United States under the age of sixteen years and the Court having been satisfied from the testimony of Peter Heart and Martin Showalter that the said Henry Showalter has resided within the limits of the United States and that he was under the age of sixteen years when he came in to the United States; the said Henry Showalter was therefore sworn to support the Constitution of the United States and that he did absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to every foreign prince, potentate, state and sovereignty whatever and particularly to Louis Joseph Charles King of Bavaria and was admitted a citizen of the United States.”

 

On 4 May 1847 Henry & Mary Elizabeth Showalter sold for $95 to Daniel Gresley 40 acres of land in Tully Twp. described as the NW¼ of the SE¼ of Section #35, Township #1S, Range #1E,[108] i.e., the north half of the land Henry had purchased in 1839 (see above).  On 28 Jan. 1850 Henry sold the remaining south half to Henry High.[109] On 15 June 1848 Henry Showalter bought from P. J. Hines, County Auditor, a parcel of land located in the NE corner of the NW¼ of the NW¼ of Section 25, Tully Twp.[110] On 20 Aug. 1897, 2 acres of this parcel of land were sold to the Trustees of Convoy Lodge #641 I.O.O.F. to become part of the I.O.O.F. Cemetery 1 mile NE of Convoy.[111] Apparently this land had passed through 12 owners between the years 1848 and 1897!

 

In the 6 Sep. 1850 census for Harrison Twp., Van Wert Co., Ohio, Henry Showalter was head of the following household (p. 216):

-         Henry Showalter, 21, M, $1,000 value of real estate, born Germany

-         Henry Showalter, 29/39(?), M, born Germany

-         Martin Showalter, 4, M, born Ohio

-         Mary Showalter, 7, F, born Ohio

-         Anna Showalter, 3, F, born Ohio.

As noted above (¶1.), the second Henry Showalter in this list is Heinrich/Henry, Sr. His age should have been recorded as 59.  Note that wife Mary Elizabeth and son Henry are missing from this census report.  Also note that Henry and his family now reside in Harrison Twp., Van Wert Co., which lies immediately south of Tully Twp. (fig.15).

 

Just when they relocated to Harrison Twp. is not known but Henry did obtain title to the N½ of the NE¼ of Section 16 of Harrison Twp. 16 Sep. 1853, land immediately north of Peter Hertz’s 80 acres purchased the same day.[112] On 8 Feb. 1859 Henry obtained a patent for this land.[113] On 22 Apr. 1870, Henry sold this same land to his son Henry, Jr., for $1,000.[114] Note the “Estate of H. Showalter” land on Showalter ditch shown in the NE¼ of Section 14 of Harrison Twp. (fig. 21).  In 1872 H. Showalter owned land in Sections 14, 15, and 16 of Harrison Twp.[115]

 

On 13 Aug. 1859, Henry was appointed executor/administrator of his brother Martin’s will (see ¶1.i. above).

 

In the 9 Aug. 1860 census for Harrison Twp., Van Wert Co., Henry Showalter was head of the following household (p. 190):

-         Henry Showalter, 39, M, farmer, $3,500 value of real estate, $1,000 value of personal property, born Bavaria

-         Mary E. Showalter, 36, F, born Hesse-Homburg

-         Mary Showalter, 18, F, born Ohio, attends school

-         Henry Showalter, 15, M, born Ohio, attends school

-         Martin Showalter, 13, M, born attends school

-         Peter Showalter, 8, M, born Ohio, attends school

-         David Showalter, 5, M, born Ohio

-         Abraham Showalter, 3, M, born Ohio

-         Eliza Showalter, 1, F, born Ohio

-         Henry Showalter, 69, M, born Bavaria

-         Anna E. Hart, 58, F, born Hesse-Homburg

Anna E. Hertz was Mary’s widowed mother.

 

The consolidated enrollment list of the 5th Congressional District of Ohio included Henry Showalter, age 43, farmer, of Harrison Twp., Van Wert Co., in its 1863 Civil War draft data.  However, he is listed as born in Ohio.[116]

 

Henry Showalter of Harrison Twp. was one of the 15 jury men drawn for the Nov. 1867 Grand Jury term of the Van Wert Court of common Pleas.[117]

 

In the 7 July 1870 census for Harrison Twp., Henry Showalter was head of the following household (p. 5):

-         Henry Showalter, 49, M, farmer, $6,000 value of real estate, $1,000 value of personal property, born Bavaria

-         Mary E. Showalter, 47, F, keeps house, born Hesse-Homburg

-         Peter Showalter, 18, M, farm laborer, born Ohio

-         Abraham Showalter, 13, M, born Ohio, attends school

-         Jacob Showalter, 9, M, born Ohio, deaf & dumb

-         Emma Showalter, 7, F, born Ohio, attends school.

 

In the 9 June 1880 census for Enumeration District 148, Harrison Twp., Henry Showalter was head of the following household (p. 308A):

-         Henry Showalter, M, 58, farmer, born Prussia, parents Prussia

-         Mary E. Showalter, F, 55, wife, keeps house, born Prussia, parents born Prussia

-         Abraham Showalter, M, 22, son, works on farm, born Ohio, parents born Prussia

-         Emma Showalter, F, 16, daughter, born Ohio, parents born Prussia.

 

In the 1900 census for Harrison Twp., Van Wert Co., Mary E. Showalter was living with her son Abraham and his family. She reported that she had emigrated Germany in 1854 (!) (see ¶2.vii. below).

 

The children of Henry & Mary Elizabeth (Hertz) Showalter were all born in Harrison Twp:

 

i.                     MARY SHOWALTER, born Sep. 1842, married JOHN CAPPER 12 Apr. 1866 (1867?) by J. W. Allen,[118] died 1928 (May 1920?).  John was born 22 Aug. 1936 in Carroll Co., Ohio, died 1903.  He was a farmer.  Both John & Mary were buried in Row 14, Section 22 of Woodland Cemetery, Van Wert, Pleasant Twp. (fig. 25).  John’s grave is marked with a Veteran flag staff, “Sgt., Co. H, 15th OVI.”  Also buried in Row 14, Section 22 were:

-         Leona Caper, 1873-1905

-         Amanda Capper, 1868-1956

-         Nelson Capper, 1867-1956.[119]

Note that Leona & Nelson do not appear in the 1880 census (see below).

 

John Capper moved with his parents to Harrison Twp. in Oct. 1842.  In 1867 he bought 80 acres in Section 3 which became his and Mary’s place of residence.  He served 3 years & 5 months in the Civil War, suffering in rebel prisons 14 months of that time.[120]

 

In the 1880 census for Harrison Twp., John Capper was head of the following household (p. 308A):

-         John Capper, M, 43, farmer, born Ohio, parents born Ohio

-         Mary Capper, F, 37, wife, keeps house, born Ohio, parents born Prussia

-         William Capper, M, 13

-         Manda Capper, F, 11

-         Julia A. Capper, F, 9

-         Clark Capper, M, 7

-         Emma L. Capper, F, 6

-         Mary M. Capper, F, 3

-         Flora A. Capper, F, 1.

 

In the 15 June 1900 census of Ridge Twp., Van Wert Co., (E.D. 90, sheet 8, page 99), John Capper was head of the following household:

-         Capper, John, M, born Aug. 1836, 63, married 34 years, born Ohio, father born Ohio, mother born Md., farmer, 10 months unemployed, owns mortgaged farm

-         Capper, Mary, wife, F, born Sep. 1842, 57, married 34 years, bore 11 children, 10 living, born Ohio, parents born Germany

-         Capper, Nelson, son, M, born Jan 1867, 33, single, born Ohio, parents born Ohio, farm laborer

-         Capper, Manda, daughter, F, born July 1869, 31, single

-         Capper, Mary, daughter, F, born Feb. 1877, 23, single

-         Capper, Eurban H., son, M, born July 1882, 17, single, attended school 5 months

-         Capper, Frank, son, M, born May 1884, 16, single, attended school 7 months

-         Capper, Flo, daughter, F, born Mar. 1886, 13, attended school 8 months.

 

In 1910 the Cappers were living Ridge Twp., Van Wert Co. (fig. 15).  John had died and Mary was head of household in the census taken 21 Apr. 1910:

-         Capper, Mary H., 67, born Ohio, parents born Ohio, general farmer, own account

-         Capper, Nelson S., son, 43, born Ohio, parents born Ohio

-         Capper, Amanda J., daughter, 40, born Ohio, parents born Ohio

-         Capper, Urban K., son, 27, born Ohio, parents born Ohio

-         Capper, Frank, son, 25, born Ohio, parents born Ohio

-         Capper, Flo, daughter, 23, born Ohio, parents born Ohio.

 

The children of John & Mary (Showalter) Capper were:

 

a.       WILLIAM/NELSON S. CAPPER, born June 1867.  He was a farm laborer in 1900.

 

b.      AMANDA J. CAPPER, born July 1869, died 1956.

 

c.       JULIA A. CAPPER, born ca. 1871.

