My Family Ancestry
Genealogy Research - Families of
Gustav Koester & Margaret Davidson
STEMEN surname - An expanded descendency examination
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This site is coordinated by David W. Koester
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Photos pertaining to our Ancestors
The STEMEN surname - A more complete descendency examination
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Dave's web sites with the US GenWeb Project
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Many of our ancestors migrated from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania to Fayette County, Pennsylvania to Fairfield County, Ohio to Allen County, Ohio. Various "legs" also resided in Coshocton, Holmes and Jefferson County, Ohio; Redstone, Fayette County, Pennsylvania; and Rockingham County, Virginia. Our direct lineage surnames include:
DAVIDSON:LAMAN This research relates to the maternal side of my family including the ancestors of William Guy Davidson and Elva Belle Laman of Allen County, Ohio. Using the link below, you may access over 7000 surnames representing the direct and indirect lineage. The Alpha Index to Surnames link below is a good starting point for researching our surnames. .
Note to Davidson researchers: Some researchers have incorrectly connected the William Davidson who died in Jefferson County, Ohio in 1808 to the family of John Davidson and Ann Martha Thompson from West Pennsborough, PA. The West Pennsborough William Davidson remained in PA and was married to a woman named Sarah. Some say Sarah McCoy. Some of our research has been posted to the Internet by others who were unaware of this error. We have only recently established that the connection was incorrect.
Davidson DNA Project - Dave is one of the administrators of the Project. All Davidson researchers are welcome to participate in this research effort.
Laymon/Layman/Lemon DNA Project - Steve Layman
Earl Layman's DNA Project site (Has excellent information.)
KOESTER/KöSTER:NETH This research relates to the paternal side of my family including the ancestors of Gustav Koester and Mary Neth, both immigrants from Germany who settled first in Erie, PA. The link below displays our Koester research. We are most anxious to make contact with our Koester relations as we know very few of them personally.
Photo taken on Doug Koester's property in Homer, Alaska
We are sponsoring an expanded descendency focus on one of our family surnames - STEMEN
The STEMEN surname is known to be spelled several ways including STEINMAN / STONEMAN / STEYMAN / STEMAN / STEHMAN. Thanks to many, many STEMEN 'cousins' who have kindly shared their Stemen data with us, included below is a link to a data base of over 6,400 descendents of Christian Stehmen and Hanna Barin (Bar / Bear). Included with this data is information on what many of us believe are the parents of Christian Stehmen, although this is an undocumented theory.
Go to the Alpha Index of Surnames
Link to web site sponsored by Vern Stehman. All Stehmen researchers should examine the documents and other materials that Vern has accumulated as they are helpful in understanding the early Stehmen family and the various theories of the descendency.
Grave Marker for Christian Stehmen - Salem Cemetery - Elida, Allen County, Ohio
Grave Marker for Hanna (Barin) Stehmen - Steward/Freeland Cemetery - Bremen, Fairfield County, Ohio
Note: Cemetery is located 1 mile east of of Bremen on Marietta Road and will be found on a wooded hillside behind a farm house. Contributed by Velva Bruce - a Stemen cousin from Elida, Ohio. Velva is related to the Sherrick ancestors of Allen County, Ohio.
Photos of Stemen Ancestors. Please feel free to contact me to submit photos that you would like me to post.
The following group of photos were contributed by Nancy Crawford Spallinger
The following group of photos were contributed by Gary Stemen
Leroy Taylor Stemen Family - Leroy Stemen is the son of Benjamin Franklin Stemen and Lucinda Conrad. They had 17 children which are shown in this photo.
Leroy Stemen and wife Emily Nihiser
Dan and Matilda (Nihiser) Stemen - parents: Benjamin F. and Lucinda (Conrad) Stemen, and Amos and Rachel (Sigman) Nihiser.
John Wesley Stemen - son of Leroy Taylor Stemen and Emily Nihiser.
John Wesley "Jake" Stemen Family - John Wesley Stemen and wife Adeline Galloway.
