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Dr. Henry Decker1,2,3

Male
b. 23 December 1814, d. 8 January 1892


Father Moses Decker b. circa 11 June 1788, d. 4 August 1860
Mother Mary Elisabeth Sheplor b. 5 February 1794, d. 3 January 1859
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Family Susannah Adams b. 25 October 1817, d. 8 April 1893
Marriage* 18 August 1836  Salem Twp., Muskingum Co., OH, Muskingum Co. marriage records show married this date by S. Wilson. but another marriage book states by Rev Samuel Crouse.

Henrey Dicker & Susan Adams, 18 Aug 1836, Muskingum, Ohio (F. C. Slater agrees with this date)

Susanna's obituary gives the marriage date as 19 Aug 1836., Principal=Susannah Adams4,6,3 
Children  1. Mary Elizabeth Decker b. 20 Aug 1836, d. 15 May 1918
  2. Helen Evelina Decker b. 11 Feb 1839
  3. Theodore Adams Decker b. 2 Feb 1841 or 11 Feb 1841, d. a 1892
  4. Lafayette Franklin Decker b. 5 Feb 1843, d. May 1932
  5. Angeline Decker b. 25 Jul 1845
  6. Cidna Stiers Decker b. 12 Oct 1847, d. 5 Jun 1924
  7. Melville Decker b. c 1848, d. b 1850
  8. Alonzo Wertz Decker b. 18 Jul 1850, d. 6 Mar 1925
  9. Albert Weller Decker b. 6 Jun 1852, d. 20 Sep 1853
  10. John Albert Decker b. 18 Sep 1854, d. 11 Aug 1855
  11. Reasoner R. Decker b. 9 Oct 1855, d. 12 Nov 1855
  12. Lillian Dale "Lillie" Decker b. 11 Dec 1856, d. 20 Mar 1937
  13. Josea Decker b. 8 Sep 1858, d. 11 Sep 1858

Note*   One of two oldest children (the other is Joseph) still living in Muskingum County, Ohio. Listed in the Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Muskingum County, Ohio. page 320. Listed as Doctor. Dates shown on page 1843-1850.

History of Muskingum County, Ohio, page 463, Dr. Henry Decker came to Salem in 1839 and continues in the service. Dr John Mills studied with Dr. Decker.

Hist. & Memoirs--1892 page 320 Dr. John Mills, who studied with Dr. Decker 1843 to 1850.

Obituary 1/7/1892 Shows father of 14 children, his wife, three boys and four girls survive him.

Town plat of Adamsville shows their house across the street from the office.(Note: The street actually is the main street of Adamsville, and was the National Highway.) The Baptist cemetary where they are buried and Baptist church were located across the street east of the office. At the present time there is a house where the church was. Salem Twp. Plat shows property owned by Henry east of Adamsville. Deed book in court house shows some real estate transactions.

Buried in the Adamsville Baptist Cemetary. Wife and 4 children buried beside him.

Will probate in his file. Administrator of his estate was son A. W. Decker,(Alonzo W.) a minister from Pennsylvania.

They were members of the M.E. Church in Adamsville.
 
Birth* 23 December 1814  Highland Twp., Muskingum Co., OH, F. C. Slater gives the date as 25 Dec 1817.4,5 
Marriage* 18 August 1836  Salem Twp., Muskingum Co., OH, Muskingum Co. marriage records show married this date by S. Wilson. but another marriage book states by Rev Samuel Crouse.

Henrey Dicker & Susan Adams, 18 Aug 1836, Muskingum, Ohio (F. C. Slater agrees with this date)