 

d.      CLARK CAPPER, born ca. 1873.

 

e.       EMMA L. CAPPER, born ca. 1874.

 

f.        MARY M. CAPPER, born Feb. 1877.

 

g.       FLORA A. CAPPER, born ca. 1879, probably died before 1886.

 

h.       URBAN H./K. CAPPER, born July 1882.

 

i.         FRANK S. CAPPER, born May 1884.

 

j.        FLO CAPPER, born Nov. 1886.

 

ii.                   HENRY SHOWALTER, born Oct. 1844, married MATILDA SOPHIA TROUP (fig. 25A) 25 Mar. 1869 by J. David Gackenheimer, minister,[121] died 23 May 1932.  Matilda was born In 1848 in Perry Co., Ohio, died 5 Oct. 1920 at her home in Middlepoint, Washington Twp., Van Wert Co., of heart disease (acute dilatation) with contributing cause arterial sclerosis. Her parents were Peter & Catherine (Heberling) Troup, both of whom were born in Perry Co., Ohio.  Matilda’s death certificate was signed by her husband Henry Showalter of  Middlepoint.[122] Both Henry & Matilda were buried in Row 21, Section 44, Woodland Cemetery, Van Wert.[123] Henry was a farmer.

 

In the 1870 census for Harrison Twp., Henry Showalter was head of the following household living on Monmouth Road at the Harrison-Willshire Road (p. 4):

-         Henry Showalter, 25, M, farmer, $1,000 value of real estate, $359 value of personal property, born Ohio

-         Matilda Showalter, 20, F, keeps house, born Ohio

-         Ira E. Showalter, 2/12, M, born Ohio.

 

On 22 Apr. 1870 Henry bought from his father for $1,000 the N½ of the NE¼ of Section 16, Harrison Twp. (see ¶2. above). On 30 Jan 1884 he obtained a mortgage on this land in the amount of $500 from the Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Co.  On 4 Jan. 1886 this mortgage was cancelled.[124] Henry also obtained a $800 mortgage property from W. H. Shober on 21 Nov. 1885.  This second mortgage was cancelled 1 Dec. 1888.[125]  On 5 Feb. 1887 Henry & Matilda sold the property for $2,000 to John W. Hoover[126] (see ¶2.ix. below).

 

In the 1880 census for Harrison Twp., Van Wert Co., (E.D. 148, sheet 27, line 21), Henry Showalter was head of the following household:

-         Showalter, Harry, 35, farmer, born Ohio, parents born Prussia

-         Showalter, Magdlin (?) S., wife, keeps house, born Ohio, parents born Ohio

-         Showalter, Ira, 11, son, attends school, born Ohio, parents born Ohio

-         Showalter, Ireana, 8, daughter, attends school, born Ohio, parents born Ohio

-         Showalter, Rubin, 7, son, attends school, born Ohio, parents born Ohio

-         Showalter, Charles, 5, son, attends school, born Ohio, parents born Ohio

-         Showalter, Cordelia, 3, daughter, born Ohio, parents born Ohio

-         Showalter, Harry, 1, son, born Ohio, parents born Ohio.

 

In the 21 June1900 census for Harrison Twp., Van Wert Co., (E.D. 95, sheet 7, line 38), Henry Showalter was head of the following household:

-         Showalter, Henry, M, born Oct. 1844, 55/56, married 31 years, born Ohio, parents born Germany, farmer, owns mortgaged farm

-         Showalter, Matilda, wife, F, born Nov. 1848, 52, married 31 years, bore 11 children, 9 living, born Ohio, father born Pa., mother born Ohio

-         Showalter, Ira, son, M, born Apr. 1870, 30, married 4 years, born Ohio, parents born Ohio, carpenter, unemployed 4 months

-         Showalter, Ruben, son, M, born Mar. 1873, 27, single, born Ohio, parents born Ohio, farmer

-         Showalter, Charles, son, M, born Nov. 1875, 25, single, born Ohio, parents born Ohio, teacher, unemployed 4 months

-         Showalter, Harry, son, M, born Apr. 1879, 21, single, farm laborer

-         Showalter, Etta, daughter, F, born July 1882, 17, single, born Ohio, parents born Ohio, servant

-         Showalter, Bertha, daughter, F, born 1884, 15, single, born Ohio, parents born Ohio, at school

-         Showalter, Victor, son, M, born Dec. 1890, 10, single, born Ohio, parents born Ohio, at school

-         Showalter, Clifford, son, M, born Apr. 1893, 7, single, born Ohio, parents born Ohio.

 

In 1909 Henry & Matilda were living in Middlepoint, Washington Twp. (fig 15).[127] In the 9 May 1910 census for Middlepoint Village, Van Wert Co., (E.D. 109, family #143), Henry Showalter is head of the following household:

-         Showalter, Henry, M, 65, married 42 years, born Ohio, parents born Germany, general farmer, own account, owns mortgaged farm.

-         Showalter, Matilda S., wife, F, 61, married 42 years, bore 11 children, 9 living, born Ohio, parents born Ohio

-         Showalter, Rheuben E., son, M, 32 (37?), single, born Ohio, parents born Ohio, works for wages on the railroad

-         Showalter, Victor C., son, M, 21, single, born Ohio, parents born Ohio, bookkeeper in telephone office

-         Showalter, Clifford R., son, M, 17, single, born Ohio, parents born Ohio, attends school.

 

In the 23 Jan. 1920 census for Middle Point Village, Van Wert Co., (E.D. 141, sheet 11), Henry Showalter was head of household on Showalter Road:

-         Showalter, Henry, retired, M, 75, married, born Ohio, father born Rhine___, Germany, mother born Hesse-Homburg, Germany, no occupation

-         Showalter, Matilda S., wife, F, 71, married, born Ohio, parents born Ohio

-         Showalter, Clifford R., son, M, 26, married, born Ohio, parents born Ohio, millwright in stone quarry

-         Showalter, Lotta J., daughter-in-law, F, 23, married, born Pa., parents born Ohio.

 

In 1918-1920 a large family reunion was held (figs. 25B – photo & 25C – key to photo)

 

The children of Henry & Matilda (Troup) Showalter were:

 

a.       IRA ADASON SHOWALTER, born 21 Apr. 1870 in Harrison (Union?) Twp.,[128] married (1) MARY PRUDEN 2 Mar. 1893 by John Farrow,[129] married (2) ALMENDA/ALMEDA/ALMEDIA G. (E?) REID 23 Dec. 1900 by Rev. H. P. Bucher, died 11 Feb. 1955. Almenda was born 7 Nov. 1881 in Van Wert Co., died in 1967, a daughter of William & Catharine (Reitenhouse) Reid.  Both Ira & Almenda were buried in Row 22, Section 44, Woodland Cemetery, Van Wert.[130] Ira was a carpenter.[131] In 1910 he was a farmer. Ira & Almenda had at least 2 sons:

 

§         BYRON SHOWALTER, born ca. 1902, was attending school in 1910.

 

§         HOWARD A. SHOWALTER, born 1906, died 1907, buried alongside his parents in Woodland Cemetery.

 

b.      IRENA/IREANA ELLEN SHOWALTER, born 7 Sep. 1871 in Harrison Twp.[132]

 

c.       RUBIN/REUBEN E. SHOWALTER, born 11 Mar. 1873 in Harrison Twp.,[133] married ANNA E. BELL 5 Oct. 1910 by F. L. Hook,[134] died Jan 1951.  Anna was born 18 Dec. 1874 in Van Wert Co., daughter of Andrew & Elizabeth (Neilson) Bell. Reuben was a farmer in 1900 and a railroad laborer in 1910.

 

d.      CHARLES ERVIN/IRWIN SHOWALTER, born 5 Nov. 1874/5 in Harrison Twp.,[135] married ANNA M. BUCKHOLTZ 6 Apr. 1901 by Rev. E. M. Potts of Middlepoint, Washington Twp.  Anna was born 10 Nov. 1877 in Middlepoint, Daughter of Louis & Mary (Hurley) Buckholtz.  Charles was a teacher in the Van Wert school system. In 1907-8 Charles & Anna were living Middlepoint where he was a deputy auditor.[136] In 1910 Charles was a stenographer in the Office of the County Auditor.

 

In the 16 Apr. 1910 census for Van Wert City (E.D. 102, family #39), Charles Showalter was head of the following household on Harrison St.:

-         Showalter, Charley, M, 36, married 9 years, born Ohio, parents born Ohio, stenographer in the Office of the County Auditor, works for wages, rented house.

-         Showalter, Anna, wife, F, 32, married 9 years, bore 2 children, 2 living, born Ohio, father born Germany, mother born Indiana

-         Showalter, Rudolph, son, M, 6, single, born Ohio, parents born Ohio, attended school

-         Showalter, Ruth, daughter, F, 4, single, born Ohio, parents born Ohio.

 

The children of Charles & Anna (Buckholtz) Showalter were:

 

§         RUDOLPH/RUDOLF SHOWALTER, born ca. 1904, attended school in 1910.

