According to the 1910 census record of Frederich Bisch, Junior (Woodville Township, Sandusky County, Ohio, Page 214B), the Bisch family immigrated to the United States from Prussia (Germany) in 1871. This census also states that he became a naturalized citizen in 1876. One would assume that his parents were also naturalized at the same time.
The first time we see the Bisch family is in the 1880 Census of Ottawa County, Ohio in the Township of Genoa (Page 65 ED 62 Image 44 June 26 1880):
105 109 Bish, Fred 56 works for the Railroad born in Prucia [Prussia]
Bish, Elizabeth 55 wife has rheumatism born in Prucia [Prussia]
Bish, Fred 27 son Laborer born in Prucia [Prussia]
Bish, Maggie 20 daughter born in Prucia [Prussia]
Bish, Elizabeth 16 daughter born in Prucia [Prussia]
Bish, Lewis 14 son born in Prucia [Prussia]
Bish, Rosanna 12 daughter born in Prucia [Prussia]
Soon after this census was taken, Maggie (Margaret) married David F. Myers, born around 1850 in New York (possibly Yates County). David F. Myers was a conductor for the LS & MS Railroad. He is listed in the 1889-90 and 1890-91 Toledo, Ohio City Directories as:
David F Myers L S & M S Ry conductor 337 Broadway Toledo OH 1889, 1890
David F Myers L S & M S Ry conductor 337 Broadway Toledo OH 1890, 1891
"From 1869 to 1914, the Lake Shore &
Michigan Southern Railway was the route of empire as the young American nation
began its expansion westward. It's tracks, laid by several of its predecessor
lines, were the first rail connection between New York City and Chicago.
Thereafter, the rail line became the crucial link and backbone of the burgeoning
industrial and agricultural heartland... For generations after the Civil War,
the LS&MS was the best way West."
Since Margaret's father Fred was listed as working for the railroad in the 1880 census and her husband David was a railroad conductor, it is reasonable to assume that the families met by working at the same railroad company (LS & MS). Also supporting this theory is the fact that there is no David Myers living in the Township of Genoa – they were not neighbors. The route of the LS & MS Railroad went straight through the city of Genoa, Ohio. As a railroad conductor, David must have frequently visited the little township of Genoa, thereby meeting Margaret.
By August of 1882, John Edgar Myers was born. According to the delayed birth certificate of John Edgar Myers, he was the first child born to David and Margaret Bisch Myers on 8-31-1882 in Genoa, Clay Township, Ottawa County, Ohio. The Bisch family had resided in Genoa since 1870. David F. Myers is listed as a white male, age 24, and born in Monroeville, Ohio in Huron County [Note: this is incorrect information as he was born in New York]. His occupation was listed as a Railroad Conductor for the L.S. & M.S. Railroad. Margaret is listed as a white female, age 22, and born in Frankfort, Germany. She was a housewife. I have no other knowledge of any more children being born to David and Margaret.
The 1890 United States Census was destroyed by fire and is not available. I have not been able to track the family other than by the Toledo City Directory of 1890-91. I can't say how many children were born but they did seem to remain in the same area as Genoa is very close to Toledo [about 45 miles South East].
Sometime before 1888, the date of David's remarriage, the couple divorced.
The 1900 Census of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio (ED# 49; Image 28; Page 238; 40 Marion Street) shows Margaret remarried to a Mr. Henry R. Woltman. Margaret married Henry on September 13, 1897 in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County Ohio.
40 79 74
Woltman, Henry R Head White Male b. Dec 1853 age 46 Married 19 years [Note: must be an error] born in Germany Immigrated in 1857 Resided in US 43 years Naturalized citizen Tinner 0 Can read/write/speak English Rents home
Margaret Wife White Female b. Sept 1861 age 34 Married 19 years [Note: must be an error] Mother of 4 children all alive Born in Germany Can read/write/speak English
Edward Son White Male b. 1881 age 19 Single born in Ohio Stone Fitter Can read/write/speak English (not Margaret's child)
Robert Son White Male b. Nov 1882 age 17 Single born in Ohio Tinner Can read/write/speak English (not Margaret's child)
Myers, John Step Son White Male Aug 1882 age 17 Single born in Ohio Stock Keeper Can read/write/speak English (child of David and Margaret)
Woltman, William Son White Male June 1885 age 14 Single born in Ohio At school Can read/write/speak English (not Margaret's child)
Myers, Lester Step Son White Male Feb 1886 age 14 Single born in Ohio At school Can read/write/speak English (Note: this may be an error as the 1910 lists him as Lester Woltman)
Bish, Frederick Father in Law White Male Dec 1826 age 73 Widowed born in Germany Can read/write/speak English (Margaret's father)
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