Susanna's obituary gives the marriage date as 19 Aug 1836., Principal=Susannah Adams4,6,3 
Census* 1840  1840 Federal Census, Ohio, Muskingum County, Salem Township, Reel no: M704-418 Page 448
Dr. Henry Decker
1 - male 10-15
1 - male 20-30
2 - female 0-5
1 - female 20-307 
Census 1850  1850 Federal Census, Ohio, Muskingum County, Salem Township, Series: M432, Roll: 718, Page: 273B, September 27
40, 31, 31, Decker, Henry, 37, M, , MD, 1200, PA, , , ,
41, 31, 31, Decker, Susan, 31, F, , , , Ohio, , , ,
42, 31, 31, Decker, Mary E, 12, F, , , , Ohio, , , ,
1850 Federal Census, Ohio, Muskingum County, Salem Township, Series: M432, Roll: 718, Page: 274A, September 27
01, 31, 31, Decker, Helen E, 11, F, , , , , Ohio, , 1, ,
02, 31, 31, Decker, Theodore A, 9, M, , , , , Ohio, , 1, ,
03, 31, 31, Decker, Lafayette, 8, M, , , , , Ohio, , 1, ,
04, 31, 31, Decker, Anjeline, 5, F, , , , , Ohio, , , ,
05, 31, 31, Decker, Sidney P, 2, F, , , , , Ohio, , , ,8 
Census 1860  1860 Federal Census, Ohio, Muskingum County, Salem Township, Adamsville, Series: M653, Roll: 1019, Page: 564B, July 28
06, 1050, 971, Decker, Henry, 45, M, , Physician, 2500, 600, Ohio, , , ,
07, 1050, 971, Decker, Susan, 42, F, , has none, , , Ohio, , , ,
08, 1050, 971, Decker, Mary E., 22, F, , Milliner, , , Ohio, , , ,
09, 1050, 971, Decker, Theodore A., 19, M, , Merchants Clk., , , Ohio, , 1, ,
10, 1050, 971, Decker, Lafayette, 17, M, , Farm laboirer, , , Ohio, , 1, ,
11, 1050, 971, Decker, Angeline, 14, F, , , , , Ohio, , 1, ,
12, 1050, 971, Decker, Sydney, 13, F, , , , , Ohio, , 1, ,
13, 1050, 971, Decker, Alonzo, 9, M, , , , , Ohio, , 1, ,
14, 1050, 971, Decker, Lilley D., 3, F, , , , , Ohio, , , ,9 
Census 1870  1870 Federal Census, Ohio, Muskingum, Salem Township, Series: M593, Roll: 1251, Page: 329B, June 20
191, 195, Dicker, Henry, 56, M, W, Allopathic Physician, 800, 300, Ohio, , , , , , , , 1, 1,
191, 195, Dicker, Susan, 53, F, W, Keeping House, , , Ohio, , , , , , , , , ,
191, 195, Dicker, Lafayette, 27, M, W, Farm Laborer, 1100, 125, Ohio, , , , , , , , , 1,
191, 195, Dicker, Sidney, 22, F, W, Asisting Mother, , , Ohio, , , , , , , , , ,
191, 195, Dicker, Alonzo, 19, M, W, Clk in Ret Dry Goods Store, , , Ohio, , , , , 1, , , , ,
191, 195, Dicker, Lilly, 12, F, W, Attending School, , , Ohio, , , , , 1, , , , ,10 
Census 1880  1880 Federal Census, Ohio Muskingum County, Salem Township, Adamsville, ED 170, Series: T9, Roll: 1054, Page: 284A, June 17
39, 186, 189, Decker, Henry, W, M, 65, , , , 1, , , Physician, , , , , , , , , , Ohio, NJ, Penn
40, 186, 189, Decker, Susan, W, F, 63, , Wife, , 1, , , Keeping House, , , , , , , , , , Ohio, Va, Va
41, 186, 189, Furgenson, C A, W, F, 34, , Servant, 1, , , , Servant, , , , , , , , , 1, Ohio, Ohio, Ohio
42, 186, 189, Huttle, Adaline, W, F, 48, , Boarder, , , 1, , Boarding, , , , , , , , 1, 1, Ohio, Ohio, Ohio11 
News/Obit* 11 May 1887  THE STORM KING'S WORK

Fatal Accident At Adamsville
John Jones Killed by the Lighting
and Aged Doctor Decker no
Doubt Fatally Injured