 

§         RUTH SHOWALTER, born ca. 1906.

 

e.       CORDELIA MAY (MAE) SHOWALTER, born 19 May 1877 in Harrison Twp.,[137] married GEORGE AMOS BEDALL 4 Feb. 1897 by S. A. Fry, J.P.,[138] died Nov. 1937.

 

The children of George & Cordelia (Showalter) Bedall were:

 

§         GRACE EDITH BEDALL, born 29 Mar. 1898, died Apr. 1992.

 

§         CHARLES FLOYD BEDALL, born 13 Mar. 1900, married NANCY KATHRYN MATTOX 28 Dec. 1933, died 15 May 1990.  Nancy was born 1 Oct. 1896, died 15 Nov. 1981.  Charles & Nancy had a daughter CHARLENE KYLE BEDALL, born 9 June 1938.  Charlene Bedall, 2305 Hanover Ave., Richmond, VA  23220-3403, has kindly supplied data on the descendants of Henry & Matilda (Troup) Showalter.

 

§         GAYLE ELWIN BEDALL, born Jan. 1902, married HARRIET MARIE KITTINGER, died Oct. 1968.

 

§         WILBUR CLYDE BEDALL, born 10 Feb. 1908, married JESSIE MAY BOYKIA.  Jessie died Sept. 1957.

 

§         GEORGE HOLCOM BEDALL, born 19 Oct. 1915, married JEAN ROSS, died Sept. 1984.

 

f.        HARRY E. SHOWALTER, born 21 Mar. 1879 in Harrison Twp.,[139] married FLO/FLORA KESLER/KESSLER 4 Sep. 1901 by E. F. Gamble.  Flora was born 21 Apr. 1877 in Ridge Twp., Van Wert Co., daughter of Reuben & Samantha J. (Rush) Kesler. Harry lived in Middlepoint and was a farmer.[140]  Harry & Flo had a daughter ESTHER SHOWALTER who never married.

 

g.       ETTA SHOWALTER, born 29 July 1881 in Harrison Twp.,[141] married LUTHER MOHLER 27 Nov. 1907 by J. E. Hartman at the United Brethren Church, Middlepoint. Luther was born 7 Aug. 1880 in Hancock Co., Ohio, son of Eli & Alphretta (Allebaugh) Mohler.  Luther was a farmer.[142] In 1900 Etta was working as a servant.

 

The children of Luther & Etta (Showalter) Mohler were:

 

§         ALICE MOHLER married [-?-] RICE.  They had 10 children.

 

§         RUBY MOHLER married MERLYN MACE.  They had 2 children.

                                                                                              

§         DOYT MOHLER never married.

 

h.       EFFA SHOWALTER, born 29 July 1881 in Harrison Twp.,[143] died young.

 

i.         BERTHA O. SHOWALTER, born 1 Sep/ 1883,[144] married CLARENCE (CARLOS) M. KESLER/KESSLER 24 Jan. 1907 by J. Edwin Hartman, died 1958. Clarence was born 24 Jan. 1882 in Middlepoint, son of  Reuben & Samanth (Rush) Kesler.  Clarence was a bridge carpenter.[145]  In 1900 Bertha was attending school.

 

The children of Clarence & Bertha (Showalter) Kessler were:

 

§         MILFORD KESSLER had 3 daughters.

 

§         LOIS KESSLER had 2 boys.

 

§         CARLOS KESSLER had 1 boy and 1 girl.

 

j.        VICTOR CLARENCE SHOWALTER, born 10 Dec. 1889 in Middlepoint, Washington Twp., married LYDIA ANN MOWREY, died 11 Apr. 1979.[146] Lydia was born 1889, died 1976, buried in King’s Cemetery, Washington Twp.  In 1900 Victor was attending school.  In 1910 he was a bookkeeper in a telephone office. Victor & Lydia had 4 children.

 

k.      CLIFFORD R. SHOWALTER, born 5 Apr. 1893 in Pleasant Twp. (fig. 25), Van Wert Co., married LOTTA MYERS, died 17 Feb. 1978.  In 1910 he was attending school.  In 1920 Clifford was a millwright at a stone quarry.  Lotta was born ca. 1897 in Pa. The young couple was living with Clifford’s parents in 1920. Clifford was a millwright in a stone quarry.

 

iii.                  MARTIN SHOWALTER (see ¶3. below).

 

iv.                 ANNIE SHOWALTER, born ca. 1847, probably died before 1850.

 

v.                   PETER SHOWALTER, born Sep. 1851, married SARAH JANE HEATH 6 Apr. 1876 by R. C. Baxter, J.P.,[147] died after 1909.

 

In the 1880 census for Harrison Twp., Peter Showalter was head of the following household (p. 314):

-         Peter Showalter, M, 25, farmer, born Ohio, parents born Prussia

-         Sarah J. Showalter, F, 23, wife, keeps house, born Ohio, parents born Ohio

-         Mary V. Showalter, F, 1, born Ohio, parents born Ohio.

 

In 1909 Peter was living in Fort Wayne, Ind.[148]

 

The children of Peter & Sarah Jane (Heath) Showalter were:

 

a.       MARY V. SHOWALTER, born 26 July 1878.[149]

 

b.      CLARA ANN SHOWALTER, born 10 June 1880.[150]

 

c.       BERTHA M. SHOWALTER, born 5 Nov. 1882, married H. O. SWITZER 26 July 1905 by Rev. J. Freeman.  H. O. Switzer was born 31 Dec. 1881 in Van Wert Co., son of John & Mary J. (Morehead) Switzer.  At the time of their marriage H. O. was living in Fort Wayne, Ind., and Bertha in Daisey, Harrison Twp.  He was a brakeman on the railroad.[151]

 

d.      MONTA L. SHOWALTER, born Mar. 1885 in Darke Co., Ohio(?), married GEORGE A. HURLESS 8 June 1905 by E. G. Stover of the United Brethren Church. George was born 14 Sep. 1873 in Harrison Twp., son of Samuel & Susan (Sheets) Hurless. He was a farmer.[152]

 

vi.                 DAVID SHOWALTER, born ca. 1855, probably died before 1870.

 

vii.                ABRAHAM B. SHOWALTER, born 15 July 1857, christened in Trinity Lutheran Church, married (1) CAROLINE FEIGERT by license dated 6 Dec. 1881,[153] married (2) ARMINTA L. WISTLER 22 Nov. 1900 in Mahoning Co., Ohio, died 21 Nov. 1954 in Harrison Twp., buried in Row 17, Section 42, Woodland Cemetery.[154] Caroline was born 28 Sep. 1862 in Van Wert Co., youngest daughter of Friedrich M. & Marie Appollonia (Köhler) Feickert.  Friedrich was born 9 Oct. 1820 in Breitenheim, Oberamts, Meisenheim, Hesse-Homburg, died 2 Jan. 1905, buried in the 6th row, 25th stone from the left, Evangelical Protestant Cemetery, Van Wert, Ohio. Marie Appollnia was born 25 Aug. 1824 in Guetersleben, Landgerichts, Würxburg, Bayern, died 29 Jan. 1899 of lung fever, buried in the 8th row, 10th stone from the left, Evangelical Protestant Cemetery.  Friedrich & Appollonia were married 7 Sep. 1843 in Holmes Co., Ohio[155] Caroline was a sister of John Feigert (see .  ¶1.i.a. above).

 

Caroline died 19 Oct. 1892 of consumption.[156] She was buried in Glenn Cemetery, Harrison Twp., Van Wert (fig 21).

 

Arminta was born Mar. 1870 in Sharon, Mercer Co., Pa., died in 1938 in Van Wert, buried in Row 17, Section 42, Woodland Cemetery.[157] She was a daughter of Cornelius & Cynthia A. (Lower) Wistler.

 

Abraham was a farmer.  He was one of three directors of the Glenn School, Harrison Twp., in 1897.  Three of his children, Cora, Fred and Clyde, were pupils at the school at that time.[158]

 

In the 15 June 1900 census for Harrison Twp., Van Wert Co. (E.D. 79, sheet 11, line 26), Abram Showalter was head of the following household:

-         Showalter, Abram, M, born July 1857, 42, widowed, born Ohio, parents born Germany, farmer, owns farm free of mortgage

-         Showalter, Earl, son, M, born Nov. 1882, 17, single, born Ohio, parents born Ohio, at school

-         Showalter, Cleveland, son, M, born July 1884, 15, single, born Ohio, parents born Ohio, at school

-         Showalter, Cora, daughter, F, born June 1886, 13, single, born Ohio, parents born Ohio, at school

-         Showalter, Freddie, son, M, born Apr. 1888, 12, single, born Ohio, parents born Ohio, at school

-         Showalter, Clyde, son, M, born Mar. 1890, 10, single, born Ohio, parents born Ohio, at school

-         Showalter, Oscar, son, M, born June 1892, 8, single, born Ohio, parents born Ohio, at school

-         Showalter, Mary E., mother, F, born Jan. 1824, 76, widowed, born Germany, parents born Germany, emigrated 1854, 46 years in the U.S.