Adeline Galloway Stemen - wife of Jake Stemen
Isaac Theodore Stemen Family - wife Maggie Ethel Pierce
Peter Daniel Stemen - wife Myrtle Josephine Clendenin
John Laman - Son of Mary Magdelene Stemen and Joseph Laman
Martha Isadore Clark - wife of John Laman. Was called Dole.
The following are Microsoft Word documents that may be downloaded. The contain photographs, some of which are duplicates of those posted above.
Document 1 - Photos of Dan and Matilda (Nihiser) Stemen; Clarence G. And Clara Stemen, Children of Dan and Matilda; Sam Stemen, son of Henry; John Stemen family, son of Leroy T.; Mae Leiter - daughter of Elnora May Stemen and Elmer Ellsworth Leiter; Neva Jenkins - daughter of Margaret Stemen and Isaac Jenkins; Perry and Clara Nihiser Rogers' twins (raised by Daniel Stemen and Sarah Krutsch); Zulo V. (Baker) Stemen, Wife of Clarence G. at about 16; Peter D. Stemen family, son of Leroy T.; "Jake" Stemen family, probably John, son of Leroy T.; "Ike" Stemen Family, Probably Isaac Stemen, son of Leroy T.; Dole Laman; John Laman; Leroy T. Stemen and Emily Nihiser.
Document 2 - Leroy Stemen, son of Benjamin Franklin Stemen and Lucinda Conrad and their 17 children which are shown in this photo. Names are included.
Beth MacDonald, a STEMEN cousin and researcher has several photos of Stemen ancestors at this site. Beth has identified most of the people in the photos, but needs help from Stemen cousins in identifying others.
Betty Spaulding is asking for assistance in identifying who the people are in this photo. Pictured on the left is Nancy Jane Stemen Hilyard. Who are the others? If you can help Betty, please contact her.
Special Note to Stemen Cousins:
You are encouraged to share your Stemen related descendency data, photographs and other information that you may have that relates to this family. I will be glad to post in at this site for others to view.
Cora Sagan soccer game - May 9, 2010 - The Pegasus girls white U9 team won 10 to zero. Cora scored a goal.
Family Cruise - August 2008
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Doug and Katie's wedding - June 21, 2008
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Caribbean with Ken and Pat - March 2008
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Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, France and Switzerland by River Boat - April 2007
Walt Disney World with Jackie's family - August 2007
Megan's Wedding in Philadelphia - November 2005
Jackie Koester Sagan and Kristine Koester Devaux - Cousins
Jim and Dave Koester - father's of Kristine and Jackie
Jim and Deb at the Philly steak restaurant
Mediterranean Cruise - October 2005
Amsterdam to Rome
Dover White Cliffs
Linda and Dave at Leeds
Guernsey, England Lunch
With the Captain on the Prinsendam
La Rochelle, France Crepe
La Corona, Spain with Swiss Friends
Bilbo, Spain - Guggenheim
Lisbon with German friends in shoe store
Spanish Morocco shoe shine
Ville France - ship in harbor
Monaco - Linda is shopping
Monte Carlo casino - Linda
News stand in Elba
Mediterranean Cruise - October 2004
Lisbon to Athens
Formal night - with the coat off!
Santorini Island, Greece - the most beautiful spot in the world (just an opinion).
Dave in Santorini
Linda and Dave and the Acropolis in Athens
South America Cruise - March 2004
Rio to Santiago, Chile
Swim around Cape Horn
On the balcony of the cabin in Ushuaia Tierra del Fuego - Patagonia - Argentina
Santiago, Chile in the background
Dave coordinates two county pages for the USGenWeb Project. This is an ambitious, totally volunteer project that has among its objectives the creation of a county genealogy page for each county in the United States. The links below are for Allen and Hancock Counties, Ohio. Our ancestors were among the early settlers of Allen County.
Each county page has resources for posting Queries, listing your Surnames and provides a wealth of other information applicable to the county in particular, such as maps, historical background, and more.
Allen County, Ohio USGenWeb Project Page
Hancock County, Ohio USGenWeb Project Page
Connects you with the Ohio GenWeb Project main page. From here you can connect with almost every county in Ohio as well as access other relevant genealogical information.
Connects you with the United States USGenWeb Project page. From here you can follow links to each state and county in the United States.
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