Adamsville, O 10 May The damage by the storm yesterday afternoon is more serious than at first supposed. Beside the death of John Jones it is now thought that Dr Decker's injuries are such as to render his recovery extremely doubtful. Upon the approach of the storms Dr Decker, John Jones, J O Shroyer, Cliff Yeager and James______, took refuge in the barn. Jones leaned up against a post through which an iron rod passed at the top. One of the most blinding strokes of lighting struck the rod and passed down the post. As soon as it came in contact with Jones body he fell to the floor a corpse. His clothing was badly burned and his body bears marks of the firery fluid. Doctor Decker was standing but a short distance from Jones and the lighting first struck him under the left shoulder tearing a hold through his clothing as large as a man's double fist. It passed down inflicting a severe burn in the small of his back and then ran down his leg tearing to fragments the top and heel of his boot where it left his body. The Doctor was removed to the house and medical aid was summoned at once. His body was found to be terribly burned and the course of the lighting can be easily traced by the peculiar blue marks. he has been in an unconscious condition all of today and it is not thought his advanced age will permit his recovery from the shock although his physician express an opposite opinion. The other occupants of the barn were more or less shocked but none seriously injured. They were all blinded by the stroke and it was several minutes before they fully realized what had happened. The barn was but slightly injured. John Jones is a brother-in-law of County Recorder Zimmer. His funeral will take place tomorrow. The terrible accident has cast a gloom over the entire community.

(Appeared in The Zanesville Daily Signal, Zanesville, Ohio Wednesday Morning 11 May 1887.), Principal=John W. Jones12 
Death* 8 January 1892  Adamsville, Muskingum Co., OH, Henry's death was recorded as 7 Jan 1892 but his obituary states he died in the early hours of Thursday which would have been 8 Jan 1892.4,5 
Burial* 10 January 1892  Adamsville Baptist Cemetery, Adamsville, Muskingum Co., OH, Inscription: DECKER, Dr. Henry Decker 1814 - 1892, Susanna Adams, his wife, 1817 - 18935,4
News/Obit* 11 January 1892  Obituary,

DR DECKER DEAD


His work has ended and his spirit has departed.

One of the oldest and best known citizens of Adamsville quietly expires.



    Early last Friday morning our well known and esteemed citizen, Dr. Henry Decker, sank into that calm deep slumber from which none ever wake. He had until only a week before his death, been in unusual good health, but which soon terminated in pneumonia and caused his death.


    Below is given a brief sketch of the life of the deceased: Dr. Henry Decker was born in Highland Township, this county, Dec. 23, 1814. In early manhood his mind was directed to the study of medicine, and he was the first student of Dr. Reasoner who was one of the first citizens of this village. In 1836 he was married to Miss Susan Adams, a daughter of the late George Adams. Shortly before his marriage he began the practice of medicine, and in 1839 he moved to Adamsville, where for 53 years he has been actively engaged administering to the wants of the afflicted. He was not only respected as a physician but as a citizen he was admired for his usefulness to a community. He has been an active worker in nearly all the improvements made in the village. In 1842, Dr. Decker became a member of the Adamsville M. E. church and has been an active worker ever since always willing to do what he could to further the cause of Christianity. It can be said of him that he was a Christian soldier and died in the service of his master. He was the father of 12 children, five of whom are dead. His wife and seven children, three boys and four girls, survive him. In 1886 Dr. Decker and his wife celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary and event that is not a common occurance.


    The funeral services were conducted by Rev. D. Davies at the M. E. church yesterday at 2 0'clock p.m. At the close of the services at the church, the remains were taken to the village cemetary and laid to rest in the bower of the earth to await the promised time when the grave must give up its dead.




Appeared in the Adamsville Register, January, 1892


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Citations
  1. [S42] Dale Decker Personal Research, Dale Decker.
  2. [S44] Denny Shirer Personal Research, Dennis S. Shirer.
  3. [S56] Werts - Vinsel - Slater Family History, F. C. Slater.
  4. [S102] Adamsville Register Obits 1890-1939, R. Douglas Kreis.
  5. [S40] Adamsville Baptist Cemetery, online http://www.rootsweb.com/~ohmuski2/cemetery/adambapt.html.
  6. [S109] Musk. Co. Marriages Book 3 1835-1848, The Society.
  7. [S3] 1840 U.S. Federal Census , 1840 U.S. Federal Census.
  8. [S4] 1850 U.S. Federal Census , 1850 U.S. Federal Census.
  9. [S46] 1860 U.S. Federal Census , 1860 U.S. Federal Census.
  10. [S71] 1870 U.S. Federal Census , 1870 U.S. Federal Census.
  11. [S100] 1880 U.S. Federal Census , 1880 U.S. Federal Census.
  12. [S187] Zanesville Newspapers.


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