-         Capper, Ora, niece, F, born Nov. 1873, 26, single, born Ohio, parents born Ohio, domestic.

 

In  the 11 May 1910 census for Harrison Twp., Van Wert Co.,  (E.D. 90, sheet 15A), A. B. Showalter was head of the following household:

-         Showalter, A. B., M, 52, married for the second time, 10 years, born Ohio, parents born Germany, general farmer, owns farm free of mortgage

-         Showalter, Araminta, wife, F, 40, first marriage, 10 years, bore 3 children, 3 living, born Pa., parents born Ohio

-         Showalter, Fred, son, M, 22, single, born Ohio, parents born Ohio, farm laborer working out for wages

-         Showalter, Oscar, son, M, 18, single, born Ohio, parents born Ohio, farm laborer, attended school

-         Showalter, Gaylord W., son, M, 7, single, born Ohio, parents born Ohio, attended school

-         Showalter, Martha Mildred, daughter, F, 5, single, born Ohio, parents born Ohio

-         Showalter, Edith M., daughter, F, 3, single, born Ohio, parents born Ohio.

 

Abraham sold the last of the Showalter homestead in Harrison Twp. ca. 1936 and removed to Van Wert.  Following Arminta’s death in 1938, Abraham lived for about 8 years with his daughter Mildred Henney and her family.

 

The children of Abraham & Carolina (Feigert) Showalter were all born in Harrison Twp:

 

a.       EARL SHOWALTER, born 25 Nov. 1882,[159] married OLIVE B. ACKOM 16 Aug. 1905 by Rev. A. W. West, Pleasant View Baptist Church, Harrison Twp., died in 1960. Olive was born 25 Sep. 1883 in Pleasant Twp., Van Wert Co., daughter of R. S. & Eliza (Prusten?) Ackom.[160]  Earl was a teacher. Earl & Olive had no known children. In 1959 Earl & Olive lived at RFD 3, Van Wert.  Both Earl & Olive were buried in Rows 6-11, Section 49, Woodland Cemetery.[161]

 

b.      GROVER CLEVELAND SHOWALTER, born 12 July 1884, married BESSE HEYMANN 1 Sep. 1909 by Rev. J. A. West, Monroeville Lutheran Church, died 1972. Besse was born 23 Jan. 1886 in Convoy, Tully Twp., daughter of Jacob & Mary (Currant) Heymann.  Grover was a farmer and Besse was a seamstress.[162] Grover Cleveland & Besse were both buried in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Tully Twp. (fig 16).

 

In the 27 Apr. 1910 census for Harrison Twp., Van Wert Co., (E.D. 90, family #127), G. C. Showalter was head of the following household:

-         Showalter, G. C., M, 25, married less than a year, born Ohio, parents born Ohio, general farmer, rents a house

-         Showalter, Bessie G., wife, F, 24, married less than a year, no children, born Ohio, father born Germany, mother born Ohio.

 

The known children of Grover Cleveland & Besse (Heymann) Showalter were:

 

§         AUSTIN SHOWALTER, born 30 Sep. 1911, died 5 Oct. 1911, buried I.O.O.F. cemetery.

           

§         Stillborn son, born 10 Jan. 1917, buried I.O.O.F. Cemetery.[163]

 

c.       CORA BELLE SHOWALTER, born 21 June 1886,[164] married CLINTON O. KESLER 10 June 1909 by A. J. Houk, died 10 June 1969.  Witnesses to the marriage were Cora’s brother G. C. Showalter and his future wife Besse Heymann.  Clinton was born 8 June 1885 in Van Wert Co., son of Peter B.  & Harriet (Mikin?) Kesler.[165] Clinton died 12 June 1978. He and Cora were buried in Row 2, Section 71, Woodland Cemetery.[166]

 

Clinton & Cora celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary at their home at 636 N. Washington St., Van Wert.  Clinton had retired 2 years earlier following many years of employment with the Shell & Gulf Oil Companies.

 

The children of Clinton & Cora (Showalter) Kesler were:

 

§         LAWRENCE A. KESLER, married and had 3 children: MARY, ELIZABETH and JAMES KESLER.  In 1959 they were living in Chambersburg, Pa.

 

§         ALICE KESLER married CARL JACKSON.  They had 3 children: TRINA, JAMES and KATHY JACKSON.  In 1959 they were living on South Shannon St., Van Wert.  Daughter Trina Jackson married ROBERT HALL.

 

§         MARY LOUISE KESLER married MILO J. KELTNER and had 2 children: THOMAS and PAMELA KELTNER. In 1959 they were living on South Race St., Van Wert.

 

d.      FRED SHOWALTER, born 1 Apr. 1888, died 12 Jan. 1951.  In 1910 he was working out as a farm laborer.

 

e.       CLYDE SHOWALTER, born 28 Mar. 1890, died 1 Feb. 1903, buried Glenn Cemetery, Harrison Twp.[167]

 

f.        OSCAR SHOWALTER, born 13 Jan/June (?) 1892, died 1942, buried in Row 17, Section 42, Woodland Cemetery alongside his father Abraham and step-mother Arminta Showalter.[168] In 1910 Oscar was working as a farm laborer and attending school.

 

The children of Abraham & Arminta (Wisler) Showalter were:

 

g.       GAYLORD W. SHOWALTER, born 3 Nov. 1903.  In 1910 he attended school.  In 1959 Gaylord and his wife were living in Marion, Ohio.

 

h.       MARTHA MILDRED SHOWALTER, born 11 Nov. 1904 in Convoy, Tully Twp., married LAWRENCE FRANK HENNEY 21 Aug. 1928 in Van Wert, died 12 June 1969 in Van Wert.  Lawrence was born 22 May 1902 in Van Wert, died 12 June 1969 in Van Wert.  He was a son of William F. & M. Ellen (Mollenkopf) Henney.  A son of Lawrence F. & Martha Mildred (Showalter) Henney is LLOYD HENNEY, born 7 May 1929 in Van Wert.  He married MARTHA [-?-] 9 July 1950 in Van Wert.

 

i.         EDYTHE/EDITH MARIE SHOWALTER, born 4 Apr. 1907, married IRVIN HASTINGS. In 1959 they lived on N. Jefferson St., Van Wert.

 

j.        MYRTLE CYNTHIA SHOWALTER, born 17 Aug. 1909 (?).

 

k.      FLOYD H. SHOWALTER, born 17 May 1913, married MARY E. DEFFENBAUGH 24 June 1939, died 20 Dec. 1990.  Mary was born 13 Jan. 1917 in Akron, Ohio, daughter of William & Agnes (Laudick) Deffenbaugh.  Mary died 9 Sep. 1998 and was buried in Woodland Cemetery, Van Wert.  Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Mary’s Catholic church, Rev. Joseph M. Schmelzer officiating.

 

Mary had retired from Van Wert County Hospital.  She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Van Wert, Catholic Ladies of Columbia & the Rosary Altar Society of the Church.  She was a Red Cross volunteer.

 

The children of Floyd & Mary (Deffenbaugh) Showalter were:

 

§         DANIEL SHOWALTER married PAT [-?-].  In 1998 they were living in Citrus Heights, Calif.

 

§         JAMES SHOWALTER married ROXANNE [-?-]. In 1998 they were living in Woodville, Ill.

 

§         MICHAEL SHOWALTER married KAREN [-?-].  In 1998 they were living in Lima, Ohio.

 

§         JUDY SHOWALTER married WILLIAM AXE. In 1998 they were living in Rockford, Ill.

 

§         JILL SHOWALTER married TIMOTHY BOSZOR. In 1998 they were living in Fort Wayne, Ind.

 

§         BARBARA SHOWALTER was living in Lima, Ohio, in 1998.

 

§         JULIA SHOWALTER married TOM GAUVEY. In 1998 they were living in Van Wert.

 

viii.              ELIZA SHOWALTER, born ca. 1859, probably died before 1870.

 

ix.                 JACOB B. SHOWALTER, born ca. 1861, married ELLA B. MYERS.  Jacob, a deaf mute, was a supervisor at the Ohio State School for the Deaf in Columbus.[169] Ella was a matron at the State School. In the 15 Apr. 1910 census for Columbus City, Franklin Co., Ohio (E.D. 99, page 1A, lines 22 & 23), Jacob B. Showalter appeared with his wife in the list of residents of the State School for the Deaf:

-         Showalter, Jacob B., officer, M, 49, married, born Ohio, parents born Germany, works for wages as supervisor in the school, able to read and write.

-         Showalter, Ella B., wife, officer, F, 48, bore one child, one child living, born Ohio, parents born Germany, works for wages as a matron at the school, able to read and write.

