Monthly Archives: August 2016


Looking for obit/info on William H. Briner who was a private in Battery H, 1st Regiment, Light Artillery, Ohio Volunteers during the Civil War. He\’s buried in Cole Cemetery in Lot SGS, Block OP, Grave #117. He was born around 1843 in Ohio and died in Henry County on Oct. 20, 1883. I don’t know cause of death. His parents were Joseph and Miranda. William married Sarah Jane Holly in 1869 in Henry County, OH. Sarah was born April 1, 1843 and died June 21, 1938 in Napoleon. Her parents were John and Teena Holly. Later Sarah married John Winkelplic/Winkelpleck and they are in Glenwood Cemetery, Napoleon. William and Sarah had the following children: John William 1870-1943 and is buried in Napoleon. He married Minnie Piles. Mary was born around 1874 in Ohio. George was born March 17, 1879 and he died June 26, 1946 in Napoleon. He was married to Mary Francis??? William was a laborer and he lived in Henry County from 1870 until his death. John Winkempleck served in Co. E, 55th Ohio Infantry.
Supposedly William worked on the Miami and Wabash Canal before he joined the service. This is for a project for the Holland Springfield Spencer Historical Society and the Toledo History Museum.

The Strange Case of Catherine Walker – A Genealogical Puzzle

By Gary A. Bartlett

William-&-Catherine-WalkerMy Grandmother Bartlett’s maiden name was Ethel Walker (1895-1982). Her parents were Frank Walker (1869-1942) and Lilly Metcalf (1868-1926). Thus far, everything is well documented by Vital Records here in the Lenawee County, Michigan Courthouse, which I will not bother to cite, as they are not germane to the genealogical problem that I intend to review.

My ancestry starts to become problematic one generation further back – specifically in the case of the identity of Frank Walker’s mother, who is the subject of this particular genealogical investigation. To lay the foundation for this study, let us begin with Frank’s father – William Walker (24 Nov 1825 – 12 Apr 1908) – who died here in Lenawee County. All original source documents uniformly state that William Walker was born in Canada. Oral family history alleges that he was born in Port Hope, Ontario, which is located on the shore of Lake Ontario northeast of Toronto. I have not yet been able to document this, but there were Walkers living in Port Hope at the right time. While oral family histories can be inaccurate (and so can original source documents, for that matter), they can offer clues as to where to look for further information.

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William-&-Catherine-WalkerI am a member of the Lenawee County Family Researchers, our local genealogy group up here in Lenawee Co, MI just north of the state line from your neighbor county of Fulton Co, OH. I write genealogical research articles for the LCFR newsletter, and this summer I wrote one on my ancestors William & Catherine (Cole) Walker, which I intended to attach, but your contact format will not permit me to do so. William & Catherine were married in 1851 in Bedford, MI, just north of the state line from Toledo. Both were shown as residents of Toledo at that time. In the 1860 Federal Census, they were shown as residents of Washington Twp, Henry Co, OH. (The death record for one of their sons states that he was born in Colton, which is in the NW corner of Washington Twp). By the 1870 Federal Census, they were living up here in Seneca Twp, Lenawee Co, MI. The assumption is that sometime between 1851 and 1860, they bought a farm in the Colton area, which they in turn sold between 1860 and 1870. My question is, how would I go about getting the land record – either a transcription or a photocopy of the original record – for the purchase and sale of their farm in Colton? By the way, you can add William Walker to your list of Henry Co soldiers who served in the Civil War if he is not already on it, as he served in Co. A of the 192nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Hancock’s Vet. A.C. Any response on how to access the old land records would be appreciated. Await comment, closing with,
Best regards – Gary Bartlett



Believed to have lived in Henry County sometime between 1849 and 1872. The couple married January 1, 1846 in Wyandot County. They had two children, Laura Jane Culver, born in 1849 and James F. Culver, born in 1855, possibly in Wyandot County. Carpenter Culver is believed to have died around 1872. His will was probated in 1872 in Henry County. The record is at the probate office: Vol. 1, page. 12, Num 30, Admin 369, Admin Emily Culver. I am seeking any information that documents their existence and the relationships in their family. The son and daughter both lived for a time in Putnam County as adults, married and with families.

Sandy Burke
Lafayette, IN 47909


I’m interested in finding any specific information regarding, particularly, where they lived, or probate information:

Reuben Titus–1844-1888
Mary Warner Titus 1847–
Ottomer Dick OD Titus 1883
Leafy Dell Kennedy Titus
Robert Titus 1912- 1965

Thank You I’m not sure if they would qualify for a founding family application?
K. Titus