 

Jacob & Ella (Myers) Showalter had a son, BENJAMIN R. SHOWALTER, born

20 Apr. 1885 in Harrison Twp.[170]

 

x.                   EMMA SHOWALTER, born June 1863, married JOHN W. HOOVER 21 Feb. 1884 by David Street, Presbyterian Church,[171] died in 1957.[172] John was born Feb. 1861 in Ohio, died 1930(?).  John & Emma were living in Harrison Twp. in 1909.[173]

 

In the 22 June 1900 census for Harrison Twp., Van Wert Co., (E.D. 79, sheet 17, line 1), John Hoover was head of the following household:

-         Hoover, John W., M, born Feb. 1861, 39, married 16 years, born Ohio, parents born Ohio, farmer, owns farm free of mortgage

-         Hoover, Emma, F, born June 1863, 37, married 16 years, bore 4 children, 4 living, born Ohio, parents born Germany

-         Hoover, Clayton, M, born Jan. 1884, 15, single, born Ohio, parents born Ohio, at school

-         Hoover, Madge, F, born Aug. 1886, 13, single, born Ohio, parents born Ohio, at school

-         Hoover, Aaron H., M, born July 1889, 10, single, born Ohio, parents born Ohio, at school

-         Hoover, Flossie, F, born Mar. 1892, 8, single born Ohio, parents born Ohio, at school.

 

In the 16 Apr. 1910 census for Harrison Twp., Van Wert Co. (E.D. 90, family #1), John W. Hoover was head of the following household:

-         Hoover, John W., M, 49, married 26 years, born Ohio, parents born Ohio, general farmer, owns farm Free of mortgage

-         Hoover, Emma, wife, F, 46, married 26 years, bore 5 children, 5 living, born Ohio, parents born Germany

-         Hoover, A. H., son, 20, single, born Ohio, parents born Ohio, teacher in a common school

-         Hoover, Flossie, daughter, F, 18, single, born Ohio, parents born Ohio, attended school

-         Hoover, Dorothy, daughter, F, 6, single, born Ohio, parents born Ohio, attended school.

 

The children of John W. & Emma (Showalter) Hoover were:

 

a.       CLAYTON HOOVER, born Jan. 1884, attended school in 1900.

 

b.      MADGE HOOVER, born Aug. 1886, attended school in 1900.

 

c.        AARON H. HOOVER, born June 1889, married ITUREA AMELIA PANCAKE, died in 1973. Iturea was born in 1886, died in 1950.  She was a daughter of Abram & Olivia (Sheets) Pancake.  Both Aaron & Iturea were buried in Row 11, Section E of The I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Tully Twp.[174] Aaron was a teacher and an enumerator in Harrison Twp. for the 1910 census.

 

d.      FLOSSIE HOOVER, born Mar. 1892. She was attending school in 1900 & 1910.

 

e.       DOROTHY HOOVER, born ca. 1904.  She was attending school in 1910.

 

3.                  MARTIN SHOWALTER

 

MARTIN SHOWALTER (fig. 26), born 27 Dec. 1846 in Harrison Twp., married MARY PANCAKE 19 Nov. 1869 by R. R. McDermot, J. P.,[175] died 30 Mar. 1931 of general arterio sclerosis.[176]  Mary was born 28 Oct. 1846 in Ross Co., Ohio, died 6 May 1920 at her home in Van Wert.[177] She was a daughter of Aaron & Julia Ann (Throckmorton) Pancake.  Martin & Mary were buried in Row 8, Section 45 of Woodland Cemetery, Van Wert.[178]

 

It appears that Martin owned the W½ of the NE¼ of Section 15 in Harrison Twp. (fig 21).

 

In the 1870 census for Harrison Twp., Martin Showalter was head of the following household (p. 2):

-         Martin Showalter, 22, M, farmer, $1,000 value of real estate, born Ohio

-         Mary Showalter, 22, F, keeps house, born Ohio

-         Madison Showalter, 9/12, M, born Ohio.

 

In the 1880 census for Harrison Twp. (E.D. 148, sheet 27, family #233), Martin Showalter was head of the following household:

-         Showalter, Martin, 33, married, farmer, born Ohio, parents born Prussia

-         Showalter, Mary, 33, wife, married, keeps house, born Ohio, parents born Ohio

-         Showalter, Madison, 10, son, single, attends school, born Ohio, parents born Ohio

-         Showalter, Ida, 8, daughter, single, attends school, born Ohio, parents born Ohio

-         Showalter, Dora, 6, daughter, single, attends school, born Ohio, parents born Ohio

-         Showalter, Julia, 4, daughter, single, born Ohio, parents born Ohio

-         Showalter, Liza, 2, daughter, single, born Ohio, parents born Ohio.

 

Upon the death of her father 22 Sep. 1891, Mary was named in his estate file.  At that time she was living in Daisy in Harrison Twp.[179]

 

In 1895 Martin & his family moved from Daisie (near Middlebury but no longer in existence[180]), Harrison Twp., to 421 South Race St., Van Wert.  On 7 Feb. of that year, the Minutes of Session of the First Presbyterian Church, 110 W. Crawford St., Van Wert, show that Martin & Mary Showalter & their daughters Dora, Ida, & Lizzie transferred their membership from the Harrison Presbyterian Church.

 

In the 1900 census for 421 S. Race St., Van Wert, Pleasant Twp., Martin Showalter was head of the following household (vol. 150, E. D. 89, sheet 7):

-         Martin Showalter, born Dec. 1846 in Ohio, 53

-         Mary Showalter, born Oct. 1846 in Ohio, 53

-         J. Madison Showalter, born Sep. 1869 in Ohio, 30

-         Ida O. Showalter, born Jan 1871 in Ohio, 29

-         Dora B. Showalter, born July 1873 in Ohio, 26

-         Julia A. Showalter, born Mar. 1876 in Ohio, 24

-         Lizzie M. Showalter, born Aug. 1877 in Ohio, 22

-         Iva Showalter, born Feb. 1890 in Ohio, 10.

 

In the 1910 census for Van Wert, Van Wert Co. (E. D. 103, family #106), Martin Showalter was head of the following household:

-         Showalter, Martin, 63, born Ohio

-         Showalter, Mary, wife, 63, born Ohio

-         Showalter, J. Madison, son, 40, born Ohio

-         Showalter, Ida, daughter, 38, born Ohio

-         Showalter, Iva, daughter, 20, born Ohio.

 

In the 1920 census for 421 S. Race St., 4th Ward – Van Wert City, Pleasant Twp., Martin Showalter was head of the following household (E. D. 135, sheet 4A):

-         Martin Showalter, M, 73, married, born Ohio, parents born Germany, farmer, owns farm

-         Mary Showalter, wife, F, 72, born Ohio, parents born Ohio

-         Ida Showalter, daughter, F, 48, single, born Ohio, parents born Ohio, dressmaker

-         James M. Showalter, son, M, 50, single, born Ohio, parents born Ohio, salesman Lumberman’s insurance.

 

The children of Martin & Mary (Pancake) Showalter were all born in Harrison Twp:

 

i.                     JAMES MADISON SHOWALTER (fig. 27), born 17 Sep. 1869, died 25 Feb. 1950 of a coronary, buried in Row 8, Section 45, Woodland Cemetery, Van Wert.[181]

 

James Madison received his elementary education in Harrison Twp.  He then received training for teaching at Western Ohio Normal School at Middle Point, Ohio, Tri-State Normal College in Angola, Ind., and Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

 

On 8 Oct. 1896 J. Madison Showalter joined the First Presbyterian Church in Van Wert.[182]

 

He taught 5 years in the Harrison Twp. schools, then 5 years in Van Wert until he accepted a position with the Van Wert National Bank where he worked for 15 years.  In 1897, the average salary for male school teachers in Van Wert County was $673 per annum.[183]  He was active in community affairs.  In 1906 he was lodge deputy, Knights of Pythias, Van Wert Lodge #130.[184] He was a director of the Federal Building Loan & Savings Co. for 25 years.  He served as Secretary of the Van Wert Board of Education for 8 years and was one of the incorporators and a director of the Associated Charities.  He resigned his position with the Van Wert National Bank to become associated with James S. Kemper in the Lumberman Mutual Casualty Co., Chicago, Ill. He served with that organization until his retirement in 1939.

 

ii.                   IDA OLIVIA SHOWALTER, born 8 Jan.1871, died 20 Aug. 1967 of a cerebral hemorrhage,[185] buried in Row 8, Section 45, Woodland Cemetery, Van Wert.[186] She never married.

 

iii.                  IRENE E. SHOWALTER, born 14 Aug. 1871(?), died 9 Aug. 1882 of typhoid pneumonia in Harrison Twp.[187]

 

iv.                 DORA BELLE SHOWALTER, born 5 July1873, married CARL EARLY (fig. 28) 20 Dec. 1909 by James A. Gordon,[188] died 27 Mar. 1971 in Van Wert.  Carl Early was born 22 June 1879 in Beaver Dam, Allen Co., Ohio, died in 1929 in Van Wert. Both Carl & Dora were buried in Row 1, Section 23, Woodland Cemetery, Van Wert.[189]  Carl may have married (1) Effie Jagger. She was born 11 June 1880, died 14 Mar. 1904 and was also buried in Row 1, Section 23, Woodland Cemetery. In 1907-8 Dora was a clerk at Bonnewitz’s, “The Style Store.”[190]  In 1920 Carl & Dora were living on Elm St., Van Wert.[191]

 

In the 22 Jan. 1920 census for Van Wert City, Van Wert Co, (E. D. 133, sheet 12A), Carl Early was head of a household on Elm St:

-         Early, Carl, owns home free of mortgage, M, 40, married, born Ohio, parents born Va., motorman on the Interurban R.R., works for wages.

-         Early, Dora B., wife, F, 46, married, born Ohio, parents born Ohio

-         Early, Doyt H., son, M, 19, single, chemist in an oil refinery, works for wages

-         Early, Hoyt N., son, M, 18, single, born Ohio, parents born Ohio, works for wages as a labmer in elevation

-         Early, Lenore, daughter, F, 17, single, attends school, born Ohio, parents born Ohio

-         Early, Mary, daughter, F, 9, single, attends school, born Ohio, parents born Ohio

-         Early, Margaret, daughter, F, 4, single, born Ohio, parents born Ohio.

Note that the above Doyt H., Hoyt N. and Lenore were children of Carl & his first wife.

 

The children of Carl & Dora (Showalter) Early were both born in Van Wert:[192]

 

a.       MARY EARLY, born1910, married CHARLES LEE MOSSTELLER 27 June 1936 in Oxford, Butler Co., Ohio, died 1978 in Huntington Beach, Calif.  Charles Lee died 1998 in Hawaii.  Both Charles & Mary were buried in Huntington Beach, Calif.

 

Charles & Mary had a son TIMOTHY MOSSTELLER, born in Huntington Beach, Calif., married MARY LOU [-?-] in San Francisco, Calif.  In 1997 Tim & Mary Lou were living at 130 Acacia Ave., Larkspur, CA 94939.  Timothy & Mary Lou had 2 children: CRISTIE MOSSTELLER and LAURA MOSSTELLER, both born in San Francisco.

 

b.      MARGARET EARLY, born in Van Wert, married in 1938 in Van Wert.  3 children. (Margaret has requested that specific family data be omitted from this document.)

 

v.                   JULIA ANN SHOWALTER, born 6 (16?) Mar. 1876, married PETER EVERETT JONES 18 Sep. 1902 by D. Evans Jones, died 18 June 1941.  Peter was born 20 Sep. 1879 (1876?) in Venedocia, Jennings Twp., Van Wert Co., Ohio, died in 1943.  He was the son of Thomas A. & Mary A. (Jones) Jones.[193]  Peter was a farmer. In 1920 Peter & Julia Ann lived in Venedocia (fig. 15).[194] Peter & Julia were both buried in Row 4, Section B, Venedocia Cemetery.[195]

 

In the 1920 census for Venedocia Village, Jennings Twp., Van Wert Co. (E.D. 125, sheet 12, line 32), Peter Jones was head of the following household:

-         Jones, Peter, M, 40, married, born Ohio, parents born Ohio

-         Jones, Julia A., wife, F, 43, married

-         Jones, Thomas M., son, M, 12, single

-         Jones, Mary J., mother, F, 64 (74?), widow, born Ohio, parents born Wales.

Mary J. Jones was Peter’s mother.

 

The children of Peter & Julia Ann (Showalter) Jones were:

 

a.       KENNETH EVERETT JONES, born 1903, died 1912.[196]

 

b.      THOMAS MARTIN JONES, born 11 Apr. 1907 in Venedocia, married MARY MONTEZ RAYER 14 Apr. 1951, died 21 July 1994 in Middle Point, Washington Twp., Van Wert Co. (fig. 15).  Montez was born 1907, died before 1993.  Both Thomas & Montez were buried in Row 4, Section B, Venedocia Cemetery. Thomas was a World War II veteran.[197] Thomas & Montez (Rayer) Jones had no children.

 

c.       JAMES ROYCE JONES, born and died 1915.[198]

 

vi.                 MARY ELIZABETH (LIZZIE) SHOWALTER, born 29 Aug. (Oct.?) 1877, married ARTHUR A. HARTMAN (fig. 29) 18 June 1902 by Rev. Thomas Elcock, died 28 May 1952. Arthur was born 20 Mar. 1876 in Indiana, died in 1962, son of Reason & Susan (Rutlage) Hartman.[199] Arthur was a baker at Borden Company’s Liederkranz cheese factory in town. The Hartman family lived at 415 S. Race St. in Van Wert, next door to Mary Elizabeth’s parents. Both Arthur & Mary Elizabeth were buried in Row 10, Section 45, Woodland Cemetery, Van Wert.[200]

 

In the 1920 census for 415 S. Race St., 4th Ward, Van Wert City, Pleasant Twp., Arthur Hartman was head of the following household (E.D. 135, sheet 4A):

-         Arthur Hartman, M, 43, married, born Ind., parents born Ohio, baker, owns bakery

-         Mary E. Hartman, wife, F, 41, married, born Ohio, parents born Ohio

-         Wilbur A. Hartman, son, M, 14, single, born Ohio, father born Ind., mother born Ohio.

 

The only child of Arthur & Mary Elizabeth (Showalter) Hartman was WILBUR ARTHUR HARTMAN, born in 1905, married SUSAN KADUK, died in 1968.  Susan was born in 1911, died in 1970.  Both Wilbur & Susan were buried in Woodland Cemetery alongside Wilbur’s parents.

 

The only child of Wilbur & Sue (Kaduk) Hartman is MARCIA LEE HARTMAN.  After graduating from high school in 1958, Marcia worked for the Gunsett Co. in Van Wert for five years and then for Showalter Sporting Goods until 1966.  From then until her retirement in 1996, Marcia worked for the Ohio Power Co. where she became head cashier.  She now lives at 1206 Sunrise Ct., Van Wert, OH  45891.

 

vii.                ALBERT SHOWALTER, born 10 May 1882, died 21 Aug. 1882 of cholera infantum.[201]

 

viii.              ALPHEUS SHOWALTER, born 10 May 1882, died 18 Aug. 1882 of cholera infantum.[202] Note that twin sons Albert & Alpheus both died of cholera infantum, a non-contagious, often fatal, diarrhea of children, occurring in summer.[203]

 

ix.                 IVA ALICE SHOWALTER (fig. 30), born 16 Feb. 1890, married KARL EDGAR BARTON 28 Dec. 1914 in Van Wert, died 23 Oct. 1953 in Hudson, Summit Co., Ohio, buried Crown Hill Cemetery, Twinsburg, Summit Co.

 

On 29 Mar. 1903 Iva Showalter joined, by examination, the First Presbyterian Church in Van Wert.[204]  In 1920 Karl & Alice were living in Toronto, Ont., Canada.[205]

 

For a continuation of this line see The Bartons of SW Pennsylvania & Ohio, Part II, ¶5. & 6.

at http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~bart/.

 

 

Revised 8/6/01

LIST OF FIGURES

 

1.      Descent Line I

2.      Descent Line II

3.      Map of Switzerland

4.      Stengelbach/Zofingen, Switzerland

5.      Alsace region, France (Steinseltz, Riedseltz)

6.      Alsace region, France (Giesberg, Niederroedern)

7.      Rheinland Pfalz area, Germany ( Laumersheim, Dackenheim, Eppstein, Ruchheim)

8.      Rheinland Pfalz area, Germany (Ruchheim, Assenheim)

9.      Rheinland Pfalz area, Germany, (Rüssingen, Gönnheim)

10.  Christine Ellenberger Birth Certificate

11.  Ancestry in Europe

12.  Martin Schowalter Birth Certificate

13.  Lima Land Office Receipt – Martin Showalter

14.  Martin Showalter’s Land Purchase

15.  Van Wert County Map

16.  Map of Tully Township

17.  Martin Showalter Patent

18.  Anna Schowalter Birth Certificate

19.  Heinrich Schowalter Birth Certificate

20.  Henry & Mary Showalter Marriage Certificate

20A. Mary Elizabeth (Hertz) Showalter’s Obituary

21.  Portion of Harrison Township

22.  Henry Showalter’s Land Purchase

23.  Henry Showalter’s Receipt for Land

24.  Henry Showalter’s Land Patent

25.  Map of Pleasant Township

25A. Photo of Henry & Matilda (Troup) Showalter

25B. 1918-1920 Reunion of Henry & Matilda Showalter’s Family

25C. Key to 1918-1920 Reunion Photo

26.  Photo of Martin Showalter (born 27 Dec. 1846 in Harrison Twp.)

27.  Photo of James Madison Showalter

28.  Photo of Dora & Carl Early

29.  Photo of Arthur & Mary Elizabeth Hartman

30.  Photo of Iva Alice Showalter

 

 

Revised 14 Oct. 2002



[1] The Mennonite Encyclopedia (1959), 4:516.

 

[2] Heinrich Fehr, History of the Strengelbach Area, 33, as reported by Rev. Paul Schowalter, 12.

 

[3]The Mennonite Encyclopedia (1955), 1:5.

 

[4]The Mennonite Encyclopedia, (1959), 4:943.

 

[5] John Horsch, Mennonites in Europe (1942), 111 & 259.

 

[6] Rev. Paul Schowalter, Genealogical Book of the Showalter Family (1979), 12-13.

 

[7] The Mennonite Encyclopedia (1959), 4:439.

 

[8] Christie Robinson at ChristieR57@aol.com.

 

[10] The Mennonite Encyclopedia (1957), 3:235.

 

[11] John Horsch, Mennonites in Europe (1942), 260.

 

[12] Ernst Mueller, Story of the Bern Anabaptists (Frauenfeld, 1895), as reported by Rev. Paul Schowalter, 15.

 

[13] The Mennonite Encyclopedia (1956), 2:747.

 

[14] Data from Lyle von Riesen at vivriesen@hotmail.com

 

[15] Arb. A. Schowalter, “The Schowalter Book” (<1963), sheets 1 & 2; Peter Eymann, “Eymann Family History & Genealogy” (1864), 3-5.

 

[16] Rev. Paul Schowalter, “Genealogical Book of the Schowalter Family,” 31.

 

[17] Walter Schowalter of Big Valley, Alberta, is a descendant of son Jakob (http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Hills/5314/ancestrs.htm)

 

[18] Data kindly supplied by Heinz Sprenger (HeinzSprenger@gmx.net).

 

[19] Data kindly supplied by Christie Robinson (christieR57@aol.com).

 

[20] Data from Roy M. Showalter, Box 156, Maugansville, MD 21767.

 

[21] The Mennonite Encyclopedia (1959), 4:517.

 

[23] Data provided by Carl Sellers, ksellers@mcs.k12.nc.us

 

[24] Data from Barbara Krol (krolusa@aol.com and http://www.my-ged.com/surnames/krol).

 

[25] The Mennonite Encyclopedia (1956), 2:418.

 

[26] Drew Ingram drewingram@wirefire.com

 

[27] Barbara McPherson Krol, krolusa@aol.com

 

[28] “Military Accounts Militia,” Records of the Comptroller General.

 

[29] The Mennonite Encyclopedia (1959), 4:664.

 

[30] Ibid., 4:322.

 

[31] Ibid., 4:746-747 & 749.

 

[32] Military Loan of 1 Apr. 1784 & 30 Mar. 1785, “Public Debt,” Records of the Comptroller General at D.P.R., Register vol. A, page 304.

 

[33] Data provided by Carl Sellers, ksellers@mcs.k12.nc.us

 

[34] Muriel Pfeifer, mpfeifer@amerytel.net

 

[35] The Mennonite Encyclopedia (1959), 4:516.

 

[36] Uwe Ackermann at Uwe@Ackermaennchen.de.

 

[38] Uwe Ackermann at Uwe@Ackermaennchen.de.

 

[39] Personal communication from Heinz Sprenger (sprenger@intospace.de).

 

[40] Hermann & Gertrud Guth & J. Lemar, Palantine Mennonite Census List, 1664-1783, Archive 77, 4238-39.

 

[41] The Mennonite Encyclopedia (1956), 2:501.

 

[42] The Mennonite Encyclopedia (1957), 3:133.

 

[43] Ibid., 3:313.

 

[44] The Mennonite Encyclopedia (1956), 2:406.

 

[45] Ibid.

 

[46] Zivilstandsregister, Ruchheim, Bayern, Tote, 1798-1898, 1820, #27 (LDS film #1258171).

 

[47] Ibid., 1807, #47.

 

[48] Henry Ellenberger, “Henry Ellenberger, Pastor, Poet, Pioneer Organizer of The Zion Mennonite Church, 1851” (1866), (http://www.mdhervey.com/archives/ellenberger/henry.htm).

 

[49] Zivilstandsregister, Ruchheim, Bayern, Tote, 1808,  #2.

 

[50] Zivilstandsregister, Ruchheim, Bayern, Tote, 1807, #32.

 

[51] Data kindly supplied by Heinz Sprenger (sprenger@intospace.de).

 

[52] Peter Eymann, “Eymann Family History & Genealogy” (1864), 3.

 

[55] Chris Yoder, “Yoder Newsletter Online” (http://www.yodernewsletter.org/court/eppstein.html)

 

[56] The Mennonite Encyclopedia, (1957), 3:820.

 

[57] Peter Eymann, “Eymann Family History & Genealogy” (1864), 3.

 

[58] Glenda Franck (hfranck@midsouth.rr.com) is a descendant of daughter Magdalena Maria.

 

[59] The Mennonite Encyclopedia, (1956), 2:85.

 

[60] Zivilstandsregister, Ruchheim, Bayern, Tote, 1798-1898, 1827, #19 (LDS film #1258171).

 

[61] The Mennonite Encyclopedia, (1959), 4:375.

 

[62] Zivilstandsregister, Ruchheim, Bayern, Tote, 1798-1898, 1826, #9.

 

[63] Mary Fulbrook, A Concise History of Germany (1990), 97.

 

[64] Marcus L. Hansen, The Atlantic Migration, 1607-1860 (1940), 135 & 163.

 

[65] Ibid., 185-186.

 

[67] Marcus L. Hansen, The Atlantic Migration, 1607-1860 (1940), 186-187.

 

[68] Ibid., 197-198.

 

[69] Robert G. Albion, Square Riggers on Schedule: the New York Sailing Packets to England, France & the Cotton Ports (1938), 284.

 

[70] Carl C. Cutter, The Story of America’s Mail & Passenger Lines (1961), 159.

 

[71] William A. Fairburn, Merchant Sail (1945-1955), 1198.

 

[72] Robert G. Albion, Square Riggers on Schedule (1938), 284-285.

 

[73] William A. Fairburn, Merchant Sail (1945-1955), 1273.

 

[74] Marcus L. Hansen, The Atlantic Migration, 1607-1860 (1940), 198.

 

[75] Richard McKay,  A Maritime History of New York (1934/1969), 149.

 

[76] Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, 1820-1897, LDS film #002276, 26 July 1836 – 14 Oct. 1836.

 

[77] From Bob Hitchcock’s WorldConnect GEDCOM for Catharina Elisabetha Hausam.

 

[78] Robert G. Albion, The Rise of New York Port, 1815-1860  (1939), 339-344.

 

[79] Ibid., 418.

 

[80] Crawford Co., Ohio, Tax Records, 1835-1938, LDS film #0476506.

 

[81] Saphronia Skeels, “A Young Woman’s Journey to Athens, Ohio” (Bulletin, Athens Co. , Ohio, Historical Society & Museum, Aug. 1989) 11:8.

 

[82] Personal communication from Lloyd Henney, 13 Feb. 1989.

 

[83] Zivilstandsregister, Ruchheim, Bayern, Geburten, 1796-1839, 1818, #28 (LDS film #1258166).

 

[84] Van Wert, Ohio, Marriage Book, No. 1, 1840-1855, 15.

 

[85] Ibid., 54.

 

[86] Van Wert Co., Ohio, Cemetery Inscriptions, Tully & Pleasant Twps.. (1982), 1:26.

 

[87] National Archives, Record Group 49, Lima Cash Entry #11530.

 

[88] Harry P. Yoshge & Philip P. Brower, Pre-Inventory of the Land Entry Papers of the General Land Office (1949), 2.

 

[90] Van Wert Co., Ohio, Court of Common Pleas, Oct.  Term, 1841, Oath of Intention to Become a Citizen, Journal A, p. 67.

 

[91] Ibid., Citizenship, Journal A, p. 393.

 

[92] Van Wert Co., Ohio, Deed Book, G :223.

 

[93] General Index to Estates, Van Wert Co., Ohio, Probate Court, vol. S, 1839-1933 (LDS film #1015973).

 

[94] Van Wert Co., Ohio, Marriage Book, 4:403.

 

[95] Cheryl Gebert, “The Genealogy of Frederick M. Feigert (Feichert) & Marie Apollonia Köhler” (http://www.teof.com/family/gebert/feightml.htm).

 

[96] Van Wert, Ohio, Marriage Book, 9:15.

 

[97] Van Wert, Ohio, Cemetery Inscriptions, 5:159.

 

[98] Personal communication 20 Feb. 1978 from Mrs. Nancy Fields, 1732 Schuring Rd., Portage, MI  49081.

 

[99] Zivilstandsregister, Ruchheim, Bayern, Geburten, 1796-1839, 1823, #30 (LDS film #1258166).

 

[100] Zivilstandaregister, Ruchheim, Bayern, Geburton, 1796-1839, 1821, #1 (LDS film #1258166).

 

[101] Van Wert Co., Ohio, Marriage Book,  1:7.

 

[102] Van Wert Co., Ohio, Deaths, 1:178.

 

[103] Van Wert Co., Ohio, Burials, Glenn Cemetery, Harrison Twp.

 

[104] Ohio State Dept. of Health, Death Certificate #54,133 (film GR5553).

 

[105] Obituaries in “Van Wert Daily Times” and “Van Wert Daily Bulletin,” 2 Oct. 1909.

 

[106] Thaddeus S. Gilliland, History of Van Wert County, Ohio (1906), 179.

 

[107] National Archives Record Group 49, Entry File 11531.

 

[108] Van Wert Co., Ohio, Deed Book,  D:382.

 

[109] Ibid., F:187.

 

[110] Van Wert Co., Ohio, Deed Book,  G:427.

 

[111] Van Wert Co., Ohio, Cemetery Inscriptions, Tully & Pleasant Tounships (1982) 1:36.

 

[112] History of Van Wert & Mercer Counties, Ohio (R. Sutton & Co., 1882), 231, and Abstracts of Titles, Harrison Township, 73.

 

[113] Van Wert Co., Ohio, Deed Book,  N:565.

 

[114] Ibid., 1:331.

 

[115] C. B. Witten, Index for 1872 Map of Van Wert County Townships, 3.

 

[116] Military Service Branch NNMS-1162NMB, Military Archives, National Archives & Records Service.

 

[117] “Van Wert Weekly Bulletin,” 25 Oct. 1867.

 

[118] Van Wert Co., Ohio, Marriage Book,  3:184.

 

[119] Van Wert County, Ohio, Cemetery Inscriptions, vol. 3, Woodland Cemetery, Van Wert, Ohio.

 

[120] History of Van Wert & Mercer Counties, Ohio (R. Sutton & Co., 1882), 235.

 

[121] Van Wert, Ohio, Marriage Book,  3:425.

 

[122] Ohio State Dept. of Health, Death Certificate #66781 (film #GR6010).

 

[123] Van Wert County, Ohio, Cemetery Inscriptions, 3:98.

 

[124] Van Wert Co., Ohio, Mortgages, Leases, Liens, etc., 20:237.

 

[125] Ibid., 22:348.

 

[126] Van Wert Co., Ohio, Deed Book,   29:431.

 

[127] Obituaries in Van Wert Daily Times & Van Wert Daily Bulletin, 2 Oct. 1909.

 

[128] Van Wert Co., Ohio, Births, 1:42.

 

[129] Van Wert Co., Ohio, Marriage Book,  8:187.

 

[130] Van Wert County, Ohio, Cemetery Inscriptions, 3:98.

 

[131] Van Wert Co., Ohio, Marriage Book, 10:260.

 

[132] Van Wert Co., Ohio, Births, 1:78.

 

[133] Van Wert Co., Ohio, Births, 1:100.

 

[134] Van Wert Co., Ohio,  Marriage Book, 13:365.

 

[135] Van Wert Co., Ohio, Births, 1:184.

 

[136] 1907-1908 Caldwell Directory, 262.

 

[137] Van Wert Co., Ohio, Births,  1:288.

 

[138] Van Wert Co., Ohio, Marriage Book,  8:570.

 

[139] Van Wert Co., Ohio, Births, 1:320.

 

[140] Van Wert Co., Ohio, Marriage Book, 10:345.

 

[141] Van Wert Co., Ohio, Births, 2:357.

 

[142] Van Wert Co., Ohio, Marriage Book, 12:527.

 

[143] Van Wert Co., Ohio, Births, 2:357.

 

[144] Ibid., 2:367.

 

[145] Van Wert Co., Ohio, Marriage Book, 12:393.

 

[146] Jim Showalter, 3410 Lake Point Circle, Roswell, GA 30075-4769, a descendant of Victor & Lydia Ann, has kindly provided extensive Showalter data.

 

[147] Van Wert Co., Ohio, Marriage Book  4:418.

 

[148] Obituaries in Van Wert Daily Times & Van Wert Daily Bulletin, 2 Oct. 1909.

 

[149] Van Wert Co., Ohio, Births  1:320.

 

[150] Ibid., 2:355.

 

[151] Van Wert co., Ohio, Marriage book, 12:159.

 

[152] Ibid., 12:141.

 

[153] Van Wert Co., Ohio, Marriage Book,  6:125.

 

[154] Van Wert County, Ohio, Cemetery Inscriptions, vol. 3, Woodland Cemetery, Van Wert, Ohio.

 

[155] Trina Hall, 1410 Martin Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80915 (bobhall@pcisys.net) and Cheryl Gebert (http://www.teof.com/family/gebert/feightml.htm) have kindly provided extensive Showalter and Feigert data.

 

[156] Van Wert Co., Ohio, Deaths,  1:374.

 

[157] Lloyd Henney, P. O. Box 115, Willshire, OH 45898 (lhenney@bright.net), a descendant of this line, has kindly provided extensive Showalter data.

 

[158] Souvenir catalog, Glenn School, Harrison Twp., Van Wert Co., Ohio, 1897.

 

[159] Van Wert Co., Ohio, Births.  2:361.

 

[160] Van Wert Co., Ohio, Marriage Book,   12:168.

 

[161] Van Wert County, Ohio, Cemetery Inscriptions, vol 3, Woodland Cemetery, Van Wert, Ohio.

 

[162] Van Wert Co., Ohio, Marriage Book,  13:205.

 

[163] Ohio State Dept. of Health, Death Certificate #6936 (film #GR5841).

 

[164] Van Wert Co., Ohio, Births, 2:381.

 

[165] Van Wert Co., Ohio, Marriage Book,  13:180.

 

[166] Van Wert County, Ohio, Cemetery Inscriptions, 3:190.

 

[167] Personal communication from Mrs. Gene Carter, 233 West First St., Van Wert, OH 45891 and Van Wert Co., Ohio Burials.

 

[168] Van Wert County, Ohio, Cemetery Inscriptions, vol 3, Woodland Cemetery, Van Wert, Ohio.

 

[169] Obituaries in Van Wert Daily Times and Van Wert Daily Bulletin, 2 Oct. 1909.

 

[170] Van Wert Co., Ohio, Births,  2:377.

 

[171] Van Wert Co., Ohio, Marriage Book,  6:316.

 

[172] Personal communication 18 Feb. 1988 from Lloyd Henney, P. O. Box 115, Willshire, OH  45898.

 

[173] Obituaries in Van Wert Daily Times and Van Wert Daily Bulletin, 2 Oct. 1909.

 

[174] Van Wert County, Ohio, Cemetery Inscriptions, Tully & Pleasant Townships  (1982), 179.

 

[175] Van Wert Co., Ohio, Marriage Book,  3:403.

 

[176] Ohio State Dept. of Health, Death Certificate #27592 (film #GR6434).

 

[177] Obituary in Van Wert Daily Bulletin, 7 May 1920.

 

[178] Van Wert County, Ohio, Cemetery Inscriptions, 3:105.

 

[179] Van Wert Co., Ohio, Estate File #2400 for Aaron Pancake.

 

[180] Helen L. W. Prill, A Guide to Historical & Genealogical Sources of Van Wert County (1982), 28.

 

[181] Van Wert County, Ohio, Cemetery Inscriptions, 3:105.

 

[182] Register of Communicants, First Presbyterian Church, Van Wert, Ohio, 104.

 

[183] “Van Wert Connections,” (Jan. 1994), 15:10.

 

[184] Thaddeus S. Gilliland, History of Van Wert County, Ohio and Representative Citizens (1906), 313.

 

[185] City & County of Van Wert, Ohio, Death Certificate, #159.

 

[186] Van Wert County, Ohio, Cemetery Inscriptions, 3:105.

 

[187] Van Wert Co., Ohio, Death Record Book, 1867-1893, 1:210.

 

[188] Van Wert Co., Ohio, Marriage Book, 13:256.

 

[189] Van Wert County, Ohio, Cemetery Inscriptions, vol. 3, Woodland Cemetery, Van Wert, Ohio.

 

[190] “Caldwell Directory, Van Wert, 1907-8,” 262.

 

[191] Obituary in Van Wert Daily Bulletin, 7 May 1920.

 

[192] Data supplied by Mrs. Margaret VanAusdall, 1856 Clearbrook St., SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508-5506.

 

[193] Van Wert Co. Ohio, Marriage Book, 10:507.

 

[194] “Van Wert Connection,” (Jan. 1993), 15:10.

 

[195] Inscriptions on Stones in Venedocia Cemetery, <http:www.geocities.com/venedocia.geo/cemetery.html>.

 

[196] Ibid.

 

[197] Ibid.

 

[198] Ibid.

 

[199] Van Wert Co., Ohio, Marriage Book, 10:467.

 

[200] Van Wert County, Ohio, Cemetery Inscriptions, vol 3, Woodland Cemetery, Van Wert, Ohio.

 

[201] Van Wert Co., Ohio, Death Record Book, 1867-1893, 1:210.

 

[202] Ibid.

 

[203] Ibid., 1:5.

 

[204] Register of Communicants, First Presbyterian Church, Van Wert, 106.

 

[205] Obituary in Van Wert Daily Bulletin, 7 May 1920.